Master Gardener Program in Oneida County 2016

The Master Gardener Program in Oneida County started in 1999. Over 318 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 28 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension staff member facilitating the MG Program is Merry Lehner.


Volunteer Service in 2016

Youth Education 155 hours
Adult Education 146 hours
Support 1436 hours
Total 1737 hours

Since 2000: 42,668 hours at a value of over $771,605

* 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

  • Rhinelander Area Community Garden
  • Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Greenhouse
  • Old School Arts & Learning Center
  • Stevensport Square
  • Oneida County Courthouse Garden
  • Crescent School Garden
  • City Hall Garden

Supplying Fresh Produce to the Food Pantry

MGVs operate a Community Garden in cooperation with the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry. Over 3,000 pounds of fresh produce grown in the garden was donated to the food pantry. The Garden also provides an opportunity for education about horticulture and nutrition. This year about a dozen educational tours were conducted, including a special tour for UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen and Vice Chancellor Aaron Brower.

Awards Inspire Residents

MGVs have partnered with the City of Rhinelander to present Yard of the Month awards for the past 7 years. The purpose of the program has been simply to inspire residents and businesses to maintain an attractive and appealing presence and fostering a sense of pride in the Rhinelander community. Each month during the summer, a team of MGVs drives through the city to view the nominated properties. Residential awards are Traditional Yard of the Month and Blooming Yard of the Month; each receives a $50 water utility credit. There is also a Commercial Yard of the Month award. All winners receive a certificate signed by the mayor and city administrator and a Yard of the Month sign, and their photo appears in newspapers and newsletters.

Free Plants Distributed to Needy Families

In cooperation with the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, MGVs grow vegetable bedding plants in a greenhouse for clients to use in their home gardens. MGVs also provide education on growing vegetable gardens as the plants are distributed to clients. This year we distributed over 2,500 plants to gardeners in and effort to help families attain food security.

People standing in garden.

Master Gardener Volunteers give special garden tour for UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen and Vice Chancellor Aaron Brower.