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

The 2019 Oldham County Master Gardener Program begins October 15. The class brochure provides more infrormation on class dates and program requirements. Registration fee of $100 and a completed Volunteer Application are due to the Extension office by October 1.

If you can't participate this year but 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.

 

2019-2020 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, 207 Parker Drive, 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.

Piet Oudolf Screening ♣ Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 p.m.
The Temple (5101 US 42) hosts a movie screening about Piet Oudolf, Dutch garden designer and leader of the "new perennial movement."

Shrubs & Plants for Fall/Winter Interest ♣ Thursday, August 15, 6:30 p.m.
Horticulture Assistant Michael Boice discusses plants that provide interest in the fall and winter landscape.

Parklands Woodland Garden Tour ♣ Saturday, August 24, 8:30 a.m.
Tour Parklands woodland garden at Turkey Run off Bardstown Road with Tom Smarr, Director of Horticulture.

Theme Gardens ♣ Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 p.m.
Joan Burton and Jett Rose of Sunnyside Garden Club discuss designing a theme garden.

OC Master Gardener Plant Sale ♣ Saturday, September 7, 9:00 a.m.
Join the Oldham County Master Gardeners for their second annual fall plant sale at the John Black Center pavilion.

All About CSAs ♣ Tuesday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.
Join the Oldham County Master Gardeners for their second annual fall plant sale at the John Black Center pavilion. Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, discusses Community Supported Agriculture.

Terrariums ♣ Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 p.m.
Oldham County Master Gardener Deirdre Barnett demonstrates creating a terrarium.

Master Garden Pot Luck ♣ Thursday, November 21, 6:00 p.m.
Open to Oldham County Master Gardeners and their family and friends. Main entree will be provided by the Association. Send reservations and dish that you're bringing to lauren.state@uky.edu.

 

Some 2019 Master Gardener events are still 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 Gardens & Storm Water Management - Extension rain garden information

Rain Barrels - UK Extension publication on building rain barrels