Master Gardener Program in Grant County

The Master Gardener Program in Grant County started in 2002. Over 115 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 24 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Crops/Farm Management Agent Ted Bay.


Volunteer Service in 2016

Youth Education 111 hours
Adult Education 465 hours
Support 1603 hours
Total 48984 hours

Since 2000:  28,425 hours at a value of over $527,634

* 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

  • Sugar & Spice, Fennimore
  • Katie’s Garden at Platteville
  • Screiner Memorial Library, Lancaster
  • UW-Platteville Children’s Center Garden
  • Lancaster Farigrounds Native Garden
  • Fairy Garden, Katies Garden, Platteville
  • Marsden Park, Fennimore
  • UW-P/MGV Driftless Conference

Promoting Gardening

MGVs participated in a Mother’s Day Celebration, which included breakfast, animal peƫng and creating a flowerpot for mom. MGVs assisted children in the poƫng stations to decorate a container and learn how to plant pansies, marigolds, and petunias in it, and how to care for it at home. At the first Platteville Area Farm Days in July, attended by over 500 people, MGVs offered UW-Extension materials on alternative gardening styles and answered gardening questions. Demonstrations were offered for the public on composting and straw bale gardening.

Gardening for Health

MGVs participated in Lancaster Community Hospital Week by offering a session on how to start a garden and small space gardening as healthy options for stress reduction, healthy eating and well-being. About 30 people attended two sessions on planting salad bowls, with participants planting a container with plugs of leafy greens, and leaving with instructions on how to maintain and harvest their projects.

Fantastic First Driftless Gardeners’ Gathering

On Saturday, April 2, over 70 people gathered for the first garden conference in this area organized by MGVs and the Horticulture Club of UW-Platteville. The event included educational table displays by MGVs, workshops and talks by MGVs and other experts, and a keynote presentation by Lee Somerville, author of the book Vintage Wisconsin Gardens: A History of Home Gardens. The students introduced speakers, helped with registrations, acted as greeters and gave guided tours of the UW-Platteville greenhouses.

volunteer helping family garden