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Education Classes 2018 Missouri Master Gardner State Conference

These classes qualify for Master Gardener Continuing Education

Sunday Morning - September 30Three Sessions8:30 AM - 9:30 AM9:45 AM - 10:45 AM11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Education Classes

Sunday Morning – September 30
Three Sessions
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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8:30 AM

Orchids: Not as Picky as You Think

With orchids being one of the largest plant families in the world, they have adapted to extreme growing conditions.  In this session we will discuss a overview of cultivation of the most popular genera of orchids and introduce you to some of the lesser known genera.  We will also talk about some of the unique methods of potting and mounting plants for your growing conditions.  Nathan is a graduate of College of the Ozarks and is now the manager of the campus greenhouse operation.  The greenhouses have 10,000 square feet under glass and produce about 200,000 bedding plants annually.  He is also responsible for maintaining the college's orchid collection of 7,000 plants.  He is well known for winning awards at orchid shows across the Midwest and is also a judge for the American Orchid Society.

Nathan Bell
8:30 - Heidelberg

With orchids being one of the largest plant families in the world, they have adapted to extreme growing conditions. In this session we will discuss a overview of cultivation of the most popular genera of orchids and introduce you to some of the lesser known genera. We will also talk about some of the unique methods of potting and mounting plants for your growing conditions.
Nathan is a graduate of College of the Ozarks and is now the manager of the campus greenhouse operation. The greenhouses have 10,000 square feet under glass and produce about 200,000 bedding plants annually. He is also responsible for maintaining the college’s orchid collection of 7,000 plants. He is well known for winning awards at orchid shows across the Midwest and is also a judge for the American Orchid Society.

Growing Shitake Mushrooms

This session will feature inoculating an oak log with shiitake spawn, a discussion on how and where to maintain a laying yard and a slide presentation showing how we raise shiitake mushrooms at Persimmon Hill Farm.  Earnie is the owner of Persimmon Hill Farm in Lampe, MO.  The blueberry and blackberry crop are major products at the farm in summer with the "Thunder Muffins" being a signature item with restaurant visitors and online shoppers.  He also grows shitake mushrooms and is one of the selected exhibitors at the annual Best of Missouri Marketplace.  Participation in the Marketplace is by invitation only at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

Earnie Bohner
8:30 - Milan/Venice

This session will feature inoculating an oak log with shiitake spawn, a discussion on how and where to maintain a laying yard and a slide presentation showing how we raise shiitake mushrooms at Persimmon Hill Farm.
Earnie is the owner of Persimmon Hill Farm in Lampe, MO. The blueberry and blackberry crop are major products at the farm in summer with the “Thunder Muffins” being a signature item with restaurant visitors and online shoppers. He also grows shitake mushrooms and is one of the selected exhibitors at the annual Best of Missouri Marketplace. Participation in the Marketplace is by invitation only at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

Unusual and Specialty Bulbs for the Missouri Garden

The world of plants that grow from bulbs is so much more exciting than just red tulips and yellow daffodils!  Join Patrick Byers for an overview of the interesting world of little known bulbs, from the earliest snowdrops and crocus in the spring, through the lovely spring and summer flowering bulbs, to the final autumn colchicum in the fall, and even bulbs that thrive indoors.  Learn about the riot of different bulb species and cultivars, how to select the bulbs best suited for Missouri gardens, and tips on planting and encouraging bulbs to persist in the garden.  Patrick is the Regional Horticulture Specialist with the Webster County office of University of Missouri.  He previously worked in the Greene County office where he was the MG advisor and has been a favorite speaker for many MG events in the region.  He resides on a farm near Fordland and raises elderberries with his family.

Patrick Byers
8:30 - Innsbruck

The world of plants that grow from bulbs is so much more exciting than just red tulips and yellow daffodils! Join Patrick Byers for an overview of the interesting world of little known bulbs, from the earliest snowdrops and crocus in the spring, through the lovely spring and summer flowering bulbs, to the final autumn colchicum in the fall, and even bulbs that thrive indoors. Learn about the riot of different bulb species and cultivars, how to select the bulbs best suited for Missouri gardens, and tips on planting and encouraging bulbs to persist in the garden.
Patrick is the Regional Horticulture Specialist with the Webster County office of University of Missouri. He previously worked in the Greene County office where he was the MG advisor and has been a favorite speaker for many MG events in the region. He resides on a farm near Fordland and raises elderberries with his family.

Growing Vegetables is Cool Again

Growing your own food has taken on a new meaning for gardeners across the country.  The planting of edible gardens has been growing exponentially over the past five years, with more people growing their own gardens than since the Victory Gardens of WWII.  Whether you plant a pot of tomatoes on the back patio, are interspersing  some herbs in your flower beds, or have an acre in-ground garden, come learn how to have your garden and eat it too.  As an Extension Horticulture Specialist for the University of Arkansas, Janet works in the Little Rock office.  However, her work as coordinator the entire Arkansas state MG Program takes her to events across the region.  She organizes the annual state MG conference in Arkansas and has also served several times on the planning committee of the International MG Conference.

Janet Carson
8:30 - St. Moritz

Growing your own food has taken on a new meaning for gardeners across the country. The planting of edible gardens has been growing exponentially over the past five years, with more people growing their own gardens than since the Victory Gardens of WWII. Whether you plant a pot of tomatoes on the back patio, are interspersing some herbs in your flower beds, or have an acre in-ground garden, come learn how to have your garden and eat it too.
As an Extension Horticulture Specialist for the University of Arkansas, Janet works in the Little Rock office. However, her work as coordinator the entire Arkansas state MG Program takes her to events across the region. She organizes the annual state MG conference in Arkansas and has also served several times on the planning committee of the International MG Conference.
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9:45 AM

Japanese Maples for Midwest Gardens

Lee will discuss how to select, use, and care for Japanese Maples. Along with the culture tips Lee will also introduce you to many new  varieties starting to hit the market. Lee will also be vending at the conference and will have a large selection of the new varieties available for purchase!  Lee and his wife are the owners of Peggy's Flowers of Highlandville, MO.  Although Lee has a special passion for hosta and Japanese maples, he also has developed a great interest in miniature landscapes or fairy gardens.  He teaches classes on making papercrete containers that are perfect for those applications and travels extensively making presentations at regional MG and plant society events.

Lee Coates
9:45 - St. Moritz

Lee will discuss how to select, use, and care for Japanese Maples. Along with the culture tips Lee will also introduce you to many new  varieties starting to hit the market. Lee will also be vending at the conference and will have a large selection of the new varieties available for purchase!
Lee and his wife are the owners of Peggy’s Flowers of Highlandville, MO. Although Lee has a special passion for hosta and Japanese maples, he also has developed a great interest in miniature landscapes or fairy gardens. He teaches classes on making papercrete containers that are perfect for those applications and travels extensively making presentations at regional MG and plant society events.

Deer Resistant Perennials

Oscar will discuss what helps make a plant less attractive to deer as well as a few ideas relating to how to make a landscape less welcoming to Bambi.  With his wife, Amy, Oscar owns Hilltop Gardens near Ash Grove, MO.  Over 30  years, they have developed an iconic nursery known for annuals and perennials that adapt well to Ozark gardens.  Oscar enjoys finding new varieties and tries to offer something unique each season.  Hilltop Gardens was one of the tour stops during the 2013 MG conference.

Oscar Cross
9:45 - Innsbruck

Oscar will discuss what helps make a plant less attractive to deer as well as a few ideas relating to how to make a landscape less welcoming to Bambi.
With his wife, Amy, Oscar owns Hilltop Gardens near Ash Grove, MO. Over 30+ years, they have developed an iconic nursery known for annuals and perennials that adapt well to Ozark gardens. Oscar enjoys finding new varieties and tries to offer something unique each season. Hilltop Gardens was one of the tour stops during the 2013 MG conference.

The Story of Heirloom Seeds

The importance of heirloom seeds to the modern gardening movement.  Baker Creek's role in the growth of heirloom gardening and seed saving.  Kathy McFarland is a life-long gardener and a life-long learner.  After a successful 30-year career as a secondary English teacher, she moved back to her home area of the Missouri Ozarks.  In addition to being a full time gardener and sole owner/operator of her farm, she is media and public relations coordinator for Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company in Mansfield, Missouri.  As a dedicated heirloom seed advocate, she enjoys sharing the story of the company that Jere Gettle started as a teenager and has grown into a giant operation.

Kathy McFarland
9:45 - Milan/Venice

The importance of heirloom seeds to the modern gardening movement.  Baker Creek’s role in the growth of heirloom gardening and seed saving.
Kathy McFarland is a life-long gardener and a life-long learner. After a successful 30-year career as a secondary English teacher, she moved back to her home area of the Missouri Ozarks. In addition to being a full time gardener and sole owner/operator of her farm, she is media and public relations coordinator for Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company in Mansfield, Missouri. As a dedicated heirloom seed advocate, she enjoys sharing the story of the company that Jere Gettle started as a teenager and has grown into a giant operation.

Wild Culinary Arts

Learn how to utilize our local wild plants for food, spice, and medicine. You'll be shown processing techniques, recipe ideas, as well as ways to store plants year around.  Rachel is a Wild Edibles Educator who hosts walks to share her knowledge about wild plants and their uses.  She is primarily self-taught, spending lots of research efforts to continue learning.  Living in Willard, MO, Rachel is the mother of two young children and often includes them in her foraging trips.  She is employed by the Springfield Community Gardens and shares her passion though Facebook at onceuponaweed.

Rachel West
9:45 - Heidelberg

Learn how to utilize our local wild plants for food, spice, and medicine. You’ll be shown processing techniques, recipe ideas, as well as ways to store plants year around.
Rachel is a Wild Edibles Educator who hosts walks to share her knowledge about wild plants and their uses. She is primarily self-taught, spending lots of research efforts to continue learning. Living in Willard, MO, Rachel is the mother of two young children and often includes them in her foraging trips. She is employed by the Springfield Community Gardens and shares her passion though Facebook at onceuponaweed.
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11:00 AM

Growing Roses in Missouri

You no longer need to avoid growing roses in your garden.  Since 2000, new millennial roses, also referred to as garden roses, are low maintenance, chemical free, cold hardy, disease resistant, ever blooming and provide sizes, shapes and colors for any garden.  At retirement, Bill and his wife moved to their home on Table Rock Lake, just south of Kimberling City.  Bill has been very active with MG of the Ozarks, serving on the Executive Board and managing several project gardens.  He also frequently accepts invitations to present programs for local groups as part of the MG Speakers Bureau.

Bill Greet
11:00 - Milan/Venice

You no longer need to avoid growing roses in your garden. Since 2000, new millennial roses, also referred to as garden roses, are low maintenance, chemical free, cold hardy, disease resistant, ever blooming and provide sizes, shapes and colors for any garden.
At retirement, Bill and his wife moved to their home on Table Rock Lake, just south of Kimberling City. Bill has been very active with MG of the Ozarks, serving on the Executive Board and managing several project gardens. He also frequently accepts invitations to present programs for local groups as part of the MG Speakers Bureau.

Shade Gardening

A very popular presentation. Over 80 gorgeous color slides and dozens of tips to make your garden tranquil, peaceful and inviting. View the  flowers, foliage and textures and learn the secret ingredient for a shady garden refuge.  Tom is a MG from Greene County and current president of the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society.  He was also the designer of the hosta garden renovation and the Founders Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens.  Tom and his wife are the owners of Alta Birdsong, their private garden, where they often welcome tour groups.  He maintains the website SWMOgardens.com.

Tom Lakowske
11:00 - St. Moritz

A very popular presentation. Over 80 gorgeous color slides and dozens of tips to make your garden tranquil, peaceful and inviting. View the flowers, foliage and textures and learn the secret ingredient for a shady garden refuge.
Tom is a MG from Greene County and current president of the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society. He was also the designer of the hosta garden renovation and the Founders Garden at the Springfield Botanical Gardens. Tom and his wife are the owners of Alta Birdsong, their private garden, where they often welcome tour groups. He maintains the website SWMOgardens.com.

Monarch Butterfly Migration Biology: How You can get Involved

Tom Riley will discuss the current status of the monarch butterfly's migration in North America and Mexico and, how you as a gardener, can contribute to a better understanding of this amazing insect phenomenon.  Before his retirement, Tom was an entomologist with Louisiana State University.  Now he is an active member of MG of the Ozarks Speaker Bureau and a favorite presenter for all programs on insects.  Tom initiated the local monarch tagging events.  He is also an accomplished photographer and has many of his best shots available as framed pieces or note cards.

Tom Riley
11:00 - Heidelberg

Tom Riley will discuss the current status of the monarch butterfly’s migration in North America and Mexico and, how you as a gardener, can contribute to a better understanding of this amazing insect phenomenon.
Before his retirement, Tom was an entomologist with Louisiana State University. Now he is an active member of MG of the Ozarks Speaker Bureau and a favorite presenter for all programs on insects. Tom initiated the local monarch tagging events. He is also an accomplished photographer and has many of his best shots available as framed pieces or note cards.

Using Native Plants in a Garden Design

Landscapes utilizing native plants don't necessary need to be randomly planted, with an appearance of being "wild and weedy".  Appropriate selection, based on a set of selection criteria, and an understanding of some basic landscape design principals can create a landscape to be envied by your neighbors.  Bill will provide an illustrated presentation highlighting 5 important plant selection criteria and examples associated with 7 landscape design considerations for creating both attractive and nature-beneficial native landscapes to keep nature near!  Bill graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and then worked in the campus landscape department during the time of the campus beautification initiative.  Since 1990, Bill has been the owner/manager of National Nursery Products, a horticultural marketing and consulting company in St. Louis.  He is also actively involved with the Missouri Prairie Foundation Grow Native program.

William (Bill) Ruppert
11:00 - Innsbruck

Landscapes utilizing native plants don’t necessary need to be randomly planted, with an appearance of being “wild and weedy”. Appropriate selection, based on a set of selection criteria, and an understanding of some basic landscape design principals can create a landscape to be envied by your neighbors. Bill will provide an illustrated presentation highlighting 5 important plant selection criteria and examples associated with 7 landscape design considerations for creating both attractive and nature-beneficial native landscapes to keep nature near!
Bill graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and then worked in the campus landscape department during the time of the campus beautification initiative. Since 1990, Bill has been the owner/manager of National Nursery Products, a horticultural marketing and consulting company in St. Louis. He is also actively involved with the Missouri Prairie Foundation Grow Native program.