Master Gardener Program in Manitowoc County 2016

The Master Gardener Program in Manitowoc County started in 1994. Over 260 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 29 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator responsible for the MG Program is Dairy/Livestock Agent Scott Gunderson.


Volunteer Service in 2016

Youth Education 13 hours
Adult Education 123 hours
Support 1214 hours
Total 1351  hours

Since 2000: 42,683 hours at a value of over $750,103

* 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

  • Plant Clinic
  • Garden Walk
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Maribel Caves
  • Manitowoc County Fair
  • Woodland Dunes
  • Downtown Manitowoc Planters
  • Mariners Trail Gardens

Promoting Our Plant Clinic

MGVs have had a Plant Clinic in Manitowoc County for years, but this year worked to enhance and expand access. The Clinic moved to a more visible spot with better signage at the UW-Extension Office. Flyers about the Plant Clinic were distributed to local gardening and nursery related businesses so that they can easily refer people there when they have questions in an attempt to increase the number of questions answered and citizens helped.

County Fair Garden

MGVs redesigned, planted and maintained a garden at the County Expo Office, with a completely different layout from previous years. Located right outside the Fair Main Office, this highly visible location is visited throughout the year. During the County Fair, MGVs answer questions and promote the MG program. Plants are identified with signs so even when MGVs aren’t present people can learn what the plants are.

Outdoor Learning Classroom Educates Students

MGVs worked with the local school district to design an outdoor learning classroom at Riverview Early Learning Center, a school for preschool and kindergarten students. This was a large project with many contributions from the community. Along with giving guidance during the design process, MGVs donated and planted perennials along the fence line to keep grass mowing as low maintenance as possible and donated a Little Library to have in the Outdoor Classroom. This new site will be an opportunity for teaching children about gardening and plant-related subjects in the future.

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