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Baskets of vegetablesGrowing 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.

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Program Highlights

Green Thumb Garden at Fox 6 TV

Every Monday morning during the growing season, Sharon Morrisey (or another Extension Horticulture Educator) is in the garden discussing timely gardening topics on the Fox 6 WakeUp News. View the videotaped segments at:

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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 the Volunteer Coordinator at 414-256-4661 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.

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