The Master Gardener Program in Sheboygan County started in 1988. Over 365 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 70 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Mike Ballweg.
Hospice Garden Oﬀers Tranquility, Healing
The Sharon S. Richardson Community (SSR) Hospice accepts end of life patients regardless of their ability to pay. An integral part of the SSR Hospice’s philosophy is that patients and their families find peace, tranquility and healing when surrounded by the beautiful things in nature. MGVs contributed to nurturing that philosophy by enhancing the landscape and aesthetics of the hospice grounds and introducing the concept of “horticultural therapy”. The hospice center is beautified with flower gardens that enhance the wellness of patients, their caregivers and the hospice staﬀ. MGVs have provided the gardening advice, nurtured the rose garden, planted 500 daﬀodil bulbs and are an essential part of the long term planning for helping to provide an environment that creates tranquility and healing.
MGVs Answer Gardening Questions
The Sheboygan County Horticultural Hotline is staﬀed by MGVs Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from May through September, answering hundreds of horticulture-related requests throughout the growing season.
Programs Educate the Public
An extensive oﬀering of educational programs reached more than 300. MGVs organized eight educational programs on a variety of topics— including Gardening for the Senses, Low Maintenance Lawns/Do’s and Don’ts of Spring Lawn Maintenance, Choosing the Best of the New Plants Without Overlooking the Best of Old, and Pondside Gardens—for MGVs and the general public.
Volunteer Service in 2015
|Youth education||69 hours|
|Adult education||468 hours|
|Support services||3952 hours|
Since 2000: 59,738 hours at a value of over $1,103,138
* 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 Sheboygan Co.
- Bookworm Gardens
- John Michael Kohler Arts Center
- Kohler Andre State Park
- Marsh Park Tower
- Plymouth Art Center
- Sharon Richardson Community Hospice
- UW Sheboygan Campus