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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 July 4, 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.

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.


May 2015

Master Composter Training Workshop
Saturday May 2, 2015
The UW-Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC) and Waukesha County UW-Extension along with Retzer Nature Center and Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use will be offering this workshop at Retzer Nature Center, to provide Master Composter Certification to individuals  who want to share their knowledge of home composting with others.  The goal of the Master Composter program is to empower local composters to organize and teach home composting workshops and offer compost demonstrations in their communities. The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is  equired and there is a $30 fee for the program which includes the home study workbook and the workshop.
Lunch is not included. Those who are interested in learning about composting but are not interested in becoming a Master Composter can attend the morning session from 9 a.m. to Noon. The fee is $20 for the half-day program.  Registration is required. Space is limited!
Need a registration form or have questions?  Contact Ann at 262-548-7788 in the Waukesha County UWExtension office or e-mail her at
Master Composter Information and Registration

SEWMGV Life Long Gardening Meeting
Wednesday May 6, 2015  6:30 – 8:30 pm
Linden Grove Health Care
13755 W. Fieldpointe Drive
New Berlin, WI 53151

SEWMG  Educational Program – Gardening with Ease
Thursday May 14, 2015   10:30am    Note:  This is the correct date.
Join us at the DNR area of State Fair Park for a hands-on session.
The Lifelong Gardening Committee will present Techniques for Gardening with Ease.
You have all seen the tools at the volunteer fair and SEWMG Plant Sale, but now is your chance to actually use the tools to see what works best for you!
Get hands-on experience with tools that will ease your time in the garden & information on enabling gardening.  This is a hands on experience, so don’t expect to be sitting around listening! Be ready to touch & use the tools!
Click here to register for this program

SEWMG Annual Perennial Plant Sale
Saturday May 16, 2015
Save the Date

SEWMGV Monthly Committee & Business Meeting
Wednesday May 20, 2015 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Please Note the Evening Time-frame
Boerner Botanical Gardens
9400 Boerner Dr
Hales Corners, WI 53130

SEWMG  Day Trip
Wednesday May 27, 2015  9:00am to 11:00am
Jerry Nelson Garden Tour
Edible Landscape —  Year 3 Growing Grapes
A Racine/Kenosha Master Gardener and owner of Classic Gardens, Jerry has opened his yard to us for many years to give us an educational program. This year our focus will be “The Edible Landscape” and we will view the progress of Jerry’s grape vine project that he started three years ago. The tour of his yard reveals a collection of great trees and shrubs. This event counts towards your education hours.
There is a maximum number of 40 MGVs that are able to register for this tour.
Registration begins on Tuesday, May 5TH at 6:00 a.m. There is a $7 fee that will be collected that morning and will be donated to Jerry as a thank you so
he can put it towards another special addition to his plant collection. As always, a letter will be sent if you are on the list of 40 participants with all the details and directions to Jerry’s home.  And the fun part at the end of the morning is our little plant exchange.  Bring one or more special plants from your yard that you want to share with others who will also bring plants.  Jerry also adds to our exchange. He may also have some spring annuals available for purchase.
Coffee and treats will also be available, courtesy of Jerry.  This is always an enjoyable event and we are hoping for a sunny morning to enjoy the program and the tour. Hope to see you there.

June 2015

Garden Work Schedule for June 1 to June 7

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

SEWMGV Monthly Committee & Business Meeting
Note:  Meeting is in the Waukesha Court House
Wednesday June 10, 2015 9:30 am
Waukesha County UW-Extension
515 West Moreland Blvd.,  Room G55
Waukesha, WI  53188

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
Save the Dates, more details as they become available

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
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 is provided by officers
Member are asked to bring a dish to pass
Save the Date, more details as they become available

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 Education Program
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.
Fall Gardening – “Preparing for Winter and Improvements for Next Year’s Garden.
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.
Link for Registration will be sent about 3 weeks in advance of this program.

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 Education Program
Topic:   Butterfly Gardening
Date and location have not yet been confirmed.

November 2015

MGV Education Program   Caring for Houseplants
Saturday November 7, 2015   9:30am to 11:00am
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 July 4, 2015