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
  • Planting Flowers at the Summerfest Grounds
  • 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

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

MGV Standing Committee Chairs & Co-chairs
Finance: – Tom Paasch
Clothing: Peg Schellin & Bette Frangesch
Garden Support:  Jennifer Lazewski
Holiday Party:  Judy Williamson & Patty Witt
Hospitality:  Mary and Fred Redlinger
In-House Education:  Rita Piper
Leadership:  Roger Kocher
Membership:  Patty Witt
Newsletter:  Sandy Manning, Ann Weronke, & Janet Wintersberger
Plant Sale:  Pat Adrian, Bonnie Paplham, Larry Paplham, Mark Pawlak, Sue Ratkowski, Bill Shaffer, Diane Thieme, & Patty Witt
Special Events: Valorie Sangsland & Connie Tjarksen
Sunshine:  Judy Savage
Timesheets: Susan McDonell & Elaine Wilhelm
Trips & Tours:  Doris Fons, LIndy Pawlak & Sharon Roy


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)

Franciscan Villa, Gardens of
3601 S. Chicago Ave, South Milwaukee, WI 53172

Harvest for the Hungry at Firefly Ridge
10602 Underwood Pkwy, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Chair: Tom LeMoine:  tlemoine1@gmail.com or 414-771-8916


Havenwoods Environmental Education Center and DNR State Forest
(Heritage Vegetable Garden)
6141 N Hopkins St, Milwaukee, WI 53209

Kneeland-Walker House & Museum (Wauwatosa Historical Society)
7406 W Hillcrest Dr, Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Lowell Damon House Historic Garden (Milwaukee Co. Historical Society)
2107 Wauwatosa Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Lynden Sculpture Garden Butterfly & Pollinator Garden (*see Approved Youth Garden listing)


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

State Fair Gardens in Exploratory Park
State Fair Park, 640 S 84th St, West Allis, WI 53214

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

Green Power Garden
S46 W22996 Lawnsdale Rd, Town of Waukesha 53189 (Hwy. 164 & Hwy. I)

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


Red Brick Museum
103 Rochester St, Mukwonago, WI 53149

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


Stagecoach Inn (Dousman) in Brookfield
1075 Pilgrim Parkway, Brookfield, WI 53005

Sussex Civic Center Garden
N64 W23760 60 Main St, Sussex, WI 53089

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

Town Hall Library In North Lake
N76 W31429 Cty. Hwy VV, North Lake 53064

Waukesha Memorial Hospital Kitchen Garden (ProHealth Care)
725 American Ave, Waukesha 53188
Chair:  Kathy Miller:  rmiller126@wi.rr.com or 262-695-8164


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


Registered Youth Gardens – registered with the local MGV program:  

Gardens primarily for a youth audience that are registered and approved by the local UWEX MGV program.  These are gardens which 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@wi.rr.com or 414-453-6936

Greendale High School Community Garden
6801 Southway, Greendale
Co-chairs: Heidi Hennessy heidi.hennessy@greendale.k12.wi.us or 414 421-7004
Kathy Miller  miller.km.wi@gmail.com or 414-427-4169

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

Kradwell School, The Learning Gardens
1220 Dewey Ave., Wauwatosa
Co-chairs:  Jennifer Lazewski  jenlazewski@gmail.com or 414-453-4157
Peggy Leonhardt  peggy.leonhardt@gmail.com or 414-358-0157
Click here to read an Article about Kradwell Learning Gardens

Lynden Sculpture Garden’s Pollinator Garden
2145 W Brown Deer Rd, River Hills
Co-chairs:  Pat Conole  bconole@wi.rr.com or 262-424-7484
Bernita Hile  bernitahile@gmail.com or 262-573-1535

Maryland Avenue Montessori Garden
2418 North Maryland Avenue, Milwaukee
Co-chairs:  Lisa Kingery  lkingeryrd@gmail.com or 414-278-9440

Ronald McDonald House Secret Garden
8948 Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa
Co-chairs:   Ann Phillips, nana@milwpc.com or  414-771-6563
Click here to read an Article about the Ronald McDonald House Secret Garden

Underwood School Garden
11132 W. Potter Rd, Wauwatosa
Co-chairs:  Chris Weber weblgrdn@yahoo.com or 414-380-8525
Chris Cera chris.cera1@gmail.com


In Waukesha County (1)

Oconomowoc (High School) Arts Center
Oconomowoc School District Office, 641 E. Forest, Oconomowoc
Contact:  Chuck Congo, cwcongo@gmail.com or 262-691-3812

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 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   414-453-4157   jenlazewski@gmail.com

Plant Sale
Contact:  MGV  Bill Shaffer   414-257-0299   wshaffer@wi.rr.com
Contact:  MGV  Patty Witt   262-797-0719   pattywitt8@gmail.com
Contact:  MGV  Diane Thieme  414-962-9892  dianet1@execpc.com

Young Gardeners
Gardening With Children-

Contact: Jane Schneider  414-425-8858  jvschneider@att.net
Contact:  Denise Beilke   414-481-1003   mercydees@msn.com




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