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.

2019 Master Gardener Classes

2019 Oldham County Master Gardener classes are currently being organized.

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.

 

2019 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 michael.boice@uky.edu.

Wildflowers ♣ Monday, January 7, 10:00 a.m.
Ramblers Garden Club member Jacqueline McGrail discusses wildflowers. This class will be held at the Oldham County Public Library, located at 308 Yager Avenue in La Grange.

Yew Dell Greenhouse Activity ♣ Wednesday, January 30, 10:00 a.m.
Yew Dell Greenhouse hands on planting with Greenhouse Manager Jacob Stidham. Open only to Oldham County Master Gardeners.

Small Fruit Trees ♣ Friday, February 8, 9:00 a.m.
Horticulture Assistant Michael Boice will teach this Advanced Master Gardener class. Open only to Oldham County Master Gardeners.

Plant Propagation ♣ Friday, February 22, 9:00 a.m.
Horticulture Assistant Michael Boice will teach this Advanced Master Gardener class. Open only to Oldham County Master Gardeners.

Churchill Downs Tour ♣ Wednesday, February 27, 10:00 a.m.
A one-hour tour of Churchill Downs greenhouses with Horticulturist Matt Bizzell. Open only to Oldham County Master Gardeners.

Weed Identification ♣ Friday, March 8, 9:00 a.m.
Agriculture Agent Traci Missun will teach this Advanced Master Gardener class. Open only to Oldham County Master Gardeners.

Seed Saving ♣ Monday, March 18, 10:00 a.m.
Walt Reichert will teach this class.

Sunflowers ♣ Thursday, April 4, 7:00 p.m.
Oldham County Master Gardener Mike Guelda discusses growing his favorite flower.

Garden Photography Workshop ♣ April, 1:00 p.m.
Photojournalist Jonathan Palmer and Ramblers Garden Club member Jacqueline McGrail lead an on-site garden photography workshop and wildflower tour of Harrods Creek Park. Date to be announced; expected to be in the third week of April.

Louisville Garden Tours ♣ Wednesday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. - noon
A visit to the Avish Gardens with Tavia Cathcart Brown followed by a tour of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens site with the director of horticulture.

 

2019 Master Gardener events are currently being organized. Watch this webpage and our quarterly newsletter for updates.

 

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