The Master Gardener Program in Shawano County started in 2007. Over 52 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 18 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2018. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Jamie Patton.
Volunteer Service in 2017
|Youth Education||64 hours|
|Adult Education||389 hours|
Since 2007: 18,045 hours at a value of over $366,691
* 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
- Safe Haven
- Shawano County Chamber of Commerce
- Huckleberry Harbor
- Shawano Farmer’s Market
- Shawano County Fair
- General Cone Memorial Fitness Trail
- Heritage Park Garden
- Shawano Community Dinner
Plant Sale Supports Local Education
The Wolf River MGVs hosted their first plant sale in many years at the seasonal grand opening of the Shawano Farmer’s Market. MGVs donated plants from their own gardens, as well as sold a number of former “Hosta of the Year” winners. Community members enjoyed the diversity of plants for sale, as well as the expert advice in plant selection, planting and care provided by the MGVs. The plant sale raised more than $1,100 to support local educational activities.
Fitness Trail Landscaped for Year-Round Appeal
MGVs provided design advice for newly developed gardens on the General Cone Memorial Fitness Trail at Hope Community Church in Shawano. The one- mile fitness trail is open to the public and features eight challenge stations, a reflection garden, and several aesthetic gardens along a blacktopped trail. MGVs shared their expertise in selecting bulbs, perennials, annuals and shrubs with the trail organizers to provide year-round appeal for human and wildlife visitors.
Workshops Educate on Gardening Topics
Working with the Shawano City-County Library, MGVs hosted a series of eight workshops for community members at the library. MGV presenters covered a wide variety of gardening topics, from seed saving to container gardening, throughout the spring, summer and fall to celebrate the grand opening of the library’s seed library. Using an informal, discussion format, the MGVs provided 12 hours of education to more than 80 participants.