Interested in attending one of the following Master Gardener Volunteer programs? Some of the events are open to the public while others require advance registration.

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Last Updated August 17, 2015

On-Going Events & News Items

Master Gardener Volunteer LogoWear Clothing

Orders for MGV LogoWear clothing are now being taken.
Click here for information and order form.
Contact Peg Schellin 262-246-6337  or  Bette Frangesch 414-530-8222  with questions or suggestions.


Courtesy Items from Related Organizations

Boerner Botanical Gardens
Volunteer Weeding 

Tuesdays – Wednesdays – Thursdays
8:00am to 12:00pm   Till October 31, 2014
Contact:  Jennifer Schmitz at 414-525-5664 or


Where Can I Recycle My Pots?

The following organizations are known at this time.  If you are aware of additional locations, send the information to and it will be posted here.

Stein’s Garden and Gifts

Menards      (only Menards stores that have garden centers) are accepting nursery plastics for recycling.

Johnson’s Nursery
Menomonee Falls
Link to their Recycle Page

Bayside Garden Center on Brown Deer Road 414-352-6159

The Oconomowoc Landscape &  Nursery –  N68 W37850 County Road K – 262-567-1777

SEWMGV Upcoming Events

Plant Health Update
Plant Health Update sessions are scheduled on Wednesdays , 2:30 – 4:00 at the UWEX Horticulture Center at Boerner Botanical Gardens on the lower level.
Sessions are scheduled for every other week all summer long.  Watch for email notification for each date.
These sessions are intended to help update MGVs serving as Plant Health Advisors and answering gardening questions for the general public. However, all MGVs are welcome.   The sessions look at the current and upcoming plant pests and the plant responses to weather. We search the internet for photos of current or new pests to the State. We look at plant samples brought in – either our own or ones brought to the Hort Helplines or the Hort Center.
No fee and no need to RSVP. Just come if you can.

Mandatory Child Protection Training
With the implementation of Executive Order 54 – mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect – all UWEX staff and volunteers are required to complete mandatory reporter online training. All Master Gardeners are required to complete this training. Even though some people may not volunteer with youth, they have the potential to interact with youth.  No exceptions. At the end of the training there is an option to print a certificate of completion. This should be printed and turned in to the local county UWEX office to keep on file. This must be turned in by March 1st for all new trainees, and the counties will include the information on completion in the report submitted to the state Program Office.

Go to Link for Abuse Training for All MGVs  to get started. It should take 30-60 minutes to complete the core of the training, with options to access additional useful information that will add to the training time. This training can be counted as 1 hour (60 minutes) of continuing education.



July 2015

SEWMGV Monthly Committee & Business Meeting
Wednesday July 8, 2015 9:30 am
Boerner Botanical Gardens
9400 Boerner Dr
Hales Corners, WI 53130

SEWMG  Bus Trip to Craig Bergmann Gardens and Cantigny in Wheaton, IL
Registration will begin on June 9 at 6am by email to Doris Fons or Phone 414-425-6072.
Registrations will be taken by time received. Please follow directions. There will be no early sign-ups.
We will be going to visit the gardens of Craig Bergmann, a landscape architect in Lake Forest Illinois and then on to Cantigny in Wheaton, IL.
We will have lunch in the mansion and visit the gardens built by Robert R. McCormick, former editor/publisher of the Chicago Tribune.
You can google the websites for both of these stops to check out the gardens we will see. These are both very special gardens that I know you will enjoy.
Cost of the trip is $42 for SEWMG members and $47 for non members.
Departure will be from the State Fair Park & Ride at 7:30 am and a second pick up at the College Ave. South West Park & Ride at 8 am.
We will be returning about 5:30 pm. There will be one bus for 55 people. All information will be in the letter sent to you by Sharon Roy if you are on the bus. We are hoping for a beautiful sunny day to enjoy these gardens so fun can be had by all. But, rain or shine, it will be a splendid day. Doris Fons Trip/Tour Chair

WIMGA Annual Conference
July 31 – August 1, 2015
T h e 2015 WIMGA Annual Conference, hosted this year by the Bluff Country Master Gardener Association, will be held in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Bluff Country Master Gardeners.  They are providing a great learning experience for anyone who wants to learn some new things about gardening, natives, urban homesteading, and more.  Conference organizers said, “We open the conference on Friday evening with a Social Hour, followed by our first keynote speaker, Roy Diblik (of Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, WI), introducing us to a thoughtful way to design perennial plantings to reduce maintenance and water use.

Saturday morning, we move to the La Crosse Center, where, for the next eight hours, you can hear our second keynote address, attend three different breakout sessions, shop our vendors, bid on our silent auction, view the  hotography Contest entrants and winners, and— somewhere in the day—have lunch.  One new feature we are providing this year is off-site workshops.  Several locations are Master Gardener Volunteer project sites; others are a short walk to the park across the street. Why not learn about trees, outside, with the trees! During the noon hour, ten sessions will be offered outside of the La Crosse Center,  plus two will be inside.  Participants will walk or ride a bus to these workshops, plus take their box lunch and enjoy a picnic!” Choose from a variety of topics in the morning and afternoon breakout sessions to learn about  hydrangeas, butterfly gardens, encouraging pollinators, growing grapes, children’s gardening, adaptive gardening, and other options.   To learn about the ent i re program, all the speakers, the detailed schedule, more about the Photography Contest, and to find out who the vendors will be, what exciting items you can try to win, where to stay and how to register, please visit the website which will be continually updated until the conference,  so visit it often. Online and mailed-in registration is now open and available!
Link to their Web site

August 2015

Newsletter Articles Due
Input and articles for the Newsletter are due on August 1, 2015
Send to Sandy Manning

WIMGA Annual Conference
July 31, 2015 to August 1, 2015
The Bluff Country Master Gardener group is hosting this Conference
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Link to their Web site

SEWMG  Public Garden Tour  (Free)
Saturday August 8, 2015   10:00am to 3:00pm
Tour Locations will include:
Pewaukee Public Library Garden
NuGenesis Farm
Historic Dousman Stagecoach
Eble Gardens
The Public is invited to join these tours.
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SEWMGV Monthly Committee & Business Meeting
Wednesday August 12, 2015 9:30 am
Boerner Botanical Gardens
9400 Boerner Dr
Hales Corners, WI 53130

MGV Annual Picnic & Plant Exchange
Thursday August 20, 2015
Mitchell Park Pavilion in Brookfield
19900 River Road
(Entrances off of Capitol Drive and River Road
between Barker Road and Brookfield Road)
5:00pm  Appetizers
6:00pm  Main entree and drinks will be provided by officers.
Prepare your favorite appetizer,side dish or dessert to share and add to our joyful meal.
There will be games, raffle and fun conversations for all. Also bring any plants that you want to share with others.
All new master gardeners are welcome to join us at this event.
A few of the raffle items are $25 Twisted Willow gift card,Tree cards and cribbage board, Irises and Day Lilies, Garden Pots, Bottle of Wine, Potted Plants, Flower Arrangements, Logo Ware, and a few surprises.

September 2015

SEWMGV Monthly Committee & Business Meeting
Note:  Meeting is in the Waukesha Court House
Wednesday September 9, 2015 9:30 am
Waukesha County UW-Extension
515 West Moreland Blvd.,  Room G55
Waukesha, WI  53188

MGV Garden Support Committee Meeting
Directly following the business meeting.  (About 10:45am)
We always welcome MGVs to join us at our Garden Support Committee(GSC) meetings.
At this GSC meeting we will begin planning for the Volunteer Opportunity Fair to be held Saturday January 23, 2016.

MGV Education Program — Fall Gardening – “Preparing for Winter and Improvements for Next Year’s Garden
Thursday, September 10, 2015 – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Boerner Botanical Gardens
Patti Nagai, Ph.D. – Horticulture Educator for Racine County UW-Extention.
Gardeners tend to be perfectionists and visionaries, but then a hefty dose of reality sets in once the garden season begins. Plans, designs, glorious catalog photos, and exciting new plants attract us, and we race to gather and plant in the spring.  As the season progresses and Mother Nature rains us out, dries up our  dreams, or sends swarms of insects, diseases, or some new invasive plant our way, gardening can be tiring. It is easy to get a little disenchanted. Fall is the best time to plan for the coming year, and for many plants, the best time to plant them. It is the season for gardeners to take a critical, loving look at their gardens and decide what changes can be made for a beautiful and healthy garden for next year. Patti will review traditional fall gardening tasks, and teach new ways of evaluating and improving our yard and garden areas.
Click Link to Register

MGV International Conference
September 22 -25, 2015
Council Bluffs,  Iowa
Link to their Web Site
Save the Date, more details as they become available

October 2015

Newsletter Articles Due
Input and articles for the Newsletter are due on October 1, 2015
Send to Sandy Manning

SEWMGV Monthly Committee & Business Meeting
Wednesday October 14, 2015 9:30 am
Boerner Botanical Gardens
9400 Boerner Dr
Hales Corners, WI 53130

MGV Garden Support Committee Meeting
Directly following the business meeting.  (About 10:45am)
We always welcome MGVs to join us at our Garden Support Committee(GSC) meetings.
Please join at this meeting as we will continue planning the Volunteer Opportunity Fair to be held January 23, 2016.
We will also begin reviewing which approved gardens we will visit in 2016 and begin planning for the Garden Chair Forum to be held on Tuesday March 15, 2016.

MGV Education Program  –Plight of the Monarchs
Jim Price – Friends of the Monarch Trail,  Wauwatosa
Thursday,October 22nd,2015 6:30-8:00p.m.
Sunset Playhouse,800 Elm Grove Road, Elm Grove, Wisconsin
Jim will speak about the plight of the monarch butterfly,why it’s endangered and what we can do to increase their dwindling numbers. Find out what native plants can be used in your landscape to provide a welcoming habitat for monarchs,other butterflies and pollinators.

November 2015

MGV Education Program — Caring for Houseplants
Saturday November 14, 2015   9:30am to 11:00am    Note: New Date
Heidi Hornung, Landscape Architect and Retail Manager of Shady Lane Greenhouses
Location:   Shady Lane Greenhouses,  W172N7388 Shady Lane, Menomonee Falls, WI
Heidi will talk to us about houseplants. We will be at the greenhouses and will be able to see many plant varieties.  She will discuss types of houseplants and their care, how to overwinter plants that have been outdoors, and ideas for houseplants for the holidays.  She is an engaging speaker, who has presented to our group several times in  the past. Heidi was born into the business and started working at the greenhouse when she was 10 or 11 years old.  Her father, Karl, has been a big influence on her career choice, but her grandmother’s garden in Germany as another inspiration.
In lieu of charging a speaker’s fee, Heidi has asked that those attending the presentation bring five nonperishable food items that will be donated to Hunger Task Force.
The registration link will be sent out one month prior to the event.

SEWMGV Monthly Committee & Business Meeting
Wednesday November 11, 2015 9:30 am
Boerner Botanical Gardens
9400 Boerner Dr
Hales Corners, WI 53130

December 2015

Newsletter Articles Due
Input and articles for the Newsletter are due on December 1, 2015
Send to Sandy Manning

SEWMG Christmas Party and Annual Meeting
Wednesday December 2, 2015
Alioto’s Restaurant
3041 North Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
6:00pm Cash Bar
7:00pm Dinner
Annual Meeting to follow
Mark the date on your calendar


Last Updated August 17, 2015