The Master Gardener Program in Green County started in 2004. Over 130 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 33 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019.
In 2018, Green County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 1978 hours of community service, worth a value of over $47,460.
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $24.69 per hour, from Independent Sector.
Raise Money for Hospital Garden
Green County Master Gardener Volunteers, in collaboration with the Monroe Clinic Hospice and Monroe Chamber of Commerce, raised money for future new garden projects of the Monroe Clinic Hospice Home. Over 200 individuals participated by visiting 6 home gardens in the city of Monroe.
Educate the Public on Gardening
MGVs educated the public with their 11th Annual Gardening Inspirations for All Seasons symposium. Topics included straw bale gardening, handling invasive plant species, mulches for weed control, and seed saving were. Over 90 people participated to improve gardening concepts in this day-long event.
Introduce Monarch Butterflies to Community
Since 2014, MGVs planted and maintained a native plant garden near the Green County Justice Center, Monroe. This year Monarch caterpillars found on the milkweed in the garden were incorporated into community educational programs. Over 20 people were introduced to the pollinators, by watching them emerge and reenter the wild.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- GCMGA Plant Sale & Symposium
- New Glarus Historical Museum Prairie
- Monroe Arts Center
- New Glarus School Gardens
- Pleasant View Nursing Home Gardens
- Green County Justice Center Garden
- New Glarus Flower Clock/Village Garden
- Green County Food Pantries