Clark County Master Gardeners

There are 15 members in the Clark County Association with 13 certified for 2014. Three people completed Level 1 training offered in late winter and four members participated in advanced training offered online.

In 2014 we volunteered 38 hours in youth education
86 hours in community education
518 hours in support service
and participated in 287 hours in continuing education

The Clark County MGA formed as an organization to the public called Over the Garden Gate. While we encourage everyone to become a MGV, anyone who enjoys gardening is welcome at our meetings. We meet the fourth Monday of the month, except in August and December, at the Clark County Courthouse at 6:00 p.m.

Major Accomplishments or Projects:clark

  1. Ask the Master Gardener format was changed this year to email notification to all members when there was a request from the public for information. MGVs with expertise in the problem area contacted people directly, gathered relevant information and tried to answer their questions. Not limiting contact to two mornings a week seemed to work better.
  2. In July, our group sponsored a bus trip for members and the public to West of the Lake Gardens north of Manitowoc, the home of the ice cream sundae in Two Rivers, and Solaris Farms near Reedsville. Visitors again took lots of pictures, made notes, and brought home many lily plants.
  3. Our annual plant sale, held in May, was not as well attended as last year and also had fewer vendors. Shoppers who did brave the chilly morning seemed pleased with the variety and quality of plants offered at reasonable prices. A 4-H club served coffee and bars. Discussion has been ongoing as to how to revive the plant sale.
  4. This was the second year of our community garden, and participation was at capacity. Gardeners attended a training session, paid $15 to rent a raised bed, and enjoyed fresh air, natural exercise, and a bountiful harvest. One woman who had tried gardening for the first time last year, was so pleased with her experience that she rented two beds this year. Many commented on how much more fun and cheaper it is to grow your own veggies and flowers than to go to the farmer’s market or grocery store.
  5. Our booth at the Clark County Fair was considerably more impressive than our fairgrounds garden. One of our members created table covers with 100 Years of 4-H embroidered on them and nearly every member of our group brought lovely potted plants, interesting container combos, or rustic garden tools to display. Rain barrels were also displayed.

Highlighted Project: Fairgrounds Garden

In late May, we redesigned and planted the Over the Garden Gate garden at the Clark County Fairgrounds. The “pot luck” perennial garden was getting overgrown and never had much in bloom during the fair. We purchased ‘Solar Flare’ Echinacea, ‘Cat’s Meow’ Nepeta, ‘Karl Forester’ and blue fescue grasses, Supertunia ‘Bubblegum’, and ‘Snow Princess’ Lobularia plants and planted them on a very chilly, damp evening in May. We labeled all plants and repainted our garden sign. We used cedar chip mulch on the paths as well as on the garden area. Most plants grew, but did not thrive and we replaced three of the Nepeta. No one anticipated the cool, very rainy summer of 2014; we are hopeful that most of the perennials will survive the winter and do much better next summer. Next year we will probably try different colors and plants in the annual section. The ‘Bubblegum’ petunias were still gorgeous at the end of October, so maybe we’ll use them again!