The Master Gardener Program in Douglas started in 1998. Over 286 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 12 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW- Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Horticulture Educator Jane Anklam.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||61 hours|
|Adult Education||161 hours|
Since 2000: 29,334 hours at a value of over $515,410
* using the current estimated dollar value of volunteer time in Wisconsin of $22.48 per hour, from Independent Sector. Cumulative value based on previous annual estimates.
Where you can find activities by MGVs
- Bird Sanctuary Native Plant Garden
- Solid Rock Community Garden
- Fairlawn Public Museum Garden
- Four Corner School Garden
- Town of Parkland Community Garden
- Superior Waste Water Rain Gardens
- Hayes Court Container Garden
- Imogene McGrath Memorial Library
Helping Others Grow Fresh, Local Food
The secret to growing our own food in the northland is not only dealing with a short growing season. We account for transitions into smaller spaces and the desire to stay active during the less mobile stages of our lives. In a continuing partnership with the Douglas County Housing Authority, MGVs expanded their mission to extend growing of food to the senior independent housing units by hosting container garden workshops resulting in 2 “container community gardens” for seniors in Superior.
A Community Resource for Gardening Questions
MGVs are available to assist with garden questions throughout the growing season. There is a well established Tuesday evening Ask a Master Gardener opportunity throughout the summer as they work at the supplemental food garden in Superior. This year MGVs took the show on the road to the Village of Solon Springs at the Fall Equinox Festival. With a theme of “puƫng your garden to bed”, MGVs reached a new audience away from Lake Superior with its diﬀerent growing conditions and diﬀerent management practices.
Addressing Tree Pruning Questions
The number one question among back yard fruit producers is how to prune trees for a successful harvest. MGVs held a pruning demonstration at the Solid Rock Supplemental food garden (which had cherry and apple trees in need of pruning). Home and community garden fruit growers attended as UW- Extension specialist Kevin Schoessow demonstrated the art and science of pruning to encourage healthy and whole fruit production. The result was 646 pounds of apples from 4 trees this season.