The Master Gardener Program in Green County started in 2004. Over 135 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 35 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Mark Mayer.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||95 hours|
|Adult Education||96 hours|
Since 2000: 22,618 hours at a value of over $438,362
* 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
- Pleasant View Nursing Home Gardens
- Green County Justice Center Garden
- GCMGA Plant Sale
- GCMGA Symposium
- New Glarus Flower Clock Village Gardens
- New Glarus Historical Prairie Plot
- Albany Community Garden
- UWEX Plant Helpline
Historical Prairie Plot Recreates Wisconsin 1845
MGVs assisted with planning, planting and maintaining an educational garden plot on the grounds of the Swiss Historical Village Museum in a collaborative eﬀort between MGVs, Prairie Enthusiasts, and New Glarus High School students. The 500 ft2 area along the side of the Museum’s Farm Implement building oﬀers visitors an opportunity to reflect on landscape of the area at the time immigrants arrived in Wisconsin, in 1845. One MGV, who has an extensive prairie planting on her own property, donated more than 100 plants for the plot. Plants have been labeled and a tour map is being created for educational purposes. More than 5,000 people visit the museum annually and will be able to learn and enjoy this unique garden.
Plant Sale Funds Scholarships
Held to raise funds for youth scholarships, the Spring Plant Sale provides plants for the inexperienced as well as experienced gardeners. MGVs donate home- grown plants and provide planting expertise for enhancing client’s gardens. Prospective gardeners attended the event to purchase perennials, vegetable plants, and shrubbery, and obtained garden tips from MGVs at the sale.
Annual Symposium Educates Gardeners
Over 90 interested gardeners attended our 9th annual gardening symposium Gardening Inspirations for All Seasons—Tasteful Gardening for Style and Fun in Monroe in March. Speakers presented ideas to relax and absorb the sights and smells around us; ways to utilize design basics for the garden space; and explored using perennial flowers and herbs to enchance the garden appearance and taste.