Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Anyone interested in learning more about nurturing plants and sharing that knowledge with others is a good candidate to become a Master Gardener Volunteer.

Master Gardener volunteers (MGVs) are adults, 18 years and older trained by UW-Extension in many aspects of gardening and horticulture.  In return, Master Gardeners volunteer to help with horticultural education programs of the UW-Extension and a wide variety of community service projects.

Level 1 Training for Milwaukee and Waukesha residents is offered every fall from September through December for 13 consecutive weeks.  There is a daytime and an evening option every year. This course is required to become a certified MGV.

Since this is a volunteer program, in addition to the training course there is a volunteer requirement.  To become certified and to re-certify annually, volunteers are required to perform a minimum of 24 hours of volunteer service on approved projects.  They must also attend 10 hours of educational programming for continuing education.

To receive a registration brochure for the next Level 1 training course, provide your name, address, phone number, and an email address where you want it sent, by emailing Betsy Vokac or calling (414) 256-4672.  Registration begins in early August.  We will keep you on the mailing list for 2 years.

For more information, visit the Southeast Wisconsin Master Gardeners website.

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