Being a Master Gardener is about becoming a VOLUNTEER with the University of Wisconsin-Extension to help educate the public about gardening and natural resources. It’s not about knowing everything about gardening. It’s about learning to ask the right questions and knowing how to look up information from appropriate resources. Being a Master Gardener is about helping deliver meaningful community programs to improve the well-being of individuals and communities, to protect natural resources, and to help keep fresh fruits and vegetables on the table. It’s about working in tandem with UW-Extension staff and other volunteers to make a difference in the places we live, learn, and work.
What is a Master Gardener Volunteer?
The Walworth County Master Gardener Volunteer Association (WCMGVA) is a group of men and women throughout the county that have completed training and certification through the University of Wisconsin’s Master Gardener Program. Our members volunteer in a variety of activities that support our community and our environment. We also strive to share research based horticultural information with people in our community.
To become a Master Gardener, you must achieve certain certification and training requirements:
Master Gardener Level 1 Training
If you want to learn more about the Master Gardener Program or are interested in applying to the program, please attend an informational orientation session!
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension of Walworth County is now accepting applications for the Level I Training for the Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Program. This program is specifically designed through the University of Wisconsin to train people in topics in horticulture, who in turn aid Division of Extension educators by using their knowledge to volunteer for projects to benefit their local community and help people better understand horticulture and the environment. Master Gardener Volunteers operate under UW-Madison organizational policies when delivering information to the public.
The classes are highly interactive and designed for everyone. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced gardener, there is always something new to learn!
To become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer, participants must be at least 18 years of age, attend a mandatory orientation session, complete Level 1 training, pass the open-book take-home exam with a score of 70% or better, and complete a minimum of 24 volunteer hours by October 1, 2020.
Informational orientation sessions will be held in-person from 1:00-2:00pm on the following dates (you only need to attend one):
Link to the Online Reporting System (ORS)
Visit the Walworth County Master Gardener Volunteer Association Page
Master Gardener Calendar Of Events
For more information on the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, take a look at the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program website