Master Gardeners of the North

Master Gardeners of the North (Oneida County and neighboring counties) had 58 members with 30 certified for 2015 and 8 in training in fall 2014.

In 2014 we volunteered 51 hours in youth education
61 hours in community education
2,185 hours in support service
and participated in 679 hours in continuing education

Our organization continues our commitment to monthly educational meetings and seasonal garden tours. We also support the following volunteer projects: Downtown Baskets, Courthouse garden, Hospital Garden, the Rhinelander Area Community Garden, and other smaller projects throughout the Northwoods.

Major Accomplishments or Projects:

  1. In February we sponsored a Community Education opportunity featuring author and naturalist John Bates speaking on bird habitats focusing on aquatic and wetland habitats so abundant in the Northwoods.
  2. In March, in conjunction with the YMCA Healthy Kids Program, the Master Gardeners of the North planted lettuce seeds in a hands-on project for the children in attendance. The kids were able to plant their seeds, learn how to care for them and then take them home.
  3. In the spring, in conjunction with the Oneida County Beekeepers, the Master Gardeners of the North planted twenty basswood trees in several areas of Rhinelander. Basswoods were chosen as they provide significant amounts of nectar for bees.
  4. Our June monthly meeting centered on a hands-on project of leaf castings. Members worked with rhubarb leaves to create one of a kind works of art for the garden.

Highlighted Project: Walking Garden Tour

In July, in conjunction with Ministry Hospice, the Master Gardeners of the North planned and held a Walking Garden Tour of beautiful gardens in the historic Courthouse area of Rhinelander. In less than a two-mile walk, participants were able to view six pre-selected gardens including urban vegetable gardens, a children’s garden (with kids as tour guides), and formal and casual gardens. We visited several MGV projects and gardens. Each garden had two MGV tour guides who answered questions and engaged the public about the joys of gardening. We raised $3000 from this event that went entirely to Ministry   Hospice to help with items provided for patients’ end of life care.