Master Gardener Associations all over the state do many great things. Here is a highlight from the 2013 Annual Report:
This project originated in 2006 when the new community library was completed. There are 16 garden areas, each with a story and with a theme related to a book. Discarded books are used as name markers in each garden area. The gardens were designed to ensure areas of interest throughout the four seasons and to look good from the parking lot where patrons arrive and also from inside the library, looking out the window. The project team consists of 8 MGVs who meet several times a year to plan their activities. In addition to tending the gardens, they have also planned and presented many garden-related educational programs for both adults and youth. The Butterfly Garden was a summer project for older youth. Under the guidance of the MGVs, the students chose and planted plants suitable for butterflies normally found in Wood Co. They received a journal and researched various butterfly needs. The students placed a shelter, water source and a flat rock for sunning to complete the butterfly habitat. Educational signage and a butterfly research hand-out educate visitors to the garden.