Master Gardener Program

Wisconsin Master Gardener Organization

St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners

Western Wisconsin Horticulture

Western Wisconsin Horticulture UW-Extension web site

Get the latest information on:

  • Horticulture meetings and events locally and regionally
  • St. Croix Valley Master Gardener Association. Join this fun, community active group.

Master Gardener Volunteer Programs

Master Gardener Training Sessions:

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who aid University of Wisconsin-Extension by helping people in their communities better understand horticulture and their environment. This national program was introduced to Wisconsin in 1977. The Master Gardener Program is in all 50 states and several countries. The goal of the program is to educate and encourage volunteers to help enhance the public’s knowledge and awareness of horticulture and natural science. Benefits of participation in the program include new interests, exploration, research, friendships, recognition, self-confidence, leadership and education.

Students will attend classes and receive approximately 36 hours of training on a variety of gardening and landscaping topics. These topics include such things as basic botany, soil science, fruits, vegetables, diseases, insects, annual and perennial flowers, trees and shrubs, backyard wildlife, lawn care, native plants, and more! In return, students are required to volunteer 24 hours of their time to the community helping others learn about horticulture and gardening. Upon completion of the training, passing a final exam and background check, and fulfilling the volunteer requirements, the University of Wisconsin will certify students as Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteers. To maintain certification, Master Gardeners Volunteers complete 24 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education each year. Becoming a certified Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteer is a great way to enrich your life and the lives of others! For more information and the registration form, open the Master Gardener Brochure: Master Gardener Fall Training

 

Would you like to become a Master Gardener in St. Croix or Pierce County? Please contact the Pierce County UW-Extension Office at 715-273-3531 or e-mail diana.alfuth@ces.uwex.edu to sign up for training and volunteer activities with the St. Croix Valley Master Gardeners.

The St. Croix Valley Master Gardener volunteers and the UW-Extension sponsor a community garden north of New Richmond, WI.

Plot Rental: Gardeners may rent a garden plot at the site. A rental form can be obtained by calling or e-mailing the St. Croix County UW-Extension Office by downloading a form here:

  • Community Garden Rental form (1 page, 80 KB .pdf)
  • Community Garden Rental form (1 page, 78 KB .doc)

Volunteers Needed to “Share the Bounty”: A portion of the St. Croix Community Garden is grown and harvested by volunteers who then share the produce with senior centers and those in our community who are less fortunate. If you would like to help with the Share the Bounty Project in any way please call or e-mail the St. Croix County UW-Extension Office. The help of service organizations is always welcomed.