Master Gardener Program in Door County 2016


The Master Gardener Program in Door County started in 1995. Over 270 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 108 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Annie Deutsch.

Volunteer Service in 2016

Youth Education 265 hours
Adult Education 396 hours
Support 7843 hours
Total 8504 hours

Since 2000:  100,581 hours at a value of over $1,894,445

* 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.

mg-footer-logoWhere you can find activities by MGVs

  • The Garden Door
  • Crossroads at Big Creek
  • Heritage Village
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Little Lake at Sunset Park
  • Ellison Bay
  • Ridges Sanctuary
  • Noble House

Restoring a Wetland to Mitigate Runoff

Little Lake (Bradley Lake) Restoration Project is creating an Engineered Wetland that will divert street runoff or storm water from 260 acres on the northeast side of Sturgeon Bay. On June 29, about 20 Master Gardeners, Rotarians, and employees from the Park and Recreation Department planted emergent plant plugs at the water’s edge of the South Cell (#1). On July 16, the Middle Cell (#2) was planted with about 950 plugs.

Answering Homeowner Gardening Questions

After a 12 year absence, the Plant Health Advisor Program returned to Door County. MGVs came to the UW-Extension office to answer homeowner horticulture questions. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, 6 MGVs answered 42 questions from 34 clients. On a survey sent out at the end of the summer, one client wrote, “[the Plant Health Advisors] offered practical options to deal with my gardening problems so I can decide what to do.”

Teaching Gardening to Youth

We provided gardening education to about 70 youth aged 6-12 in a cooperative program with the Door County Boys and Girls Club summer program. Topics included mosaics, worm farms, flower pressing, and pollinators in the garden.

Educating on Herbs

This year educational programs and displays at the open house in our public display garden, The Garden Door, focused on herbs. MGVs were present to answer questions. Nearly 200 members of the community attended the three-hour event; many were first time visitors to the gardens.

A Master Gardener Volunteer sleuthing for a solution to a plant question.

A Master Gardener Volunteer sleuthing for a solution to a plant question.