The Master Gardener Program in Winnebago county started in 1990. Over 533 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 96 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Horticulture Educator Kimberly Miller.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||239 hours|
|Adult Education||1322 hours|
Since 2000: 104,154 hours at a value of over $1,936,745
* 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
- Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh
- Neenah Octagon House
- Oshkosh Farmers Market
- Park View Health Center
- Winchester Historical Society
- Winnebago County Fair
- Neenah Shattuck Park and Public Library
- WHBA Home & Outdoor Living Show
Cultivating a Tribute Garden
The Oshkosh Area Humane Society has a memorial and tribute garden they created to remember pets and people in our community. MGVs work with existing memorial structures and use plants to create a serene, meditative garden space. New to the garden area this year are multiple signs that explain such things as “Creating a Monarch Habitat and “Native Trees are a Shelter Too”. It also served as the site of a shade tree pruning workshop.
Enhancing Omro’s Library
Carter Memorial Library, in the heart of Omro adjacent to a busy highway that runs through the town. MGVs worked with the library director to renovate and enhance the landscape around the library. The area appeals to all age groups and functions as an educational site. MGVs are not only improving their own horticulture skills as they maintain the plantings, but also educate library visitors at the same time on subjects such as pruning techniques, general gardening practices and native perennials.
Supporting the Paine
MGVs are involved in a variety of activities at the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh. The estate features 20 gardens nestled amidst an historic estate that are open for public enjoyment and education. Native and perennial plants hardy to Wisconsin are featured in all of the gardens. Sheila Glaske, Curator of Horticulture at the Paine, guides MGVs in using their talent to beautify the gardens and educate the community. MGVs also host an Ask the Master Gardener booth at their annual spring plant sale.