Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners 2016 Meetings


The Dodge County Master Gardener Association meetings for 2016 are held at the Administration Building in Juneau on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Gardeners of all stages of expertise are invited! Come and bring a friend.

Meetings in 2016 will range from attracting monarch butterflies to growing sweet potatoes in a northern climate to how to manage weeds and everything in between! Included in 2016 will be an on-farm tour of Kirschbaum Strawberry Acres in Beaver Dam. See the 2016 Master Gardener programs.  See the 2016 Dodge County Master Gardener Association Projects.

Master Gardener Assn 2017 Scholarship

ScholarshipThe Dodge County Master Gardener Association will award a scholarship totaling $1000 to a high school senior who is planning a career in some area of horticulture. Careers may include, but not limited to, teaching, plant pathology, agronomy, agricultural engineer, landscape contractor, landscape architect. The $1000 scholarship will be awarded in one lump sum to the winning applicant after the recipient provides or sends a copy of proof of receipt for payment of tuition from the college bursar’s office.


  1. The recipient must be a graduating senior from any public, parochial high school, or home school in Dodge County.
  2. The student must have applied to a two or four year accredited college or technical school that has a program leading to a degree or certification in the horticultural area.
  3. Submit the attached application form. 2016 scholarship application
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a teacher the applicant had within the past two years. A person to whom the applicant is well known may provide the second recommendation letter. These letters may be mailed by the person providing the recommendation directly to the scholarship committee chairperson, or included in the application package submitted by the applicant.
  5. The forms listed on the application checklist must be sent to the address below and post marked no later than March 1, 2016.

Master Gardener Level 1 Training

For veteran gardeners or novices.

Participants are required to attend a mandatory orientation meeting on Jan. 19, 2016 at 6:00pm. This is a 13-week course on Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 2, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau, WI.

Cost – $150 (includes training and publications)800px-Perennial_Landscape_public-domain

Features a variety of University of Wisconsin specialist and other guest speakers. Topics include: Plant Propagation; Preparing Soils; Fruit & Vegetables; Backyard Wildlife; Plant Diseases; Annuals & Perennials; Insect ID & Control; Landscaping; Native Prairies; Weed Control; Turf Grass Managment.

For more information about the Dodge County Master Gardener Volunteer Level 1 Training Program or to register, contact the Dodge County UW-Extension (UWEX) office at 920-386-3790.

Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale – May 20

Save the Date!
Dodge County Master Gardener Plant Sale
When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Dodge County Administration Building
127 E Oak St., Juneau WI 53039For More Information Contact:
Kim Fay at phone: 608-695-3112 or email:
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Dodge County Administration Building Education Display

MG Gardens (4)The Educational Display Garden at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau is looking good. Interested in what’s blooming? All plants are labeled with a plant marker and information about each plant can be found at…/Administration-Building-Gardens-Plant-Descriptions.pdf

 Dodge County Highway Department Education Display

Highway Department 1 HIghway Department Building 2The Educational Display Garden at the Dodge County Highway Department is progressing nicely (it was planted last year). All plants are identified with a plant marker and more information on the individual plants can be found at:

The Dodge County Master Gardener Association maintains two gardens in Juneau for educational purposes: one at the Administration Building, 127 E. Oak Street and one at the Highway Department Building, 211 E. Center Street. Both were designed and planted by Master Gardener volunteers and are used on a regular basis to train the general public.

The garden at the Highway Department was installed in 2014 and is specifically for an environment with full sun and excessive heat. The plants there are flourishing and blooming beautifully. Native varieties were used extensively, including Adam’s Needle Yucca, Prairie Dusk Penstemon, and more.

The gardens (one on each side of the building) at the Administration Building were installed in 2013 and 2014. They include plants that do well in shade and sun conditions. The gardens have filled out spectacularly and are a feast for the eyes. Many native varieties also adorn these gardens, including Montana bachelor button, cupplant, winterberry, black lace elderberry, and lungwort.

Recently, the Homeschool Youth Master Gardener Association worked at the gardens and learned about deadheading, weed identification, proper pruning, and mulching. Clients utilizing the Help Line often stop at the gardens at the recommendation of the Master Gardener Volunteers to view the plants as a possible addition to their landscapes. Anyone can access information about these plants and their characteristics by clicking the links above.

As an extra bonus, the garden at the Administration Building has a Little Free Library stocked with books and magazines for both children and adults on gardening. A bench conveniently located near the library allows visitors to sit and read while enjoying the beauty of the garden.

Little Free Library

Little Free LibraryTake a book ~ Return a book

The DCMGA supports a “Little Free Library” in the east garden. The library will be stocked with garden books for adults and children early spring through fall. It is near a bench where patrons can sit and read while enjoying the gardens. Please feel free to take a book, read it, and return it so we can keep the library going!


Ask a Master Gardener Help Line

Ask A Master Gardener PICThe Dodge County Master Gardener Association, in conjunction with UW Extension, offers help to all gardeners when problems arise or when they simply need a little encouragement. The Help Line is open at 127 E. Oak Street, Room E on Tuesday mornings 9-12 and Thursday afternoons 1-4 until September 1, 2016. However, if a gardener cannot make those hours, phone calls at 920-386-3790 or emails at will be answered in a timely manner.

The gardening season has been in full swing for several months and the Master Gardener volunteers have been busy answering questions about potatoes that are not flourishing, hydrangeas that are wilting, trees that are declining, how to handle a proliferation of Japanese beetles, what worm is infesting the raspberries, and can a tree be saved that was struck by a truck.

Master Gardeners have gone through extensive training in a broad range of topics ranging from soil, insects, vegetables, landscape plants, plant pathology, and more. If they do not remember the answer to the question immediately, they have the resources to find it, or they will contact a University expert. They will ask questions until they get to the “root” of the problem and help solve it.

After September 1, the Help Line is closed, but questions will continue to be answered that come in by phone and email.

For more information about the Master Gardener program and upcoming educational opportunities, contact the Dodge County UW Extension office at 920-386-3790, visit the website at or connect with us on Facebook.

Dodge County Master Gardener Association new logoAbout the Certified Master Gardener Volunteer (CMGV) Program

  • All-volunteer organization.
  • An outreach arm of Dodge County UW-Extension (UWEX).
  • MG’s are trained volunteers who aid UWEX by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment.
  • Membership is open to the public.
  • The goal of the program is to train enthusiastic volunteers so they can, in turn, provide research-based information on a wide variety of horticultural topics to the general public in their communities.
  • Training Requirements for Certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV):
    • Complete a 36-hour horticultural educational training offered by UW-Extension.
    •  Fulfill volunteer hour commitment.

Get Involved

  • As a Certified Master Gardener Volunteer.
  • Become a “Friend of the Master Gardeners” for only $7/year. “Friends” can work alongside a Master Gardener, volunteer on projects and determine if they want to take MGVtraining.
  • Attend Monthly Educational Meetings.
    • Fourth Thursday of the month from January through October.
    • Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and are typically held in the Auditorium Room of the Administration Building located at 127 E. Oak Street in Juneau.  We do, on occasion, have a change of night or venue.
    • The meetings are open to the public and free of charge.

Community Service and Outreach

  • The Dodge County Master Gardeners provide approximately 1500 hours of education, community service and outreach annually.
  • Their volunteer efforts directly and indirectly touch the lives of all Dodge County citizens as they work at nursing homes, historical societies, schools, parks, and youth programs.


  • Late 1970’s – The MG program began in Wisconsin through UW-Extension.
  • 1992 – Local MG groups formed the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association (WIMGA).
  • 2004 – Local MGV’s organized the Dodge County Master Gardeners Association.

Learn More

Current Officers

2015 Master Gardener Association Officers Left to Right Back Row: Terry Zimmerlee, Vice President, Jan Krause, Secretary, Al Krause, WIMGA Representative, Carol Shirk, President Front Row: Lois Livens, Record Keeper, Claudia Mielke, Treasurer









2015 Certified Members

2015 Certified Members



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