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 began October 15. If you couldn'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.

 

2020 Oldham County Master Gardener Calendar

Ground Covers ♣ Thursday, January 16, 6:30 p.m.
Michael Boice, Oldham County Extension Horticulture Assistant, discusses ground covers that give a lift to your landscape.

The Orchid Whisperer ♣ February, date and time TBA
Tour Oak Knob Orchid Greenhouse with Stephen Benjamin from The Orchid Society. Open to Oldham County Master Gardeners only.

Follow Your Nose ♣ Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.
Learn about fragrant flowers and aromatherapy from Michelle Whitley, certified aromatherapist. Supply fee of $5 covers supplies for make-and-take (free to Oldham County Master Gardeners).

Hypertufa Workshop ♣ Saturday, April 18, 10:00 a.m.
Horticulture Assistant Michael Boice teaches how to make your own hypertufa containers. Limited to 15 participants. Supply fee of $5 covers all materials (free to Oldham County Master Gardeners).

Herbtastic Container Gardening ♣ Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m.
Leigh Whittinghill from Kentucky State University teaches how to successfully grow herbs in containers both outdoors and indoors. 

Gardens of the Rainbow ♣ Tuesday, May 12, 10:00 a.m.
A tour of Joann Luecke's iris and sculpture garden will be followed by a talk about irises as herbs. Open to Master Gardeners and Green Thumbs.

A Taste of Provence in Kentucky ♣ June, date and time TBA
Tour Fairview Lavender Farm in Webster, Kentucky. Supply fee of $10 covers lunch and a make-and-take bouquet. Open to Oldham County Master Gardeners only. Limited to 10 participants.

A Rose By Any Other Name ♣ Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.
Jamie Burghardt, Director of Horticulture at Waterfront Botanical Gardens, offers tips on identifying botanical and trademark names of plants.

Movie Night & Social ♣ August, date and time TBA
The Oldham County Punlic Library in La Grange will host a viewing of "The Biggest Little Farm," one couple's dream to live on a fully sustainable farm outside of Los Angeles, winner of best feature documentary. Refreshments and popcorn provided.

Concrete Leaves ♣ Saturday, September 12, 10:00 a.m.
Oldham County Master Gardener Abi Rennekamp will lead a workshop on making concrete leaves. Limited to 15 participants. Supply fee of $10 covers all materials. Open to Oldham County Master Gardeners only. Limited to 10 participants.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme ♣ Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.
Lori Belling of Meadowview Farms demonstrates cooking with herbs. Attendees will sample prepared dishes. Class fee is $5 (free to Oldham County Master Gardeners).

Winterize, Survive & Thrive ♣ Thursday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.
Sayde Heckman, Garden Manager at Yew Dell, discusses how to bring plants indoors for winter as well as the care and maintenance of houseplants.

ID Your Tree ♣ November, date and time TBA
Join us at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve (12501 Harmony Landing Road in Goshen) to learn how to identify winter trees. Led by Robert and Patti Rollins from Greenhaven Tree Care.

 

Some 2020 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 Gardens & Storm Water Management - Extension rain garden information

Rain Barrels - UK Extension publication on building rain barrels