Dodge County Master Gardeners

In 2014 Dodge County had 63 MGVs, with 34 certified for 2015.

In 2014 we volunteered 64 hours in youth education
521 hours in community education
1,809 hours in support service
and participated in 714 hours in continuing education

DCMG meetings held January to October on the 4th Thursday at the Administration Building in Juneau, Wisconsin. These educational meetings cover a range of topics. The meetings are free and open to the public. Members are kept informed through emails and our newsletter, Digging in Dodge. Webpages are maintained on both the state MG and Dodge Co. UW-Extension websites, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Major Accomplishments or Projects:

  1. The Dodge County Master Gardener Help Line debuted in May 2014. Through the summer, the Helpline received over 30 inquiries. Eleven MGVs spent over 100 hours researching questions and providing answers and guidance. In 2015, services will expand to May through September, on Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon, and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  2. The gardens at Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts, Beaver Dam were tended weekly as a beautification project by several MGVs. As a result, these spectacular gardens were once again included in the Annual Beaver Dam Area Arts Association Garden Tour.
  3. Phase 2 of the Juneau Administration Building educational display garden was installed in May. Many positive comments came as the result of Phase 1. The addition of a Little Free Library, stocked with gardening books, in Phase 1 increased the user-friendly atmosphere of the garden.
  1. The DCMGA was invited to attend the 2014 Spring Women’s Expo in April. One member spoke to a capacity crowd about home-composting. In addition, a booth was set up to further educate the attendees about composting and other members were on hand to answer questions.
  2. The DCMGA developed a landscaping plan for the Highway Department building. Along with some employees, the perennial garden was installed along with a salsa garden that they could enjoy all summer.

Highlighted Project: Landscaping Project at Daybreak, Waupun

MGVs designed a landscape plan for Daybreak, a community- based residential facility in Waupun for the chronically mentally ill. The plan included planting beds that wrapped completely around their home. Many MGVs donated plants from their own gardens to complete the plan. On a sunny day in June, several MGVs met with the residents and counselors to install the plants. Each MGV worked with a resident or two to instruct on the proper way to dig, plant, and maintain each specimen. The one-on-one contact gave the residents confidence to do the jobs well. During the summer, the residents took on the care and maintenance of their extensive garden with pride. Two MGVs checked in on a weekly basis to give instruction and work with the residents as well.