Approved Volunteer Projects


The Master Gardener Program in Marathon County started in 1995. Over 368 people have been trained since that that time, and there are currently 65 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2019. In 2018, Marathon County Master Gardener Volunteers reported 4498 hours of community service, worth a value of over $107,952. 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.

Master Gardeners Can Sign Up to Help Here


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.


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

Education project which includes two media collections, one non circulating reference library available to member volunteers at Garden Clinic; the second is a circulating collection of teacher prep material including lessons and projects for children and adults.   A small collection of DVD and digital video titles may be checked out and used for member education hours.


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

HostaMGVs 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.  Sign up to help with chipping at the gardens: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B094CA5A72EABFD0-wood


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.

 


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.

 


DELUXE 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. 


MARATHON COUNTY HISTORICAL GARDENS

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

Master Gardeners Can Sign Up to Help Here


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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