Door Co. Master Gardener Association
DCMGA has been active since 1995. Our meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month, every other month in January, March, May, July, September, November. Our yearly annual meeting is held in October.
DCMGA mission statement: The Door county Master Gardeners Association, Inc., in partnership with UW-Extension, shall strive to make a positive impact on horticulture in our community through education, community outreach, and stewardship of our environment.
The Garden Door opened in 2005 as an educational garden. It is a joint effort of the DCMGA and the Peninsular Research Station. The garden is designed to provide people with the chance to see plants that do well in the county as well as gain landscaping ideas for their homes. Open houses are scheduled in The Garden Door in the summer and fall. Different areas include entrance, rose gardens, pond, vegetable beds, garden shed, butterfly garden, annual beds, tunnel and sound garden, ornamental grass display, gazebo and rock gardens. As with any garden, The Garden Door is continually changing and updating. Recently we have added a Human Sundial, a Pergola, and a community garden called The Garden Next Door. We would love to have you visit! Check our website at http://www.dcmga.orgfor more information on planned events. The Garden Door is located north of Sturgeon Bay on Hwy 42 -open daily from dawn ‘til dusk! You’ll want to make frequent visits; the garden is always changing with the seasons and there is no admission fee. Take the time to smell our NEW roses!
Our annual plant sale, held the last Saturday of May, is our largest fund raiser. It provides resources for The Garden Door and our free public education programs as well as organizational costs. We grow plants at the Peninsular Research Station for this sale. We also have purchased perennials and perennials from our gardens that are available at the sale.
The DCMGA has several important committees and programs that fulfill our mission statement in various ways. Some of these are the Education Committee, the Outreach program and the Youth Program. The education committee plans our public education programs as well as member only activities. The outreach program has members volunteering in gardens such as the Heritage Garden at Big Creek, John Miles Park, and Sawyer School Woods. The entire list can be seen on our website http://www.dcmga.org
The youth program has six plots in the Community Garden. Third graders from two Sturgeon Bay schools (92 students) plant their crops in June and harvest in October as 4thgraders.