The Master Gardener Program in Sheboygan County started in 1988. Over 366 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 57 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019.
In 2018, Sheboygan County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 3328 hours of community service, worth a value of over $79,872.
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $24.69 per hour, from Independent Sector.
Maintain Garden at Historic Tourist Destination
Sheboygan County Master Gardener Volunteers maintained a herb garden at The Waelderhaus, a replica of the Kohler family home and barn. To keep with the Austrian alpine theme of the property, the garden is planted in a true European style and inclusive to plants from that region. Waelderhous is listed by TripAdvisor as #6 of 13 things to do in Kohler.
Growing Vegetables for Meals on Wheels
MGVs, along with other community volunteers, planted, maintained, harvested, and donated over 7000 pounds of veggies to Meals on Wheels. Approximately 250 homebound seniors are recipients of this program.
Maintain Garden for Art Center
MGVs maintained gardens at the Plymouth Arts Center, a popular downtown venue billed as “the premier art destination in western Sheboygan County” and is listed by TripAdvisor as #5 of 16 things to do in Plymouth, WI. A MGV said this project builds community pride, “…since the location of the PAC is at a prominent downtown intersection our goal …. is to keep the gardens looking good for all to enjoy.”
Answer Gardening Questions at County Fair
MGVs provided education to visitors of the Sheboygan County Fair with displays and interactive activities on gardening and the environment. The focus in 2018 was on expanding the enrollment in Master Gardener classes by illustrating the projects’ impact in the community. The outreach increased enrollment to more than 30 trainees in this year’s Level 1 Training.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- Bookworm Gardens, UW-Sheboygan
- Generations, Plymouth
- John Michael Kohler Arts Center
- Kohler Andre State Park, Town of Wilson
- Marsh Park Tower, Elkhart Lake
- Plymouth Art Center, Plymouth
- Sheboygan Co. MG Facebook page
- UW Sheboygan Campus, Sheboygan