The Extension Master Gardener Program was created to meet an increase in requests from home gardeners for horticultural information. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers that assist County Extension Agents with educational programming. Master Gardeners are active throughout the U.S. and Canada, and over 40 Kentucky counties have active Master Gardeners.

2018 Master Gardener Classes

2018 Oldham County Master Gardener classes start on Friday, October 5. Registration fee of $100 (partial scholarships available) and a completed volunteer application are due by September 24.

October 5 is a new starting date, as classes have been pushed back. Make sure to check class dates in the brochure linked above.

If you are interested in future Oldham County Master Gardener classes, email the staff assistant. Master Gardener classes are advertised in our quarterly newsletters.

Questions? Contact Michael Boice, Oldham County Extension Horticulture Assistant.

Oldham County Master Gardener Association

The Oldham County Master Gardener Association meets monthly for continuing education activities and volunteer projects. Some meetings are open to the public. In 2017, Oldham County Master Gardeners contributed more than 1800 volunteer hours to our community.

 

2018-2019 Officers

Nanette Dietmeyer, President

Cheryl Komis, Vice President

Deirdre Barnett, Treasurer

Paula State, Secretary

Peggy Wooldridge, Immediate Past President

 

To turn in hours, Master Gardeners will need the volunteer hours report form. To remain an active member of Oldham County Master Gardeners, 30 volunteer hours (10 of which in continuing education) must be completed every year. Completed forms can be faxed to (502) 222-7930; emailed to Michael via michael.boice@uky.edu; or mailed or delivered to the Oldham County Extension office, 1815 N Hwy 393, La Grange, KY 40031.

 

See pictures from the Master Gardeners Potlucks or the Curry's Fork Revegetation Project. Visit the Oldham County Master Gardeners on Facebook.

 

2018 Oldham County Master Gardener Calendar

 Events are open to the public and take place at Oldham County Extension unless otherwise specified. RSVP via (502) 222-9453 or lauren.state@uky.edu.

Cooking With Herbs ♣ Tuesday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.
Joan Burton and Jett Rose of the Kentucky Herb Society provide tips on using herbs in your cooking.

Plant Sale Saturday, September 8, 9:00 a.m. - noon
The Oldham County Master Gardener Association will hold a fall plant sale on Saturday, September 8, rain or shine. The plant sale begins at 9:00 a.m. with a live auction at 10:30 a.m. Cash and checks will be accepted. To donate plants, contact Nanette at nanettes@bellsouth.net. Funds generated will benefit OCMGA programs as well as 4-H camp scholarships.

Making Cement Leaves ♣ Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m.
Master Gardener Abi Rennekamp will lead this workshop on making cement prints out of leaves. Limited to 15 participants. Open to Oldham County Master Gardeners only.

Wreath Making With Dried Plants ♣ Monday, October 15, 10:00 a.m.
Master Gardener Dave Graf demonstrates making holiday wreaths with dried plants.

Garden Mistakes ♣ Friday, October 26, 10:00 a.m.
A moderated discussion led by Oldham County Master Gardener Nanette Dietmeyer. Contact the Oldham County Extension Office at (502) 222-9453 for further information.

Harvest Potluck Dinner ♣ Thursday, November 15, 6:00 p.m.
Oldham County Master Gardeners are invited to bring a guest to this event – spouse, significant other, or friend welcome! The Association with provide the entree. RSVP number of attendees and what side you’re bringing via (502) 222-9453 or lauren.state@uky.edu.

Winter Greenery ♣ Tuesday, November 27, 1:00 p.m.
Horticulture Assistant Michael Boice demonstrates using fresh greenery to make holiday decorations.

 

Master Gardener Rain Garden Project

In 2010, Oldham County Master Gardeners installed a rain garden outside the extension office. Rain gardens help slow runoff and the process of erosion. Kentucky native plants have deep roots that hold soil in place and help water disperse. Master Gardeners continue to return monthly to help pull weeds and keep the rain garden healthy and attractive.

oldham county rain garden

KY Rain Garden Resources

Kentucky Rain Gardens - UK Extension rain garden information

Residential Rain Gardens - publication by Agriculture, Environment, and Horticulture Specialists

Rain Garden Plants - Extension information on plant a rain garden

Rain Gardens & Storm Water Management - Extension rain garden information

Rain Barrels - UK Extension publication on building rain barrels