Growing Strong & Healthy

Did you know that gardeners eat twice as many servings of vegetables as people who do not garden? Gardeners also get twice as many hours of exercise as people who do not garden.

UW-Extension educates Milwaukee County residents about gardening as a way to enhance self-sufficiency, health, family traditions and neighborhood dynamics. We also rent garden plots and help residents develop their own community gardens.

Horticulture Brochures and Factsheets

Trouble-Free Tomatoes

Container Gardening

Your Lawn. Your Choice

Spring and Fall Vegetable Planting Schedule

Small Space, Small Budget Vegetable Gardening

T.L.C. for Trees

D.I.Y. Fruits


Program Highlights

Green Thumb Garden at Fox 6 TV

The Monday Wake-up News garden segments for 2016 will begin airing on April 20th. Please check this webpage for the weekly publications and factsheets corresponding to the topics we discuss and demonstrate on the air.
You can watch past or present segments here:  

As seen on-the-air Monday, August 24th:

Pest Management for Plums in the Home Garden

Growing Plums in WI

As seen on-the-air Monday, July 27th:

Japanese Beetle

As seen on-the-air Monday, July 13th:

Spotted Wing Drosophila

As seen on-the-air Monday, June 29th:

Viburnum Leaf Beetle

Squash Vine Borer

As seen on-the-air Monday, May 4th:

Growing a Straw Bale Garden

Growing Strawberries in Containers

Planting a Tub O’Taters

As seen on-the-air Monday, April 27th:

Vegetable Gardening Spring Planting Schedule

Making Your Own Seed Tapes


Monthly Gardening Calendars


Monthly Gardening Calendar for May 2016

Monthly Gardening Calendar for April 2016


Monthly Gardening Calendar for December 2015

Monthly Gardening Calendar for October 2015

Monthly Gardening Calendar for June 2015

Monthly Gardening Calendar for May 2015

Monthly Gardening Calendar for April 2015

Monthly Garden Calendar for March 2015

Monthly Gardening Calendar for February 2015

Monthly Gardening Calendar for January 2015


Monthly Gardening Calendar for December 2014


Woman talking on the telephoneHorticulture Help Line

Have a yard or garden question? From 9 am to Noon Monday through Wednesday, Milwaukee County residents may call 414-256-4664 to consult our Horticulturists or Master Gardeners. For more answers to your yard and garden questions, visit the Horticulture Help Line web page.


Volunteers looking at a plant sample at Boerner Botanical Gardens Horticulture CenterHorticulture Center at Boerner Botanical Gardens

For horticulture literature, answers to your general gardening questions, plant identification and diagnosis of insect and disease problems, stop by to talk to our Plant Health Advisors and Master Gardener Volunteers. The Horticulture Center is located on the Lower Level of the Boerner Botanical Gardens Education & Visitor Center. Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 2 pm (May 1- September 30)

SunflowerMaster Gardeners

Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by UW-Extension in many aspects of horticulture. In return for their training, Master Gardeners volunteer to help with educational programs in horticulture and community service projects. For more information about the SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners, call 414-256-4672 or visit the SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardener web site.

Photo of vegetablesUrban Agriculture

We also offer a variety of programs in urban agriculture including accessible gardening, beekeeping, organic micro-farming and garden rental.

Sharing is Caring - Click Below to Share