About Us

The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” The Master Gardener program provides in depth horticultural training to individuals throughout Missouri who then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities to learn about gardening and environmental education. The Master Gardener Program throughout Missouri promotes and raises public awareness of the University of Missouri Extension as a source of unbiased, research based gardening information.

Through activities such as Extension hotlines or answer services, workshops, speaker’s bureaus, garden show booths and demonstration projects, Master Gardeners provide gardening information to thousands of Missourians each year.

To become trained as a Master Gardener, an individual must attend a 30 hour classroom Core Course training. Then the Master Gardener trainee is required to give 30 hours of volunteer service back to their community in approved University of Missouri Extension activities.

For more information about the program in McDonald and Newton Counties, contact the local University Extension Office. To Join Hill and Hollow Master Gardeners, contact any of our officers.

Helping others grow...

Our Gardeners

We have members who specialize in vegetable gardening, raising roses, composting, and some of our members have some very unusual and challenging expertise and experiences to share.

History of Hill and Hollow

 In 1972, the Master Gardener program began in Washington to give an Extension Agent a resource to answer everyday homeowner questions concerning horticulture.  In 1983, the first Missouri Master Gardener program was developed in St. Louis, a joint effort between the University of Missouri and the Missouri Botanical Garden.  The Hill ‘n Hollow Master Gardener program of Newton and McDonald counties held its first class with 15 charter members. Since that time, it has grown to over 60 members.


Hill ‘n Hollow Master Gardeners Elect Officers

03/31/2014 15:05
The Hill ‘n Hollow Master Gardeners of Newton and McDonald counties recently elected a new slate of officers for 2014.   President Karen Scott joined the Master Gardeners in 2009.  A transplant from Colorado, she joined to learn more about the plants and growing practices unique to the...

2012 Rookie of The Year

03/06/2013 14:13
Vice president Beverly Caywood presented Rookie of the Year award to Jo McLemore who donated over 300 volunteer hours last year.

Hill ‘n Hollow Master Gardeners Elect Officers

03/05/2013 11:20
The Hill ‘n Hollow Master Gardeners  of Newton and McDonald counties recently elected a new slate of officers for 2013.  President Jutta McCormick grew up on a farm in Germany and brought her gardening heritage with her to the United States. She has been a Master Gardener...

Overwintering tropical plants

10/17/2011 16:41
Source: David Trinklein, 573-882-9631   COLUMBIA, Mo.– Many tropical plants thrive in the heat and humidity of a typical Missouri summer and can make great outdoor patio plants. But as temperatures drop in the fall, conditions can quickly become...

MU Master Gardener program forms state association

10/17/2011 16:39
Source: David Trinklein, 573-882-9631   COLUMBIA, Mo. – Every garden needs tender, loving care, and the same goes for the program that helps Missourians learn vital skills to tend those gardens.   Recent changes to the Missouri Master...
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