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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.

Monday, September 17, 2018

CLARIFICATION - Hours and membership dues RPMGA and WIMGA


Hello, everyone.

Got a phone call today from a master gardener who had questions about RPMGA and WIMGA membership dues.  That information was included in the September 2018 issue of our electronic newsletter, the Master Gardener Update, but for those who didn't see it there, I am including the link to the newsletter below. 


Refer to the bottom of Page 4 for information on recertification, and the top of Page 5 for information on dues for RPMGA and WIMGA.

If you are having difficulty following the link to the newsletter or finding the information once you reach the newsletter the information is as follows:

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It’s Time to Recertify as a Master Gardener Volunteer…

If you plan to continue as a certified Master Gardener Volunteer next year, you need to have completed at least 24 hours of volunteer time and 10 education hours during the past year. If you’re short a few hours, there’s still time. Time sheets showing your hours are due in the County Extension office by October 1. If you’ll be close but not quite there, contact the Extension office and discuss your situation. Something can probably be worked out. Need the form? Timesheets can be printed from this website: https://wimastergardener.org/toolbox/. Click on the paperwork box, and select the 2018 form in either format (pdf or excel). Once completed, mail forms to UW Extension – Rock County Attn: Tara Hanley, 51 S. Main Street, Janesville, WI 53545.

And Renew Your Association Membership(s)

It’s also time to renew your association memberships if you choose to join. The Rock Prairie Master Gardener Association presents monthly programs to help you get your education hours and organizes projects like to Pollinator Project and MGV presence at the Farmers Markets in Janesville and Beloit. RPMGA’s goal is to help make your MGV experience easier and more rewarding. RPMGA dues are $15 for the year for the first MGV in each household, and $5/year for each additional MGV in the same household. The Wisconsin Master Gardener Association (WIMGA) is a statewide resource for MGVs. They produce a monthly newsletter, put on the statewide annual conference, manage a speakers’ bureau, award grants for MGV projects and serves as a resource for individuals. WIMGA dues are $5/year. Ii you are joining or renewing for both associations, please write a single check payable to RPMGA for both and send it along with your time sheet to the office by October 1.  RPMGA will forward your info and dues to WIMGA.

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If you have any further questions contact Mary Thompson at 608-322-4800 or Ruth Flescher at 608-835-3467.

Sorry for any inconvenience you may have encountered.  MKT

Sunday, September 16, 2018

SECOND Reminder - Hours are due by Oct. 1


Don't forget to log your volunteer and continuing education hours and submit them on or before October 1!!




Remember, you need 24 volunteer hours and 10 continuing education hours in order to re-certify for the coming year!

Click on the message above to open the Word document for hours.  For more information about hours visit the UWEX website at ABOUT HOURS.

Any questions, just call Mary Kay Thompson at 608-322-4800, Ruth Flescher at 608-835-3467 or Tara Hanley at the UWEX office at 608-757-5696.  

Monday, September 10, 2018

REMINDER: Garden Art Sale at Rotary Botanical Gardens

Garden Art Auction

Thursday, September 13, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Venue: Rotar
y Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville, WI

The Garden Art Auction will conclude Rotary Botanical Garden's 2018 ‘Hop to It!’ Garden Art exhibit. 


The public is invited to bid on their favorite frogs. 

All funds raised will help to sustain Rotary Botanical Gardens. 

Please arrive with enough time to secure a bidder number. 

The live auction begins at 6:00 p.m. – details below.

**Preview of auction items begins at 5:30 p.m. with live auction starting at 6:00 p.m.


Garden Art Auction:
  • All sales are final.
  • There will be no refunds or exchanges.
  • All Garden Art projects are sold as-is.
  • Neither the artist nor Rotary Botanical Gardens can provide guaranteed durability of the Garden Art.
  • Please pay attention to the current conditions of each project.
  • A bid is considered a commitment to purchase.
  • You will receive a receipt to document your transaction at the end of the auction.
  • Auction winners may pay via cash, check, or credit card.
  • All Garden Art Projects must be paid for at the end of the auction.
  • All Garden Art Projects must be taken with the bidder upon completion of payment.
All auction questions can be directed to Kristin Broege at events@rotarygardens.org.  
Online bidding is not available for this event.  RBG staff will not make bids on behalf of interested buyers.
Note:  This is not an approved MGV continuing education event.

REMINDER: 2018 WIMGA CONFERENCE IN EAU CLAIRE

Fall on the UWEC Campus. 
2018 WIMGA  Conference
Autumn at the River 

September 21-22, 2018

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

For complete information and to register go to:

AUTUMN AT THE RIVER 2018

For the complete brochure of events go to:
2018 WIMGA CONFERENCE BROCHURE

For more about event speakers go to:
OUR SPEAKERS

This event is open to all MGVs.  WIMGA representative Beverly Feltz and alternate representative Ruth Oren will attend as representatives of the Rock Prairie Master Gardeners Association (RPMGA), but you do not have to be a rep. to attend.  This will be an opportunity for RPMGA MGVs to meet and network with other MGVs from around the state.



This is an approved continuing education event.  
All MGVs will be awarded 1 Continuing Education Unit for each hour of participation.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

REMINDER!! Hours are due by Oct. 1



Don't forget to log your hours and submit them on or before October 1!!



Remember, you need 24 volunteer hours and 10 continuing education hours in order to re-certify for the coming year!

Click on the message above to open the Word document for hours.  For more information about hours visit the UWEX website at ABOUT HOURS.

Any questions, just call Mary Kay Thompson at 608-322-4800, Ruth Flescher at 608-835-3467 or Tara Hanley at the UWEX office at 608-757-5696.  



Saturday, September 1, 2018

CORRECTION: Error in September issue of Master Gardener Update

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Ruth Flescher submitted the following correction to the September issue of Master Gardener Update. Both Ruth and I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  We are each responsible for the content of the newsletter.  Ruth may have made the typo, but I should have caught it.  Sorry!

Mary Kay Thompson

Correction:
In the article on Bee Inspector Dan Zeihli's talk, the name of one of the MGV's in the lower left photograph was misspelled. Cheryl Demro should have been identified as Cheryl Demrow. My apologies, Cheryl!

Ruth Flescher