Master Gardener Volunteers

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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.



The Glacial Gardeners are pleased to announce they have awarded three Inga Fleming Memorial Scholarships to three outstanding area students:

Cole Bracket of Kingsford MI, a first-year recipient, will receive a $750 scholarship.  He has been accepted at Gogebic Community College, where he will major in Forestry and will minor in Conservation.

Jenna Springer of Spread Eagle WI, a second- year recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  Jenna attends the University of WI Platteville, majoring in Environmental Engineering.

Zachary Depotie of Perronville, MI is a third-year recipient and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. He is attending Michigan Technological University. Zach is majoring in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.

The opportunity to apply for Inga Fleming Scholarships is available to students in Iron and Dickinson counties in Michigan and at Florence and Niagara schools in Wisconsin.

Students pursuing a two- or four-year degree in one of these majors are eligible to apply through their school counselors: agriculture or applied economics, agricultural education, agronomy, botany, entomology, environmental sciences, forest service, horticulture, landscape architecture, plant pathology, soil science or wildlife ecology.

The Glacial Gardeners want to thank the many members of the public for their support, especially through robust attendance and sales at the Annual Plant Sale this past May. They also want to thank area businesses, including Walmart, Pat’s Foods in Florence, Spread Eagle Garden Center, and Stephenson Marketing Co-Op in Aurora for their generous support.

Glacial Gardeners are involved in many projects in local communities and with schools. The plant sales that take place the last Saturday in May help generate funds for these scholarships and other projects. Plans are underway to add a Fall Bulb Sale in 2022, with information for pre-orders available at the upcoming May sale.

The Glacial Gardeners meet on the second Monday of each month at the Resource Center in Florence. New members who are interested in gardening at home as well as within the community are welcome.

Left to right:  Sharon Chick-Vice President, Zack Depotie, Cole Bracket,
Nancy Hill-Pres/Treas., Arlene Jensen-Secretary.

For more information, send an email to

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