Master Gardener Program in Milwaukee County 2017

The Master Gardener Program in Milwaukee County started in 1977. Over 1,684 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 239 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for UW-Extension Consumer Horticulture Agent Sharon Morrisey facilitates the Program.

Visit the Southeast Wisconsin Master Gardener webpage for more information.


Volunteer Service in 2017

Youth Education  2,338 hours
Adult Education  8,787 hours
Support  5,168 hours
Total 16, 293 hours

Since 2000: 200,048 hours at a value of over $3,774,162


* 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.

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Project Wins National Excellence Award

The Lifelong Gardening Committee of the Southeast Wisconsin MGA was recognized at the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference in Portland, Oregon in July, with their submission Gardening Through Life earning 1st place in the Special Needs Category. For over seven years MGVs have provided education on principles and methods that enable gardeners to enjoy gardening throughout their lifetime. The curriculum was developed into a clear and concise program that can be shared with other MG programs nation-wide.

volunteers accept award

Native Wellness Garden Program Teaches Children

During a six week program MGVs taught children from preschool to teenagers at the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center about gardening by seeding two 3-foot high raised beds and monitoring weather conditions for growing conditions. The kids planted ten different vegetables, watered, weeded and then harvested the crop for the elders of their community. The children learned about seed germination, composting, soil testing, pollinators and what types of food grow in Wisconsin.

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School Focused on Greenspace

Maryland Avenue School is a Montessori school K3-8 with 320 students. The school’s goal to convert asphalt to green space started in 2005 when a butterfly garden was installed. Much more asphalt has been removed since 2005, and the school grounds have become an urban sanctuary with trees, shrubs, and native perennials. The school boasts a rain garden, butterfly garden, cottage garden, bioswale, and tree alee.