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.

Garden Photography Workshop ♣ April 15, 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. Rain date: April 17.

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.

Whitehall Garden Tour ♣ Wednesday, May 8, 10:00 a.m.
Whitehall shade garden tour with Landscape Director Mike Hayman will lead a tour of Whitehall's shade garden, followed by Estate Gardener Elizabeth Nicholson with a peony garden tour and lecture.

Raising Monarch Butterflies Thursday, May 16, 10:00 a.m.
Join Director Tavia Cathcart Brown at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve (12501 Harmony Landing Road) to learn about raising monarch butterflies at home. After the talk, Tavia will lead a tour of Creasey's butterfly waystations.

Miniature Hostas ♣ Monday, June 3, 6:30 p.m.
Anne Cartwright, member of the American Hosta Society, dicusses growing smaller hostas.

Orchids ♣ Friday, June 14, 10:00 a.m.
Stephen Benjamin from Oak Knob Orchids offers tips for growing orchids at home.

New Albany Book Gardens Tour ♣ Wednesday, June 26, 10:00 a.m.
Tour the New Albany Library’s Book Gardens with Gina Anderson from Purdue Extension.

 

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 Gardens & Storm Water Management - Extension rain garden information

Rain Barrels - UK Extension publication on building rain barrels