The Master Gardener Program in Ashland County started in 1992. Over 150 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 11 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Horticulture Educator Matt Cogger.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||27 hours|
|Adult Education||10 hours|
Since 2000: 10,612 hours at a value of over $196,934
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $22.48 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.
Where you can find activities by MGVs in Ashland Co.
- Ellis Avenue Gardens
- Pearson Plaza
- Menard Park
Enhancing Highly Visible Gardens in Tourist Areas
Plantings in the boulevards on Ellis Ave had been annuals, but the Kiwanis Club was very much in favor of saving the expense every year. With a donation of $1200 from the local Kiwanis, a variety of new and native cultivars of perennials were purchased locally to plant in over 20 beds ranging from 15 to 20 feet long. After the City of Ashland prepared the beds and added compost, MGVs and other volunteers on the Beautification Council completed the plantings of ‘Stella D’Oro’ daylilies, liatris, rudbeckia, catmint, achillea, Siberian iris, and ‘Karl Foerster’ grasses, and then maintained the plantings throughout the summer.
Downtown Gardens Attract Attention
Improvements continued at Pearson Plaza near City Hall, adding more native grasses and other plants to this site with a wonderful view of Lake Superior that is supposed to be the heart of the City. MGVs donated $175 for native shrubs to re-plant a steep slope that was very dangerous for city crews to mow. The plantings introduce residents and tourists to a vast variety of flowers and shrubs, as well as having an economic impact related to tourism. Visitors to Pearson Plaza, noted in a City tourist brochure, have increased dramatically, and the gardens receive compliments from locals and tourists alike.
Dramatic Spring Blooms Expected Next Year
MGVs and other volunteers on the Beautification Council planted over 1,000 daffodils on the Ellis Ave boulevards, in Pearson Plaza, and other very visible locations throughout the City this fall, expecting a big show of flowers in the spring. The bulbs were a generous donation from a woman in Iron River.