Master Gardener Volunteers

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The Glacial Gardeners was started by the graduates of the first training program offered by Florence County UW-Extension in 1997. Current membership includes 21 gardeners from Florenceglacial G and Marinette Counties of Wisconsin, and Dickinson, Iron & Menominee 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 Monday 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 at 5628 Forestry Drive, Florence, WI 54121.

Left to right:  Glacial Gardeners Officers: Sharon Chick, Vice President – Nancy Hill, President – Mary Bibby, Secretary/Treasurer

Mark your calendars for next year – It is always the last Saturday of May. See you there!

Glacial Gardeners Scholarship Opportunities for 2024

The Glacial Gardeners are once again offering Scholarship opportunities to area high school and current college students as a steppingstone on their journey to higher education.  One of our missions has been to reach out to the youth in our communities and kindle a passion for horticulture and all things green. Click on the link below for the 2024 Glacial Gardeners Scholarship Application.

Glacial Gardeners Scholarship Application – 2024

Please note that the essay will be used as the deciding factor on who will be awarded the scholarship.

Deadline: Completed application must be postmarked by June 16, 2024.


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

Jenna Springer of Spread Eagle, WI, a fourth – year recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  Jenna is in her final year at the University of WI Platteville, majoring in Environmental Engineering.

Devon Basirico of Crystal Falls, MI, a first-year recipient, will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  He will be attending Northern Michigan University, where he will be studying Environmental and Biological Sciences.

Riley Gauthier of Kingsford, MI, a first-year recipient and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. He is attending the University of Michigan, majoring in Environmental Engineering.

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 Hazel Dault Family who’s generous $600 donation went towards scholarships this year in her memory. They would also like 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, and area businesses, including Spread Eagle Garden Center, Florence County Fair Board (Jessica Klumpp), Florence County Economic Development (Eric Printz), Pat’s Foods in Florence and Iron Mountain Walmart for their generous support.

Glacial Gardeners are involved in many projects in local communities and with schools. The popular plant sale that takes place the last Saturday in May helps generate funds for these scholarships and other projects.

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.

Seated 1st row from left to right-Nancy Hill-President, Devon Basirico, Riley Gauthier, Mary Bibby-Secretary Treasurer,2nd row from left to right Jane Lindow, Misty Vasaar, Diane Brandt, Lori Strang, Jean Gardner, Arlene Jensen, Lois Ann Johnson, Nan Pritchard, Kasha Shaw, Back row Wendy Gehlhoff, Vanessa McLain, Marian Johnson.  Not pictured- Jenna Springer 3rd recipient, members-Keri Buffinton, Judy Carncross, Sharon Chick, Katy Coppock, Heidi Harwell, Cindy Nault, Connie Onsager, Rosie Peters, Ann Sokop, Mary Stolze , and Holly Wissing.

For more information, send an email to

Master Gardener Volunteer Training Marinette, Oconto and Florence Counties


The 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

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.

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