Master Gardener Program in Door County 2019

At the end of 2019, 86 Master Gardener Volunteers reported 8,824 hours of volunteer service for an estimated value of $211,777 (Independent Sector).  They also reported 2,247 hours of continuing education and reached an estimated 9,595 individuals with various outreach projects.

Door County Seed Library

The Door County Master Gardener Volunteers spearheaded the launch of the Door County Seed Library in March of 2019, which is a collaborative partnership of the Door County Master Gardener Association, Door County Library, Extension, Wild Ones of Door Peninsula, and The Community’s Garden. The seed library functions as a lending and educational program where participants ‘check out’ seeds for free to grow them in their home gardens, with no obligation to return the seeds. The Door County community has embraced this new outreach project, which already has 168 members and distributed almost 2,600 packets of seeds. The 13 educational classes/events that they’ve offered so far have reached over 500 people. The Door County Seed Library helps to support the educational goals of the DCMGA and strengthens our connections to the community, community organizations, and volunteers.

Heritage Garden

The Heritage Garden is a vintage garden closely resembling a typical planting in the era 1890-1910 located at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Heirloom plants from that era are grown. And no pesticides or modern-era fertilizers are used. Outside the garden fence, the beds combine perennial and annual flowers with medicinal plants. The effect has the look of a cottage garden. It blooms continuously through the season offering visitors to Crossroads a vibrant show of color. The gate to the garden merges morning glories with hops as they intertwine over the archway. A birdhouse on the General Store wall is often occupied in the spring by a wren and her brood.

In 2019:

    • 175 lbs. of produce were donated to local food pantries.
    • Three groups of students came to the garden during the season – in the spring to help plant, summer to visit and fall to assist with cleanup. In all, 21 students were involved. They have already asked to return to help us next year!
    • Three presentations were given to the community on the history of the garden and the present German-style configuration of squares.
    • The garden is often used as a backdrop for Senior pictures and Wedding party photos
    • Master gardeners in the Heritage Garden work with Crossroads at Big Creek, the Door County Historical Society and the Sturgeon Bay garden club.

Tuesdays in the Garden Door

Tuesday Evenings in The Garden Door is a summertime program open to the public offered by the Door County Master Gardener Association. Two to three guest speakers each month speak for 20-30 minutes to provide tips, techniques, and pearls of wisdom about gardening practices. The series are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from June through September. A few of the presentations offered were: Body Mechanics for Gardeners, Heirloom Gardening at Heritage Gardens, Rain Gardens, Practical Vegetable Gardening Tips, Pollinators in the Garden and Art in the Garden. The relaxed setting of The Garden Door is an ideal way to provide gardening education to the community. The delightful evenings spent in the beautiful gardens typically draws 15-20 attendees each month.

Attendees have commented:

“Planting rye grass as a cover crop in the fall sounds great, what a wonderful way to control erosion as well as putting nutrients back into my garden.”

“Taking notes of what is going on in my garden will really help me from year to year.”

“Photo documentation in the garden will be really helpful, I love all the tips that were provided on using the camera on my iPhone.  It was great to practice the tips while the speaker was talking.”

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