The Master Gardener Program in Ozaukee County started in 2000. Over 520 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 92 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Stephanie Plaster.
Volunteer Service in 2017
|Youth Education||139 hours|
|Adult Education||406 hours|
Since 2000: 89,638 hours at a value of over $1,718,678
* 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 Ozaukee Co.
- Port Triangle Garden, Port Washington
- Lasata Care Center, Cedarburg
- Kuhefuss House Museum, Cedarburg
- Advocates for Women & Children Center
- Ozaukee County Fair
- Pioneer Village, Saukville
- Webster Middle School teaching garden
- Tendick Park, Saukville
4-H Project Teaching Horticulture
MGVs taught environmentally responsible horticultural practices to a group of 4-H members ranging in age from 8 to 18, which was challenging to try to meet the needs, abilities, and stimulate the interest of each participant. Still in the planning phase. Still in the planning phase, there will be a teaching garden with raised beds, compost pile, and rain barrel at the local fairgrounds. At the monthly meetings, we will have speakers on a variety of topics and gardening projects to encourage active participation, including older members teaching the younger members.
Advocates of Ozaukee Garden Renovated
Due to a small work force, MGVs totally revamped the most labor-intensive garden—a very steep and long hillside filled with aggressive plants and some invasive species—to be a low maintenance space. After digging out the old plants, nearly 600 native plants were installed in drifts using little bluestem, prairie dropseed, switchgrass, and butterfly weed (which hosted monarch caterpillars this year).
Community Garden Attracts Pollinators
MGVs focused their eﬀorts on pollinators in the Washington County Community Garden, an Ozaukee MGV project located in West Bend, this year. Educational emails were sent to gardeners throughout the growing season with information and instructions regarding the application or elimination of bee-harming pesticides. A 15’ x 20’ plot was entirely dedicated to pollinator-friendly perennials and annuals, creating an ideal environment for our bees. They provided 30 pounds of honey which has been shared with all the gardeners