Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Association
The Glacial Master Gardeners Volunteer Association (GGMGVA) was started by the first graduates of the first training program offered by Florence County UW-Extension in 1997. Current membership includes 35 gardeners from Florence and Marinette Counties of Wisconsin, and Dickinson and Iron Counties of Michigan.
A wide variety of volunteer opportunities and projects are available to members:
- Diagnosing plant problems
- Educational exhibits during local events
- Educational workshops at the Crossroads Community Garden
- North Stars Garden Conference
- Wreath Workshop (second Tuesday in November)
- Member Plant Auction (second Tuesday in September)
- Spring and Fall plant sales
Monthly meeting and programs are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month in the lower level of the Resource Center in Florence. Meetings and programs start at 6:00pm. Membership is open to the public; the only requirement is having a strong interest in gardening and horticulture. Master Gardener certification is not necessary to join, but members are encouraged to take the WI Master Gardener Training (see below). Annual membership dues are $15 per person. For more information on how to join the Glacial Gardeners, contact Sabrina Leffler (email@example.com) or stop into the UW-Extension office located below the Florence County Resource Center.
The Master Gardener program is all about volunteering in the local community. As a member of the class you will learn how to find answers to gardening questions through the use of research-based material from the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension. On completion of the classroom sessions (36 hours), there will then be 24 hours of volunteer time put in at one or more of the approved projects in the area. For information on the Wisconsin Master Gardener program, go visit the state website Wisconsin State Master Gardener Program
For more information about the Master Gardener Training or the local association (Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Association), e-mail Office Manager Sabrina Leffler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Topics covered in Master Gardener Training include:
- Plant Biology & Morphology
- Soils & Soil Health
- Woody Landscape Plants
- Fruit Crops
- Lawn Care
- Plant Propagation
- Backyard Wildlife
- Perennials and Annuals
- Using Native Plants
- Weed Management & Invasive Plants
- Plant Diseases
To complete an annual re-certification, 24 hours of volunteer time is needed plus 10 hours of continuing horticulture education.
The possibilities for volunteering are limited only by your own ideas and time. Whether you like working most with people or with plants, there are activities that you can do to fulfill the volunteer hours requirement.