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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, May 22, 2018

New Help with an MGV Project? Add your notices to the June newsletter.

Need Help with an MGV Project?

We're putting together the newsletter for June. If you'd like to include a notice about your project, (when, where, what volunteers would be doing), please send the information to Ruth Flescher,, by May 28, 2018.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Botanic Talk at RBG - Wisconsin Wilts - Lethal Diseases of Elms & Oaks

Rotary Botanical Gardens presents a Botanic Talk
“Wisconsin Wilts: Lethal Diseases of Elms & Oaks”

May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Dr. Glen Stanosz, Professor of Tree and Forest Health.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Glen Stanosz, from the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Healthy oak seedling.  
Cost: $7 General Admission, $5 RBG Members; includes printed and note taking materials (where applicable), admission to Rotary Botanical Gardens, and light refreshments. Tickets to this event may be purchased at the door, or online, in advance.

Please note: If you would like to view the Gardens, please arrive with time prior to the beginning of the presentation as the Gardens will close at 6:30 p.m. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, who is also required to purchase a ticket.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Last Compost sale of the season at Rotary Botanical Gardens, May 26

On Saturday, May 26 from 8 am to noon area garden enthusiasts, once again, will have an opportunity to purchase organic compost and pansies at the Horticulture Center at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, 825 Sharon Road.

The organic blended mushroom compost is sold in 45 lb. (1.5 cu. ft.) bags for $6 per bag. RBG Friends members will receive an additional 10% discount at the sale.

An array of mixed color pansies will be available as well.  

For more information contact RBG at 608/752-3885 or

Thursday, May 10, 2018

REPORT - New reps attend April WIMGA meeting

WIMGA Update Spring Face-to-Face 2018

By WIMGA Rep. Beverly Feltz

WIMGA Alternate Ruth Oren and I attended the WIMGA face-to-face meeting in Hancock on April 28th. It was very nice to meet the other local association reps.

Time was spent reviewing the new WIMGA website  They introduced the new Speaker’s Bureau page. Local associations can provide info on topics they would be willing to “take on the road” on a per demand basis. The new page lists the speakers and topics they are willing to share outside their counties and has a form the speaker/county can fill out. The administrators of the website will review the form and add them to the page.

We learned about different types of leaders and types of followers and how to interact and involve each type for better communications and more effective working relationships. We reviewed a quick slide show on what UW Extension does for Master Gardeners versus what WIMGA does for Master Gardeners, to share with our local associations. This is a way to clear up some gray areas of who does what as far a Master Gardeners are concerned.

Everyone was invited to attend Autumn at the River on September 21-22, the WIMGA conference for 2018 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We brought back brochures to share with everyone. You can find a link to the brochure on the WIMGA website. Here is the link for the conference. For complete information and to register go to:

Two keynote speakers are:

  • Mark Dwyer from Rotary Botanical Gardens and
  • Ben Futa from Allen Centennial Gardens on UW campus. 
Friday of the Conference offers three options for tours to local business around Eau Claire including a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) location, a vineyard, a fruit orchard and many other interesting places.

The next face-to-face WIMGA meeting is October 13, also in Hancock. We look forward to sharing all the information with you at an upcoming RPMGA meeting.

Bev Feltz, Representative
Ruth Oren, Alternate Rep.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Rotary Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale

RBG Horticulture Center
825 Sharon Road, Janesville

Friday, May 11-- 9 A.M. -- 6 P.M.
Saturday, May 12 -- 8 A.M. -- 5 P.M.
Sunday, May 13 -- 10 A.M. -- 4 P.M.

vegetables - herbs - perennials - shrubs - compost
Members save 10% off total purchase!

Monday, April 30, 2018

REMINDER - Freedom Fest - still seeking volunteers

Freedom Fest 2017

Julie Gibes has been approached by New Life Assembly of God to head up a Garden in a Bag initiative to be held during Freedom Fest, Saturday, June 30, 2018. The initiative is part of the Convoy of Hope which sponsors a grocery give away at Freedom Fest. 

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds will supply the seeds and wants people who can offer garden advice at the distribution. Julie thought MGVs would be perfect for this event.  She is looking for volunteers to contact her directly.

Julie explained the project like this, "As part of Convoy of Hope, we will be distributing 'Gardens in a Bag' targeting low income individuals in the Rock County area during Freedom Fest which takes place the morning of June 30th on the grounds of New Life Assembly of God Church in Janesville, WI on the corner of Hwy 14 and Wright Rd."

She is looking for the following volunteers (no kids under 10): 

  • One Assistant Team Leader
  • Three to Four Garden Educators
  • Three to Four Distributors for the day of the event 
Julie has requested that Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds provide at least a list, if not the seeds themselves, to be sent ahead of time so volunteers can work on preparing targeted fact sheets.  If seeds are sent early enough, there is a possibility of starting seedlings for distribution. 

She says there will be room enough to make up displays or have a project for participation.  She currently has reserved a 10x10 foot area, but that can be doubled if necessary.

Julie is eager to discuss the project with anyone who is willing to volunteer.  She is asking that potential volunteers call as soon as possible.  She can be reached by phone at 608-290-5157 or by email at

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