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 110 members and over 30 projects from Rome, WI north to Marshfield, WI and everywhere in between. We also have 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, provide university scholarships, and present educational programs for children and adults in our communities.
2017 WCMGA Board
- President: Ruth Cline
- Vice President: Julie Carlsen
- Secretary: Sue Wilford
- Treasurer: Barb Herreid
- Director: Bob Cline
- Director: Karen Houdek
- Director: Karleen Remington
- Director: Donna Streiff
- Historian North open
- Historian South: Michaeleen Erickson
- Communications Rep: Chris Grimes
- Immediate Past Pres: Barb Herreid
- Publicity Rep: Karen Tlachac
- UW-Extension office: (715)-421-8440
- MG Advisor and Horticulture Educator: Jeremy Erickson
- Wood County Agriculture Agent: Matt Lippert
- Wood County office support staff contact: position to be filled shortly
The Wood County Master Gardener Association meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from March through November. Meeting locations vary throughout the county. Each meeting begins with a business meeting, followed by an educational topic. Our meetings are open to the public. 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 Jeremy Erickson, Horticultural Advisor, 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