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.


MoGarden Classes Begin March 21 in Springfield

03/04/2011 14:20
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The annual MoGarden series of seven classes begin at 6 p.m. starting Monday, March 21, at St John’s C. H. “Chub” O’Reilly Cancer Center (2nd floor auditorium) located at 2055 South Fremont in Springfield.  This popular series features 14 gardening topics taught by trained...

Growing Knowledge at the Farm” Series Begins March 17 at Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park

03/04/2011 14:16
The Master Gardeners of Greene County are again offering a series of gardening classes open to the public at Rutledge-Wilson Community Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146 in Springfield.  The “Growing Knowledge at the Farm” series debuted in 2010 but is being offered again this year because of...

Expansion and Beautification Project

03/03/2011 10:43
  The rose garden at VFW Post 4142 on Waldo Hatler Memorial Drive in Neosho was the recent recipient of an expansion and beautification project. The Hill and Hollow Master Gardeners from Newton and McDonald counties tackled the project at the Post as volunteers gathered to pull weeds, tend...

Visitors notice

03/20/2010 22:14
Keep an eye on the newsfeed. This is automatically updated with all kinds of great information on a variety of gardening related topics.

Website launched

03/20/2010 22:13
Our new website has been launched today.
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