Master Gardener Program in Green County

The Master Gardener Program in Green County started in 2004. Over 135 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 33 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Mark Mayer.


Volunteer Service in 2017

Youth Education 118 hours
Adult Education 60 hours
Support 1,977 hours
Total 2,155 hours

Since 2004: 24,773 hours at a value of over $488,056


* 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

  • GCMGA Plant Sale & Symposium
  • New Glarus Historical Museum Prairie
  • Monroe Arts Center
  • New Glarus School Gardens
  • Pleasant View Nursing Home Gardens
  • Green County Justice Center Garden
  • New Glarus Flower Clock/Village Garden
  • Green County Food Pantries

Encouraging Others to Grow Produce

MGVs in collaboration with the Pecatonica FFA Chapter created over 100 Garden Guide Kits to help educate people about gardening. Several packets of vegetable seeds, the UWEX Gardening & Home Grounds Publication book, and a copy of UW- Extension’s The Vegetable Garden were placed in ziploc bags to create the gardening kit. Labels were placed on the kits, stating “Home Garden Seed! Vegetables to Grow!” The free kits were distributed at a local food pantry to encourage participants to learn to grow their own produce.

Green County Garden Kits

Teaching at Green County’s 4-H Exploring Day

The Green County 4-H Program hosted a free open house event for youth, grades K-6, to explore some of the projects 4-H offers. In an effort to encourage plant interest, MGVs taught approximately 75 youth how to propagate plants, prepare the soil for planting, and arrange them in new containers. Youth were able to assist with the planting and given tips on how to care for the plants. As an additional benefit, the youth were sent home with their freshly planted items.

Landscape Upgraded at Area Arts Center

The Monroe Arts Center is a National Historic Performing and Visual Arts Center located in the City of Monroe and visited annually by numerous tourists as well as county residents. After recent remodeling, the site needed landscaping improvements. Following professional recommendations, MGVs helped to amend the soil, design, plant, and maintain the new and improved garden areas in the Center’s historic yards.