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.

2017 Master Gardener Classes

Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., September 1 - November 17

Extension Master Gardener classes for Fall of 2017 are forming now. If you are interested in becoming an Oldham County Master Gardener, register by Monday, August 11. The $100 fee covers class materials.

 Questions? Contact Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent.

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 2016, Oldham County Master Gardeners contributed more than 1000 volunteer hours to our community.

 

2016-2017 Officers

Peggy Wooldridge, President

Nanette Dietmeyer, Vice President

Juliana Klein, Treasurer

Abigail Rennekamp, Secretary

 

See pictures from the 2015 Master Gardeners Potluck or the Curry's Fork Revegetation Project. Visit the Oldham County Master Gardeners on Facebook.

 

2017 Oldham County Master Gardener Calendar

 Events take place at Oldham County Extension unless otherwise specified.

Wildflower Walk ♣ Wednesday, March 22, 10:00 a.m.

Join our knowledgeable friend Tavia on a wildflower walk at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen. Discover Kentucky native plants in bloom!

Hellebores ♣ Friday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.
Biologist Anne Cartwright of the American Hosta Society discusses another of her favorite flowers: hellebores. Thanks to Yew Dell for donating hellebores to give away as door prizes!

Rain Garden Cleanup ♣ Wednesday, March 29, 9:00 a.m.
Oldham County Master Gardeners will cut back last year's growth to prepare the extension rain garden for spring. Volunteers should bring gloves, weeding tools, pruners, hedge shears/trimmers, etc.

Master Gardener Tech Tips  Monday, April 3, 10:00 a.m.
Oldham County Master Gardener Jan Eastburn presents Technology Tips for Master Gardeners: Social Media and More. Open to Master Gardeners of any county.

Master Gardener Spring Social & Potluck  Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 p.m.
Oldham County Master Gardeners, past and present, are welcome. RSVP by April 7 via (502) 222-9453 or traci.missun@uky.edu.

Rain Garden Cleanup  Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m.
Oldham County Master Gardeners will prune, weed, and thin the extension rain garden.

Gardening for Wildlife ♣ Thursday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.
Oldham County Master Gardener Mike Guelda discusses using native plants to draw in birds, bees, and butterflies.

Year-Round Irises  Thursday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.
Bob Strohman, author of the recently published Iris Red, Iris Dead and member of the Louisville Iris Society, shows how to have irises in bloom all twelve months of the year.

First Sunday Nature Hike ♣ Sunday, June 4, 2:00 p.m.
Oldham County Master Gardeners are invited to attend the First Sunday Nature Hike at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Louisville.

Ask a Master Gardener ♣ Saturday, June 10
Volunteer opportunity for Oldham County Master Gardeners at the Oldham County Public Library's Summer Kick-Off. Contact Traci at (502) 222-9453 or traci.missun@uky.edu if you're interested in participating.

Rain Garden Cleanup ♣ Saturday, June 24, 9:00 a.m.
Oldham County Master Gardeners will prune, weed, and thin the extension rain garden.

I Love Roses ♣ Thursday, July 6, 6:30 p.m.
Janet Miller of the Louisville Rose Society discusses growing her favorite flowers.

How Flowers Flirt and Flourish ♣ Monday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.
Visit Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve for Tavia's talk on the tricks and trials of floral reproduction.

Late Summer/Early Fall Gardening ♣ Thursday, August 3, 10:00 a.m.
Jeff Wallitsch, Wallitsch Nursery and Garden Center, provides tips for gardening between seasons.

Streamcliff Farms Tour & Lunch ♣ Wednesday, August 16
Oldham County Master Gardeners and Green Thumbs Garden Club will tour and dine at Streamcliff Farms in Indiana. Fee of $5 covers admission. Contact Cheryl Komis for further information.

Ellen Carrithers, Daylilies ♣ Thursday, September 7, 6:30 p.m.
Oldham County Master Gardener Ellen Carrithers discusses the best practices for growing daylilies.

Monarchs in Mexico ♣ Monday, October 23, 6:30 p.m.
At Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Tavia will speak (and share photos and videos) about her adventures when she visited the overwintering grounds of the butterflies and the storms that killed millions of Monarchs at the Reserves. She also will cover Monarch butterfly migration, the challenges they face, and what can be done to help them survive.

 

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