The Master Gardener Program in Lafayette County started in 2002. Over 61 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 9 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension staﬀ member facilitating the MG Program is Lisa Carpenter.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||0 hours|
|Adult Education||214 hours|
Since 2000: 6,134 hours at a value of over $113,586
* 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
- Wiota School House
- Lafayette County Manor
- Yellowstone Church
- Gratiot Library
- Argyle Library
- Argyle Post Oﬃce
- Corner Stone Church
- Wiota Lutheran Church
Flower Bed For Nursing Home Residents
MGVs plant the raised bed garden in the front lawn at the Lafayette County Manor every year with colorful annual flowers. A large window in the siƫng room on the second story of the building looks right out onto the flower bed for all of the residents to enjoy. This year the zinnias especially were very vibrant and full from the abundance of rainfall.
Neglected Former Garden Reclaimed
A large area by the Gratiot Village oﬃces and Library, which once had been a garden at Blackhawk Middle School, had been neglected since the closing of the school. MGVs cleared the area of weeds and volunteer trees, then replanted it with colorful flowers and lower maintenance plants. Since the garden is in the center of town, having an attractive space again was encouraging to the 230 residents and makes the town more inviting to visitors, especially those biking through the town on the Cheese Country Trail.
Gardening Information Extended at County Fair
MGVs have an information booth at the Lafayette County Fair annually with a diﬀerent theme each year. This year’s theme was Fairy Gardens to engage visitors with this popular miniature gardening trend—which is a great way to get both children and adults interested in plants and nature (there were many Fairy Gardens entered in the Fair for judging also). Over 65 people stopped with questions and comments about the several unique tiny decorated gardens on display. An information sheet with the History of Fairy Gardens was available to hand out. MGVs also answered questions on many other gardening problems and concerns as well.