Master Gardener sessions offer flower knowledge, Governor’s Mansion tour

Julie Smith/Fulton Sun photo: Danielle Bezler holds out her camera Tuesday, April 28, 2020, to take a selfie with Taylor Hagens at the Governor’s Garden in Jefferson City. They had multiple things to celebrate, among those their longtime friendship, spring weather and their graduations.

The upcoming 12-week fall training of University of Missouri Extension Master Gardeners offers a chance to learn more about flowers while touring local gardens and the Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City.

The 12-week training program is from Aug. 17-Nov. 16.

The sessions are a mix of in-person and online classes. The online sessions take place over Zoom from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

According to a MU Extension release, the in-person schedule is:

Thursday, Aug. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Orientation at the MU Extension Center in Cole County, Jefferson City.

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tour around Governor's Mansion in Jefferson City to look at different types of flowers. The mansion's gardens include a sunken pool, walkways and a pergola in addition to vegetables to fruits, which are included in menus for mansion events.

Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-noon. Fruit and Veggie Garden Tour, 719 W. Broadway, Columbia (rain date: Saturday, Sept. 23).

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5:30-7 p.m. Neighborhood landscape tour in Columbia. The exact location will be provided before the tour.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Session on lawn management and soil management in the garden, MU Extension Center in Cole County, Jefferson City.

Thursday, Nov.16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cedar City Room, 810 Sandstone, Jefferson City. Session on plant propagation and integrated pest management/plant diagnostics.

"The Extension Master Gardener Training helps you gain new horticulture knowledge and become a community resource for science-based information," MU Extension horticulturist Dhruba Dhakal said in a release. "It also helps to educate adults and children about the gardening benefits and meet fellow gardeners."

The cost of the program is $200.

To register for the sessions, visit MU Extension's website.