Green County Master Gardeners

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Green County Master Gardeners Association presents the 11th Annual Symposium, Garden Inspirations for All Seasons on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 8:00am – 3:30pm at the Peppercorn Banquets Ludlow Mansion, 1417 Mansion Dr, Monroe, WI.

Straw Bale Gardens

This year’s theme is “Straw Bale Gardens” and will include keynote speaker Joel Karsten from Minnesota. He earned a BS in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota and is the author of “straw Bale Gardening”. His ideas have been enthusiastically embraced globally, making his books best-sellers in many languages. A popular speaker, he makes appearances around the world at events celebrating innovation, garden enthusiasts, and healthful lifestyles.

Other even features will include speakers on “Using Herbs as Home Remedies for Everyday Ailments”, “Handling Invasives and Early Detection”, “Using Mulches–Weed Control & More”, and “Seed Saving 101”. The event cost includes all handouts, morning beverages and rolls, lunch, and afternoon refreshments . The annual silent auction will be available and door prizes will be awarded.

Registration costs are $35 per person by March 1st, or $40 per person after March 1st. For more information, contact the Green County UW-Extension office at 608-328-9440 or email Jayne Butts . Print a copy of the Green County Master Gardeners Association Symposium brochure/registration form and register early. Don’t miss the fun!

The Green County Master Gardeners Association held their annual meeting on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at the Green County Justice Center.

Thirty-Three Green County area residents were recently recognized for earning their Master Gardener Certification at the annual meeting of the Green County Master Gardeners Association. The main functions of the group are to serve the needs of all horticulturists in the Green County area, provide continuing education for it’s members, provide community services through volunteer activities, exchange gardening ideas, promote responsible and sound gardening practices and to provide a link between the community and UW-Extension. Read the complete Master Gardener Certification Press Release for more details.

Check out the Green County Master Gardeners Association “Blog” Site.  The goal of this site is to provide another link between our community and the UW Extension.  You can also visit our Facebook page (link to be coming) to keep up with the latest Green County Master Gardeners Association information.

The GCMGA is located in Monroe, Wisconsin and serves the needs of all gardeners in Green County and the surrounding area. 

Information about the Green County Master Gardeners Association

The Wisconsin Master Gardener Program teaches volunteers who aid University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Staff by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment.

2018 Officers

GreenCountyMGA-Stacked2color-compressed 2President:  Rae Wellnitz
V. President: Tanna McKeon 
Treasurer:   Lynn Lokken
Secretary:   Kristi Leonard

The Green County Master Gardeners Association Mission is:

  1. To serve the needs of all gardeners in Green County and the surrounding area.
  2. To promote the continuing education of members through horticultural education, programs, tours, etc.
  3. To promote community service through volunteer activities.
  4. To recognize members who meet and maintain certification.
  5. To provide for the exchange of ideas and to provide opportunities to promote the understanding of responsible gardening practices
  6. To provide a link between the community and the UW-Extension.

Volunteer Hours

GCMGA Volunteer Honor Roll


Norma Bader, Michael Colney, Mike Davis, Eugene Gessler, Susan Konopacki, Kris Winkler



500- 749

Lois Baker, Eugene Gessler, Mary Alice Hart, Deb Kleppe, Lynn Lokken, Cheryl Rezabek, Paul Roemer, Gregg Smith

250 – 499

Sally Bear, Kimberly Berg, Linda Boll, Jayne Butts, Theresa Colney, Sue Hartwig, Mary Jackson, Kristi Leonard, Tanna McKeon, Mary Nelson, Ann Marie Ott, Jo Pinnow, Jack Policastro, Marilyn Sandin Ross, Gaida Vickerman, Tom Voight, Sande Wells, Rae Wellnitz, Jean Woolworth.

150 – 249

Sharon Adams, Kay Collins Argue, Ron Hayes, Ricky Kiesling, Lloyd Lueschow, Roseann Meixelsperger, Jim Meuth, Tamara Schulte, Becky Wegmueller

Wisconsin Horticulture Update

Weekly reports by the UW-Extension Horticulture Team


Speaker/Project Request Forms If your organization would like to have a Master Gardener come speak at your meeting, fill out this Speaker Request form:GCMGA Speaker Request Form (1 page, 22 KB)
If your organization would like help with a volunteer/community project, fill out this Project Request Form: Project Request Form (.doc) (1 page, 26 KB)

Green County Master Gardener Association Annual Dues Form: Dues-statement-2017

Master Gardener Volunteer Time Sheet MG Excel Time Sheet 2017      MG VolunteerTimesheet2017 pdf icon 

Master Gardener Volunteer Agreement Master Gardener Volunteer Agreement (.pdf)(2 pages, 115 KB)

Scholarship Application   pdf icon  The Green County Master Gardener Association voted at their 2009 Annual Meeting to offer scholarship money for Horticulture related studies.

Master Gardener Public Log Document Horticulture Calls sheet (.doc)

State Master Gardener Association Resources

Wisconsin Horticulture

2018 Area Horticulture CALENDAR of Events

Dec & Jan
No Meetings
Feb 22
 7 PM Green County Master Gardener monthly meeting, Green County Justice Center, 2841-6th Street, Monroe; CANCELLED
Mar 10 8AM-3PM Garden Inspirations for All Seasons, Ludlow Mansion, 1421 Mansion Drive, Monroe, WI;  Gardening With A Purpose-Straw Bale Gardening
Mar 22  7 PM GCMGA monthly meeting, Green County Justice Center, Monroe; Organic Growing & CSA Gardens, presented by Erin Schneider, Hilltop Community Farms
Apr 26  7 PM GCMGA TOUR (No Monthly Mtg), W2091 Preston Rd, Juda, WI, BZZZZZZZ Bees!, presented by Sam Kaderly 
May 12  9AM- Noon Master Gardener Plant Sale~Government Services Auditorium, Pleasant View Complex, N3150 Hwy 81, Monroe
May 24  7 PM GCMGA TOUR (No monthly meeting) The Potting Shed, N4747 Center Road, Monroe, WI  Presented by:  Sandy Spotts,
Jun 23 GCMGA Garden Tours – Monroe, WI
Jul  26  6:30PM GCMGA TOUR (No monthly meeting) Growing Cheese City Beer Ingredients, N1671 Honey Creek Rd, Monroe, WI presented by:  Paul & Jeremy Beach
Aug 23  6:30PM GCMGA TOUR (No monthly Meeting) Straw Bale Gardening Concepts, N8977 York Center Rd, Blanchardville, WI  presented by Dave & Marilys Reeson
Sep 27  6:30PM GCMGA TOUR (No monthly meeting) Restoring A Native Landscape and Managing an Arboretum, Brodhead Memorial Library, 902 S 2nd Ave, Brodhead, WI Presented by: Paul Roemer
Oct 25  7:00PM GCMGA monthly meeting, Green County Justice Center, Monroe; Healthy Houseplants, presented by Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Educator, Dane County UW-Extension.
Nov 8  6:30 PM Annual Meeting of the GCMGA, Green County Justice Center, Banquet at 6:30 PM, Meeting to follow at 7:00 PM, with yearly presentation of member projects.


Other Resources:

UW Horticulture Site
UW Insect Diagnostic Lab
UW Plant Pathology Lab
Wisconsin Master Gardener
The Wisconsin Gardener
Landscape Plants
UW-Extension Learning Store
WI Department of Agriculture Pest Bulletin
UW Extension Horticulture Disease Fact Sheets
Ohio State University Horticulture Fact Sheets
University of Minnesota Horticulture
State Line Bee Keepers Association
Biological Control News
Wisconsin AWON Weather