The Master Gardener Program in Green County started in 2004. Over 125 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 36 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX Educator facilitating the MG Program is Ag Agent Mark Mayer.
Green County MGVs, Monroe Main Street, and UWEX collaborated together on a unique summer gardening theme of “Asquarium” on the historic Monroe, WI square. Flowers grown in the shape of a starfish, and other plants created a colorful coral reef for an “under the sea” appearance. Several raised flower beds were designed as Aquariums, compete with fish & bubbles for highlights that hundreds of visitors enjoyed throughout the summer. MGVs were instrumental in the design and plant selection, while FFA & 4H members assisted with the planting.
New Glarus Schools Square Foot Gardens
On May 14th the school sponsored an education/ work day in the New Glarus School Garden. The NGGS Garden Committee, which included four MGVs and three teachers, guided classes 1st through 4th in planting seeds and seedlings in the raised beds and other growing plots in the garden area. This process was done on a rotating basis while one of the classes surrounded a MGV by a compost bin who explained the benefits and some principles of composting.
Annual Symposium Educates Gardeners
The 8th Annual Gardening Symposium—Gardening Inspirations for All Seasons—Gardening With a Purpose was held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Monroe. Over 85 garden enthusiasts who want easier gardening techniques and vegetable plants that deliver more produce per plant attended to hear about Ornamental Edibles; Attracting Pollinators to your garden; Sustainable Gardening with Nature; and Healthy Soils & Balanced Nutrients from invited guest speakers. The hands-on presentations make garden learning fun to participate in.
Volunteer Service in 2015
|Youth education||70 hours|
|Adult education||185 hours|
|Support services||1601 hours|
Since 2004: 20,618 hours at a value of over $393,394
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $22.24 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.
Where you can find activities by MGVs in Green Co.
- Pleasant View Nursing Home Gardens
- Green County Justice Center Garden
- GCMGA Plant Sale
- GCMGA Symposium
- New Glarus Flower Clock Village Gardens
- Lake Montesian Gardens
- Albany Community Garden
- UWEX Plant Helpline