Growing Green registration in now underway

The Fourth Annual Growing Green Gardening Seminar is scheduled for March 31 at the Havener Center in Rolla. This event is hosted by the Phelps County Master Gardeners and the University of Missouri Extension. Registration for this year’s event is now open, and those interested in attending are encouraged to do so.

“This year’s event features more speakers than ever before,” Fred Mussig, Treasurer for the Phelps County Master Gardeners, said. “Past favorites like Jim Quinn and Tim Reinbott will be back, and we have some great new speakers like Horticulture Specialist Patrick Byers and author and beekeeper Dr. Leo Sharashkin.”

Growing Green will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Havener Center at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. The seminar is open to the public and will feature a wide variety of guest speakers that will be talking about various topics. There is limited seating, so early registration is encouraged. Pre-registration will close on March 26.

Topics will include soil basics, flower beds and ground covers, sustainable landscaping, groundwater, cultivating healthy soil, beekeeping basics, rooftop gardens, seed starting, herbs, greenhouse construction, rain gardens for water and wildlife, plant horticulture, fruit trees, natives for wildlife and grazing, lasagna gardening, vegetable gardening, garden cover crops, farm to table, plant propagation, grape growing, front yard forestry, greenhouse plants, and stream ecosystems.

Each course is taught by either a qualified Advanced Master Gardener, a Master Naturalist, or someone who qualifies as both. Some classes overlap, so participants are encouraged to double check which classes and times they would like to participate in.

Growing Green promotes garden education in Phelps County and is a great opportunity for those interested in getting started in gardening, those who have years of mastery, or anyone in between.

Classes are filled on a first come-first served basis and can be taken as half day or full day classes. Cost for the event will be $10 for the morning and $10 for the afternoon. Coffee and water will be provided, and breakfast and lunch will be available on-site for an additional cost. Participants are asked to not bring in outside food or beverages.

Attendees will receive an itinerary on the day of the seminar. Each class has limited seating, so signups will ask visitors what their first and second choice is for courses and will be filled accordingly. Registration is available for the day of the event, but class selection may be limited.

A full list of course descriptions and information about the guest speaker leading the class is available online at Registration forms are also available on the website, on the Phelps Master Gardeners website at, by calling 573-458-6260, or information can be obtained via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Phelps Master Gardeners are a group of volunteers who give back to their communities through educational programs on gardening and community projects. They offer information and education to the public based on proven research specific to the areas climate and growing needs. To become a Master Gardener, individuals must attend a 30-hour classroom core training and agree to volunteer 30 hours of volunteer service to the community during the first year. Following completion, he or she becomes and Active Master Gardner and is certified as long as 20 hours of community service is completed each year and six hours of continued education is met.

The Phelps Master Gardeners meet on the first Tuesday of the month beginning at 6 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Rolla, located at 801 North Cedar Street.