Volunteer Service

A wide variety of volunteer programs and projects can accommodate any Master Gardener’s lifestyle and schedule. Volunteer activities include:

  • Diagnosing Plant Problems
  • Staffing Educational Exhibits
  • Delivering Group Presentations
  • Gardening with Children
  • Conducting Educational Workshops
  • Helping with Accessible Gardens for People with Disabilities
  • Teaching through Demonstration Gardens including:
    • butterfly gardens
    • herb gardens
    • kids’ ethnic garden at the Milwaukee County Zoo & Havenwoods
    • accessible garden at Wil-O-Way Grant Park

Every Master Gardener Volunteer needs to complete 24 hours of volunteer service activities and 10 hours of continuing education each year.

Volunteer Opportunities

SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardener Association MGVs share their organizational and leadership skills by serving as board members, officers, and committee and project chairpersons.

 SEWMG Board of Directors 2019

Voting members

  • Board Chair:  Janet Wintersberger
  • Two-year Director:  Kathy Mintner
  • One-year Director:  Mary Wolverton
  • Director-At-Large:  Susan McDonell
  • Director-At-Large:  Ann Loper
  • President:  Jennifer Lazewski
  • Vice President/President-Elect:  Dave Heeren
  • Secretary:  Bernita Hile
  • Treasurer:  Lawrence Paplham

Ex-Officio (non-voting) members

  • Immediate Past President:  Roger Kocher
  • Assistant Treasurer:  Valorie Sangsland
  • WIMGA Representative:  John Hahn
  • UW-Madison Extension Waukesha County:  Ann Wied
  • UW-Madison Extension Milwaukee County: Caitlin Sprague

Committee and Project Chairpersons

  • Finance:  Janet Wintersberger
  • Garden Support:  Jennifer Lazewski
  • Holiday Party:  Judy Williamson, Patty Witt
  • Hospitality:  Mary and Fred Redlinger
  • In-House Programs:  Rita Piper
  • Leadership:  Roger Kocher
  • Logo Wear:  Peg Schellin, Bette Frangesch
  • Membership: Patty Witt
  • Newsletter:  Sandy Manning, Janet Wintersberger
  • Plant Sale:  Pat Adrian, Bonnie Paplham, Lawrence Paplham, Mark Pawlak, Sue Ratkowski, Bill Shaffer, Diane Thieme, Patty Witt
  • Special Events (Home Show & State Fair):  Valorie Sangsland, Connie Tjarksen
  • Sunshine:  Judy Savage
  • Trips and Tours:  Doris Fons, Lindy Pawlak

Contact information can be found in the Directory of SEWMG volunteers.

For a detailed list of volunteer opportunities, see the “2019 SEWMG Volunteer Opportunities Directory”.

Program Request and Report Form

MGV Speakers Bureau
Learn how to share gardening information through public group presentations by shadowing an experienced MG speaker
Contact:   Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator Laura Herzog   laura.herzog@ces.uwex.edu

Templates for Speakers
Choose from 2 versions of the Template for Speakers for PowerPoint presentations:
Version 1  for Office  2010  —-  Version 2 for Office 1997-2003

Click here for List of Presentations

MGV Newsletter
Write articles for the SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteer newsletter
Articles are due by the first day of even-numbered months
Submit articles by email to: sandymanning@gmail.com


Garden Work Schedules

The Work Schedule for Garden Projects is on the Approved Garden Projects page and on the Events page at the beginning of the current month’s listing.

Approved Public Garden Projects (20)

These gardens have been registered and approved by the local MGV program and have submitted the Garden Project Profile and MOU forms for approved gardens. SEWMGs take the lead role in planning, planting, and caring for these gardens. For more information, contact the listed co-chairs.

Print a copy of the Approved Gardens List 

In Milwaukee County (8)


  • Harvest for the Hungry at Firefly Ridge
    10602 Underwood Pkwy, Wauwatosa, WI 53226


  • Havenwoods – Heritage Vegetable Garden
    6141 N Hopkins St, Milwaukee, WI 53209


  • Kneeland-Walker House & Museum (Wauwatosa Historical Society)
    7406 W Hillcrest Dr, Wauwatosa, WI 53213



  • North Point Lighthouse (In Lake Park)
    2650 N Wahl Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211



  • Zoo Gardens, Children’s Zoo, Milwaukee County Zoo
    10001 W. Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226
    • Butterfly Habitat
    • Heritage Garden

In Waukesha County (12)

  • Community Memorial Hospital Healing Garden
    (Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin)
    W180 N8085 Town Line Rd, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051


  • Eble Park Gardens
    19400 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045

    • Flower and Herb Gardens

    • Vegetable Garden



  • Pewaukee Public Library Rain Garden
    210 Main St, Pewaukee, WI 53072
    Chair: Sally Ruf:  yardengirl@gmail.com or 262-691-1527



  • St. James Community Gardens (Field of Hope and Field of Dreams)
    W220 N6588 Town Line Rd, Menomonee Falls 53051
    Chair: Deb Schneider:  djschneider86@gmail.com or 414-550-2167




  • Ten Chimneys Historic Landmark
    S43 W31575 Depot Road, Genesee Depot 53127




  • Wilson Center, Strohmaier Sculpture and Botanic Garden
    19805 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield 53045


Registered Youth Gardens – registered with the local MGV program:  

These gardens are primarily for a youth audience and are registered and approved by the local Extension MGV program.  These are gardens that SEWMGs have the lead role in planning, planting, and care of.  All other sites where SEWMGs assist either with youth programs or maintenance do not need to be “approved” and should be reported as Youth Activities/Events/Projects on the SEWMG timesheet except as noted.

Print a copy of the Approved Youth Gardens

In Milwaukee County (8)

  • Alice’s Garden
    2136 N 21st Street,  Milwaukee  53205
    Co-chairs: Nancy Brook nbrook@chw.org or 414-453-6936



  • Havenwoods State Forest Buds ‘n’ Sprouts Youth Garden
    6141 N Hopkins Street,  Milwaukee  53209
    Contact:  Laura Spence, DNR Garden staff  414-527-0232



  • Lynden Sculpture Butterfly and Pollinator Garden
    2145 W Brown Deer Rd, Milwaukee 53217





In Waukesha County (1)

  • Oconomowoc (High School) Arts Center
    Oconomowoc School District Office, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc

Approved Projects

These are projects approved by the local MGV program that focus on a single aspect of gardening and are led by a group of SEWMGs or are projects supported by the UW-Extension and specific partners they work with.  For more information, contact the listed Master Gardener Volunteer.

Lifelong Gardening Committee
Contact: MGV Ann Loper Chair  414-687-6854  annloper@mac.com

UW Extension Urban Agriculture Project
Bee Keeping Program – Contact: MGV Linda Reynolds, linda.reynolds@wisc.edu 414-615-0530

Champion Tree Project
Contact: MGV Ruth Marshall  262-646-8689  ruthmars@centurytel.net

Invasive species Eradication
Contact: MGV Ruth Marshall  262-646-8689   ruthmars@centurytel.net

Pollinator Group
Contact:  MGV Jennifer Lazewski   414-364-8624  jenlazewski@gmail.com

Plant Sale
Contact:  MGV  Bill Shaffer,   414-305-0299   wshaffer@wi.rr.com
Contact:  MGV  Patty Witt,   414-865-0961   pattywitt8@gmail.com
Contact:  MGV  Diane Thieme,  414-530-9892 dianet1@execpc.com

Youth Gardening Outreach
Contact: Karla Geiger, 414 243-0631 karla.geiger@greendaleschools.org


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