COVID-19 has claimed the North Country Master Gardener Volunteer Association’s annual Plant Sale.
The 2020-2021 calendar years have created challenges for our organization. The North Country Master Gardener Association will not be hosting the Annual 2021 Plant Sale this May highlighting heirloom tomatoes, a variety of peppers, and native plants. However, there will be opportunities to participate in several outdoor and online horticultural programs throughout the gardening season to help support the local gardening community.
We want to thank all our supporters for their understanding during these challenging times.
Our Meet Me in the Garden series will be conducted outdoors at the Spooner Agriculture Research Station’s Teaching and Display Gardens in soon-to-be announced dates. These programs have something to offer both beginner and experienced gardeners.
More information is available about volunteering with the University of Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteer program at https://mastergardener.extension.wisc.edu/ The program’s purpose is to help provide information about gardening and natural resources to the public. Information on local programs and contact information are available at www.northcountryMGV.org
Keep safe, stay healthy and remember to buy Wisconsin horticultural products in support of our Wisconsin gardeners.
Roseann Meixelsperger, President
North Country Master Gardener Volunteers
The Wisconsin Master Gardener Program is celebrating Master Gardener Volunteer Week April 5-9, 2021. Master Gardener Volunteers are an important part of University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension in helping fulfill its mission of researched-based horticulture outreach and education. Trained and certified volunteers help to improve the lives of residents and communities across the state. Through hours of community service volunteers assist Extension by answering diagnostic questions, educating the public on horticultural topics, growing and donating food to local pantries, beautifying community spaces, conducting workshops, and more, these volunteers work tirelessly to make Wisconsin an incredible place to live.
Locally Master Gardener Volunteers contribute hundreds of volunteer hours each year in communities across Burnett, Sawyer and Washburn Counties. According the Kevin Schoessow, Extension Agriculture Development Educator, for Burnett, Sawyer and Washburn Counties, “These efforts would not be possible without dedicated volunteers and the support of county Extension offices. Master Gardener Volunteers are the true example of selfless giving and deserve our THANKS” To learn more about how MGV are making a difference in Burnett, Sawyer and Washburn Counties visit the North Country Master Gardener website at https://www.northcountrymgv.org/ Find out more information about the Master Gardener Program at https://mastergardener.extension.wisc.edu/
Do you enjoy gardening or want to start gardening? Have you watched the TV show Escape to the Chateau? If you have, then you would recognize the term “potager garden”. Join us on how to Create a Potager Garden presented by Sue Reinardy, UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, virtually on Zoom on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10 am to Noon as part of a celebration of National Library Week at the Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library. Attendees will have a chance to win a special Library T-shirt!
Potager is a French term for a kitchen garden. These gardens can include not only vegetables but herbs, fruit, berries and cutting flowers. During the presentation you will learn where to site your potager, what plants to include and how to maintain it through the growing season.
For the first 15 people who sign up, we will offer them a Take ‘N Make Kit of a Potager Starter Garden. The kit consists of a container, donated by Marketplace Foods, and seeds and a planting medium donated by Sue Reinardy.
You can register for the event by going to the following link – https://bit.ly/3rtyZq9 or by calling the library to register and to receive the link for the Zoom event. We suggest that if you don’t have the free Zoom app, download it before the program begins and go to the presentation at least 5 minutes before it starts. If you have any questions, please call the library at 715-634-2161 or email email@example.com
Cost: $10 covers all four presentations
The Spring Garden Seminar will be presented via You Tube Live. Attendees will receive the link the
week prior to each presentation. All presentations are open to the public and we welcome both new
and experienced gardeners. Registration at https://www.eauclaireareamastergardener.org/
Brought to you by Western Wisconsin Master Gardener Associations from the following counties:
Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce and St. Croix
The Ashland/Bayfield County Master Gardeners are hosting two virtual programs “Unsung Heroes of Nature” on February 11 from 6:30-8 pm and “How to Attract Pollinators to Your Home Gardens” on March 11 from 6:30-8 pm. You can find out more about each program and registration information by clicking on the links below. A program link and password will be provided the day before the program by Sarah DeGraff, UW-Extension Bayfield County.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, Spooner Agricultural Research Station and North Country Master Gardener Volunteers will be holding their 22nd Annual Twilight Garden Tour using a virtual format in 2020. UW-Madison Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be presenting a tour of the specialized garden beds that they have been tending this summer via recorded videos. These YouTube videos will be released on August 25, 2020 and a live Speaker Symposium via Zoom Meetings will be held from 5:30 to 7 PM (Registration required for the live Zoom Speaker Symposium.)
Speakers will be:
Jason Fischbach, Food and Energy Woody Crops Specialist with UW-Madison Division of Extension and Agriculture Educator for Bayfield and Ashland County, who will give an update on plant development, processing and marketing for the up-and-coming hazelnut industry.
Solveig Hanson, Ph.D. candidate in Horticulture-Plant Breeding Plant Genetics at UW-Madison, will present information on the development of new beet varieties without the characteristic earthy flavor.
Julie Dawson, Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the state Extension specialist for Urban and Regional Food Systems, will speak on how the Seed to Kitchen Collaborative research project is evaluating new vegetables with a focus on flavor, fresh-market quality and agronomic performance for smaller-scaled farms and urban gardeners.
The three speakers will present via Zoom Meetings. Zoom is a free platform that can be accessed by a computer, mobile device, or audio only with your telephone. Register now. As in the past, there is no charge for this educational event.
The Teaching & Display Garden is an official All-America Selections (AAS) display garden featuring both flowers and vegetables and has been awarded multiple awards in the National Landscape Design contest sponsored by AAS. The garden also includes organic vegetable gardening, a children’s garden, container gardening, displays of table and wine grapes and fruit trees and a Monarch and Pollinator Sanctuary perennial garden.
While this year’s garden tour will be held virtually, the Teaching and Display Gardens are open for self-guided tours during daylight hours as long as posted social distancing guidelines are followed. The garden is located on Orchard Lane, 1 mile east of Spooner on Highway 70.
For more information please contact Kevin Schoessow at 715-635-3506 or 1-800-528-1914, online at http://spooner.ars.wisc.edu or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spoonerag.
UW-Extension provides equal opportunity in employment and programming including Title IX and ADA requirements. Please call our toll-free number if you have any special needs or require special accommodations.
You are invited to a Zoom program.
When: June 17, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Composting is where it all begins. Learn the basics of composting to enrich your soil to benefit the plants you nurture whether they are flowers or vegetables. The program will cover the benefits of composting, ingredients for a compost pile, the types of compost bins, and how to use the finished compost.
While in-person programming is not possible, we are offering short videos on Horticulture topics. There will be topics using the the Spooner Agricultural Research Station as a backdrop and other short videos on garden subjects.
Our Kids in the Garden summer series for kids will have a different look this summer. We plan to release educational gardening videos for kids (and adults too!) regularly throughout the summer of 2020. Follow along and please DO try these at home!
You can access the listing of videos on our Video page or go to the main menu and hover over "Blog" to find the video page. Access to this page can be found on our home page.
There have been some inquiries about the annual North Country Master Gardener Volunteers’ Plant Sale that is traditionally held on the third Saturday of May. It is cancelled this year since all Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteer programs have been suspended since mid-March. The Stay at Home orders have not allowed Volunteers to start the seeds or care for the heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and assorted herbs that are traditionally part of the plant sale.
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