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.

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.

 

2017-2018 Officers

Peggy Wooldridge, President

Nanette Dietmeyer, Vice President

Juliana Klein, Treasurer

Abigail Rennekamp, Secretary

 

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.

 

2018 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 lauren.state@uky.edu.

Growing Ornamental Grasses ♣ Tuesday, January 9, 10:00 a.m.
Presented by UK professor Tim Phillips.

Shade Gardens ♣ Friday, January 19, 10:00 a.m.
Presentation by Oldham County Master Gardener Abi Rennekamp.

Garden Myths  ♣Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.
Separate gardening facts from fiction. Presented by Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Master Gardener.

Flower Photography ♣ Wednesday, February 28, 6:30 p.m.
Local photographer Jonathan Palmer offers tips to help you get the best shot.

Succulents ♣ Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m.
Talk presented by Andrea Matz of the Oldham County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Fairy Gardens ♣ Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Joan Burton and Jett Rose of the Kentucky Herb Society.

Native Shrubs ♣ Tuesday, April 24, 1:00 p.m.
Horticulture Assistant Michael Boice discusses Kentucky's native shrubs.

Late Summer/Early Fall Secrets ♣ Tuesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Fayette County Master Gardener Karen Angelucci, author of Secrets of a Kentucky Gardener.

Identifying Pests & Beneficial Insects ♣ Tuesday, August 7, 6:30 p.m.
Traci Missun, Oldham County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent, shares how to differentiate between beneficial insects and pests.

Cooking With Herbs ♣ Tuesday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.
Joan Burton and Jett Rose of the Kentucky Herb Society provide tips on using herbs in your cooking.

Wreath Making With Dried Plants ♣ Monday, October 15, 10:00 a.m.
Master Gardener Dave Graf demonstrates making holiday wreaths with dried plants.

Garden Mistakes ♣ Friday, October 26, 10:00 a.m.
A moderated discussion led by Oldham County Master Gardener Nanette Dietmeyer. Contact the Oldham County Extension Office at (502) 222-9453 for further information.

Harvest Potluck Dinner ♣ Thursday, November 15, 6:00 p.m.
Oldham County Master Gardeners are invited to bring a guest to this event – spouse, significant other, or friend welcome! The Association with provide the entree. RSVP number of attendees and what side you’re bringing via (502) 222-9453 or lauren.state@uky.edu.

Winter Greenery ♣ Tuesday, November 27, 1:00 p.m.
Horticulture Assistant Michael Boice demonstrates using fresh greenery to make holiday decorations.

 

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

Wednesday, February 28 @ 6:30 p.m.

Flower Photography at Oldham County Extension

Presented by Jonathan Palmer.