Master Gardener Associations all over the state do many great things. Here is a highlight from the 2013 Annual Report:
This year our bi-annual garden walk on July 13 featured nine gardens in the city limits of Manitowoc. Unfortunately the area was hit by a dramatic hail storm a week before the Walk, damaging eight of the nine gardens. It took a lot of cajoling — we were sure attendees would understand! — to get the participants to remain on the Walk despite the damage. The day of the garden walk was sunny and not too hot. We had over 300 in attendance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There were many different types of gardens, from formal gardens to eclectic ones, and some rather unusual gardens tucked away off busy streets, to give people an idea of what can be done in a variety of spaces. One gardener with a cat theme in the garden sold lemonade and water to raise $300 for the local Humane Society.