Our Mission:

The Rock Prairie Master Gardener Association, located in Rock County, Wisconsin, is the 42nd association of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program.

This blog is used to distribute timely information to association members regarding volunteer opportunities, MGV highlights, and other social tid bits.

Horticulture related information is to be directed to the Horticulture Educator or the Plant Health Advisors.

This blog is not for garden related questions.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity, Wednesday, January 23

The Edgerton Public Library is hosting a work party to sort and pack seeds for this year's Arrowhead Seed Library. Easy work, done sitting down.

You'll be counting out seeds and packing them in small envelopes. If you always wanted to be a bean counter, come join us!

When: Wednesday, January 23, 10:00 a.m. till noon (or thereabouts)

Where: Edgerton Public Library, 101 Albion Street, Edgerton, WI

This is an approved volunteer opportunity.  All MGVs and interns will earn 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) per hour of participation.  

Thursday, January 10, 2019

REMINDER - Winter Sowing with Joanne Franzene - January Continuing Ed.

Hello everyone!

Just a reminder that this coming Monday at 5:30 pm we'll be hosting Winter Sowing with Joanne Franzene at Basics in Janesville.

We'll start at 5:30 and end about 7pm.

Joanne has presented this program before and has continued to increase her knowledge of this unique seed starting method.  We are looking forward to tapping her expertise so we can learn to do it too.

This is a hands-on workshop so wear comfortable clothes that might get dirty.  It is an approved continuing education event.  All MGVs will earn 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) per hour of participation.

Bring at least 1 clean gallon jug (opaque or clear), seeds if you have some you want in particular (and we'll have some for you as well).

We'll have:
  • instruction handouts,
  • extra jugs, 
  • potting soil, 
  • permanent markers, 
  • duct tape, 
  • scissors, 
  • utility knives, 
  • paper towels, 
  • and of course, seeds.  
Basics Cooperative Natural Foods is located at 1711 Lodge Dr., Janesville.  We will be in the Community Room.  Just come in the front door and you'll see the door to the Community Room to the left.  Bring friends and neighbors!!  We'd be glad to have them!

If you have any questions please contact Mary Thompson at 322-4800 by phone or text, or email her at

Looking forward to seeing you! 

Monday, December 31, 2018


Prepared and labeled winter-sown
Hello, everyone!

Our January event, Winter Sowing with Joanne Franzene, now has a confirmed location, and a new date!!

We will be meeting in the Community Room at Basics, 1711 Lodge Dr, in Janesville on Monday, January 14. The event will begin at 5:30 pm and end at about 7 pm.

Bring one clean, dry, opaque or clear plastic 1 gallon milk or water jug. You can bring your own seeds if you prefer, but we will have seeds on hand for you in case you need them. We'll provide potting soil, water, tools, permanent markers and tape.

Joanne will provide handouts on the technique that she's perfected and come to rely on.

This is a hands-on event that will earn MGVs 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) per hour of participation.

A map to the location can be found here:  
Basics Cooperative Natural Foods

Saturday, December 22, 2018

JANUARY EVENT - Winter Sowing with Joanne Franzene

Because December is usually so very busy for all our members there won't be a meeting this month.

Enjoy Your Holidays!

On January 10 we will present Winter Sowing with Joanne Franzene - a local gardener who has presented on the topic before and has found it to be a quick and easy way to use recycled materials to start seeds during winter weather.

This will be a hands-on event, using recycled plastic containers to create small mini-greenhouses that will use winter weather conditions to control when seeds germinate.  It is a very easy way to start seeds that require cold treatment, as many native plants do.

We will have seeds and soil available for you.  You can, of course, bring your own seeds if you prefer.  Save up a few clean one gallon jugs - clear is best, opaque will work as well - and bring them with you. We'll have permanent markers and cutting tools for you to use.

Watch for more details on when and where in our January Newsletter.