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  • Volunteer Opportunity for EMGs & MMNs

    Volunteers Needed for the 5th Annual Pollinator Festival

    Saturday, June 24, 2023

    9:30 am to 11:30 am

    St. Paul Community Garden

    36th Street and Sterling Ave.

    Independence MO 64052

    (Rain-out date is Sunday, June 25; 2:00-4:00 p.m.)

    This event will earn volunteer service hours for both EMGs and MMNs.

    Volunteers Needed:

    • Childrens’ Butterfly Art Project- staff a table where children will make a take-home butterfly craft
    • Mason Bee Specialist- review the resource material provided at the table and talk to guests about the biology of mason bees; offer guests a free mason bee house to take home
    • Native Plant Garden Advisor/Tour guide- be familiar about the importance of native plants; advise guests on how to create their own native plant garden; resource information has been prepared to share with the guests
    • Bug Wrangler- guide youth on how to use an insect net (some are provided); help identify the insects that are caught (and released!). A table with insect identification resources will be provided.

    This event is intended to educate and motivate guests to value our native pollinators who make over 1/3 of our food possible by their ecological services of pollination. Creating habitat for these creatures on our own property is an important investment for our future. Inspiring our youth’s curiosity for our insects will create future stewards of our environment.

    This event is sponsored by:

    University of Missouri Extension- Jackson County

    St. Paul Community Garden

    For more information please contact Sara Scheil, 816-356-6986

  • April Gardening

    Spring is here. If you are interested in gardening outdoors, now is the time to start. Cool Season Vegetables, those that thrive in cooler temperatures can be sown into moist, crumbly garden soil now. Follow the planting information on the...

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  • Tall, Dark & Bearded–Iris Culture

    Learn how to grow beautiful irises at our Annual Spring Gardening Seminar!! This presentation will cover types of irises both tall bearded and spuria. Learn about iris culture with emphasis on the best site selection and preparation, planting, culture, and...

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  • Orchids and Succulents: Rare and Unusual

    Join us on March 14th, 2020 at the Annual Spring Gardening Seminar and learn how to grow lady slipper orchids plus maintain and grow a succulent plant, and which type of potting medium to use for each. Learn about new...

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  • Native Landscapes for Small Spaces

      Join us for our 19th Annual Spring Gardening Seminar to find out why native plantings are so important, especially in urban spaces, and how to pick the right "must-have" native plants for your small space. Environmentally friendly native-plant maintenance...

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  • Learn about Mushrooms in the Midwest

    Join us for our 19th Annual Spring Gardening Seminar to learn how to handle mushroom specimens and learn about common mushrooms in the Midwest, from edibles and their toxic lookalikes to common "yard" mushrooms. Learn the basics of mushroom ecology...

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  • Want to Grow Grapes in Missouri?

      Learn how to establish a vineyard, train vines, manage birds, harvest the crop, and pruning tips at the Annual Spring Gardening Seminar, March 14th.  Home gardeners will also learn how to use good crop management to produce a quality...

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  • Start Trees Off Right

    Research from K-State’s John C. Pair Horticultural Center has quantified the effect of controlling grasses around newly planted trees. Jason Griffin, William Reid, and Dale Bremer conducted a study to investigate the inhibition of growth of transplanted, seedling trees when lawn...

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  • Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People

                    Dave Tylka, who will be presenting  at the Master Gardeners Annual Spring Seminar, is a semi-retired professor of Biology at St. Louis Community College at Meramec where he taught full time for...

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  • Caddo Sugar Maples

        Sugar maples often have significant problems with our Kansas weather. Our hot, often dry summers and windy conditions can shorten the life of these trees. However, some sugar maples are better adapted to Kansas conditions than others. Our...

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  • Starting Garden Transplants from Seed

    January is often a cold and dreary month for many gardeners. However, planning for and starting vegetables and flower transplants from seed can make this a much more interesting time of year. Following are the steps needed to be successful...

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