Master Gardener Volunteer Program

The Master Gardener Volunteer program is an all-volunteer organization sanctioned by Land Grant institutions in each state and functions as an extension of the college or university.  In Wisconsin, the program is sponsored by the UW-Madison Division of Extension.  Master Gardener Volunteers are trained volunteers who aid Extension staff by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment. Click on the link for Information on The Dunn County Master Gardener Program (pdf).

For more information on the state Wisconsin Master Gardener program, please visit Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteer Program website.

For more information on the local Dunn County Master Gardener Association, please email the Dunn County Master Gardener Association at or visit their website at

Dunn County Master Gardener Association Board

President Howard Lee
Vice-president Martha Wallen
Treasurer Kathie Metzger
Secretary Laura Cragin
WIMGA Rep Diane Klemme

The Dunn County Master Gardeners meet monthly on the third Tuesday during January-June and August-November. Speaker presentations are open to the public and are held at 6:30 pm, unless noted. The Dunn County Master Gardener Association meeting is held after the speakers presentation. Meetings are typically held at the Dunn County Community Services Building, 3001 US Hwy 12 East, Room 101, Menomonie, WI 54751.  Due to COVID-19 meetings have gone virtual!  For more information, email Margaret Murphy at

January 19th, 2021 – Chris Goetzke, Topic: Lower Chippewa Invasives Partnership – LCIP PresentationMG Minutes January 2021

February 16th, 2021 – Growing Together Planning – MG Minutes February 2021

March 16th, 2021 – No Speaker – MG Minutes March 2021

April 20th, 2021 – Andy Heren, Topic: Heirloom Tomatoes – Favorite Heirlooms Handout, MG Minutes April 2021

May 18th, 2021 – Sue Crisp, Topic: Pollinators – MG Minutes May 2021

June 15th, 2021 – Diana Alfuth, Topic: Flowers

No meeting in July

August 17th, 2021 – Martha Wallen, Topic: Gardens in France and Switzerland – MG Minutes August 2021

September 21st, 2021 – Field trip to Maple Leaf Orchard, W3901 750th Ave, Spring Valley

October 19th, 2021 – Field Trip to Jeremiah’s Bullfrog Fish Farm, N1409 566th St, Menomonie

November 16th, 2021 

No meeting in December

2020 Dunn County Master Gardener Speaker and Meeting Schedule

Dunn County Master Gardener’s Program Schedule 2020

January 21st, 2020 – Martha Wallen, Topic: Monarch Butterflies – MG Minutes January 2020

February 18th, 2020 – No Program… finalize plans for Spring Begins! – MG Minutes February 2020

March 7th, 2020 – Spring Begins!  Diana Alfuth, Horticulture Outreach Specialist for University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension will conduct sessions on Native Plants Handout and Small Space Gardening Handout.

March 17th, 2020Cancelled

June 16th, 2020 – No Program – MG Minutes June 2020

August 18th, 2020 – Cindy Walkus, Topic: CBD Oil, a product of Hemp – MG Minutes August 2020

September 15th, 2020 – No Program – MG Minutes September 2020

October 20th, 2020 – No Program – MG Minutes October 2020

November 17th, 2020Conklin Tree Farm, Topic: Porch Pots – MG Minutes November 2020

No meeting in December

2019 Dunn County Master Gardener Speaker and Meeting Schedule

Dunn County Master Gardener’s Program Schedule 2019

January 15th, 2019 – Brian & Laura Knitter  – Topic:  Bee pollination, honey, beeswax & related products

February 19th, 2019 – No program…finalize plans for Spring Begins! – MG minutes February 2019

March 2nd, 2019 – SPRING BEGINS!   Mike Maddox, Director of the U.W.-Extension Master Gardener Program will conduct sessions on “Hydrangeas for Wisconsin” and “Tips, Tricks and Tools for Adaptive Gardening Techniques.”

March 19th, 2019 – Chris Gaetzke – Topic: Invasive plant species common in Dunn County and best management practices. –  MG minutes March 2019

April 16th, 2019 – May’s Floral Gardens in Eau Claire.  Easter Tour! – MG minutes April 2019

May 21st, 2019 – Becky Behrens, Physical Therapist – Topic:  Body Mechanics for Gardeners – MG Minutes May 2019

June 18th, 2019 – Hive & Hollow – Topic:  Floral Arranging –

No meeting in July

August 20th, 2019 –  Diana Alfuth, Horticulture Educator, Pierce County – Topic:  Pesticides and Their Safe Use – MG Minutes August 2019

September 17th, 2019 –
 Down to Earth Garden Center in Eau Claire. – Tour and Topic:  Fall Porch Pots – MG Minutes September 2019

October 15th, 2019 – Diane Klemme – Topic:  Fairy Gardens

November 12th, 2019 – Jeanne Walsh – Topic:  Food Preservation Techniques

No meeting in December

2018 Dunn County Master Gardener Speaker and Meeting Schedule

Committee Members:  Betty Verdon, Laura Cragin and Howard Lee

Dunn County Master Gardener’s Program Schedule 2018

January 16, 2018 – No meeting

February 17th–  Field Trip to Gertens -Tour Greenhouse, 5500 Blaine Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN (651) 450-1501 Saturday

February 20, 2018 – Planning of our Spring Begins Workshop-no speaker Master Gardener Minutes – February 2018

March 3rdSpring Begins Workshop, 9am-12 noon, Dunn County UW-Extension, Community Services Building, 3001 US Hwy 12 East, Menomonie.

March 20, 2018Jan Harvey -will discuss her own cultivar of hosta. Jan has been growing hostas for many years in Menomonie and is willing to share her knowledge. Master Gardener Minutes March 2018

April 17, 2018Michael Racette from Spring Hills Community Farm in Prairie Farm, WI.  Will discuss how important mulching is for the vegetable garden- as well as share information regarding their business/garden center in Prairie Farm. Dunn County Master Gardner Minutes— April 17

May 15, 2018Tavis Lynch.  Learn how to identify, harvest and prepare wild mushrooms and discuss several other edible spring plants. Dunn County Master Gardener Minutes May 15, 2018

June 19, 2018Tour and Field Trip to May’s Floral Garden – 3424 Jeffers Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701.  Floral arrangements, Fairy Gardens Terrariums. (715-836-8220).  We can tour all three places. Contact is Angie whose family owns all three places in EC, Highway T where they do the production-located one mile up the road.  They do the same things as Gertens and is a big seller to Menards.

July 17, 2018 –  No meeting

August 21, 2018John Thomas & Kathy Ruggles prairie gardens of Downsville. Received a state award for restoring Prairie. Confirmed for a visit to the Prairie for an onsite tour. Dunn County Master Gardener Minutes —August 21

September 18, 2018Jan Szalai – Will speak on 23 native plants and how knowing about these plants is essential for any Wisconsinite or homesteader.  Learn whether they’re edible, medicinal, or if you should simply stay away.  For the past 30 years Jan has studied wilderness survival along with the use of edible and medicinal plants and has always had a passion for sharing that information with others.  Dunn County Master Gardener Meeting Minutes September 18

October 16, 2018 –  Chris Gaetzke -discussion on invasive species in Dunn County and management thereof. Dunn County Master Gardener Meeting Minutes Oct. 2018

November 20, 2018 – Costa Rica and Back – Carol Kettner, a master gardener from Barron County MG’s, will discuss her interesting experiences while traveling with Master Gardener groups to Costa Rica and New Zealand

December 20, 2018 – No Meeting

2015 Dunn County Master Gardeners Annual Report (pdf)

2016 Dunn County Master Gardeners Annual Report (pdf)

2017 Dunn County Master Gardeners Annual Report (pdf)

Advisor to the Dunn County Master Gardeners:

Margaret Murphy, Horticulture Program Coordinator
Extension Dunn County
3001 U.S. Hwy 12 East, Suite 216
Menomonie, WI 54751
(715) 382-3253


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