Drawing on local expertise

gardening with kids 2Wisconsin Master Gardeners are UW-Extension trained volunteers who teach about horticulture and environmental stewardship, and help their communities become better places to live. Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) do more than grow flowers or maintain landscapes. They also teach members of the public about horticulture in a variety of ways — by answering questions and providing research-based information at local gardening events, through special workshops, on UW-Extension-supported garden hotlines, or through other means.

There are over 2689 trained MGVs in Wisconsin. In 2013, they contributed 192,253 hours to UW-Extension and their communities. The value of their service is worth more than $4.1 million throughout the state.  In 2014, MGV service included:

  • Assisting UW-Extension with Consumer Horticulture Questions
  • Providing Valued Education through workshops
  • Battling Invasive Species and Protecting Native Plants
  • Creating Community Gardens
  • Educating about Composting
  • Creating Seed Libraries
  • Restoring Historic Gardens
  • Providing Scholarships to Encourage Students in Horticulture
  • Creating Therapeutic Horticulture Projects
  • Hosting Plant Sales
  • Teaching the Public about Growing Food
  • Growing Produce for Donation to the Needy
  • Providing Community Gardening Grants
  • Enhancing Public Spaces

The 2014 Master Gardener Program Accomplishment Report provides more information about volunteer work throughout the state.