The Master Gardener Program in Sauk County started in 2003. Over 280 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 27 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Horticulture Educator Phyllis Both.
Volunteer Service in 2017
|Youth Education||242 hours|
|Adult Education||359 hours|
Since 2000: 39,731 hours at a value of over $763,787
* 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
- Reedsburg Historical Pioneer Log Village
- Mid-Continent Railway Museum
- Circus World Museum
- Prairie du Sac Community Garden
- Weston, Sacred Heart, Webb Schools
- Madison Area Technical College
- St Clare Senior Living Center
- Ho-Chunk House of Wellness
Pollinator Project Helps Bees
MGVs installed bee houses for carpenter bees and bumble bees and maintain three honey bee hives throughout the year. The hives produced over 100 pounds of honey this year. The nearby prairie for the pollinators includes two acres of native forbs and one plot of buckwheat. UWEX Horticulture Educator Phyllis Both gives tours of the area to local groups and includes information on the prairies and the pollinator project.
Apothecary Garden Shows History
MGVs have maintained an apothecary garden at the Reedsburg Area Historical Pioneer Log Village since 2013. The garden, filled with herbs and medicinal plants, provides visitors with historical perspective to what these types of gardens were like in the past. MGVs provide both in-person educational tours and now have a fact sheet available for visitors to learn about uses of the plants. The herbs are not only for demonstrations, a local restaurant uses the herbs in their menu.
Totally Tomato Promotes Growing Vegetables
The Totally Tomato project was a two-part series held at the Reedsburg Public Library. For the first part MGVs taught the basics of tomato gardening after participants purchased diﬀerent varieties of tomatoes, both hybrids and heirlooms, which MGVs had planted. In the fall, participants gathered again at the library, bringing samples of the tomatoes they grew. A tomato tasting and educational discussion was held to teach participants a variety of ways to use tomatoes. The most popular activity was voting on which tomato variety tasted the best.