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Halt to Master Gardener Program volunteer activities

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and guidelines from Wisconsin Department of Health Services, UW-Madison, and federal agencies:

All Master Gardener Program related volunteer projects are suspended including, but not limited to, face to face meetings, bus trips, and plant sales for April and May. This will continue into the foreseeable future until further notice.

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Plants Plus: Small Space Gardening

One in the Level 2: Plants Plus Series – a remix of new and past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit complete the videos, reading and take a short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on gardening options for smaller spaces.

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Changes to Wisconsin Master Gardener Program

To our valued volunteers: Keeping you informed about the program is a priority. We want you to feel like you understand the “why’s, how’s and what’s” of changes to the program. We want you to know that your voices were the driving force behind these new changes. We also exist in an evolving world and […]

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Going Up the Wall

In March, I wrote about gardening to stimulate the senses. In that article I mentioned using vertical gardening techniques so I can better smell my herbs. That small blurb inspired me to do more vertical gardening this year. Vertical gardening, in my yard, creates another way to interact with my plants. It also creates challenges […]

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Plants Plus Special Edition: Pollinators in Action

One in the Plants Plus Series – a remix of new and past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit complete the two hands-on activities and fill out a brief form! This Plants Plus package focuses on pollinators in action and citizen science.

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Plants Plus: Orchards

One in the Plants Plus Series – a remix of new and past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit for watching the video presentation and reading the articles, just complete the short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on orchards.

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Working in Our Wheelhouse

As humans, we have long used plants for food, shelter, and medicine.  As Master Gardener Volunteers, we need to focus on our niche, which is helping successfully people grow plants.

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Why Use Tested Recipes?

Some of our favorite childhood memories may be of home-preserved foods: delicious dill pickles, spicy salsa, and sweet jams and jellies.  And many of us enjoy sharing these favorite items with family and friends. But how do we know that these family favorites are safe and of good quality to share?

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Plants Plus: Organic Gardening Techniques

One in the Plants Plus Series – a remix of new and past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit for watching the video presentation and reading the articles, just complete the short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on organic gardening techniques.

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Garden Ideas for Sensory Stimulation

As gardeners, you know plants benefit the mind and body. The data to support this claim has rapidly grown over the years! I really like the summary by the University of Washington, Green Cities: Good Health.  This site curates all the original citations and does a very good job at providing summaries. If you are […]

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