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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.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Update - July 21 field trip departure time

Hello everyone.

After talking with a couple folks who drive the route we'll be taking to Milwaukee on Friday, July 21, there has been a change in departure time from our meeting place at Pat Dawson field.

Because of heavy road work being down along that route it will probably be to our advantage to leave earlier.  So instead of leaving at 8:45, the departure time has been pushed back to 8:30 sharp.  That will give us a full hour and a half drive time so we can be sure to be there - traffic delays and all - before 10 am which is when our guided tour begins.

Hope this doesn't inconvenience anyone.

See you at Pat Dawson at 8:15 on Friday, the 21st.

Those who wish to drive directly from home can meet us at the Visitor Center at Boerner.

Hope to see you there!!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

July Event - Boerner Botanical Garden - July 21

The Visitor Center at Boerner Botanical Garden.
July 21, we will be traveling to Boerner Botanical Gardens for a guided tour. We would encourage master gardeners and friends to participate.

The tour will begin at 10 a.m.

For those who will be carpooling we will meet at Pat Dawson Field,  920 Beloit Avenue, where those who won't be driving will be able to leave their vehicles in the parking lot.   Carpoolers can form a convoy from Janesville and follow one another to the destination.  We'll meet at 8:30 sharp and leave at a quarter to nine so we can arrive in Milwaukee in plenty of time to meet up with Docent Joan Armstrong, who will lead our tour.  A map to the location can be found on the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens website.

History of the gardens can be found on the Friends website.

Individuals who are members of Rotary Botanical Gardens should bring their membership cards so they can take advantage of the reciprocal status which allows them to tour the gardens for free.  The regular entrance fee is $5.50 and $4.50 for seniors.  If our group size goes over 15 persons the price goes up to $9.50 per person.

Lunch will be available on the grounds at Nell's Cafe which will be open from 11 am to 2 pm.

Boerner Botanical Garden
9400 Boerner Drive
Hales Corners, WI 53130

This is an educational program.  MGVs will receive one (1) continuing education unit (CEU) for each hour of participation.

Hope to see you there!







Thursday, June 15, 2017

Reminder - Redtail Ridge Lavender & Herbs Field Trip


On Thursday, June 22, RPMGA is going to make a trip to one of the most exciting, educational venues we've had the pleasure to visit yet.

Green County MGV Cheryl Rezabek is former executive director of Rotary Botanical Gardens. She and her late husband worked together to establish their wonderful lavender and herb farm. Cheryl's home in completely off-grid.  It is an Alternative Energy Demonstration Home which has been operating on electricity from the sun and wind for more than 20 years.  Cheryl will show us how the photovoltaic panels, windmill, solar hot water system, propane, batteries and rainwater collection system all work together to create a comfortable, energy efficient life.

We'll break for lunch in Oregon at either the Firefly Coffee House, or the BrouxNellie’s Diner.

After lunch we'll choose which one (or more) of four nurseries we want to visit.  All are within 10 minutes of Oregon.  They are the Flower Factory (perennials), Stone Wall Nursery: (exotic and dwarf varieties of trees and shrubs), Fitchburg Farms (annuals and perennials) and Kopke’s Fruit of the Bloom (annuals and perennials).

Meeting Time/Place - We will meet at the Janesville Community Gardens, near the Sheriff’s office (Corner of Hwys 14 and 51) at 9:00 a.m.  If you choose to carpool you can safely leave your vehicle at that location.

This is an approved MGV education opportunity.  You will receive 1 Continuing Education Unit for every hour of participation in the tour.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Janesville Farmer's Market - Saturday June 10

We still need volunteers for the June 10 Farmer's Market on Main Street in Janesville.

Anyone interested in volunteering please contact Mary Thompson at 608-322-4800.

We need four volunteers.  We have one so far.  Two shifts - 8 to 10:30 and 10:30 to 1 pm.

Mary Kay be there early with the equipment.  You just need to show up.

Our participation at the Beloit Farmer's Market was very productive.  We're hoping to have the same kind of response in Janesville.  Please join us.

Volunteering for the Farmer's Market is an approved project.  You will receive 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for each hour of participation.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Continuing Ed Event, Thursday, June 22, 2017

On Thursday, June 22 the RPMGA will host two events, a tour of Redtail Ridge Lavender & Herbs, followed by lunch in Oregon and then on to one of four shopping venues.


The Tour - Redtail Ridge Lavender & Herbs is owned by Cheryl Rebazek, Green County MGV and former director of Rotary Gardens.  She has welcomed us for a tour of her lavender farm near Brooklyn, WI. The property is also an Alternative Energy Demonstration Home, operating on electricity from the sun and wind for more than 20 years.  Cheryl will show us how the photovoltaic panels, windmill, solar hot water system, propane, batteries and rainwater collection system all work together to create a comfortable, energy efficient life.

Lunch - Following the tour, we’ll head over to Oregon for lunch at either Firefly Coffee House or BrouxNellie’s Diner.

After lunch - You can choose how much garden shopping you want to do: There are four outstanding nurseries within a ten-minute drive of Oregon, including the Flower Factory (perennials), Stone Wall Nursery: (exotic and dwarf varieties of trees and shrubs), Fitchburg Farms (annuals and perennials) and Kopke’s Fruit of the Bloom (annuals and perennials).

Meeting Time/Place - We will meet at the Janesville Community Gardens, near the Sheriff’s office (Corner of Hwys 14 and 51) at 9:00 a.m.  We’ll have maps and you can safely leave your car if you ride with someone else.

This is an approved MGV education opportunity.  You will receive 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for every hour of participation.

Hope to see you there!!

Looking for Farmer's Market Volunteers

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Hello, everyone.

RPMGA is going to participate in the Farmer's Markets in Beloit and Janesville this year.  We have two dates for each city.

We'll be doing two 2.5 hour shifts for each day.  Two people will set up and work the first shift, two people will work second shift and tear down.

Dates are:

  • Beloit Farmer's Market, May 27 - Car and Tractor Show, 8 am to 1 pm
  • Janesville Farmer's Market, June 10 - Get to Know Rock County Businesses, 8 am to 1 pm
  • Janesville Farmer's Market, August 12 - Kid's Day at the Market/National Farmer's Market Week, 8 am to 1 pm
  • Beloit Farmer's Market, October 7, 8 am to 1 pm


Locations:
Beloit Farmer's Market - State and Grand.  Booth will be given to us when we arrive.
Janesville Farmer's market - South Main Street.  Community Booth.  Volunteers ask for location when you arrive.

Volunteers who set up will need to use the following items for the booth.  Many of these items are in our inventory at the Rock County Court house.

For more information on these items contact:
Bev Drew - 290-3666
Deb Grams - 756-0946
Mary Thompson - 322-4800

Items that will make up the booth are:

  • 10'x10' tent
  • 2 tables and 4 chairs
  • RPMGA banner
  • UWEX sign or banner
  • How to become a MGV brochures or handouts
  • Pollinator Hotel materials - tin cans, paper, scissors, rulers, paper straws, glue sticks
  • Pollinator Project handouts 
    • What are solitary bees?
    • How to plant a pollinator garden
    • How to build a pollinator hotel using recycled materials
    • Pollinators 101
    • Lists of pollinator plants
  • Handouts of current diseases or insects based on the USDA Pest Bulletin.
This is an approved MGV project.  You will receive 1 Continuing Education Unit for every hour of participation.  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Annual Plant and Seed Swap - May 9

Have you had an unexpectedly good crop of pepper seedlings?

Were there more monarda seeds in that packet than you could use in 10 years?

Come share your excess with your fellow master gardeners, and be surprised by some new goodie you’ve never known before!  The event will be held at the Community Garden shed on Tuesday, May 9 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.

Because jumping worms have become a sad reality of gardening in Rock County, and it’s almost impossible to tell if you’re digging up the worm eggs along with that perennial you need to divide, we’re asking everyone to limit plants for the swap to those grown in potting mix from seeds, cuttings or divisions--any that have never been planted in the ground outside--and houseplants. All kinds of seeds are also welcome.

We’ll talk a little about why jumping worms are such a hazard, and general practices to limit the spread of all kinds of pests. And we’ll share information about what we’ve brought. Please come learn a little even if you don’t have anything to bring. We have free herb and milkweed seeds, plus milkweed seedlings, to give away. You won’t go home empty handed.

The community garden is located just east of the Sheriff’s office in Janesville, near the intersection of Highways 14 and 51. This is an approved MGV Continuing Education program.  You will receive 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) per hour of participation.