Approved Volunteer Projects


Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) make a difference in Marathon County communities!  In 2017, Wisconsin MGVs provided 196,290 hours of service. The projects we have been working on in Marathon County include:

THE ANNUAL SOCIAL

Each year we plan a social gathering to celebrate a year of education and volunteering. Volunteers help plan the event, design a flyer for members, set-up for the event and make speaker arrangements.


ASPIRUS YMCA COMMUNITY GARDEN – WESTON

MGVs take part in development of garden beds and plan gardening for children events.


CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH

Sun flowerHere, MGVs provide education and and serve as a resource for church members.  Volunteers maintain garden beds and present educational talks to church committees or groups. MGV presence is a resource for parishioners.


FACEBOOK PAGE

MGVs maintain a Facebook page to keep the public updated on MGV activities and plant-related news. Volunteers provide updates on a regular basis.


FAITH TOWN OF SCOTT CEMETERY

This is a cemetery beautification project. Volunteers plan, plant, and maintain flowers and trees to comfort and encourage families whose loved ones are buried in the cemetery.  They label plants and answer visitors’ gardening questions.


GARDEN LINE/GARDEN CLINIC

MGVs work hard to answer questions about gardening, vegetables, flowers, lawns, trees and insects that come in from Marathon County residents. Our Garden Clinic runs Wednesdays only, 10 am to 2 pm, May – September.


GARDEN VISIONS

This conference, organized by MGVs, provides educational opportunities for gardeners and serves as a “visioning session” prior to the start of a new growing season. Garden Visions is a chance to network with gardeners and learn about innovative techniques, emerging environmental issues, and much, much more!


GARDEN WALK

Each year, MGVs organize a tour of private gardens in Marathon County. Volunteers greet the public at each garden, sell tickets and visit with guests.


HABITAT GARDEN

This garden, maintained by MGVs, is a display of native plants attracting birds and insects, located in the heart of Marathon County. Volunteers maintain small garden around flagpole in the center of the UW Extension parking lot, at 212 River Drive in Wausau.  Volunteers also educate families in an adjacent Teaching Garden.


HATLEY SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY GARDEN

MGVs work with 4th and 5th grade students and interested community members in planning, growing, tending, harvesting, and eating their own food, with a focus on creativity. Meeting times are set for each growing season.


HISTORIAN / SCRAPBOOK

MGVs keep a record of association activities each year.  This annual information adds to the rich history MGVs have in Marathon County, Wisconsin.  The information also serves as reminder of the contributions made by volunteers and demonstrates the value of the North Central Wisconsin Master Gardeners Association to our county.


MASTER GARDENER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING

MGVs will vet and secure speakers in collaboration with UW Extension, for educational public programming throughout the year.  These programs will be held approximately once per month and may include topics like: pruning, growing microgreens, container gardening, growing peppers, therapeutic horticulture, invasive plant species, pollination, etc.


MASTER GARDENER LEVEL I CLASSES

Classes for beginner MGVs are called “Level 1 Classes” and are intended to help volunteers understand their role, as well as to provide training on a wide variety of horticulture topics. Typically, these classes are offered during the spring in Marathon County.


MEDIA COLLECTION

MGVs maintain a reference book library, which includes CDs, DVDs, and other resources.  This library also houses materials from MGV classes and special programs.  These resources are available for MGVs to check-out and return as they wish.


MONK BOTANICAL GARDENS

MGVs occasionally partner with Monk Botanical Gardens in Wausau, where they might conduct tours of gardens, assist with planning or planting, and may help maintain assigned areas while educational programs are being provided.


MONK HOSTA DISPLAY/SHADE GARDEN

MGVs are currently working at Monk Botanical Gardens to establish a hosta display/shade garden for the public.  Once completed, MGVs will conduct tours of the garden, maintain assigned areas, and provide educational programs.


MONK GARDEN – KITCHEN GARDEN

PeasThis garden serves as a showcase for growing vegetables where visitors can observe growing methods and unique plant varieties. MGV’s may interact with Kitchen Garden visitors on gardening techniques, methods and vegetable selections.


NORMAL PARK GARDEN

MGVs help design, plant, weed, prune, and take care of the Normal Park Garden in Merrill.  They create educational plant signs, providing information to the public.


PLANT SALE

MGVs offer hardy perennials and home grown vegetables at a low rate in conjunction with other non-profit organizations for “Green Saturday.” They also host a children’s hands-on educational planting area.


RIB MOUNTAIN STATE PARK NATIVE WISCONSIN WILDFLOWER PROJECT

Cone FlowersMGVs work at Rib Mountain State Park on native wildflower gardens.  They are currently enhancing two parcels of land, and are labeling plants, providing educational opportunities, and will continue maintenance of the gardens thorough the seasons.


ROTHSCHILD VILLAGE HALL GARDEN

MGVs provide planning, planting and maintenance support for the Rothschild Village Hall in Marathon County.

 


WAUSAU COMMUNITY GARDENS

Six garden beds were designed, built and are now tended by volunteer staff members of varying garden skills. Food from these gardens is donated to area food pantries.


WOODSON ART MUSEUM GARDENS

Flowers in the rainMGVs support the gardens around the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau by planning each bed, purchasing plants, and helping to maintain gardens throughout the seasons. 


WOODSON HOUSE

HostaMGVs support the gardens and plantings around the Historical Society building in Wausau by helping with the planting of annuals and maintaining the plants and shrubs during the summer.  They also answer questions and give tours as requested.


YAWKEY HOUSE MUSEUM GARDEN

The Historical Garden surrounding the Yawkey House Museum in Wausau is also supported by MGVs.  Here they help maintain a historically accurate flower garden and shrubs and assist with spring planting and fall cleanup.  They also conduct tours and answer questions that arise.


OTHER WAYS WE VOLUNTEER

Serve as board members:
  • Attend Board Meetings
  • Attend General Meetings
  • Work related to being an officer
Provide educational talks, for example:
  • Educational work with youth organizations, such as 4-H, FFA, Schools
  • Garden Groups
  • Health Fairs
  • Language of Flowers for Yawkey House
  • Thomas Jefferson Elementary
Serve as members:
  • Attend and engage in general meetings
  • Stay up-to-date with MGV news and budget information
Serve as WIMGA representatives:
  • Attend and report to membership re: district meetings, annual conference, and state representative meeting
  • Prepare a display for auction at the annual WIMGA conference

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