The Master Gardener Program in Clark Co. started in 1997. Over 118 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 11 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Crops/Soils Agent Richard Halopka.
Volunteer Service in 2017
|Youth Education||28 hours|
|Adult Education||59 hours|
Since 2000: 22,217 hours at a value of over $396,409
* 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
- Clark County Courthouse
- Clark County Fairgrounds
- Clark County Humane Society
- Clark County Fair Booth
- Spring Plant Sale
- Neillsville Community Garden
- Neillsville Library Garden
- The High Ground
Garden Conference Educates the Public
In April MGVs sponsored a free Spring Garden Conference with a guest speaker presenting on Earth Garden Boxes and area UW-Extension agents presenting on Apple Tree Diseases and Apple Tree Grafting. The video presentations, hand-outs, and demonstrations were well received by the 35 attendees. Lots of questions and comments from the audience made for a lively discussion.
Garden Tour Facilitates Sharing
In July Clark Co. MGVs sponsored a Garden Tour around the Neillsville area. We invited the Eau Claire County MGVs and toured 8 diﬀerent garden areas, including a tour of the High Ground (a beautiful park and grounds commemorating soldiers from all the wars) and seven private gardens. Besides seeing the beautiful gardens, there was a lot of information and camaraderie exchanged between the two MGV organizations.
MGVs Enhance Area Public Gardens
This spring MGVs completely renovated the garden bed outside of the entry to the Neillsville Library. MGVs dug out and saved all salvageable perennials, removed six inches of the old soil and added new purchased composted soil. Some of the perennials were replaced and new annuals including Supertunia Vista® Bubblegum® petunias and marigolds were added to brighten the area. Now patrons of the library can enjoy their walk in and out. In addition to this big project, we continued to maintain gardens at the Clark County Humane Society, Courthouse and Fairgrounds to increase the visual appeal of those areas.