Master Gardener Program in Adams County

The Master Gardener Program in Adams County started in 1997. Over 172 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 11 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Agriculture Educator facilitating the MG Program is Alana Voss.


Volunteer Service in 2017

Youth Education  5 hours
Adult Education  145 hours
Support  806 hours
Total  956 hours

Since 2000: 20,778 hours at a value of over $376,453


* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $23.06 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.

mg-footer-logoWhere you can find activities by MGVs

  • Adams County Community Center
  • AF Elementary School Garden
  • Hazel Street Farmers Market
  • Kids Day at Middle School
  • Adams-Friendship County Library
  • Adams-Friendship County Fairgrounds
  • Villa Pines Living Center
  • Gunderson Memorial Hospital & Clinics

Fallen Officer Memorial Refurbished

The landscaping around the Officer Shannon Memorial at the Adams County Sheriff’s office for fallen officer Michael Shannon was overhauled by the MGV training class as a group project. Using information from their classes they decided as a group on the plants to be used, landscape design, and did the maintenance of the memorial.

Introducing Children to Gardening

Every year businesses, groups, and individuals come together in the community to hold educational events geared towards kids. At this year’s Kids Day MGVs gave away 450 flower bulbs as a way to introduce the youth of Adams County to gardening and the opportunity to meet local MGVs in their community. The MGVs provided instructions to the kids on how to plant and care for these bulbs, so they should be able to have them for several years.

Promoting the Master Gardener Program

This year MGVs held an open house to encourage individuals to learn about the Master Gardener program at the Adams County Community Center. A short garden tour was given around the community center to highlight a few of the gardens on site. The Aging and Disability Resource Center spoke about their raised gardens that the seniors care for during the year. We discussed how MGVs plant and care for flower pots at the entrance of the center and the flag pole. The UW-Extension office showcased their pallet garden used as an educational display.