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Closeup photo of apples on a tree. Photo by Liese Coulter, CSIRO, via Wikimedia Commons.

2020 Fruit Tree Sale

It’s that time of year again….time to make your selections from the annual Marquette County (Thyme Shares) Master Gardener Volunteer Fruit Tree Sale. Once again, a large selection of apple tree varieties will be offered. Cherry, pear, peach, and plum trees will also be available. Asparagus, blueberry & strawberry plants are available in addition to […]

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Interest Sign Up for Master Gardener Classes

We are so glad to hear you are interested in taking Master Gardener Classes!  Please take a look around the website and also look at the Wisconsin Master Gardener website for additional information.  If you want to be on the mailing list for when the next available class is, please fill out the form below.

Picture of the Marquette County Interactive Nature Trail sign that can be viewed from Highway C. Sign is green and black with gold lettering and features the Marquette County seal. The Master Gardener Prairie Area can be seen behind the sign.

Marquette County Interactive Nature Trail and Prairie Area

What is the Marquette County Interactive Nature Trail? A walking trail with interactive stations, a natural playground, benches, picnic area, and Master Gardener prairie demonstration area. The trail is located behind the County Service Center Building in Montello.  The trail can be accessed from the Service Center, behind the Highway Department building, or from County […]

An African fig fly adult. (Photo courtesy of Benjamin Davidson)

African Fig Fly

Why are we writing about a pest that affects a primary host crop that we don’t grow in WI? Excerpt from the African Fig Fly Factsheet: “The African fig fly (AFF), Zaprionus indianus, is an invasive vinegar fly closely related to flies in the genus Drosophila [which includes the common vinegar fly (also sometimes called […]

blueberries on bush

Getting Started with Blueberries

Blueberries can be a fun fruit crop to grow in the summer, but they do require some preparation before you even get your plants.  Learn about how to get started with blueberries with Extension Educator Mark Longstroth from Michigan State University Extension.  Webinar counts as 2 hours and 15 minutes of continuing education for Master […]

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Avoiding and Remedying Abiotic Injury of Trees

What is abiotic injury?  How do you tell a tree has it?  Check out this webinar to learn about what abiotic injury is, how to identify it, and how to deal with the problem.  This webinar is worth one hour of continuing education credit for Master Gardener Volunteers.


Updated USDA Plant Hardiness Zones

The USDA recently updated the plant hardiness zones.  View the interactive (zoomable) USDA Plant Hardiness Zones Map.  Please note that the Captcha security box on the page is case sensitive (we found that out the hard way).


Neonicotinoid Treated Plants & Pollinators

Have you been wondering what all the hype about neonicotinoid chemicals and pollinators is all about?  A Michigan State University Extension Entomologist (works with insects) clarifies some information on neonicotinoids and their interaction with pollinators.  View the article “Planting garden center flowers is good for bees and other beneficial insects”.