The Master Gardener Program in Door County

The Master Gardener Program in Door County started in 1995. Over 260 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 111 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX Educator facilitating the MG Program is Ag Agent Annie Deutsch.

Garden Door Showcases Plants for the Area

The Garden Door, our public demonstration garden at the Peninsular Ag Research Station had over 8000 visitors this summer. Nearly 200 attended our 11th annual Open House at The Garden Door. Participants had the opportunity to attend short educational programs presented by MGVs or visit educational stations around the garden that informally shared gardening information. Over 300 people attended our annual Taste of the Garden Door & Pesto Festo in September. Participants can taste food prepared by MGVs using produce from the garden. Pesto creations are evaluated by a three-judge panel, then tasted by the public who can vote on their favorite. Winning pestos are awarded prizes. Recipes are made available on our website after the event.

Off-Season Programs Educate Public

During the winter and early spring months we offered a series of nine education programs, free to the public. Topics included native pollinators, organic gardening, cranberry production, invasive plants, container gardening and using prairie plants in the garden. Speakers included Door County MGVs as well as experts from throughout the state. Attendance averaged over 80 for each program.

21st Annual Plant Sale

Beginning in early spring, MGVs start growing annuals and vegetables in a greenhouse on the grounds of the Peninsular Ag Research Station. These plants, along with donated perennials, are sold at our plant sale the last Saturday of May. “Ask Me” MGVs were available to answer questions from the nearly 600 individuals who attended, and cultural sheets provide gardening information.

Volunteer Service in 2015

Youth education 136 hours
Adult education 373 hours
Support services 8202 hours
Total 8711 hours
Value* $193733

Since 2000: 92,048 hours at a value of over $1,702,630

* 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.

Copy of Master Gardener Symbol - Full Color

Where you can find activities by MGVs in Door Co.

  • Crossroads Heritage Garden
  • John Miles Fair Park
  • Peninsula Astronomy Center Garden
  • Write On Door County Garden
  • Learning in Retirement Classes
  • Noble House Gardens
  • WDOR Radio
  • Brussels Town Park Garden