The Master Gardener Program in Ashland County started in 1992. Over 150 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 8 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Horticulture Educator Matt Cogger.
Volunteer Service in 2017
|Youth Education||2 hours|
|Adult Education||9 hours|
Since 2000: 11,125 hours at a value of over $208,758
* 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.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- Menard Park, Ashland
- Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church
- Beaser Community Garden, Ashland
- Ellis Avenue median gardens, Ashland
- Breƫng Community Center, Ashland
- Lakeshore Drive, Ashland
- Madeline Island Library, LaPointe
- Elks Club, Ashland
Creating Highly Visible Gardens in Tourist Areas
Although MGVs maintain a number of gardens in the city of Ashland, a major project was a 300 foot long terrace garden in the right of way at west end of town on US 2. The owner of the Ashland Motel above the garden donated $500 to the Council to purchase perennials as well as donating some liatris, bleeding hearts, mums and day lilies. The local newspaper published a front page photo of MGVs along with the motel owner to publicize the project which received many compliments from local citizens.
Memorial Garden Dedicated
The gardens surrounding City Hall and the parking lot gardens across the street from City Hall were dedicated in August in honor of Jane Smith, a former City Clerk and interim City Administrator and originator of the Beautification Council. Over $1200 was raised to purchase perennials, shrubs and roses for the gardens, which were planted and tended by the Beautification Council.
Walking/Bike Trail Will Showcase Native Plants
MGVs added native trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses along a barren 600 foot long stretch of a popular public walking and bike trail near the Public Works department and water treatment plant. A $100 Audubon Society grant was used to purchase native Viburnums, while $200 donated by the Ashland/Bayfield County MG Association allowed for the purchase of additional shrubs. Native snowberry and asters have also been donated. This area will provide an opportunity for public education about native species where people are likely to stop and read information about these plants.