Master Gardener Program

The Master Gardener 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.

The seed for the Master Gardener (MG) program was planted in 1972 by Washington State cooperative Extension.  MG volunteers were trained to extend Extension’s outreach to community residents in educating people about horticulture.  The MG program begin in the late 1970’s.  Local MG groups banded together in 1992 to form the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association (WIMGA).

The goal of the Master Gardener program is to train enthusiastic volunteers so they can, in turn, provide research-based information on a wide variety of horticulture topics to the general public in their communities.

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

President: Laura Cragin

Vice-President: Martha Wallen

Treasurer: Kathie Metzger

Secretary: Howard Lee

WIMGA Rep: Diane Klemme

The Dunn County Master Gardeners meet 6 times a year (January, March, May, July, September, and November) at 6:30pm, beginning with a speaker program and followed by a business meeting.  Meetings are held at the Menomonie Area Senior Center, 1412 6th St., Menomonie, WI 54751.  For more information, email President Laura Cragin at

2022 Meetings

January 18th, 2022 – Arthur Kneeland, Topic: Entomology

February 15th, 2022 – Mike Racette – Owner of Spring Hill Community Farm, Topic: Positive Aspects of Mulching in the Garden.

April 19th, 2022 – Arthur Kneeland, Topic: Integrated Pest Management

June 21st, 2022 – No Speaker

August 16th, 2022 – Tammy and Jim Giljoann, Topic: Bucket Gardening

October 18th, 2022 – Bob & Claudia Manning, Topic: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Dunn County Jail Garden

2021 Meetings

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 Meetings

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 Meetings

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

Annual Reports

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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