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 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
- Wreath Workshop (second Tuesday in November) is canceled for 2018
- Member Only Plant Auction (second Tuesday in September)
- Spring and Fall plant sales (Annual Spring Plant Sale – Florence County Fairgrounds)
Monthly meeting and programs are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month in the lower level of the Resource Center in Florence. Master Gardeners from other states or those with lapsed certification are welcome. Annual membership dues are $15 per person. For more information on how to join the Glacial Gardeners, contact via email at email@example.com or stop into the UW-Extension office located below the Florence County Resource Center.
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Wreath Workshop November 2018 – Canceled
Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Association is sorry to announce that they will not hold their annual Wreath Workshop this year due to a lack of people to help with the work. We encourage the public to find other venues for their wreaths and thank them for their past attendance. The Wreath Workshop was one of the three fundraisers that Glacial Gardeners held every year to fund the Inga Fleming Memorial Scholarships, as well as money to aid in educational programs, community gardens and school projects. We will see you all at the Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 25, 2019!
Fall Plant Sale
Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Association will hold a Fall Plant Sale in conjunction with the Florence County Fair on Saturday, August 25, at the Florence Community Center on Central Avenue (US2-Hwy141) in Florence. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon.
Fall is a great time to plant perennials to start a new garden bed or to fill in where old plants have died out. This year there will be a wide range of plants including hosta, iris, daylily, astilbe, heuchera, baptisia, columbine. Dwarf and miniature plants will be available. Members always divide plants at this time of year and bring extras so surprises are the order of the day. Master Gardeners will be ready to answer your gardening questions and help with plant selection. If you have garden insect or disease questions, please bring plant or insect samples enclosed in plastic. There will also be a rummage area with garden tools, pots, art, fun things.
Please note that the sale will be held inside the Community Center building and not in the usual outdoor picnic shelter.
While you are there, check out the upgraded gardens in front of the Community Center that were planted by Glacial Gardeners. New this year are a picnic table built by Florence High School shop students, a Rainmaker sprinkler system to keep the gardens watered, as well as many new plants.
Money raised from the plant sale will go to fund the Inga Fleming Memorial Scholarships, grants to local schools and youth groups for gardening projects, as well as other educational programs for the area.
Glacial Gardeners members come from Dickinson and Iron counties in Michigan and Florence and Marinette counties in Wisconsin.
Master Gardener volunteers work under the direction of UW-Extension to bring university-based research about horticulture to the general public.
Resident of one of the following counties:
Florence or Marinette Counties of Wisconsin
Iron or Dickinson Counties of Michigan
Pursuing a 2 or 4 year degree in one of the following QUALIFYING MAJORS/DEGREES:
- Agricultural and Applied Economics
- Agricultural Education
- Agronomy (Soil management and crop production)
- Botany (physiology, structure, genetics, ecology, distribution, classification & economic importance of plants)
- Environmental Science
- Forest Service
- Landscape Architecture
- Plant Pathology
- Soil Science
- Wildlife Ecology
Completed application must be postmarked by May 1, 2018.
Master Gardener Volunteer Training Marinette, Oconto and Florence Counties
The 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
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.