Master Gardener Program in Door County 2017

The Master Gardener Program in Door County started in 1995. Over 285 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 85 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Annie Deutsch.


Volunteer Service in 2017

Youth Education 64 hours
Adult Education 214 hours
Support 6,888 hours
Total 7,166 hours

Since 2000: 107,747 hours at a value of over $2,059,693


* 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

  • The Garden Door
  • UW Peninsular Ag Research Station
  • Crossroads at Big Creek
  • Ridges Sanctuary
  • Heritage Village
  • Village of Ellison Bay
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Noble House

Tuesday in The Garden Door

Each month, June through September, on the second Tuesday, we provided educational programming for the public in The Garden Door. Each evening included three 20 minute presentations made by Door Co. MGVs and staff from UW-Extension, the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station and the USDA Potato Genebank. On average, 25 people attended each evening. Participants were able to experience areas of the Garden that related to the topic of the presentations.

Door County Tuesday in the Garden

Educational Series For the Public

Each winter and spring, we offer free gardening- related programs presented by speakers recruited from Door County as well as across the state. On average, 70 individuals attend these programs. This series has become widely known and popular in the Door County community.

The Garden Door Showcases Area Plants

Annually, in July, we present an Open House in The Garden Door, our public demonstration garden. This year 130 participants interacted with and learned about the services offered by UW-Extension, Door County Public Health and the USDA Potato Genebank in addition to enjoying the Garden at its height and have their gardening questions answered by MGVs stationed around the Garden. MGVs also provided educational presentations on a variety of topics. Later in July the Garden was included on the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary‘s annual House & Garden Walk. Over 600 participants visited, with MGVs present in the Garden to answer gardening questions.