Christian County Master Gardeners Host “Gardening 101” Feb. 17 in Nixa

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Karen Bell models the Christian County Master Gardeners T-Shirt. Not everyone can have one of the shirts, but Master Gardener members can.

OZARK — Beginning gardeners and “never-gardened-before” adults and teens can learn the basics of gardening at a “Gardening 101” seminar hosted by Christian County Master Gardeners from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa.

The seminar is part of Christian County Master Gardeners’s “Garden Gate” educational series. It is free but requires registration by calling 581-3558 the University of Missouri Extension office in Ozark

The seminar will feature the following topics and master gardeners.

  • “What vegetables and when to plant,” by Margie Wakefield
  • “What flowers and when to plant,” by Colleen McMahan
  • “Where to plant (sun vs. shade, containers vs. raised beds or in ground),” by Patty and Dennis Baker
  • “Tools and where to get them,” by David McCurdy
  • “Supplies and where to get them,” by Virginia Roberts
  • “Soil testing and enhancements,” with Karen Bell
  • “Watering,” by Gary Jenks
  • “Weeding,” with Debbie Clithero
  • “Pest control,” by Jennifer Ailor

Seminar attendees will receive University of Missouri Extension guide sheets and other handouts, as well as information about becoming a Master Gardener. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers in the second half of the seminar


George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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