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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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mark your calendar - November 8 is the 2018 annual dinner!

On Thursday, November 8 the RPMGA Annual Dinner will be held in the Craig Center at the Rock County Fairgrounds. All MGVs are encouraged to bring guests!

RPMGA will provide roast turkey and gravy, buns, coffee, bottled water, paper plates and plastic cutlery.  We're asking that you bring a dish to pass, with serving utensils, preferably something that you and your family enjoy - and even better something from your garden.  Bring veggie dishes, sweet treats or whatever is your very best creation!

Come at 5 and schmooze for a half hour before dinner which will begin at 5:30.

We're also hoping that members consider making and bringing table decorations that include flowers, grasses, leaves and other vegetation from your gardens.

Following dinner we will be holding a hands-on Holiday Gift Workshop during which we'll offer all MGVs the opportunity to create hand made seed tapes or seed bombs (we'll provide the tapes and seed bomb medium), or seed envelopes (we'll provide prairie seeds from the Rotary Botanical Garden prairie).

So we have some idea of how much meat to buy, please contact Mary Thompson ( or Ruth Flescher (yafello2@with the number of people in your party.

One last thing - come with ideas for field trips, classes and educational ideas for the coming year.  We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Looking forward to seeing you!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

YOU ARE INVITED - Regenerative Roots Fall Harvest Party

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If you were unable to make the field trip to Regenerative Roots (RegRoo) today, you still have an opportunity to visit this wonderful enterprise at their Fall Harvest party on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 4 to 10 pm.

Regenerative Roots is a USDA Certified Organic vegetable farm located at W6635 Kiesling Rd., Jefferson, WI.  Dennis Fiser works the land

Dennis Fiser farms the acres of vegetables for RegRoo. Clint Freund's heirloom seed production business, Cultivating the Commons, is an integral part of the farm.  

The general schedule the day of the event is:

4 pm - tours, hanging out
5 pm - potluck (bring a dish to pass and a serving utensil.) (Also, BYOB)
Dusk - Bonfire and barn dance.

Come join the fun, meet Clint, his partner Kass and Dennis.

Visit their blog here.

Visit their Facebook page to add your name to those who will be going!!

Volunteer Opportunity - Harvesting Prairie Seeds at RBG

Again this year we are fortunate enough to have been allowed to harvest prairie seeds from the Rotary Botanical Garden prairie.
Harvesting seed heads.

On Monday, October 15, at 2:30 p.m. we'll meet at the prairie at the eastern end of the gardens and park on the short dead-end road between the prairie and the gardens.
Snipping wild rye seed heads.

We'll provide paper bags and writing instruments.  Bring sharp clippers for heavy stems. 

The goal is to harvest individual seed types without mixing species.

We'll clean the seeds that same afternoon.

This is an approved continuing education opportunity.  All MGVs will receive 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) per hour of participation.

Uncleaned seed head.
Cleaned seeds

Monday, October 8, 2018


Hello, everyone.

Our field trip to Cultivating the Commons and Regenerative Roots is still on.  We'll be visiting with Clint Freund at the farm on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m.

Clint Freund of Cultivating the Commons

For car pooling, we'll stick to the original plan - to meet at the Janesville Mall parking lot, near Steinhafel's Mattress, at 12:15 p.m.

The forecast is rain early in the day (7 am) and late in the evening (7 pm).  The rest of the day should be sunny with some clouds.  Temperatures should be in the low 70s.

And just a reminder - this is an approved Continuing Education event. All MGVs and Interns will earn one (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) per hour of participation.

Just to be on the safe side wear your boots and a raincoat and carry an umbrella.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 4, 2018


Regenerative Roots/Cultivating the Commons Tour Moved to Wednesday the 10th.

Clint Freund of Cultivating the Commons

Regenerative Roots farm

Not just rain, but a good chance of thunderstorms are predicted for tomorrow afternoon. So in the interest of safety and comfort, we asked whether the folks at Regenerative Roots could fit us in another day. They said yes. So here's the scoop:

Friday the 5th is cancelled.

We're on for Wednesday the 10th at 1:00 p.m. 

For car pooling, we'll stick to the same plan--meet at the Janesville Mall parking lot, near Steinhafels Mattress, at 12:15 p.m.

For now, the forecast for next Wednesday is cloudy and only a 30% chance of rain. The high is predicted to be 72, so we'll be about 10 degrees warmer. Should the forecast for Wednesday change to something like tomorrow's, we'll put off this visit till next summer

Sorry about the change of plans. We hope you can still make it on Wednesday!

And just a reminder - this is an approved Continuing Education event.  All MGVs and Interns will earn one (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) per hour of participation.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

WANT MAIL?? How to subscribe to the Rock Hort list serv

One of the most painless ways to find out what's going on in RPMGA is to subscribe to our List Serv so everything posted to our blog (, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ is delivered directly to your email inbox.

For all those individuals who graduated their Level 1 training and are not already subscribed to the RPMGA list serv, here's how you do it.  For those who are already subscribed this is old news.

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