At the end of 2019, 13 Master Gardener Volunteers reported 759 hours of volunteer service for an estimated value of $18,221 (Independent Sector). They also reported 330 hours of continuing education and reached an estimated 1,257 individuals with various outreach projects.
Educating Fair Goers about Pollinators
This year six Master Gardeners shared information with fair goers on pollinators and pollinator-friendly gardens, alternative methods of gardening that were especially useful for disabled and aging gardeners, perennial garden design, and jumping worms. We talked with over 115 people over the 4 days sharing our information and answering their gardening questions.
Trinity Pollinator and Rain Gardens, Mineral Point
Trinity Episcopal Church earned two grants which support several gardening/environmental efforts in Mineral Point. Most recently, we have pursued knowledge and care of our arbor, especially our aged Tamarack, as well as the creation from the lawn of a rain/pollinator garden which qualifies as a Monarch Way Station. Our Tamarack has been aged by an dendrochronologist, and many native nectar plants plus three varieties of milkweed support our effort in the rain garden. As we planted, a red admiral butterfly arrived and ‘checked out’ our young plants! Our committee of six (three are MGV) leads the church’s efforts, particularly the community outreach aspect…the new garden is on a major walk way and as we work, people stop, ask questions, and admire our work.
Butterfly Garden at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, Mineral Point
The idea of a butterfly garden at SRA, whose historic grounds are open to the public, was conceived in the summer of 2018; existing plants were accessed and a new bed was laid out with cardboard and mulch. In 2019, with monies from a grant from WIMGA and advice from Micah Kloppenburg, Blue Mound Area Land Project, 7 master gardeners weeded beds and planted 30 host and nectar plants, including 4 kinds of milkweed. Master gardeners met and planned Butterfly themed activities with SRA Youth Director, including a float in Mineral Point’s 4th of July parade and a free art week in July, which involved 40 children. MG’s made and placed plant identification labels and applied for a Monarch Way Station sign.