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Halt to Master Gardener Program volunteer activities

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and guidelines from Wisconsin Department of Health Services, UW-Madison, and federal agencies:

All Master Gardener Program related volunteer projects are suspended including, but not limited to, face to face meetings, bus trips, and plant sales for April and May. This will continue into the foreseeable future until further notice.

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WiBee Statewide Project 2021

We want you to have an opportunity to volunteer safely this year! The Master Gardener Program is Partnering with WiBee, a community-science project developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Learn more about this exciting opportunity to help pollinators happening statewide!

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Onboarding Lite for Returning Volunteers

In April 2021, all returning volunteers enrolled in the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program will get access to our new course, Onboarding-Lite.  This course is strongly recommended for all returning volunteers to complete and it will count for 10 hours of CE this year. People serving in both staff and volunteer roles are most successful when […]

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Introducing Canvas, Our Online Classroom

This April 2021, we are putting all our online learning in one spot: our new online classroom, Canvas. If you completed Master Gardener Program annual enrollment this year, you will get exclusive access to Canvas. We will send you a NetID by email. A NetID is a special, UW-Madison issued username. You must use your […]

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Plants Plus: Lawns and Lawn Alternatives

One in the Plants Plus Series – a mix of new and past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer gardening questions. To get 1 hour of continuing education credit, complete the video, readings and take a short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on lawns and lawn alternatives.

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Enrollment Now Open for Returning Volunteers

Volunteers in the Master Gardener Program are required to “enroll” in the program each year. This includes activating your account in the Online Reporting System (if not done already), agreeing to the conditions of volunteer service and volunteer behavior agreement.

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Plants Plus: Tree ID and History

One in the Plants Plus Series – a mix of new and past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer gardening questions. To get 2-2.5 hours of continuing education credit complete the videos, reading and identify some trees! This Plants Plus package focuses on tree identification and history.

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Plants Plus: Fall Color

One in the Plants Plus Series – a mix of new and past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer gardening questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit complete the videos, reading and take a short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on the science of fall color.

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Online Reporting System is Down

For Monday, October 19, 2020, the Online Reporting System is temporarily offline due to an unplanned interruption. As of 5pm on October 19, the ORS is again functional.

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Changes to Wisconsin Master Gardener Program

To our valued volunteers: Keeping you informed about the program is a priority. We want you to feel like you understand the “why’s, how’s and what’s” of changes to the program. We want you to know that your voices were the driving force behind these new changes. We also exist in an evolving world and […]

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Going Up the Wall

In March, I wrote about gardening to stimulate the senses. In that article I mentioned using vertical gardening techniques so I can better smell my herbs. That small blurb inspired me to do more vertical gardening this year. Vertical gardening, in my yard, creates another way to interact with my plants. It also creates challenges […]

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