General Conference Information

Below is general information about the conference.

Be sure to visit our Vendor and Sponsor pages.

  • The following is the conference schedule; the final version to be printed in the programs which will be handed out to you when you arrive and register.

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    Thursday, September 27th

    6:30 pm – 8:30 pmRegistration – Convention Check-In
      

    Friday, September 28th

    7:00 am – 9:00 amRegistration – Convention Check-In
    7:45 amCrystal Bridges Tour Bus Boards
    8:00 amCrystal Bridges Tour Bus Departs
    4:00 pmCrystal Bridges Tour Returns to Chateau
    8:15 amTop Rock/Dogwood Tour Bus Boards
    8:30 amTop Rock/Dogwood Tour Bus Departs
    4:00 pmTop Rock/Dogwood Tour Returns to Chateau
    3:00 pm – 9:00 pmRegistration – Convention Check-In
    3:00 pm – 6:00 pmMarketplace – Barcelona/Madrid
    5:00 pm – 7:00 pmCome and Go Welcome Reception – Windsor
    6:00 pmEntertainment by the Hughes Brothers – Windsor
    7:00 pm – 9:00 pmMarketplace – Barcelona/Madrid

    Saturday, September 29th

    6:30 am – 8:30 amBreakfast – Windsor
    7:00 am – 9:00 amRegistration – Convention Check-In
    7:00 am – 8:45 amMarketplace – Barcelona/Madrid
    7:45 amTour #1 Harmony in Branson Tour Bus Boards
    8:00 amTour #1 Harmony in Branson Tour Bus Departs
    4:30 pmTour #1 Harmony in Branson Tour Returns to Chateau
    8:00 amTour #2 Harmony in Nature Tour Bus Boards
    8:15 amTour #2 Harmony in Nature Tour Bus Departs
    4:30 pmTour #2 Harmony in Nature Tour Returns to Chateau
    7:45 amTour #3 Harmony in the Hills Tour Bus Boards
    8:00 amTour #3 Harmony in the Hills Tour Bus Departs
    4:30 pmTour #3 Harmony in the Hills Tour Returns to Chateau
    8:00 amTour #4 Harmony in the Home Tour Bus Boards
    8:15 amTour #4 Harmony in the Home Tour Bus Departs
    4:30 pmTour #4 Harmony in the Home Tour Returns to Chateau
    9:00 am – 3:00 pmMake It and Take It Workshop – Milan/Venice
    11:30 am – 1:00 pmMarketplace – Barcelona/Madrid
    3:00 pm – 6:00 pmMarketplace – Barcelona/Madrid
    3:00 pm – 5:30 pmHospitality Room – Lake Geneva Room (3rd Floor)
    3:00 pm – 6:30 pmSilent Auction – Windsor
    3:00 pm – 6:30 pmVendors – Hallways/Windsor/Outside
    4:00 pm – 5:00 pmRegistration – Convention Check-In
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pmCash Bar – Windsor
    5:30 pm – 6:30 pmEntertainment by Dee Uebel – Windsor
    6:30 pmBanquet – Windsor
    Keynote Speaker – Cody George of Crystal Bridges
    Post BanquetMOMGA Lifetime Member Group Photo at the Photo Boutique
    Post BanquetMissouri Master Gardener Emeritus Group Photo at the Photo Boutique
    Post Banquet until 9:00pmMarketplace – Barcelona/Madrid
    Silent Auction – Windsor
    Vendors/Exhibitors – Hallways/Windsor
      

    Sunday, September 30th

    6:30 am – 8:30 amBreakfast – Windsor
    7:00 am – 11:00 amSilent Auction – Windsor – Closes at 11:00 am
    7:00 am -12:30 pmVendors/Exhibitors – Hallways/Windsor/Outside
    7:30 am – 8:30 amRegistration – Convention Check-In
    7:30 am -12:30 pmMarketplace – Barcelona/Madrid
    7:45 am – 8:15 amChristian Worship (Optional) – St. Moritz
    8:30 am – 9:30 am
    Orchids: Not as Picky As You Think
    Nathan Bell
    Heidelberg
    Unusual and Specialty Bulbs for the Missouri Garden
    Patrick Byers
    Innsbruck
    Growing Shitake Mushrooms
    Earnie Bohner
    Milan/Venice
    Growing Vegetables is Cool Again
    Janet Carson
    St. Moritz
    9:45 am – 10:45 am
    Wild Culinary Arts
    Rachel West
    Heidelberg
    Deer Resistant Perennials
    Oscar Cross
    Innsbruck
    The Story of Heirloom Seeds
    Kathy McFarland
    Milan/Venice
    Japanese Maples for Midwest Gardeners
    Lee Coates
    St. Moritz
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Monarch Butterfly Migration Biology
    Tom Riley
    Heidelberg
    Using Native Plants in Garden Design
    Bill Ruppert
    Innsbruck
    Growing Roses in Missouri
    Bill Greet
    Milan/Venice
    Shade Gardening
    Tom Lakowske
    St. Moritz
    12:00 pmSilent Auction Winners Posted
    12:30 pmLunch – Windsor
    1:10 pm – 1:40 pmMOMGA Annual Meeting/State Awards Presentation – Blanche Kelly, President
    1:40 pm – 2:00 pmMU Leadership Team Address – Robert Balek, Regional Horticulture Specialist
    2:00 pm – 2:10 pmCenterpiece Distribution, Door Prizes and Farewell
    2:10 pmSilent Auction/Decorations Payment and Pick-up – Windsor
  • Here are the Room Assignments for the events and functions of the conference.

    WHATWHERE
    Welcome EventWindsor
    All MealsWindsor
    Registration – Convention Check-InConvention Check-In
    Marketplace/BookstoreMadrid/Barcelona
    Silent AuctionWindsor
    Vendors and ExhibitorsWindsor/Hallways/Outside
    WorshipSt. Moritz
    Education Sessions (Sunday Morning)Heidelberg, Innsbruck, Milan/Venice, St. Moritz
    Hospitality*Lake Geneva Room (3rd Floor)
    * The Hospitality Room is open throughout the conference and is on the left as you exit the 3rd Floor elevator. Coffee, tea and snacks are provided.
  • Here is a layout of the Hotel and the Conference Rooms we are using.

    Mobile-Friendly version of Hotel Layout and Room Assignments: CLICK HERE

  • There are 2 tours on Friday (Crystal Bridges and Top of the Rock/Dogwood Canyon) which are premium tours. You will take one of them.

    There are 4 tours on Saturday. You will take one of them.

  • MAKE IT AND TAKE IT WORKSHOPS

    For those of you who opted to skip the Saturday tours, we arranged for 2 Workshops presented by Linda Whiting from Garden Adventures Nursery of Nixa.

    9:00 AM – 11:00 AM WONDERFUL LOTION FROM INFUSED OIL

    Using the herbs calendula and lavender, Linda will be showing the methods of infusing a carrier oil and then producing a wonderful soothing lotion which is great for the coming winter.

    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH IS PROVIDED – You’ll get a voucher from the Chateau to cover your lunch cost.

    1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ELDERBERRY SYRUP

    Elderberry is one of the great native shrubs in Missouri and grows marvelously here. Linda will demonstrate the procedures for making syrup from these wonderful berries.

  • These classes qualify for Master Gardener Continuing Education. There will be 3 sessions:

    • 8:30 am – 9:30 am
    • 9:45 am – 10:45 am
    • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

    In between, visit with Vendors and Exhibitors, check out the Silent Auction and relax.

    View the list of Presenters

    View the list of Classes (includes Presenter Bios)

  • Stuff to Buy

    You’ll want a Conference T-shirt and/or Conference Apron. They’re both dark blue, good quality and emblazoned with our logo.

    The shirt is manufactured by Gildan.
    100% Ultra Cotton
    Color Navy with Conference Logo
    Pre-shrunk
    Sizes Available = SM, MED, LG, XL, XXL
    $15.00 each
    Advanced Ordering is closed but we’ll have a limited number available at the conference. First come, first served!
    The apron is manufactured by Cobra.
    65% Polyester/35% Cotton
    Color Navy with Conference Logo
    One size fits all with adjustable pull through neck strap/tie strap
    3 pockets on front
    $15.00 ea.
    Advanced Ordering is Closed but we’ll have a limited number at the conference. First come, first served!
     
  • You can still buy additional meals for a spouse or friend accompanying you to the conference but don’t have conference tickets themselves and have other plans during the tours and classes.

    Buy Extra Meals

    We encourage you to check out our Food Provider and Caterer Page for more information about the folks providing the scrumptious meals for the conference.

    The following meals are included in the Full Conference Registration:

    • Friday Night Welcome at the Chateau Pool Side – Potato and Taco Bar with entertainment by the Hughes Brothers
    • Saturday Morning Breakfast Bar
    • Lunch on each Tour
    • Lunch at Make It and Take It Workshop (if opting out of Tours)
    • Saturday Night Banquet
    • Sunday Morning Breakfast Bar
    • Sunday Lunch

    The following meals are provided in the Premium Pre-Conference Tour Add-on:

    • Lunch on each Tour

    The following meals are provided in the Saturday Only Registration:

    • Saturday Morning Breakfast Bar
    • Lunch on each Tour
    • Lunch at Make It and Take It Workshop (if opting out of Tours)
      The Chateau will issue vouchers for use at any of the Chateau restaurants for this meal.
    • Saturday Night Banquet

    The following meals are provided in the Sunday Only Registration:

    • Sunday Morning Breakfast Bar
    • Sunday Lunch
  • Start your Sunday with a short, optional worship service where you can praise God with others who love gardening and the Lord as much as you do. There will be plenty of time afterwards to get to your first educational class. However, you may want to grab breakfast beforehand.

  • We are thrilled to be hosting this year’s State Conference at the Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Conference Center.

    We would hope that most, if not all of you have your room(s) reserved.

    The rooms which were available at the Chateau at the rate of $109 have been sold out. You may still contact the Chateau and reserve a room. It is still the most convenient option, but you will not get a preferred rate.

    Call the Chateau for more information and to make reservations.

    1 888 333-5253

    We have two alternate hotels which are giving our attendees special rates.

    The Branson Stone Castle Hotel – about 8 minutes from the Chateau. They are offering a tremendous rate for the conference. Call the number above or reserve online:

    2. Put in your date of arrival on the reservation page.
    2. Click on +More Options (orange box)
    3. Enter 180924MISS into the Group Code box. 

    800-677-6906

    The Welk Resort – about 4 minutes from the Chateau. They also offer a special rate for our attendees.

    800 932-9355