Green County Master Gardeners

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NEW!  Extension Green County in coordination with the WI Master Gardeners Association will be hosting a Level 1 Master Gardener Training in 2020.

Master Gardener Volunteers are trained volunteers who aid University of Wisconsin Extension staff by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment. Master Gardener Volunteers provide service to their community, normally within their own county, although special arrangements can be made to participate in other counties activities.

Level 1 training consists of 9 classes held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. One additional class will be held on Saturday, March 7th, to attend the Green County Master Gardeners Symposium (registration fee included in the course fee). Classroom sessions will be held at the Green County Justice Center, multi-purpose rooms, 2841 – 6th Street, Monroe, running from January 14th – March 17th, 2020.  Horticulture topics will include:  Soils, Plant Nutrition, & Composting; Plant Growth & Propagation; Lawn Care; Entomology; Integrated Pest Management; Plant Pathology, Diagnostics, & Diseases; Weed ID & Invasive Plants; Perennial Flowers, Vegetables & Fruits; General Gardening Practices; Backyard Wildlife/Pollinators; Landscape Design; Woody Plants, Trees, & Shrubs.

A criminal background check and mandatory child protection training is required for all participants. Cost to participate is $80.00.  Call the Extension office at 608-328-9440 for details to register. For more information, please print the MG Training Brochure 2019 or contact Jackie McCarville, Green County Ag Educator at 608-328-9440.

Green County Master Gardner’s are hosting a Fall Garden Clean Up Class to be held on Saturday, September 28th, 2019, from 9:00am-12:00pm, at the Green County Justice Center, Multi-Purpose Rooms, located at 2841-6th Street, Monroe, WI.

There is NO Cost to attend and the featured speakers will be as follows:

  • Kasey Tousignant, KC Landscaping — presenting about End of Season Pruning, Flower Bed and Landscape Care.
  • Mike Davis, Green County Master Gardener — presenting about Soil Amending & Composting.
  • Kris Winkler, Susan Konopacki, & Marilyn Sandin Ross, Green County Master Gardeners– presenting about Fall Plant Division, Moving Perennials & Planting Bulbs.

No advance registration is needed. For additional information see the attached 2019 Green County Master Gardeners Fall Clean Up Class Flyer or contact the Extension-Green County office at 608-328-9440.


Plan now to participate in the newest event being offered by the Green County Master Gardener’s Association!  On Saturday, June 22, 2019, Master Gardeners are offering a Flower Buying Bus Trip to the Lake Geneva area.  Three greenhouses will be visited– Busy B’s Greenhouse, Northwind Perennial Farm, and Pesche’s Greenhouse. The bus will leave the Shopko parking lot, located at 425 W 8th Street, Monroe, WI at 8:00am and return by 5:30pm. The trip is open to the public and you do not have to be a Master Gardener to attend. Registrations and $25 fees are due by June 17th. Print a 2019 Bus Trip Registration to register.  If you have additional questions, please contact the Extension Green County office at 608-328-9440.

The Green County Master Gardeners Association held their annual meeting on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 at the Green County Justice Center.

Twenty-seven Green County area residents were recently recognized for earning their Master Gardener Certification at the annual meeting of the Green County Master Gardeners Association. The main functions of the group are to serve the needs of all horticulturists in the Green County area, provide continuing education for it’s members, provide community services through volunteer activities, exchange gardening ideas, promote responsible and sound gardening practices and to provide a link between the community and University of WIsconsin, Division of Extension. Read the complete Master Gardener Certification Press Release for more details.

Check out the Green County Master Gardeners Association “Blog” Site.  The goal of this site is to provide another link between our community and the Extension-Green County.  You can also visit our Facebook page (link to be coming) to keep up with the latest Green County Master Gardeners Association information.

The GCMGA is located in Monroe, Wisconsin and serves the needs of all gardeners in Green County and the surrounding area. 

Information about the Green County Master Gardeners Association

The Wisconsin Master Gardener Program teaches volunteers who aid University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Staff by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment.

2019 Officers

GreenCountyMGA-Stacked2color-compressed 2President:  Tanna McKeon
V. President: Tamara Schulte 
Treasurer:   Lynn Lokken
Secretary:   Linda Boll

The Green County Master Gardeners Association Mission is:

  1. To serve the needs of all gardeners in Green County and the surrounding area.
  2. To promote the continuing education of members through horticultural education, programs, tours, etc.
  3. To promote community service through volunteer activities.
  4. To recognize members who meet and maintain certification.
  5. To provide for the exchange of ideas and to provide opportunities to promote the understanding of responsible gardening practices
  6. To provide a link between the community and the UW-Extension.

Volunteer Hours

GCMGA Volunteer Honor Roll


Norma Bader, Michael Colney, Mike Davis, Eugene Gessler, Susan Konopacki, Kris Winkler


 Paul Roemer, Gregg Smith

500- 749

Lois Baker, Linda Boll, Theresa Colney, Eugene Gessler, Mary Alice Hart, Deb Kleppe, Lynn Lokken, Tanna McKeon, Cheryl Rezabek,  

250 – 499

Sally Bear, Kimberly Berg, Jayne Butts, Sue Hartwig, Mary Jackson, Kristi Leonard,  Mary Nelson, Ann Marie Ott, Jo Pinnow, Jack Policastro, Marilyn Sandin Ross, Tamara Schulte, Gaida Vickerman, Tom Voight, Sande Wells, Rae Wellnitz, Jean Woolworth.

150 – 249

Sharon Adams, Kay Collins Argue, Ron Hayes, Rudy Kaderly, Ricky Kiesling, Lloyd Lueschow, Roseann Meixelsperger, Jim Meuth, Cindy Palombi, Wendy Pendergraph. 

Wisconsin Horticulture Update

Weekly reports by the UW-Extension Horticulture Team


Speaker/Project Request Forms If your organization would like to have a Master Gardener come speak at your meeting, fill out this Speaker Request form:GCMGA Speaker Request Form (1 page, 22 KB)
If your organization would like help with a volunteer/community project, fill out this Project Request Form: Project Request Form (.doc) (1 page, 26 KB)

Green County Master Gardener Association Annual Dues Form: Dues-Statement 2020

Master Gardener Volunteer Time Sheet     GCMGA Timesheet 2020pdf icon 

Master Gardener Volunteer Agreement Master Gardener Volunteer Agreement (.pdf)(2 pages, 115 KB)

Scholarship Application   pdf icon  The Green County Master Gardener Association voted at their 2009 Annual Meeting to offer scholarship money for Horticulture related studies.

Master Gardener Public Log Document Horticulture Calls sheet (.doc)

State Master Gardener Association Resources

Wisconsin Horticulture

2019 Area Horticulture CALENDAR of Events

Dec & Jan
No Meetings
Feb 28
 6:30PM Green County Master Gardener monthly meeting, Green County Justice Center, 2841-6th Street, Monroe; “Local Produce & Wholesale Markets”  by David Parr
Mar 9 8AM-3PM Garden Inspirations for All Seasons, Ludlow Mansion, 1421 Mansion Drive, Monroe, WI;  Gardening With A Purpose-Must Have Ideas for Beautiful Gardens”
Mar 28  6:30PM GCMGA monthly meeting, Green County Justice Center, 2841-6th Street, Monroe,  Top Yard & Garden Bugs, presented by P J Liesch, Wisconsin Bug Guy
Apr 25  6:30PM GCMGA TOUR (No Monthly Mtg), N3941 Golfcourse Rd, Brodhead, WI  “Restoring the Water Reserve”, presented by Susan Lehnhardt 
May 18  9AM- Noon Master Gardener Plant Sale~Green County Fairgrounds, Stock Pavilion, Monroe, WI
May 23 6:30 PM GCMGA TOUR (No monthly meeting) Steve & Janet Gobeli’s Gardens, N2465 Steiner Rd, Monroe, WI  presented by Steve & Janet Gobeli
Jun 22 8:00AM-5:30PM GCMGA Bus Tour – Lake Geneva, WI — VIsiting three greenhouses for a flower buying frenzy!
Jul  25  6:30PM GCMGA TOUR (No monthly meeting) Dane County Teaching Garden, Presented by Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Educator, Extension Dane County. 
Aug 22  6:30PM GCMGA TOUR (No monthly Meeting) “Growning Hemp”, N3820 Ladwig Road, Monroe, WI  Presented by Dale Grossen
Sep 26  6:30PM GCMGA Meeting. Green County Justice Center, 2841 -6th Street, Monroe, WI      “History of Daylilies”  presented by:  Carole Hunter
Oct 24  6:30PM GCMGA monthly meeting, Green County Justice Center, Monroe; “Growing Season Follow Up”, presented by Linda Barsch, Bruce Company
Nov 14  6:30 PM Annual Meeting of the GCMGA, Green County Justice Center, Banquet at 6:30 PM, Meeting to follow at 7:00 PM, with yearly presentation of member projects.


Other Resources:

UW Horticulture Site
UW Insect Diagnostic Lab
UW Plant Pathology Lab
Wisconsin Master Gardener
The Wisconsin Gardener
Landscape Plants
UW-Extension Learning Store
WI Department of Agriculture Pest Bulletin
UW Extension Horticulture Disease Fact Sheets
Ohio State University Horticulture Fact Sheets
University of Minnesota Horticulture
State Line Bee Keepers Association
Biological Control News
Wisconsin AWON Weather