At the end of 2019, 12 Master Gardener Volunteers reported 1,676 hours of volunteer service for an estimated value of $40,224 (Independent Sector). They also reported 193 hours of continuing education and reached an estimated 1,238 individuals with various outreach projects.
Spring Seed Starting Workshop for Children
MGVs partnered with the Florence County Library and participated in an Easter Egg hunt and held a hands-on seed starting activity for area children. The children were able to pick out a pot to decorate and then choose the seeds of the type of plant they would like. This is then a plant they can give to their mothers by Mother’s Day.
Florence Natural Resource Center Gardens
MGVs maintain a native garden in front of the Natural Resource Center in Florence where UW-Madison a Division of Extension is located. Every fall we clean up the garden and one of the chores we actually look forward to is the “Annual Cutting of the Cup Plant”. This native grows to 10 feet tall most years and has spread from a single stem to a compact clump about 3 feet across.
Raise Money with Plant Sale
The 2019 local plant sale provided money for scholarships for three area college students. This project is a huge undertaking, involving: raising a large assortment of vegetables started in members houses during the late winter months and finished in their greenhouses, digging, potting and care for perennials-some of which are overwintered in pots and brought into greenhouses to get them to a point to sell, many plants are dug just weeks before, and some are acquired at area “digs”. This sale is held on the last Saturday in May at the Florence County Fairgrounds.
Garden at Community Center
MGVs continue to beautify the garden for the Florence Community Center. The early spring is spent weeding, putting in annuals, pruning, and putting in mulch. We maintain the garden throughout the summer by weeding and when we head into fall we do our usually cutback but leave seed heads of grasses and perennials for the birds to eat during the fall and winter.