The Master Gardener Program in Grant County started in 2002. Over 115 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 25 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program was Crops/Farm Management Agent Ted Bay.
Volunteer Service in 2017
|Youth Education||53 hours|
|Adult Education||261 hours|
Since 2002: 30,161 hours at a value of over $567,666
* 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
- Lancaster Golf Course
- Sugar and Spice, Fennimore
- Grant County Fair
- Lancaster Hospital
- Fennimore Doll Museum
- Belmont Family Days
- Platteville Arboretum
- Livingston Library
Grant County Fair Booth Engages Children
MGVs Melody Bahr and Terry Wood designed the A-Z Kids Gardening booth with 26 potted plants, each beginning with a diﬀerent letter of the alphabet, and wrote brief descriptions in child friendly terms of the plants to display by each plant. This colorful display drew many into our booth. MGVs Karin Peacock and Cindy Arndt held a kids demonstration of succulent propagation and Mason Bee House building, with over thirty kids each making their own project to take home.
Local Library Programs Educate Kids
Terry Wood presented a slide show on pollinators to over 20 children at the Livingston library in June. Each family went home with seeds to plant, a flower guide for attracting pollinators, the Wisconsin Bee Identification publication and web page information. MGVs Kerry McCabe and Peggy Thereault gave a brief presentation on how plants and flowers make our world a better place then demonstrated making Seed Bombs. Over 50 children were guided in making their own “bombs” the size of a golf balls with marigold and zinnia seeds (chosen as these germinate easily). MGVs also assisted Schneider Memorial Library in Lancaster in their demonstration of Seed Bombs with over 25 children participating.
Second Driftless Garden Conference
Over 45 people attended the conference open to the public on the UW-Platteville campus which included a keynote speaker and choice of nine topics. Our displays this year featured floral photography by MGVs Kathy Kubitz, Shirley Audetat, and Chris Swan; a traveling display of pollinators; and a blueberry growing demonstration.