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Missouri Master Gardeners gather for 20th year conference

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Dr. Leo Sharaskin answers a question about beekeeping. He, his wife and four children on a homestead in southern Missouri where they create edible landscapes and raise bees. He holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Missouri, where he specialized in small-scale organic farming and food gardening.

For the 20th year, Missouri Master Gardeners will convene their state conference, Sept. 11-13, at Stoney Creek in Columbia. Adrain County Master Gardeners and Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners will co-host the conference.                                              

Regular Registration continues through Sept. 4 – $ 175. Late Registration will be $200 from Sept. 5-10.

The “Harvest in the Heartland” theme will highligh Central Missouri through tours, advanced training, classes, and speakers.  To register, visit MOMGA.org. We are offering Advanced Training everyday of the conference without extra cost during the conference.

We have strived to keep costs down for the conference but still offer the customary events in the schedule. Many deadlines must be met during a conference so we have offered an early registration time period that will allow for meeting our deadlines.  Please help all conference hosts to keep costs down by registering early.

Featured speaker this year is Dr. Leo Sharaskin, who has traveled to four continents speaking on organic growing, earth-friendly living, and natural beekeeping.  He holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Missouri, where he specialized in small-scale organic farming  and food gardening. He previously headed a  World Wildlife Fund (WWF) program, and served as editor of Russia’s largest environmental magazine, and led one of the country’s first eco-villages. He was editor of “Growing Vegetables With a Smile” and several dozen internationally-acclaimed books.  He, his wife and four children on a homestead in southern Missouri where they create edible landscapes and raise bees.

Three-Day Schedule

FRIDAY – September 11, 2015
11 a.m.-9 p.m.: Registration at Stoney Creek Inn, north entrance.
11 a.m.-4:30 pm – Hospitality.
2-5 p.m. – Silent Auction.
Optional Tours of Friday: (All tours leave from north entrance).
12:30-4 p.m. – Advanced Training Tour 1, Bradford Research.
1:15-3:30 p.m. – Advanced Training Tour 2, Southern Boone County School Garden.
5:30-6:45 p.m. – Tour “Mizzou Botanic Gardens” (campus maps will be available at registration) Please provide your own transportation.
6:15-7:30 p.m. – Reception in Memorial Union, Stotler Lounge, University of Missouri (light refreshments).
7:30-8:30 p.m. – Round-table discussions – Sponsored by Missouri Master Gardener Association, Inc (MOMGA) Stotler Lounge.

SATURDAY- September 12, 2015 (All tours depart from north front registration entrance)
7:30 a.m.-Noon – Registration Open.
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Silent Auction area open.
All tours will return to the hotel by 4:30 p.m.
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – All-day Tour A. Audrain County/Chance Gardens/Motley Gardens/B&B gardens & lunch/ Callaway Fields Nursery (fully registered and closed)
8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – All Day Tour B. Shelter Gardens/Warm Springs/MU Horticulture & Agroforestry Research Center & Lunch/Rocheport.

Morning Tours
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Tour C (Farmers Market/Shelter Gardens/Stephens Lake and lunch).
7:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Tour D (Eagle Bluffs/Tompkins Garden/ Giving Gardens and lunch (fully registered and closed).
9-11 a.m.– Advanced Training (Lewis & Clark Room) “Invasive Insects on the Horizon – and Coming to a Garden Near You,” with Anastasia Becker (fully registered and closed)

Afternoon Tours
1-4:30 p.m. – Tour E – Les Bourgeois vineyard tour and wine tasting/Shillito Garden
1-4:30 p.m. – Tour F – MG “Learning Garden”/Shillito Garden/ Helmi’s Garden Center
1-3 p.m. – Advanced Training (Lewis & Clark room) “Plant Disease Diagnostics: A hands on approach and utilizing technology” with Patricia Wallace – (fully registered and closed).
5:30-6:15 p.m. – Social time (bar area).
6:15- 7:15 p.m. – Banquet (Salon A & B).
7:15 -7:30 p.m. – Introduction of Special Guests.
7:30-8 p.m. – Overview of the Missouri Master Gardener program – Dr. Dave Trinklein.
8-9 p.m. – Leo Sharashkin, Featured Speaker.
9 p.m. – Announcements.

SUNDAY, September 13, 2015
7-9 a.m. – Registration Open
7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. – Vendors open in registration hall
Concurrent Sessions (9-11:50 a.m.)
From 9-9:50 a.m.
▪ Grow Well Missouri: Growing Gardeners for Better Health with Missouri Food Pantries – Pines Room
▪ Gardening Apps – Columbia Room
▪ Orchids from the Wild – Meadows Room
▪ Organic Home Fruit Gardening in Missouri – Timberlands Room                                                                                                                                                                                                    From 10-10:50 a.m.
▪ Growing with Your Garden – Friendly Ideas for your Backyard and Beyond – Pines Room – (fully registered and closed).
▪ Impact of Cultural Practices on Lawn Pests – Columbia Room – Canceled
▪ Gain no Pain Gardening – Meadows Room
▪ Solving Wildlife Damage Problems Around Your Home, Garden or Farm – Timberlands Room
From 11-11:50 a.m.
▪ Soil Health for Improved Food Securities – Pines Room
▪ Does Mycorrhizal Fungi Benefit Fruit Production in Tomatoes and Cucumbers – Columbia Room
▪ Season Extenders – Meadows Room.
▪ Beyond Tomatoes – Timberlands Room.
From 9-10:25 a.m. – Advanced Training – Landscape Design 1 – Lewis & Clark Room (First Floor) (fully registered and closed).                                                    
From 10:35-11:50 a.m. – Advanced Training – Landscape Design 2 – Lewis & Clark Room – (fully registered and closed).                                                    

Noon-Lunch (Salon A & B)
12:45-1 p.m. – Kansas City Invitation
1-1:15 p.m. – Awarding of Silent Auction Items
1:15-2:15 p.m. – Annual Missouri Master Gardener Association, Inc. Meeting with Election of Officers – Elaine Fix
2:15 p.m. – Adjournment.

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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