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Spring gardening workshop in Branson will include area vendors, breakfast

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Scholarship Chair Elaine Fischer of Master Gardeners of the Ozarks presents a $1,000 Scholarship to Cassidy Maples, a junior majoring in Horticulture at the College of the Ozarks. Also pictured at the presentation are (l-r) Stone County Extension Agent Tim Schnakenberg and Master Gardeners Alice Troyke, Kathryn Kufahl, Rose Schwarte, David Smith, Ken Schwarte, Dorothy Brunskill and Dick Brunskill.

GALENA, Mo. — The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will host the 15th Annual Spring Gardening Workshop, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at the Faith Lutheran Church, 221 Malone Street, Branson.

The workshop includes vendor booths and a continental breakfast. The program is designed for homeowners looking for tips to improve their landscapes and gardening skills.

“This program will feature qualified and informative speakers who will discuss the topics of developing the right size garden, composting tips, successfully growing microgreens and amazing plants for gardens,” said Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

This year’s program features a speaker who will discuss yoga and gardening

“This program has grown in popularity and has become a Branson tradition for gardeners throughout the region,” said Maggie Ann Shanks, master gardener who chairs the program.

Over 200 people attended last year’s event. Several vendors will be on site and will be set up to offer plants and horticulture-related merchandise to the public.

A registration fee will be charged to cover the cost of the workshop and lunch. Seating is limited so pre-register soon.

Contact the Stone County University of Missouri Extension Center at (417) 357-6812 for more information and to pre-register. Registration is also available on-line at

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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