The Master Gardener Program in Bayfield County started in 1996. Over 95 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 13 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX Educator facilitating the MG Program is Horticulture Educator Matt Cogger.
County Fair Booth Promotes Birds and Insects
The focus of the blue ribbon-winning MGV booth at the County Fair was Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds. It included 30 diﬀerent shrubs, perennials, annuals and vines that would attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Also included were hummingbird feeders, a butterfly house, a puddling area for butterflies and a miniature bird bath. Brochures on butterfly gardens, hummingbird gardens, and a recipe card for hummingbird feeding were provided. Many viewers said they plan to grow areas to attract butterflies and hummingbirds now.
Community Center Gardens Beautified
MGVs purchased and planted annuals, perennials and bulbs for gardens surrounding the Town of Namakagon Hall/Community Center. They also raised a variety of annuals such as zinnias, nasturtium and cleome to add to the planting. They maintained these gardens throughout the summer by watering, weeding, deadheading, and maintaining the water system. Favorable comments were received regarding the added beauty provided by the gardens.
Reinvigorating the Forest Lodge Facility Grounds
MGVs worked with other volunteers at Forest Lodge, an 870 acre estate on the south shore of Lake Namakagon. The complex was gifted to the American people to preserve and enjoy and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. The grounds had been neglected for a number of years, so volunteers weeded and worked some plots. MGVs also provided valuable advice for other partners on renovating the landscaping.
Volunteer Service in 2015
|Youth education||36 hours|
|Adult education||108 hours|
|Support services||686 hours|
Since 2000: 9,904 hours at a value of over $181,007
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $22.24 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.
Where you can find activities by MGVs in Bayfield Co.
- Bayfield County Fair
- Booth at Bayfield in Bloom
- Namakagon Community Center garden
- Forest Lodge
- Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center
- Washburn School Gardens and High Tunnel