Master Gardeners

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Welcome to the webpage for the Master Gardeners of Ashland and Bayfield County.  Scroll down to learn about continuing education and volunteer opportunities as well as information about the Master Gardener General Training Course.  Also, be sure to check our favorite horticulture links.

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Please check out the  University of Wisconsin-Extension  online Master Gardener Program

For upcoming events and relevant information see below and check out

the Ashland/Bayfield Counties Master Gardener Association’s  Facebook Page  

Visit the MG Statewide Extension Event Calendar for a listing of gardening and horticulture learning opportunities. Such as:

Foundations in gardening

Foundations in Gardening Online Program

Learn to Garden with Extension

This fall UW-Madison Division of Extension Horticulture Program is offering the online course, Growing and Caring for Plants in Wisconsin: Foundations in Gardening. This is a twelve week online  course that runs from  September 11 through December 10, 2022. 

Growing and Caring for Plants in Wisconsin: Foundations in Gardening (Foundations in Gardening) teaches participants university research based methods to successfully grow their plants and manage common pests. The course introduces a decision-making framework used by gardeners that focuses on understanding how plants best grow, why pests and problems happen, and how to keep plant problems from happening.

The Foundations in Gardening course is divided into three units. The first set of topics are the basics: general gardening, botany, soils and decision-making strategies for pest management. The next set of topics helps participants understand how to identify and manage pests they might encounter. Finally, the last group focuses on specific types of gardening such as vegetables, fruits, lawn and houseplants. As part of the learning experience, Foundations in Gardening participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of UW-Madison horticulture experts at live webinars. The webinars are scheduled so that each expert will be taking questions about the material currently being covered. The webinars are also an opportunity to ask questions participants may have long had but did not know whom to ask. Q & As with the Experts will be recorded for future viewing in case the live broadcasts are inconvenient with participants’ schedules.  

In addition to the Q & As with the Experts, participants receive a complete electronic (PDF) copy of the Foundations in Gardening training manual.  A bound hardcopy of the manual is available at an additional cost. This is a valuable reference tool to have on the bookshelf.  Participants will receive a certificate of completion and earn up to four continuing education credits (CEU) for certain professional organizations. For participants wanting a deeper dive into the learning experience, there are optional live lab webinars to reinforce the material covered in the course. These give participants the opportunity to work in large and small groups with Extension educators to answer more in-depth gardening scenarios.

 If you are interested in becoming a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener, this course is considered an approved learning opportunity from the Wisconsin Extension Horticulture Program. Visit https://mastergardener.extension.wisc.edu/get-started/ for more information.

Registration is July 18th-August 15th for this fully online, learn-at-your-own pace course. Whether you are a beginner, avid gardener or professional, you and your plants will benefit from this course. For more information and to register for Foundations in Gardening, visit: https://bit.ly/3aBUGBe 

WI Master Gardener Program

WI Division of Extension Master Gardener Program  Find information on gardening and on Being a Master Gardener.

Ashland/Bayfield County WI Master Gardener Training Course

UW-Madison Extension Bayfield & Ashland Counties will not be scheduling a WI Master Gardener General Training Course. Instead, this fall UW-Madison Division of Extension Horticulture Program is offering the online course, Growing and Caring for Plants in Wisconsin: Foundations in Gardening. This is a twelve week online  course that runs from  September 11 through December 10, 2022. 

 If you are interested in becoming a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener, this course is considered an approved learning opportunity from the Wisconsin Extension Horticulture Program. Visit https://mastergardener.extension.wisc.edu/get-started/ for more information.

Registration is July 18th-August 15th for this fully online, learn-at-your-own pace course. Whether you are a beginner, avid gardener or professional, you and your plants will benefit from this course. For more information and to register for Foundations in Gardening, visit: https://bit.ly/3aBUGBe 

 

 

Ashland/Bayfield County MG Events – Free & Open to the Public

May 13, 2021 ~ Unusually Hardy Plants with Mike Heim

Unusually Hardy Plants with Mike Heim – A virtual presentation on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Advance registration is required. https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIld-2srjkiHdEOCzgSLkGi3P0vFNQRHiUX

Unusually Hardy Plants, May 13,2021 May 13, 2021 Unusual Hardy Plants

April 22, 2021 ~ Hazelnuts for Growing & Eating

“HAZELNUTS: For Growing and Eating” ~ A virtual presentation via Zoom on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm ~ Presented by Jason Fischbach, Hazelnut Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension.

Advance Registration is Required.  https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcu6sqzgvGtyLXNXJvf1uIDH4wqJU0Drp

Hazelnuts: for Growing & Eating-April 22, 2021 via Zoom April 22-Hazelnuts  (PDF, 1 pg, 325KB)

March 11, 2021 Attracting Pollinators

“From Bees to Butterflies: How to Attract Pollinators to your Home Garden with Cyndy Dalzall” via Zoom. Must pre-register.

With declining populations of healthy pollinators for our gardens and crops, we must look at what pollinators we can attract and how to make our local landscapes more appealing. You will learn how to integrate native plants and design your gardens to build natural, healthy habitats. Cyndy will demonstrate projects she has designed in Bayfield and Madeline Island.

Attracting Pollinators with Cyndy Dalzall Preregistration is required

March 11, 2021-Attracting Pollinators (PDF,1pg,4MB)

Feb 11, 2021~The Unsung Heroes of Nature

2-11-2021 The Unsung Heroes of Nature
We may feel a bit squeamish about bugs, bats, worms, snakes, fungi and bacteria; but these and other misunderstood critters play essential roles in our ecosystems and gardens.

Join naturalist, author and advocate for the underdogs, Emily Stone, to learn about their positive contributions to the web of life. Emily Stone is the Naturalist/Education Director at the Cable Natural History Museum. Her award-winning Natural Connections column has been compiled into two books, the  second of which recently won an Excellence in Craft Award

Unsung Heroes of Nature flyer Preregistration is required:

Feb 11 2021 – Unsung Heroes of Nature (PDF, 1 pg, 784 KB)

Jan 14, 2021~Italy: Travels, Gardens & Agriculture

Travels through Italy – Gardens & Agriculture with Robin Trinko-Russell ~ A virtual presentation January 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm.

Zoom pre-registration is required: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kcu2pqDooHNGQwxj759yTVxBLv4vqQ4my

From the Italian Lake District to the Ligurian Coast, Tuscany, the Dolomites, and the Veneto; discover the diverse landscapes, culture, arts and history of Italy’s northern regions. The 2019 trip provided opportunities to relate to local food, agriculture and gardens. Learn all about Italy!
Travels Through Italy Jan 2021-Italy (PDF,1 pg,1MB)

Zoom pre-registration is required: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kcu2pqDooHNGQwxj759yTVxBLv4vqQ4my

 

Master Gardener Online Reporting System

This Online Reporting System (ORS) is here to help you get registered and to count your hours.

Master Gardener Online Reporting System (ORS)

2016 & 2017 Master Gardener Reports for Ashland & Bayfield County

Recommended horticulture links …

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Weed ID and Management

MN Ext Yard & Garden Logo

 

For more information contact: the State of Wisconsin’s Master Gardeners website.

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