Master Gardener Volunteers

Visit the WI Master Gardener Program, Division of Extension at

The Impact of Master Gardener Volunteers

Review some of the highlights of what Master Gardener Volunteers do in our area from each of these past years:


The Glacial Gardeners Master Gardeners Volunteer Association (GGMGVA) was started by the graduates of the first training program offered by Florence County UW-Extension in 1997. Current membership includes 35 gardeners from Florenceglacial G and Marinette Counties of Wisconsin, and Dickinson and Iron Counties of Michigan.

A wide variety of volunteer opportunities and projects are available to members:

Monthly meeting and programs are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month in the lower level of the Resource Center in Florence.  Master Gardeners from other states or those with lapsed certification are welcome.   Annual membership dues are $15 per person. For more information on how to join the Glacial Gardeners, contact via email at or stop into the Extension Florence County office located below the Florence County Resource Center.



Spring Plant Sale

Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Association will hold a Fall Plant Sale in conjunction with the Florence County Fair on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the Florence Fairgrounds.  Hours are 9 a.m. to noon.

They will have veggies, herbs, annuals, perennials, natives, and shrubs.  Master Gardeners will be ready to answer your gardening questions and help with plant selection.  If you have garden insect or disease questions, please bring plant or insect samples enclosed in plastic.  There will also be a rummage area with garden tools, pots, art, fun things.

Money raised from the plant sale will go to fund the Inga Fleming Memorial Scholarships, grants to local schools and youth groups for gardening projects, as well as other educational programs for the area.

Glacial Gardeners members come from Dickinson and Iron counties in Michigan and Florence and Marinette counties in Wisconsin.

Master Gardener volunteers work under the direction of UW-Extension to bring university-based research about horticulture to the general public.


Abigail Reimer and Spencer Davis are the 2018 Glacial Gardener Master Gardener Scholarship recipients

REQUIREMENTS:  2021 Scholarship Application

Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Volunteers are a group of trained volunteers and associates whose members consist of gardeners from Dickinson and Iron counties in Michigan and Florence and northern Marinette counties in Wisconsin. Our role is to assist the University of Wisconsin Extension in educating the public on research based topics relating to horticulture and the environment in which we all live.

Since the establishment of our association in 1997, one of our missions has been to reach out to the youth in our combined communities. Through the offering of our $500.00 scholarship we hope to give area high school students a stepping stone on their journey to higher education.


  • Resident of one of the following counties:
    • Florence or Marinette Counties of Wisconsin
    • Iron or Dickinson Counties of Michigan.
  • Pursuing a 2 or 4 year degree in one of the following QUALIFYING MAJORS/DEGREES:
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agronomy (Soil management and crop production)
  • Botany (physiology, structure, genetics, ecology, distribution, classification & economic importance of plants)
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Science
  • Forest Service
  • Horticulture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soil Science
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Return completed application by June 1

Completed application must be postmarked by June 1, 2021.

Email with any questions.

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Marinette, Oconto and Florence Counties

mglogo-color72The Master Gardener program is all about building your gardening skills and providing opportunities for volunteering in the local community.  As a member of the class you will learn how to find answers to gardening questions through the use of research-based material from the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.  On completion of the classroom sessions (36 hours), there will then be 24 hours of volunteer time put in at one or more of the approved projects in the area.  For information on the Wisconsin Master Gardener program, go visit the state website Wisconsin State Master Gardener Program

2017 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Brochure

For more information about the Master Gardener Training or the local association (Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Association), e-mail Office Manager Jane Lindow (

Topics covered in Master Gardener Training include:

  • Plant Biology & Morphology
  • Soils & Soil Health
  • Woody Landscape Plants
  • Fruit Crops
  • Composting
  • Herbs
  • Lawn Care Flower-garden_opt
  • Plant Propagation
  • Backyard Wildlife
  • Perennials and Annuals
  • Vegetables
  • Using Native Plants
  • Weed Management & Invasive Plants
  • Entomology
  • Plant Diseases

To complete an annual re-certification, 24 hours of volunteer time is needed plus 10 hours of continuing horticulture education.

The possibilities for volunteering are limited only by your own ideas and time.  Whether you like working most with people or with plants, there are activities that you can do to fulfill the volunteer hours requirement.

Glacial Gardeners Master Gardener Volunteer Association presenting a $500 check to Mr. David Lambert at Florence Middle School for the Middle School Trees for Tomorrow trip.

Glacial Gardeners Officers Nancy Hill, President – Sharon Chick, Vice President – Arlene Jensen, Secretary