Master Gardener Volunteer Training to start in Marinette

Marinette, Wis. — There are only a couple weeks left to sign up for the 2018 Master Gardener Volunteer training. The Level One training course is the first step in becoming a UW-Extension MGV.

University of Wisconsin-Extension of Marinette and Oconto Counties is offering the MGV training this year in Marinette, on Tuesday evenings. Sessions start March 6, with the 14 topic-focused sessions concluding on June 5.

The course work prepares participants to help others in their community by assisting with community beautification projects, horticultural demonstrations, answering plant care questions, and many other ways that Master Gardener Volunteers are able to assist gardeners.

The course instruction is free, although the instructional materials cost $95 for an individual or $155 for a couple. Included in these materials are the instruction manual, a handbook of UW-Extension publications, and numerous materials that you will take home as part of the hands-on skill-building sessions that are the main feature of the course.

Although each evening will deal with a different topic, there will be some type of hands-on and/or outside activity nearly every session, allowing participants to better understand plant management principles that they can then use to help others.

The “costs” of the free instruction are repaid with the volunteer hours that new Master Gardeners return to their community.

All area residents are welcome to be a part of this opportunity to grow in your own horticultural knowledge and share those skills and knowledge with others.

The earlier sessions will be held at the Marinette County Courthouse, with many of the later sessions being held at the Harmony Arboretum Demonstration Gardens.

All persons are welcome to be involved in the course and the MGV experience, whether Michigan or Wisconsin residents.

Interested persons should call the Marinette County UW-Extension office at 715-732-7510 and talk to Scott to get their questions answered and to request a training application.

There is a maximum number of persons that can be trained at one time, so register early to ensure your spot in this year’s class.

Persons can also download the training brochure at the Marinette County UW-Extension web page at or e-mail