Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Volunteer Association


The Glacial Master Gardeners Volunteer Association (GGMGVA) was started by the graduates of the first training program offered by Florence County UW-Extension in 1997. Current membership includes 35 gardeners from Florenceglacial G 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 – will not be held in Florence in 2017
  • Wreath Workshop (second Tuesday in November)
  • Member Only Plant Auction (second Tuesday in September)
  • Spring and Fall plant sales

Monthly meeting and programs are 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 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, email ( or stop into the UW-Extension office located in the lower level of the Florence County Resource Center.

Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Association will hold their annual Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, August 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Center Picnic Shelter on Central Avenue in Florence.

Master Gardener Volunteers will be digging perennials from their personal gardens to sell to the public while advising on digging, dividing and planting in the fall.  Many plants have also been donated by a long-time area gardener who is downsizing.  It’s not too late to put in or add to your perennial garden.  If you’re looking for a particular plant stop by and there’s a good chance you will find it at the Fall Plant Sale.  Perennials this year will include some miniatures for your rock or fairy garden.  There will also be  shrubs, herbs and houseplants.   There will be an expanded garage sale area featuring hand tools, hoses, garden art and bird houses.  If you have questions on diseases or insects in your garden, bring samples in a sealed plastic bag.

Money raised at the Fall Plant Sale will help to fund The Inga Fleming Memorial Scholarships for students from Florence and northwest Marinette counties in Wisconsin, as well as Iron and Dickinson counties in Michigan.   Funds also support other community projects such as the gardens adjacent to the Community Center and area school gardening-related programs.   Glacial Gardeners work under the guidance of UW-Extension to bring university-based horticultural research to the public.  The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the lower level of the Natural Resource Center in Florence.  The public is welcome to join and need not be Master Gardeners.  Questions about meetings or horticulture can be sent to


Glacial Gardeners Grapevine June 2017

Glacial Gardeners Grapevine May 2017

Glacial Gardeners Grapevine April 2017

Glacial Gardeners Grapevine March 2017

Glacial Gardeners Grapevine Feb 2017

Glacial Gardeners Grapevine Jan 2017


Master Gardener Volunteer Training Marinette, Oconto and Florence Counties

mglogo-color72The Master Gardener program is all about building your gardening skills and providing opportunities for 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

2017 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Brochure

For more information about the Master Gardener Training or the local association (Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Association), e-mail Office Manager Sabrina Leffler (

Topics covered in Master Gardener Training include:

  • Plant Biology & Morphology
  • Soils & Soil Health
  • Woody Landscape Plants
  • Fruit Crops
  • Composting
  • Herbs
  • Lawn Care Flower-garden_opt
  • Plant Propagation
  • Backyard Wildlife
  • Perennials and Annuals
  • Vegetables
  • Using Native Plants
  • Weed Management & Invasive Plants
  • Entomology
  • 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.

North Stars Garden Conference – 2017

Will not be held in Florence this year.

Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Volunteer Association presenting a $500 check to Mr. David Lambert at Florence Middle School for the Middle School Trees for Tomorrow trip.

Glacial Gardeners Officers Nancy Hill, Treasurer – Sharon Chick, Vice President – Fleurette Saari, President – Karen Groop, Secretary