2017 Wood County Master Gardener Volunteer Monthly Programs

Master Gardener meetings consist of a business meeting and a program and are open to the public. Meeting are held the 4th Tuesday of the month from March through November, beginning at 7pm.   Dates and times are sometimes adjusted, depending on the program of the month. Meetings in Wisconsin Rapids are usually at the Wood County Courthouse, with Marshfield meetings at Marshfield Agricultural Research Station (MARS),  unless otherwise noted.

  • March 28, 2017 @ 7 pm

Florida Everglades, by MGV Jan Sabin

 Volunteer Hour Award      Wood County Courthouse, Wisconsin Rapids

Jan shares the flora and fauna from her trips to the Everglades.

Let’s Celebrate!  We honor our many volunteers and the time and effort they give to WCMGVA

  • April 25, 2017 @ 7 pm
  • Sustainable Rose Culture, by MGV Tom Ptak  MARS

Tom has developed and nurtured the rose gardens at Marshfield’s Upham Mansion and he will share valuable insights with us.

  • May 23, 2017  7pm

Growing, Drying, and Using Herbs, MGV Donna Streiff

Annual Plant Exchange   MARS

A retired teacher with vast gardening experience, Donna will have oodles of advice for growing and using herbs.  Plus, one of the best perks of Master Gardening… our annual plant exchange. Pot some of your excess perennials and house plants and exchange them for different ones for your garden or project.

  • June 27, 2017   7pm

Tour of Our Lady Queen of Heaven School Garden, MGV Elizabeth Erdmann,  Wisconsin Rapids

Watch for directions in the June newsletter

  • July 9, 2017

2016 Wood County Master Gardener’s Garden Walk

Six beautiful gardens in the Wisconsin Rapids and the Town of Rome will be open for your viewing and education.  Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions.  In addition, “Art in the Garden Boutique” returns with gently used gardening items and books and handmade garden art for sale. Sample a delicious treat made by a local chef using fresh ingredients.   Local artisans display their art work for sale.  Complementary refreshments

Tickets available from any Wood County Master Gardener volunteer, at the UW Extension office in the Wood County Courthouse, or at selected vendors around Wood, Adams, and Portage County.  Watch for information on vendors elsewhere on this site soon.

  • July 25, 2017 @ 6:30 (Note Early Start Time)

Using Native Perennials, MGV Kathy Poehnelt, Wildwood Zoo, Marshfield

Kathy will discuss the plantings at the new Bear Garden at the Zoo.  Watch for directions and car pool information in the July newsletter.

  • August 22, 2017 @ 6pm

Wisconsin Rapids Community Gardens, MGV Karen Houdek,  Wisconsin Rapids

The Community Gardens have really grown since their inception in 2013.  They provide a place for city dwellers, many of them gardening for the first time, to grow their own food. Demonstrations gardens provide fresh produce to the local weekly meal program and food pantry.

  • September 26, 2017   7pm

 Cranberries, program TBA,  Wisconsin Rapids


  • October 24, 2017   7pm

Microgreens, Jeremy Erickson, Wood County Horticultural Advisor     MARS

Member Seed Exchange

Jeremy shares his expertise in growing fresh, tasty microgreens

Collect seeds from your summer plants, package and label for exchange.

  • November 28, 2016   7pm

 Italy Garden Tour, MGV Paula Klevene     MARS



  1. The new web site looks great. The organization of all pages with fast links and great colored headlines will bring appropriate focus to necessary information that will make my education, volunteerism, and social gatherings with other Master Gardeners of Wood County a pleasurable and enjoyable experience.

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