The seed for the Master Gardener (MG) program was planted in 1972 by Washington State Cooperative Extension. MG volunteers were trained to extend Extension’s outreach to community residents in educating people about horticulture. The Master Gardener Program began in Wisconsin through the UW-Extension in the late 1970s. Local MG groups banded together in 1992 to form the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association (WIMGA).
The individual Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) is the focus of the MG program. Every person who has taken training and completed their volunteer hour commitment is a certified MGV. Individuals may become a member of a local association and are encouraged to be members of the State Association (the WIMGA). The MG program Office provides support to all MGs and local associations and works closely with the WIMGA. Wisconsin Master Gardener Program Website