The Master Gardener Program in Florence County started in 1999. Over 100 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 23 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX staﬀ member facilitating the MG Program is Kathy Bednarski.
MGVs Teach Youth at Garden Show
For the past several years Glacial Gardeners has participated in mid-April in the Spring Craft & Garden Show at the Windsor Center in Iron River, Michigan. MGVs have a childrens’ activity, usually decorating small flower pots, filling them with poƫng soil and planting seeds to take home. We have many repeat children who come in anxious to plant their seeds for the year and eager to share their stories of what happened to last years’ seeds. We make sure they have the materials needed to package up their newly planted pots to get them home intact.
We have a lot of foot traﬃc during this show so we come in contact with a lot of local people who bring their questions and comments, eager for a new year of gardening.
Plant Sale Funds Scholarships
Since 2004, Glacial Gardeners has awarded $8,300 in scholarships to students entering a qualified field. This year an additional $3,500 was added to that amount. That money is raised by plant sales, oŌen with plants acquired from homeowners who cannot care for the plants in their yards. MGVs dig the plants and transport them elsewhere to pot up for sale.
Wreath Workshop Generates Pantry Donations
An annual wreath workshop is held for 35 people each November. MGVs collect boughs and natural adornments for our customers to use in making wreaths or hanging baskets. Reduced registration is oﬀered if canned goods are donated, and those are passed on to food pantries in Florence and Marinette Counties in Wisconsin and Iron and Dickinson Counties in Michigan. Proceeds from this event are used for annual scholarships.
Volunteer Service in 2015
|Youth education||94 hours|
|Adult education||539 hours|
|Support services||2348 hours|
Since 2000: 31,773 hours at a value of over $603,114
* 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 Florence Co.
- Resource Center Gardens
- Community Center Garden
- Fischer Lake Garden
- County Fairground Welcome Signs
- County Fair Display
- Spring and Fall Plant Sales