Welcome to the Dodge County Master Gardener homepage! The Master Gardener (MG) program is an all-volunteer organization that functions as an outreach arm of the UW-Extension Dodge County Office. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who aid UW-Extension staff by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment.
The goal of the MG 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.
Persons who complete a 36-hour horticultural educational training offered by UW-Extension and fulfill their volunteer hour commitment become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV). Our local MGV’s organized the Dodge County Master Gardeners Association in 2004; with membership open to the public.
The Dodge County Master Gardeners provide approximately 1500 hours of education, community service and outreach annually to homeowners. 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.
The MG program began in Wisconsin through UW-Extension in the late 1970’s. Local MG groups banded together in 1992 to form the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association (WIMGA).
The individual Master Gardener Volunteer is, of course, the focus of the MG program.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by. Happy Gardening!
Find out what events are coming up and get them on your calendar!
Read summaries of past activities.
Have a gardening question? Ask the masters!
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See what Ag Events are happening in and around Dodge County. The Ag Calendar often includes events related to crops, soils, fertilizer and other topics that may also interest Master Gardeners.
Dodge County Master Gardener Association
Wisconsin Master Gardener Association
Dodge County Master Gardener By-Laws
Wisconsin Master Gardener Brown Bag Series
This is a series of horticulture educational programs that have been offered the last Friday of each monthly except holiday months (ie. NOV and DEC and sometimes other months with key holidays). The programs are designed for statewide Master Gardeners and other persons interested in horticultural topics. The audio clips can be listened to on-line or downloaded as an i-Tunes file.
UWEX Horticulture Web site
UW-Madison Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic
UW-Madison Insect Diagnostics Lab
2012 Board of Directors
From left: (front row) Chuck Meyer (Vice-President), Carol Shirk (President) and Jan Krause (Secretary)
From left: (back row) David Laatsch (UWEX), Terry Zimmerlee (Treasurer) and Berwyn Westra (Local Record Keeper)
506 Oak Park Avenue
Watertown WI 53098
Dodge County Master Gardener Coordinator
Dave Laatsch, Crops and Soils Agent
UW-Extension Dodge County
127 E Oak Street
Juneau, WI 53039