Welcome to the Wood County Master Gardener Association!
The Wood County Master Gardener Association is an energetic group of gardeners who are dedicated to their communities and excited to gain and share knowledge with the public. We have over 40 members and more than 15 projects in Rome, Wisconsin Rapids, Nekoosa, Port Edwards, Vesper, Rudolph, and Marshfield. We host two plant sales, one in Wisconsin Rapids in spring and one in Marshfield in fall. These sales and the annual July garden walk are the main fundraisers. All of the money raised goes directly back into the Association to fund projects and present educational programs for children and adults in our communities.
2020 WCMGVA Board
- Chair: Ruth Cline
- Co-Chair: Karleen Remington
- Secretary: Sue Wilford
- Treasurer: Barb Herreid
- South County Rep: Ann Rozner
- South County Rep:
- North County Rep: Jill Becker
- North County Rep: Donna Streiff
- Communications Rep: Chris Grimes
- Immediate Past Pres:
- Publicity Rep:
- UW-Extension office: (715)-421-8440
- MG Advisor and Horticulture Educator: Janell Wehr
- Wood County Agriculture Agent: Matt Lippert
- Wood County Extension office support staff contact: Karli Tomsyck
Because of Covid restrictions, our meetings and activities are curtailed temporarily. They will resume as noted below upon direction of the University of Wisconsin Extention and Wisconsin Master Gardener program.
The Wood County Master Gardener Association meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from March through November. (Exception: The November meeting is usually the 3rd Tuesday to avoid Thanksgiving week). Each session includes an educational presentation and a business meeting. The public is welcome to attend our meetings. Meeting locations vary throughout the county, depending on the education for the month. In general, Marshfield meetings are held at the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station at 2611 Yellowstone Dr, starting at 6:30pm. Wisconsin Rapids meetings are held at the MacMillan Memorial Library, in Wisconsin Rapids, 490 E Grand Avenue starting at 6:30pm. Check the Event Calender page for meeting times and locations.
To become a Certified Master Gardener, you must attend a general training session and volunteer 24 hours of service. To remain certified, you must volunteer 24 hours and receive 10 hours of continuing education each year.
- Level 1 Training – consists of 36 hours of education, covering all aspects of horticulture. This training session is conducted by UW-Extension and classes are taught by a variety of instructors from UWEX and local experts. We also include many of the state learning modules and online sessions that participants can access and learn at home. When we are in class we use a variety of discussion techniques and activities to reinforce the learned material. This class is offered every year, alternating between locations in northern Wood County and southern Wood County. Check the Event Calender page for information about the next class. Fee for the class includes all materials.
- Specialized Training – This training is open to Certified Master Gardener Volunteers and specializes in a narrow topic in Horticulture. This training varies in length and time of year offered.
- Regional, statewide, and national conferences provide additional learning opportunities.
In exchange for the training, you are expected to volunteer some time to extend your horticulture knowledge into the community. 24 hours of volunteer service is required to achieve Certification. There are many opportunities to fulfill this requirement. A few examples include:
- working on Authorized Master Gardener Projects
- youth education through 4-H, Scouts, or schools
- community gardens
- plant clinics
- assisting in the extension office
- volunteering at the fair
- answering public horticulture questions
- workshops and demonstrations
- association administration and committees
- plant sales
- garden walk
For questions or more information, contact Karli at the Wood County Extension office or any of the Wood County Master Gardener board members. Also visit our Facebook page, Wood County Master Gardener Volunteer Association