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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, July 10, 2018

Don't forget! Thursday, July 12, Landscape Tour

Thursday morning we will visit the home landscapes of two Master Gardener Volunteers, and one Pollinator Project demonstration garden as well. The object behind these visits is to show that each of us is working toward a different goal when we garden. Food, perhaps? Beauty?

We will begin our day by meeting at Art and Linda Hilker’s home.

This is a daytime tour which will begin at 9:45 am. We'll meet in the parking lot in front of Office Depot/Penzeys/Schnucks. It’s a short ride from there to Hilkers’.

(Sorry for the extra step, but we don’t want to publish the addresses here.)

“Ours is a cottage garden 25 years in the making," Art explained. "Veggies are limited to pole beans and garlic. Fruit is limited to everbearing raspberries. The balance is annuals, perennials and shrubs. We have strived to select plants with variation in color, texture and form to result in bloom periods and beauty throughout the growing season. If we like it we plant it. Particular emphasis has been on the therapeutic aspects of our garden.”

Our next stop will be at the home of Cindy Boehning.

“My garden is a half-acre, mostly perennials, some annuals & a large vegetable garden," she began. "Every year I convert more lawn into garden beds. I have some unusual garden art such as the centerpiece of the backyard is a barn cupola surrounded by Magellan Mix Zinnias. I have a large bed of State Fair & Benary Giant Zinnias, which I grow especially in memory of my Mother. Zinnias were one of her favorite flowers so every weekend I take a bouquet of Zinnias to her grave. We have had the added stress of losing quite a few trees in a storm in mid-June. Still dealing with that so it's certainly interesting & very stressful."

We’ll finish the tour at the Pollinator Garden at Hedberg Public Library. It’s a new garden, planted late last summer, so some of the perennials are still establishing. Even so, there has been color since early spring. We’ll talk about choices, challenges and plans for additional development and use.

If anyone wants to, we could go to lunch at Citrus afterwards.

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

If you have any questions about this program please contact Mary Kay Thompson at 608-322-4800 or by email at mastergardenermary@gmail.com. We're looking forward to seeing you on the 12th!







Sunday, July 1, 2018

July event - Tour 3 MGV Gardens - Thursday, July 12

For this month’s program, two master gardeners are opening their home gardens to us in Janesville, plus we’ll visit the pollinator demonstration garden at Hedberg Public Library.
MGV Pollinator Garden, Hedberg Public Library.


We’ll start at Art and Linda Hilker’s home.

“Ours is a cottage garden 25 years in the making," Art explained.  "Veggies are limited to pole beans and garlic. Fruit is limited to everbearing raspberries. The balance is annuals, perennials and shrubs. We have strived to select plants with variation in color, texture and form to result in bloom periods and beauty throughout the growing season. If we like it we plant it. Particular emphasis has been on the therapeutic aspects of our garden.”

Our next stop will be at the home of Cindy Boehning.

“My garden is a half-acre, mostly perennials, some annuals & a large vegetable garden," she said.  "Every year I convert more lawn into garden beds. I have some unusual garden art such as the centerpiece of the backyard is a barn cupola surrounded by Magellan Mix Zinnias. I have a large bed of State Fair & Benary Giant Zinnias, which I grow especially in memory of my Mother. Zinnias were one of her favorite flowers so every weekend I take a bouquet of Zinnias to her grave. We have had the added stress of losing quite a few trees in a storm in mid-June. Still dealing with that so it's certainly interesting & very stressful."
We’ll finish the tour at the Pollinator Garden at  Hedberg Public Library.  It’s a new garden, planted late last summer, so some of the perennials are still establishing. Even so, there has been color since early spring. We’ll talk about choices, challenges and plans for additional development and use.

This is a daytime tour which will begin at 9:45 am.  We'll meet in the parking lot in front of Office 
Depot/Penzeys/Schnucks. It’s a short ride from there to Hilkers’. (Sorry for the extra step, but we don’t want to publish the addresses here.)

If anyone wants to, we could go to lunch at Citrus afterwards.

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

If you have any questions about this program please contact Mary Kay Thompson at 608-322-4800 or by email at mastergardenermary@gmail.com.  We're looking forward to seeing you on the 12th!

JULY NEWSLETTER - Master Gardener Update, July, 2018





Volunteer Opportunity - July 21, RBG Home Garden Tour















Are you looking for volunteer hours?

You may want to consider working during the 24th Annual Rotary Botanical Garden Home and Garden Tour on July 21 from 9 am to 3 pm.

This event is rain or shine.

All volunteers for this event may tour all the gardens at no cost during the shifts they are not working.

Follow this link to sign up!!

This is an approved Continuing Education event. MGVs and Iterns will earn one (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for every hour of participation.



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

UPDATE: Opportunity for Volunteer Hours - Three Farmer's Markets

UPDATE:  SEPTEMBER 22 

We were fortunate to schedule four dates for Farmer's Markets this year.  In past years scheduling hasn't been an issue, but volunteer participation has.  We find that same situation exists this year.  We need volunteers for the three remaining events.

July 28 - Beloit = Mary Kay Thompson will bring the equipment to the event by 7:30 am for setup and will stay until tear-down at  1:00 pm.  It would be good to have two volunteers to assist with the booth during the morning.  Ideally one person could work from 7:30 to 10:30, and a second person could work from from 10:30 to 1 pm.  The first shift person would help set up, and the second shift person would help tear down.  Mary Kay will be responsible for transporting the equipment.

August 11 - Janesville = Ruth Flescher will bring the equipment to the event by 7:30 am for setup.  She has another commitment so she will leave after setup and return at 11:30 am and will finish out the day until 1 pm.  Mary Thompson will be there for both shifts, but we will need a first shift person willing to work until 11:30 so the booth has 2 volunteers at all times.  Ruth or Mary Kay will be responsible for transporting the equipment.

Update September 22 - Janesville = Ruth will bring the equipment to the event by 7:30 am for setup and will stay until tear-down at 1 pm.  Mary Kay will not be available.  Ruth will need two volunteers.  One from 7:30 to 10:30 and a second from 10:30 to 1 pm.  The first shift person will help set up, and the second shift person will help tear down.  Ruth will be responsible for transporting the equipment.

These are relatively short shifts and you'll receive 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) per hour of participation.  We would encourage Interns to take advantage of these opportunities to see what we do and how we do it.

We always provide free vegetable, herb and sometimes (depending upon availability) flower seeds to the public.  We also provide Pollinator Project brochures, So You Want to Become a Master Gardener handouts.  Depending on the audience we may make Pollinator seed bombs, or pollinator habitats using recycled materials (tin cans and paper straws or hand-rolled tubes).  We always wear our master gardener badges.

Farmer's Markets are usually big friendly get-togethers with a wide range of produce and craft items.

Make sure you wear layers so you can dress up or down depending on the weather.

To sign up to volunteer go to:  SignUp.com




Sunday, June 17, 2018

With sadness we say goodbye to Shirley Stekel

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend Shirley Stekel.  An avid volunteer and a woman of many accomplishments, Shirley's unexpected death on June 15 will leave a hole in our hearts.

Shirley hiking through a restored prairie
here in Wisconsin
It appears she fainted while gardening, was able to call 911 and was medflighted to Madison where she underwent surgery.  She died later of an aneurysm. 

Shirley loved the outdoors. At right is a picture of her with walking poles hiking through a restored prairie here in Wisconsin. In her volunteer work at Rotary Botanical Gardens she preferred to work as a docent, guiding children through the gardens.

According to the OSU Alumni website she retired from the Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Something of a ground breaker, when she began studying for her BA she was the only woman in her math and physics classes and remembers walking into the old Men’s gym for mass exams and feeling very alone. She said “I just liked physics and math, and wanted to see how far I could go with it. But another very important part of feeling comfortable on campus were my friends at Winston House. There were 30 -35 women who lived and worked together there. Most quarters, I had a class with someone from the House. German, American Literature, Music Appreciation, etc. provided enough credits for a BA.” She had room for extra courses because she was not required to take ROTC.

She went on to get her Masters in Physics at OSU before moving on to faculty positions in Washington and Michigan and finally an Assistant Professorship at Whitewater with a sabbatical break at the Indiana Synchrotron facility. She was a long term supporter of Physics at OSU.

Her work as a volunteer at RBG brought her in contact with others of like mind. She was much loved and will be sorely missed.  We will be sending a condolence card to her husband, Frank.

The Children's Education volunteers plan to purchase a memorial brick at RBG. The RPMGA Advisory Committee was queried as to whether we would like to be involved. Consensus was that we would. If you are interested in donating toward a memorial brick please contact Mary Kay Thompson at 608-322-4800 or by email at mastergardenermary@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Improving the blog - making it easier to find links.

Hello, everyone:

One of our members has been having trouble finding and clicking on links to our Newsletters.

I am going to try to find a way to make the links more visible and easier to use.

I'd like you to tell me which of the two links below are easiest for you to understand and to use.

Thanks!!

TEST

JUNE NEWSLETTER (click here)

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June newsletter (click here)

Thanks, everyone!!

Let me know if either, or neither of these, works for you.

MKT