The Master Gardener Program in Waukesha County started in 1998. Over 1,084 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 246 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Consumer Horticulture Educator Ann Wied.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||2380 hours|
|Adult Education||8546 hours|
Since 2000: 183,755 hours at a value of over $3,398,446
* 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
- Waukesha County Fair
- Brookfield Farmer’s Market
- Eble Park
- Oconomowoc Arts Center
- St. James Community Gardens
- Pewaukee Library Rain Garden
- Community Outreach Events
- North Lake Town Hall Library
Community Values Garden Talks & Demo Garden
The Master Gardener ProHealth Care WMH- Kitchen Garden and Garden Talk Series provides the Waukesha Memorial Hospital community many opportunities to learn about gardening. 175 people attended six free gardening presentations by MGVs throughout the growing season at the hospital. In addition, MGVs have a vegetable demonstration garden located in the courtyard of the hospital. Each presentation ends in the garden so participants can also learn from the garden. Over 336 pounds of vegetables were donated to a local food pantry.
County Fair Exhibit Educates Youth and Adults
MGVs provided three hands-on activities and gardening information for youth and adults the Waukesha County Fair. Participants learned about planting seeds, invasive plants and insects, composting, and vegetables. MGVs also answered gardening questions and oﬀered educational literature on a number of topics. Booth space was shared with UW-Extension 4-H who were happy to have additional educational activities at their site.
Vegetable Garden Feeds the Homeless and Hungry
Green Power Garden is located in Waukesha on a six-acre property. Four acres are tilled and planted with vegetables. MGVs plant and tend the garden and provide education to youth groups, community groups, and others who come to volunteer at the garden. In 2016, over 3,275 pounds of produce were harvested and donated to two local organizations. Produce donations helps one organization provide free meals at their outreach center meal program and day center. Produce is also donated to a local food pantry.