The Master Gardener Program in Waupaca County started in 1994. Over 195 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 29 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Greg Blonde.
Volunteer Service in 2016
|Youth Education||345 hours|
|Adult Education||77 hours|
Since 2000: 63,853 hours at a value of over $1,145,580
* 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
- Waupaca County Fair Grounds
- Budwit Garden
- New London Children’s Garden
- Waupaca Head Start Garden
- New London Franklin Park
- Waupaca Children Garen
- Waupaca County Fair
- Home Show Information Booth
Garden Walk Showcases Growing Plants
Nine unique gardens in and around the City of New London on a garden walk hosted by MGVs were the settings to provide information and education to 205 gardeners. The very diverse gardens included a fruit and vegetable farm, a trout farm, a children’s garden, several with large perennial gardens, and one emphasizing container gardens. At each garden artists demonstrated and sold their crafts. MGVs were on hand to answer questions or provide UW- Extension Fact Sheets pertaining to the diﬀerent types of gardens.
Teaching Youth About Plants
MGVs work with the 4-H Program and other youth in several activities. They participated in the Super Saturday project learning opportunity, teaching young 4-H members how to make plant cuttings. Children enrolled in the city recreation program were taught by MGVs weekly throughout the summer with the children’s gardens. Each week highlights a diﬀerent topic and the children also get to work in their own garden plot. MGVs also help with the Waupaca County Fair, helping participants in the Junior division who don’t know how to display their entries learn how to present them to the best advantage.
Providing Horticulture Education to the Community
MGVs oﬀer an educational program at each of the monthly MG Association meeting. Most of these events are open to the public at no charge. Topics are diverse, including butterfly gardening, bulb planting in the fall, the Chelsea Flower Show, tomato grafting, and gardens to visit in Wisconsin. An average of 6 non-MGVs attended these programs each month.