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 April 18, 2018

On-Going Events & News Items

Master Gardener Volunteer LogoWear Clothing
The online store for clothing is now closed for the spring order.
Contact with questions or suggestions for the future.
Peg Schellin  Bette Frangesch  Nancy Brandon

Courtesy Items from Related Organizations

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Boerner Botanical Garden, our gem of the County Parks system, needs more volunteers to assist the horticulture staff at the gardens.
Volunteer on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 8:00 – noon throughout the growing season. Just go to the Visitor Center to sign-in and be directed to the area where they want you to work. Bring your standard gardening tools – trowel, weeder, pruner, kneeler, hat, water, sunscreen, insect repellent.    Boerner needs us, so thanks for your dedication.   For information /sign up :  414-525-5653  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 Home

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

Waukesha Floral and Greenhouse, 319 S. Prairie Avenue, Waukesha   (262) 542-8152

SEWMGV Upcoming Events

March 2018

Chicago Botanical Gardens and the Garfield Conservatory
Friday March 2, 2018 
Registration for the trip will be on Tuesday January 23 at 6 am in the morning.
Lindy Pawlak will be handing this at or by phone at 414-764-4651.
Please use TRIP in the email subject. You may sign up yourself and one guest.
Registration is limited to the first 56 people.  Absolutely no spots will be given before 6 am.   No calls will be answered before then.
Registrations will be listed by the time received.
Times:  We will leave promptly at 7:30 AM from the State Fair Park & Ride with a second pick up at the Southwest College Park & Ride at 8 AM.
We should return about 5:30.
A letter with payment, lunch choice, pick up directions and events of the day will be sent to you if you are on the bus.
As always, there will be a waiting list since plans change and people need to cancel which opens a spot.

SEWMGV Lifelong Gardening Meeting
Wednesday March 7, 2018  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Elm Grove Library, Park View Room, 13600 Juneau Boulevard,   Elm Grove, WI 53122
All are welcome!!

SEWMGV Monthly Meeting
Wednesday March 14, 2018 9:30 am
Waukesha County Extension Office  (County Court House)
515 W Moreland Boulevard
Waukesha, WI 53188-3869
Note:  You will need to go through Security to enter building.

SEWMGV Garden Support Committee  (GSC)
Wednesday March 14, 2018    Right after the MGV Monthly Meeting (about 10:30 AM).
Waukesha County Extension Office
515 W Moreland Boulevard
Waukesha, WI 53188-3869

SEWMG Educational Speaker
Tuesday March 20, 2018  10:30 am to Noon
Wauwatosa Library’s Firefly Room
7635 West North Avenue, Wauwatosa,  WI
Lifelong Gardening,  Marilynn Cech, SEWMG Lifelong Gardening Committee
Marilynn’s presentation will cover tips and techniques for gardening with ease, protecting your joints, preventing injuries to enhance your well-being. You will get a chance to “touch and feel” some adaptive tools.  The Lifelong Gardening Committee was started in 2010 by two SEWMG Volunteers and garden tools donated from Hancock Agricultural Research Station.
July of 2017, the Lifelong Gardening Committee accepted the first place International Search for Excellence award in the Special Needs category.
Marilynn Cech, a retired surgical nurse, has been a Southeast Wisconsin Master Gardener for 12 years and on the Lifelong Gardening Committee for 6 years.  Our committee’s purpose is to educate the public about tools, techniques and plant selection which will allow them to garden throughout life, despite physical challenges whether you are young in age or just young at heart.
Click for Registration Link 

Garden Chair Forum
Wednesday March 21, 2018   6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Boerner Botanical Gardens  
Lower Level Media Room
9400 Boerner Dr
Hales Corners, WI 53130
The Garden Chair Forum is coming up this week–Spring is on the way! At least one co-chairperson from each approved garden is expected to attend, but the event is also open to any MGV’s and trainees who are interested in what goes in to running and funding an approved SEWMG project.
Come and gather with your fellow MGVs as our garden planning starts in earnest. Please bring treats if you can for the added opportunities to get out of your chairs and chat. In addition to the usual reviewing of forms and requirements for continuing garden projects, we will also be breaking into smaller discussions groups to give you a better opportunity to talk with each other and GSC members about your gardens.
Looking forward to talking about the 2018 gardening season!
This event is for all garden chairs.  Not your regular forum…..Yes, we heard you!  So mark your calendars.

SEWMGV Plant Sale Meeting
March 22,  2018  6:30 pm
The first meeting for the plant sale.  It will be at the Extension Office.
Plant Sale Page for details.

SEWMGV Pollinator Group
Tuesday March 27, 2018   6:00 p.m.
West Allis Public Library, 
7421 W. National Ave
, in the Constitution Room.

We will be continuing our discussions on wildlife landscaping in home gardens and also review information on different species of native bees and wasps.
You do not need to be a member of the Pollinator Group to attend–all MGVs and trainees are welcome to attend for volunteer hours.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. You can join the Pollinator Group e-mail list, which gets copies of meeting presentations and other pollinator information, by sending me an e-mail request.
Jennifer Lazewski

April 2018

Newsletter Articles Due
Input and articles for the Newsletter are due on April 1, 2018
Send to Sandy Manning

SEWMGV Monthly Meeting
Wednesday April 11, 2018 9:30 am
Waukesha County Extension Office  (County Court House)
515 W Moreland Boulevard
Waukesha, WI 53188-3869
Note:  You will need to go through Security to enter building.

SEWMG Educational Speaker
Monday, April 16,   6:30 -8:00 pm.
New Berlin Ale House   16000 W Cleveland Ave, New Berlin, WI 53151     Note: Updated Location
Bernie Williams, Plant Pest and disease specialist from the Division of Forestry, Wisconsin DNR
Bernie will address two topics:  Identifying and Understanding Jumping Worms and Permaculture  Basics
Ms. Williams has been a Plant Pest and Disease Specialist in Forest Health for the Wisconsin DNR for 10 years and prior to that she was a Science Educator for 5 years for the Milwaukee Public Museum.  She holds  a BA, BS, and Masters from the University of Pittsburgh.
Bernie, says, “I live and breathe invasives.  Whether it’s a plant, disease, fungus or animal it has a story to tell.  People often say you should stop and smell the roses, which you definitely should, but I might also recommend getting down on your hands and knees and start looking at the soil underneath.  Earthworms are some of the most incredible animals on earth and what they’re doing in the garden to the vermicomposting bin will startle and fascinate you.  I may be bias, but having spent the last 15 years surveying and studying earthworms, what you’ll learn for them they don’t tell you about in books. “
Click here for Registration Link.

SPEAKERS’  Workshop
Saturday April 21, 2018   10:00 a.m.  to noon
New Berlin Library, 15105 Library Lane  New Berlin
Click here for Flyer with all details.

May 2018

SEWMGV Monthly Meeting
Wednesday May 9, 2018 9:30 am
Boerner Botanical Gardens
9400 Boerner Dr
Hales Corners, WI 53130

SEWMG Perenial Plant Sale
Saturday May 19, 2018
Visit our Plant Sale Page

Educational Tour to Jerry Nelson’s Gardens
Wednesday  May 30, 2018
The tour will focus on growing grasses and vegetables in containers.  We will have a tour of Jerry’s great plants and trees,  then watch him do
his magic with those containers.   We will be going rain or shine.
There will also be a mini plant exchange but please be careful of jumping worms and closely check the items you bring.
Sign up by sending an email  (preferred) or calling 414-764-4651 after 6 am on April 24.
A $7.00 fee will be collected when you arrive at Jerry’s.  Transportation is on your own and directions will be included in the letter you will receive
confirming your registration.   Lindy Pawlak

June 2018

Newsletter Articles Due
Input and articles for the Newsletter are due on June 1, 2018
Send to Sandy Manning

July 2018

Horticulture Therapy Program
Tuesday July 24, 2018
Presented by UW Extension Master Gardener Program — Mike Maddox Presenter
Retzer Nature Center
Click Here for Brochure

August 2018

Newsletter Articles Due
Input and articles for the Newsletter are due on August 1, 2018
Send to Sandy Manning

September 2018

WIMGA Conference 2018
Friday September 21, 2018 and Saturday September 22, 2018
“Autumn At the River”
Lismore Hotel,  Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Click here for Conference information.  

Save the dates.  More details will provided as they become available.

October 2018

Newsletter Articles Due
Input and articles for the Newsletter are due on October 1, 2018
Send to Sandy Manning

November 2018

December 2018

Newsletter Articles Due
Input and articles for the Newsletter are due on December 1, 2018
Send to Sandy Manning

SEWMG Christmas Party – Annual Meeting and Graduation
Wednesday December 5, 2018
Alioto’s Restaurant
3041 North Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Important Parking Note:  You are permitted to park in adjacent Office Building Parking Lot
6:00pm Cash Bar
7:00pm Dinner
Annual Meeting & Graduation to follow

Last Updated April 18, 2018