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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Annual Report is due soon - what did you do this year?

In June MGV Ruth Flescher met Wisconsin Honey Producer's
2018 Honey Princess, Lexi Gegare of Milton, at the Janesville
Farmer's Market. Ruth was working at the RPMGA booth
distributing free garden seeds, talking to area residents
about the importance of pollinators and answering questions
about their gardens. 
Each year the UWEX asks local MGV organizations from around the state for information on what they accomplished over the past year.
Apiary inspector
The Bee Guy - DATCP southern
district bee inspector, Daniel Ziehli
was our guest August 30. We opened
this event to MGVs from Dane, Rock,
Walworth and Jefferson counties.
We'd like to hear from all those in the Rock Prairie Master Gardener Assocation about your adventures - teaching classes, working with children, planting pollinator gardens, doing community outreach, organizing and hosting guest speaker events, farmer's markets, whatever you may have been involved with.  The information will be put into a brief report that will be posted here:
Whatever your passion, we would like to share it with other MGVs from around the state.   Help us get the word out!!

NOTE:  I need to submit the report on or before November 1, so it would be great if I could get 75 to 85 word summaries of each of your projects within the next week or so.  The report will be edited for size by the powers that be at the UWEX so I cannot say for sure what will be published and what will not.

Send a summary of the work you did to Mary Thompson at or to Ruth Flescher at

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 - OR - visit us on Facebook where you can sign in to attend (and add your friends and/or family as well).

Our Facebook address is -

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!!
Note: The Rock County Fairgrounds are located at 1301 Craig Ave., Janesville.
Use this link to input your location to the fairgrounds.  The gate is midway down Craig Ave.  Turn into the fairgrounds, take a left at the back of the bleachers.  Go straight to Craig Center.  There is free parking immediately in front of the building - OR - use the map on our Facebook page for diections.

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!