Landscaping & Mushrooms at Free Master Gardener Seminar Feb. 7

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The Ozarks has many fascinating mushrooms. Mushrooms can form form in a circle, emerging from the remains of a long-gone tree, even in your own yard.

The Ozarks has many fascinating mushrooms. Mushrooms can form form in a circle, emerging from the remains of a long-gone tree, even in your own yard.

Want to learn some basic landscaping principles for your yard? Want to turn your barren yard into a garden sanctuary? Want to know how to identify common mushrooms and where and when to find them?

You can at Christian County Master Gardeners’ free public seminar Saturday, Feb. 7, 1-4 p.m., at the Nixa Community Center, 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa. Register by noon Feb. 6 for the seminar at the Missouri Extension office in Ozark at 417-581-3558.

In one session, Tom Lakowske of Springfield will present “Creating a Garden Sanctuary,” using his own garden, Alta Birdsong, to illustrate basic landscape principles. Among the topics he will cover are building pathways, rooms, beds and borders; tricks to make a garden appear larger; six gazebo tips; and adding “wow” factor finishing touches.

Lakowske is a board member of Friends of the Garden, a member of Master Gardeners of Greene County and president of the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society and a contributing writer to Ozarks Living (formerly Greene Magazine) since its inception. He designed and coordinated the renovation of the popular hosta garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens in 2011. His website, www.swmogardens.com, is full of gardening tips and ideas, landscape designs, articles and games, a complete gardening calendar and a how-to series.

Dan Liles of Springfield will present “Common Edible Mushrooms and Their Poisonous Look-a-likes.” He will examine some of Missouri’s typical edible mushrooms and identify their poisonous cousins.

Liles is president of the Springfield chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society. When he’s not chasing mushrooms, he can be found birding with the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society.

For more information on the Christian County Master Gardeners (CCMG), its demonstration garden at the OC in Ozark and its free public seminars, contact Jennifer Ailor, 581-4018. To become a Master Gardener, contact Dr. Gordon Carriker, University of Missouri Extension advisor to CCMG, 581-3558, to add your name to the list for the 2015 class in the fall.

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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