Our Officers

Karen Scott

President: Karen Scott



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 Ozarks. That led to the germination of her market produce farm. Karen enjoys growing things, playing in the dirt, being outside and sharing what she has learned. “One of the things I really like about the Master Gardeners is their interest in community involvement and education on all things horticultural.”


Beverly Caywood

Vice-President: Beverly Caywood



Vice President Beverly Caywood has been gardening since grade school and is a 2011 graduate from the Master Gardener program.  Beverly signed up for the class to learn more about one of her favorite hobbies, gardening and raising flowers.  She was born and raised in McDonald County and remembers helping her father with vegetable and flower gardening and learning from her mother about houseplants.  Since joining the Hill ‘n Hollow Master Gardeners, she has gained friends, resources, and ideas.  “If you have questions, everyone is willing to share their experiences and you will find one that works for you,” Beverly states.

Sherry McBride


Phone:  (417) 592-3357

Email:  sherrymcbride2002@yahoo.com

County:  Newton
Early memories of gardening:  My grandfather was a farmer and I have very early memories of helping him dig potatoes, pulling radishes and eating them in the garden, and marveling at the Egyptian walking onions.  I have vivid memories of finding wild mushrooms in the spring, picking wild gooseberries and blackberries in the summer and gathering hickory nuts in the fall.  I have always loved the out-of-doors and getting my hands dirty.  For as long as I can remember, I have loved to grow plants.
Why did you join:  I moved to NW Arkansas in 1994 after living most of my life in central Iowa.  I went from rich, black, loam to rocks and very little soil.  So, my primary motive was to learn to grow in this region.  My secondary motive was a love of sharing what I grew and sharing what I knew.
What have you gained as a member:  I love to garden and sharing what I have learned as a Master Gardener is very satisfying.  It is a wonderful way to connect with other people who have the same interests.  And it is a great way to meet people outside our group who have an interest in growing plants by giving presentations to groups and organizations. 
Why would you recommend joining a MG Club:  It is a way to learn more about gardening – and I am continually learning something.  I would recommend it for what I have gained as a member as stated above.
Personal information:  For years, my gardening dream was to have a greenhouse.  My husband and I built my first greenhouse in 2004.  I currently have a 14 x 24 greenhouse.  I am an organic gardener and have been since the mid-70s.  I have a fascination with heirloom plants.  I began growing heirlooms in 1996 and enjoy tasting the many varieties of tomatoes.  I also love to grow native plants.  I am a seed saver and I collect seed from both my heirloom and native plants.  I love to read about gardening and have a fairly extensive library.  I also like to write about gardening.

Mike Snow

Secretary: Mike Snow



“Well.... I guess I would have to say my wife talked me into joining the MG's with her, so we could learn more about fresh market fruit and vegetable gardening as an income stream, and eat healthier at the same time”, says Mike Snow the clubs Secretary. “We have dabbled in flowers and vegetables for most of our lives but never really paid much attention to the scientific end of it. We are both excited to be new members of the organization, and are looking forward to approaching this year's garden with a better understanding of how to actually make it produce.” Mike and his wife are graduates of the Master Gardener class of 2013.

John Hobbs

Extension Agent:

Phone:  McDonald County (417) 223-4775

             Newton County (417) 455-9500

Email:  hobbsjc@missouri.edu

2014 Officers