It’s spring, so surely you’ve got questions about gardening. The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City can help.
Members of the group answer questions from Kansas City Star readers at the KC Gardens blog, some of which we feature in the House + Home section during gardening months. But they do a lot more than that.
Master Gardeners is a volunteer program of the University of Missouri Extension that was organized during the 1980s to help residents of Clay, Jackson and Platte Counties learn to garden by giving them access to research-based horticulture information.
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Last year, they answered more than 1,227 calls and served 66 people at an in-person answer desk at the River Market Extension Office, 105 E. Fifth St.
The group also provides information at MGGKC.org about its local gardening events, community projects and educational opportunities, including lectures by experts on a range of horticulture and gardening topics.
Coming events include:
Gardener’s Gathering: 6:30 p.m. April 16 at Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road. Betsy Betros, author and scientist will present “Pollinators: Feel the Love.”
Annual Plant Sale: 8 a.m. until sold out May 9 at Bass Pro Shop, 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence
Garden Tour, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 5-6. For $15, you’ll see six area gardens. Tickets can be purchased starting May 8 at MGGKC.org.
Each year, the Master Gardeners accepts between 30 and 40 avid gardeners to join its ranks. Members must take 16 weeks of intensive training, starting in August.
Applications to become a Master Gardener are available online and at the Jackson County Extension Office, 1600 N.E. Coronado Drive, Blue Springs.
Applications must be completed and returned to the Jackson County Extension office by mid-June for the class and include a $10 nonrefundable fee. Applicants will be interviewed in July, and if chosen for the program, will pay $175.