Master Gardener Associations all over the state do many great things. Here is a highlight from the 2013 Annual Report:
The North Country MGA has helped develop and maintain a Teaching and Display Garden at the Spooner Ag Research Station in partnership with UW-Extension and the Station for many years. A portion of their demonstration garden is an official All-America Selections (AAS) Display Garden. Those varieties had always been grown in one long, straight bed. Although functional, the MGVs realized that this design was not particularly aesthetic and thought they could utilize the knowledge they had gained from their MG training in landscape design to showcase these plants in a more eye-catching manner. They redesigned the area in 2012, creating eight individual, slightly bermed, triangular beds with lawn paths between the beds, and had different themes for each bed.
After this transformation the Station entered their project in the All-America Selections Landscape Design Contest. This garden was one of just 9 winners nationwide. Their educational programming at the annual Twilight Tour was a key factor in the judge’s decision to award second place in Category I to their entry from among 16 others in this category. The judges gave them high marks for the bed shapes and design, the collaboration with the MGVs and use of social media.