The Master Gardener Program in Oneida County started in 1999. Over 315 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 16 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension staﬀ member facilitating the MG Program is Merry Lehner.
Volunteer Service in 2017
|Youth Education||18 hours|
|Adult Education||82 hours|
Since 2000: 43,965 hours at a value of over $801,513
* 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 in Oneida Co.
- Rhinelander Area Community Garden
- Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Greenhouse
- Old School Arts & Learning Center
- Stevensport Square
- Oneida County Courthouse Garden
- Crescent School Garden
- City Hall Garden
Pollinator Garden Welcomes Visitors to Courthouse
As the Oneida County seat, Rhinelander is often associated with its courthouse, topped by a Tiﬀany glass dome. Leading to the main entry are annual gardens maintained by MGVs. The garden this year was an explosion of color making it a butterfly magnet. A plant list was available to the public for creating their own pollinator garden. Plants included ageratum, cosmos, dahlias, dianthus, zinnias, asclepias, and cleome.
School Garden Helps Kids Grow and Learn
Crescent Elementary School in Rhinelander received a $1500 grant in 2016 to create a 45’ X 45’ garden area within the playground in six cedar, raised garden beds. Several children along with adult volunteers helped lay cardboard covered with wood chips to block the weeds between the beds and in the surrounding area. The children then helped plant many vegetables and several herbs under the direction of a local MGV. In 2017 they realized the need for a taller fence to protect the garden from deer. Another $1000 grant was put towards a taller fence. The children love working in the garden and are learning lots. They were overheard telling their friends at lunch when the first peppers were served that they helped plant them!
Fresh Produce for Needy Families
MGVs in Rhinelander continue to plant and tend a community garden in partnership with The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry to help provide food to needy families. They also pick a yard each month to receive a free water bill for the plantings in conjunction with the city.