Master Gardener Program in Sheboygan County

The Master Gardener Program in Sheboygan County started in 1988. Over 397 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 66 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Mike Ballweg.


Volunteer Service in 2016

Youth Education 120 hours
Adult Education 223 hours
Support 4142 hours
Total 4485 hours

Since 2000: 64,251 hours at a value of over $1,204,572

* 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

  • Bookworm Gardens, UW-Sheboygan
  • Generations, Plymouth
  • John Michael Kohler Arts Center
  • Kohler Andre State Park, Town of Wilson
  • Marsh Park Tower, Elkhart Lake
  • Plymouth Art Center, Plymouth
  • A Closer Look on Community TV
  • UW Sheboygan Campus, Sheboygan

Delivering Educational Programs

The MGV Education Committee developed an extensive offering of educational programs reaching more than 300 people. Eight programs ranged from bus trips to presentations about phenology, beekeeping and perennial plant communities.

Garden Engages Kids in Plants and Reading

Bookworm Gardens, a free, two-acre, public garden supported by MGVs, is really many smaller gardens— each one based on classic children’s stories. The books that inspire each garden are laminated and available nearby, where visitors are encouraged to read them with their children. From the Hansel and Gretel Learning Cottage to the Charlotte’s Web barn and vegetable garden, children (and adults) are transported into the world of books, plants and gardens. MGVs help maintain the storybook gardens, play storybook characters, and serve in leadership positions on the Bookworm Gardens Board.

Enhancing End of Life Patient’s Well-being

The Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice accepts end of life patients regardless of their ability to pay. An integral part of the Hospice’s philosophy is that patients and their families find peace, tranquility and healing when surrounded by the beautiful things in nature. MGVs have been enhancing the landscape and aesthetics of the hospice grounds (nurturing the rose garden and planting 500 daffodil bulbs) and have introduced the concept of “horticultural therapy”. The beautiful flower gardens provide an environment that creates tranquility and healing to enhance the well-being of patients, their caregivers and the hospice staff.

volunteers posing in garden