Master Gardener Program in Outagamie County 2017

The Master Gardener Program in Outagamie County started in 1999. Over 532 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 103 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Crops, Soils and Horticulture Agent Kevin Jarek.


Volunteer Service in 2017

Youth Education 185 hours
Adult Education 621 hours
Support 9,577 hours
Total 10,383 hours

Since 2000: 135,060 hours at a value of over $2,599,239

* 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 in Outagamie Co.

  • Appleton Downtown Farmers Market
  • Appleton Public Library
  • Outagamie County Fair
  • Outagamie Breakfast on the Farm
  • Gardens of the Fox Cities / Scheig Center
  • Appleton Memorial Park Garden
  • Outagamie Co UW-Extension Gardens
  • Kaukauna Farmers Market

New Life for an Old Garden

When the nationally recognized 1880’s Queen Anne style Hearthstone Historical House in Appleton, needed a landscape to match, it turned to local MGVs for help. Old photos, period guides, and a 15-year old design inspired a plan that includes a curved walk, lush borders, a terrace overlooking the Fox River, and a secret garden. Through work days and tours, visitors of all ages get a sense of what plants were popular at the time and can learn how to create their own period-inspired garden.

Seedy Saturday Educates about Plant Seeds

MGVs helped the Appleton Seed Library host the community event Seedy Saturday held at the Appleton Memorial Park Gardens with 150 kids and adults at the open-house. There was an all day seed swap, keynote speaker Ben Cohen of Small House, local artisan vendors, and a seed-based menu created for people to purchase delicious food. Live music set the backdrop to this fun event.

UW-Extension Grounds Renovate

After establishing a Learning Garden on the UW- Extension grounds a few years ago, MGVs developed a cohesive plan to revitalize, replant and expand the property. A major effort was made to install an “Impact Garden” in place of the prairie test area. The rose, shade and memory gardens were updated, a new herb area was planted, the water and welcome gardens were refreshed, and a hosta test garden was installed. The pollinator garden is now an official Certified Wildlife Habitat® site with the National Wildlife Federation, skirted by a path to the ephemeral pond installed by an Eagle Scout along with a homemade bench.