Master Gardener Programs

Forking the veg patchManitowoc County Master Gardener Volunteers

Master Gardener Volunteers are trained volunteers who aid University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension staff in helping communities better understand horticulture. The purpose of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteer Program is to provide unbiased, research-based horticultural information to the citizens of Wisconsin through Master Gardener volunteers. Master Gardener Volunteers receive training in horticulture through the University of Wisconsin Extension.

In return for their training, Master Gardeners volunteer in UW-Extension horticulture programs and projects which enhance the community. This national program was introduced in Wisconsin in 1977. Find an  overview of the Manitowoc County Master Gardener Program.

Increase your horticulture skills and volunteer your time with the Manitowoc County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

Benefits of the program include: educational opportunities, developing new skills and interests, new friendships and much more.

Find out How to become a Master Garden volunteer .

Find exciting, diverse, and rewarding volunteer projects and programs throughout our county and surrounding counties here (.pdf).

Vegetable Crop Updates Newsletter

In this issue of the newsletter you will find information about:

  • Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic update
  • Insect Diagnostic Lab update
  • New strawberry plant care
  • Risk of spotted wing drosophila infestation in strawberries
  • Cranberry degree-day map and update
  • Grape disease update
  • Grape developmental stages
  • Grape plume moth
  • Scab, frost… now what for apples?
  • Spotted wing drosophila in Wisconsin cherries
  • Brown Marmorated Stink Bug look-alike

May 27, 2016 No. 10

June 3, 2016

Potato Late Blight Fungicides 2016

June 15, 2016

June 17, 2016

Dickeya on potato pics

June 3, 2016

June 10, 2016

June 24, 2016

July 1, 2016

July 8, 2016

July 13, 2016


Wisconsin Fruit News

You can read about:
·         Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic update
·         Insect Diagnostic Lab update
·         Spotted wing drosophila in Dane County
·         Exclusion barriers for management of spotted wing drosophila
·         Cranberry degree-day map and update
·         Grape disease update
·         Grape developmental stages
·         Grape insects pest scouting report
·         Tissue analysis of cold-hardy wine grapes
·         Reduced risk insecticide: Exirel
·         Going soft on apple diseases?
·         Apple fertility considerations for orchards with variable crop loads
·         Door County spotted wing drosophila update

Wisconsin Fruit News vol1 issue6

 Wisconsin Fruit News vol1 issue7

Wisconsin Fruit News vol1 issue8


Emerald Ash Borer – Stay Informed!
The Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) was discovered in Michigan in June 2002. It is a species of metallic wood boring beetle (Buprestidae) that attacks ash (Fraxinus), usually killing trees in one-three years. This insect was found in Wisconsin in July of 2008 in northwest Washington and northeast Ozaukee county around the village of Newberg. Find more information at the following resources:


Master Gardener Annual Report, By Laws, Meeting Minutes, and Record Sheet:

Annual Report (1 pg, 9 KB .pdf)

By Laws (5 pgs, 30 KB .pdf)


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