Share Your Gardening Knowledge

Share Your Gardening Knowledge

Volunteering for a cause or hobby you’re passionate about often brings rewards more gratifying than a paycheck. If you enjoy gardening, the Wisconsin Master Gardener program may be for you.

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist University of Wisconsin–Extension staff—helping people in the community better understand horticulture and the environment. Participants who take the required training and complete their volunteer hour commitments become certified Master Gardeners. They have continuing education opportunities and can join local associations.

Master Gardener volunteers focus primarily on education as it relates to horticulture, plant science and environmental stewardship. To become certified, they must:

To remain certified, each year they must:

In 2013, Master Gardeners in Wisconsin volunteered 194,046 hours to UW–Extension and their communities. In Dane County alone last year:

As author Sherry Anderson said, “Volunteers don’t get paid—not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.”

For more information on the Wisconsin Master Gardener program, visit

Beth Stetenfeld is a McFarland-based editor, writer, master naturalist and creator of the gardening blog