Barron County Master Gardener Volunteers

Plant Diagnostics Course

Learn the process for identifying plant problems in your own trees, landscape and garden and be prepared for the next growing season!  This course explains the basics of the plant diagnostic process in an easy-to-learn way.

At the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the steps of the diagnostic process.
  • Identify appropriate unbiased, researched-based resources to use in the diagnostic process.

After you’ve finished this course, we hope you feel empowered to attempt diagnostics with your own plants using the framework you’ll learn in this course accessing the resources we’ll share with you, and using UW-Madison Divisions of Extension diagnostic services and labs for extra help when you need it.

WHAT:  An online course where you move at your own pace through 13 modules with online videos, reading and interactive exercises.  Bonus:  two live webinars, “Putting the Process into Practice:  Real World Diagnostics,” led by Extension educators who practice plant diagnostics and “Meet the Labs!” presented by UW-Madison diagnostic lab directors.  The webinars will be recorded.

HOW:  This is an online course that uses Canvas (online classroom) and Zoom.

WHEN:  February 1-April 30, 2023.  This is the moderated course timeframe, when the course will be monitored actively by staff and course questions will be answered.  However, as a participant, you will have access to content through the December 31, 2023.  The course is designed with flexibility for the busy adult in mind.  Go through the course at your own pace when you have time!

WHO:  This online course is open to the general public, Wisconsin Extension Master Gardeners, and commercial professionals.  This course counts for 7.5 hours of continuing education for the Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program.  ISA Certified Arborists: if you complete this course by April 30, 2023, you will be awarded 7.5 CEUs.

Dates:  February 1- April 30, 2023

Cost:  $99.00/public and WI Master Gardeners $49.00

To register for this class, use this link

For any questions, you can contact Amy Frietag at:

Deadline to register:  January 31, 2023


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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


President – Gene Nelson

Vice President -Carol Kettner

Secretary – Jennine Kettner

Treasurer – Millie Seabold

Directors:  Cindy Giguere, Hali Dessecker, Sheri Snowbank, Carolyn Swanberg


Historian – Carolyn Swanberg

Newsletter – Carol Kettner

Publicity – Hali Dessecker

WIGMA State Board Rep:  Hali Dessecker


Finance/Budget:  Chair – Millie Seabold (current treasurer), Officers and Directors serve on the committee.

Membership Book – Carol Kettner, Kim Grover

Nominating Committee – appointed by the board of directors

Outreach, Grants, and Scholarships – Chair – Millie Seabold – Committee members – Linda Mullikin, Carolyn Swanberg

Planning and Expo  Chair:  Carol Kettner – Committee members:  Judy Laendresse, Cindy Giguere, Jeannine Kettner, Hali Dessecker


Barron County Master Gardeners Association

  • Monthly Meetings
  • Committee Work
  • Rice Lake Farmer’s Market – contact Gene Nelson
  • School Sunflower Project – contact Linda Mullikin
  • Plant Sale – contact Deb Schmidt

Barron County Historical Society:

  • Pioneer Village Museum Garden Work – contact Carol Kettner

Barron County Fair Association:

  • Barron County Fairgrounds – contact Wendy Kolzow
  • Barron County Fair – contact Deb Schmidt and Aura Lea Carroll

FoodWI Barron County:

  • Barron Community Garden – contact Gerri Nedland

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Barron and Rusk counties.

Barron County Boys and Girls Clubs

Plant Disease Fact Sheets

Flower Publications

Fruit Publications

Lawn Publications