Master Gardeners 2017 Meetings
The Dodge County Master Gardener Association meetings for 2017 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 2017 will cover topics of proper tree planting & pruning; hummingbirds; herbs that heal to cactus & succulent planting. Included in 2017 will also be an off-site tour in Watertown. See the 2017 Master Gardener Monthly Educational Program Schedule.
Master Gardener Association 2017 Scholarship
The Dodge County Master Gardener Association will award a $1000 scholarship 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 after the recipient provides a copy of receipt for payment of tuition from the college bursar’s office.
- The recipient must be a graduating senior from any public, parochial high school, or home school in Dodge County.
- 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.
- Submit the attached application form. (The 2017 scholarship application will be posted as soon as it becomes available or can be requested from the UW Extension Office at 920-386-3790)
- 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.
- The forms and recommendations must be mailed to the address listed on the application by March 1, 2017.
Master Gardener Level 1 Training
For veteran gardeners or novices.
Level 1 training includes 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 Management.
Level 1 training is held in Dodge County every other year. The next training will be held in spring 2018. Individuals can become members of the Dodge County Master Gardener Association as “Friends” and work along with Master Gardener volunteers to get hands-on training until the next class begins. Any person, whether interested in the training or just interested in the meeting topic can attend the regular monthly meeting. They are free and open to the public held on the 4th Thursday of each month (excluding November and December) at the Administration Building, 127 E. Oak Street, Juneau. 2017 Master Gardener programs.
Level 1 training includes a mandatory orientation meeting in late January and a 14-week course on Tuesday evenings beginning in February at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau, WI. The fee, includes all publications and training, will be established in spring 2018. Class size is limited to the first 25 people.
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, 2017
Save the Date!
Dodge County Master Gardener Plant Sale
When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Dodge County Fairgrounds Youth Building, Hwy 33, Beaver Dam
Dodge County Administration Building Education Display
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 http://dodge.uwex.edu/…/Administration-Building-Gardens-Plant-Descriptions.pdf
Dodge County Highway Department Education Display
The 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: http://dodge.uwex.edu/files/2010/06/Highway-Department-Building-Landscaping.pdf
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
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
The 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, 2017. However, if a gardener cannot make those hours, phone calls at 920-386-3790 or emails at email@example.com 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 http://dodge.uwex.edu/master-gardener/ or connect with us on Facebook.
- 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.
- 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.
- Through this website:
- Contact Dodge County UWEX at 920-386-3793.
- Contact a Master Gardener Officer.
- Dodge County Master Gardener Association
- Wisconsin Master Gardener Association
- Dodge County Master Gardener By-Laws
- Wisconsin Master Gardener Brown Bag Series
- UWEX Horticulture website
- UW-Madison Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic
- UW-Madison Insect Diagnostics Lab