Barron County Master Gardener Volunteers

Foundations in Horticulture - Fall Masters Gardener Training

Foundations in Horticulture teaches you researched based methods to grow your plants and manage pests.  We introduce a decision making framework used by organic gardeners that focuses on understanding how plant best grow, why pests and problems happen, and how to do our best to keep plant problems from happening.  We emphasize using your brain, common sense, and elbow grease rather than the spray bottle on the plants you grow inside and out.  You really can have healthy plants and a healthy planet at the same time.

For those who are interested in an in-depth UW-Madison, Division of Extension horticulture course the new Foundations in Horticulture course go to UW-Madison, Division of Extension for detailed information on this announcement.

How to Join the Master Gardener Program

#1. Learn

Learn about plants and how to take care of them. Participate in a learning opportunity from the Wisconsin Extension Horticulture Program such as a county-based in-person course (limited availability) or sign up for our statewide online Foundations in Horticulture.

#2. Accomplish

Our Onboarding course will explain the scope of your role as a Master Gardener. Additionally, you will complete the entrance exam, which requires a score of 70% or better. Our onboarding course is only available January 1 through March 15, annually.

#3. Do

As a Master Gardener you apply your knowledge and skills to the people and the communities you live through answering garden questions, educating others, and gardening. Volunteer service and continuing education are required to be completed and reported each year.

#4. Make a Difference

Your involvement will lead to an increase in knowledge and skill in yourself and those your reach. You will use your knowledge of plants to improve lives of others and the community you live in. This, ultimately, will lead to a bigger change in the world around us.

Virtual Seminars for 2022

Learning Opportunities

Master Gardener Volunteer Week

Master Gardener Volunteer Week

Mission Statement and Fees

Mission Statement
The goal of this organization shall be to encourage, foster, support and promote Horticulture for all Master Gardener Volunteers and residents of Barron County and to promote UW-Extension from which we are founded.

Annual Dues:  $20.00 due in October

Payable to:  Barron County Master Gardeners (BCMG)

Send to :  Millie Seabold, 2173 24th Avenue, Rice Lake, WI 54868

Master Gardeners Officers and Directors

President – Gene Nelson

Vice President –

Secretary – Jennine Kettner

Treasurer – Millie Seabold

Directors:  Cindy Giguere, Tammy Schutz, Gene Nelson, Carol Kettner

Other Contacts:

Historian – Carolyn Swanberg

Record Keeper – Laura Cutsforth

Newsletter – Carol Kettner

Sunshine – Jill Keefer

Publicity – Hali Dessecker

WIGMA State Board Rep:  Hali Dessecker

Plant Disease Fact Sheets

Flower Publications

Fruit Publications

Lawn Publications