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Master Gardeners of Crow Wing County

Master Gardeners of Crow Wing County

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GARDEN EXPO 2015
Garden Expo 2015 will be held on April 11, 2015.
If you would like to be on our e-mailing or postal mailing list, please contact Maggie Fuller.


Visit our Community Events Calendar for a complete listing of presentations.


Educating people where they live and work
Crow Wing County Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers whose job is to educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using readily-available, up-to-date research-based information. This educational effort is designed to enhance the public's quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.

Crow Wing County Master Gardeners complete many hours of volunteer work each year, providing a valuable in-kind contribution to our county. These dollar figures quantify the enormous value that our volunteers provide to Crow Wing County.

In 2013 Master Gardeners completed a total of 4,211 Volunteer Hours. The estimated national dollar value of volunteer time for that year was $22.55 per hour, valuing their volunteer work at $94,958.05 for 2013.

To recognize the value of the work done by our program, Brainerd Restoration and Brainerd Main Street Program awarded in 2008 the "Spirit of Environmental Stewardship in Renovation" to Crow Wing County Master Gardeners and to Jackie Froemming, County Program Coordinator. The award was presented in recognition for the work done in 2007 related to the Crow Wing County Rain Garden Project in Brainerd, Minnesota.

For more information about the Master Gardener Program in Crow Wing County please contact:

Jackie Froemming

LOCAL EXTENSION EDUCATOR
Water Resources/Consumer Horticulture

COUNTY COORDINATOR
Master Gardener Program

Crow Wing County Extension Office
322 Laurel Street - Suite 22
Brainerd, MN 56401-3500
Phone: (218)824-1068
Fax: (218)824-1066
froem022@umn.edu


Master Gardener Program - State Report 2012
Master Gardener Program - State Report 2011
Master Gardener Program - State Report 2010

COMING IN 2015

A new Junior Master Gardener Program (JMG) was approved at the March 2014 meeting of UMN Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners. The organizational phase of the program will be completed by a committee made up of several CWC Master Gardeners during the spring and summer of 2014.

The JMG curriculum focuses on horticultural education, activities and projects linked with Minnesota Academic Standards for youth Grades 3 through 12. Registration will be accepted late summer and fall of 2014 with an anticipated start of the program in February of 2015.

Watch this site for updates about this exciting program for youth!



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Junior Master Gardener Program
A partnership of MN 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology and U of M Extension Master Gardeners

New in 2009!
A total of six counties in greater Minnesota as well as the Metro area were selected as pilot sites for the Junior Master Gardener Program. Crow Wing County was one of those counties!

What is the JMG Program?
The Junior Master Gardener Program strives to increase Science, Engineering and Technology competencies in youth through gardening based experiences. In addition, young people will learn basic gardening techniques, foster interest in horticulture science, and horticulture industry.

Updates
For updates on this pilot project in Crow Wing County, click the links below:

Junior Master Gardeners of Crow Wing County - Great Green Gardeners!

4-H CWC Great Green Gardeners on ning.com

4-H JMG Pilot Project statewide on ning.com
FINAL REPORT

Our Great Green Gardeners in action!

May 2009
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July 2009
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Ask the Master Gardener monthly column

Ask the Master Gardener, November 2014

Ask the Master Gardener, October 2014

Ask the Master Gardener, September 2014

Ask the Master Gardener, August 2014

Ask the Master Gardener, July 2014

Ask the Master Gardener, June 2014

Ask the Master Gardener, May 2014

Ask the Master Gardener, April 2014

Ask the Master Gardener, March 2014

Ask the Master Gardener, February 2014

Ask the Master Gardener, January 2014

Ask the Master Gardener, December 2013

Ask the Master Gardener, November 2013

Ask the Master Gardener, October 2013

Ask the Master Gardener May, 2013

Spring is finally here, time to start planting

Ancient and Modern Gardening Methods Defined for Healthy Spring Planting

Hollyhocks, Winemaking Grapes and Planting on Steep Slopes

Clivias an elegant choice to cheer up your winter

Kalanchoe, terrarium and trees not suitable for city lots

What shrubs will attract birds?

Native shrubs, lasagna gardening and sweet potatoes and yams

Spiders most likely not culprits of biting

Fall is coming - is your garden ready?

Dear Master Gardener, April, 2012

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Crow Wing County Master Gardeners are great speakers!

Master Gardeners in Crow Wing County offer public presentations on many different horticulture-related topics.

Your group can request a Master Gardener to present at your meeting, program or any event where there is an audience eager to learn about gardening.

The public presentations offered by Crow Wing County Master Gardeners are scheduled through the Program County Coordinator. Normal scheduling requires at least two weeks advanced notice. Every effort will be made to find a speaker for every request received but please keep in mind that Master Gardeners are volunteers. Usually an honorarium is suggested for a public presentation. Please call the Program County Coordinator for additional information regarding honorarium.

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If your group in Crow Wing County is interested in requesting a public presentation by a Crow Wing County Master Gardener please contact Jackie Froemming, Program County Coordinator at (218)824-1068 or at froem022@umn.edu.


Presentation Topics

BULBS and TUBERS
Summer Bulbs
Growing, Storing and Enjoying Dahlias - NEW in 2013

ANNUALS
Container Gardening

PERENNIALS
Growing Perennials
Hostas
Growing Hardy Roses Up North - NEW in 2012
Daylilies - NEW in 2014
Alliums - Too Pretty for the Vegetable Garden - New in 2015
Selecting and Growing Sedums - New in 2015
Two Old-fashioned Favorites: Peonies and Clematis - New in 2015
Hydrangeas - New in 2015

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES
Ornamental Grasses
Exploring Unique Aesthetics of Ornamental Grasses - NEW in 2013

ORNAMENTAL SHRUBS AND TREES

FRUITS
Grapes - NEW in 2014

VEGETABLES
Growing Vegetables
Victory Gardens
Gardening Small: Veggies in Pots
Gardening Small: Veggies in Raised Beds
Plot Style Community Gardening
Edible Landscaping
Lessons Learned on the Farm: Companion and Succession Planting - NEW in 2012
Garlic - NEW in 2012
Growing Great Tomatoes - NEW in 2013
Growing Great Vegetables - NEW in 2013
Straw Bale Gardening - NEW in 2014
Vegetable Gardening 101 - NEW in 2014
Heirloom Vegetables - NEW in 2014
Growing and Using More Greens - NEW in 2014
Cool Crops: Asparagus and Rhubarb - NEW in 2015
Vegetable Gardening 101 - New in 2015
Container Gardening: Vegetables - New in 2015

HERBS
Herbs
Basic Herbs Gardening - NEW in 2013
Know Your Herbs and How to Use Them - NEW in 2013
Growing Herbs Indoors - NEW in 2013

LAWN
Lawn Care

LANDSCAPE
Color Coordinating
Designing Perennial Gardens
Planning the Perfect Garden - NEW in 2014
Selecting the Perfect Plants for Your Small Gardens - NEW in 2015

ENVIRONMENTAL
Rain Gardens
Rain Barrels
Stormwater Management
Lakeshore Restoration
Composting
Vermicomposting
Mulch Matters
The Green Gardener's Guide
Water Wisely
Kids Can Compost Too! - NEW in 2013
Landscaping for Wildlife - NEW in 2014

OTHERS
Master Gardener Program
Weekend Gardener - Horticulture for Busy People
Low-Maintenance Gardening
Wildflowers
Houseplants
Butterfly Gardening
Starting Plants from Seeds
Starting Seeds Indoor
Deer Deterrents
Oh Dear, Deer!
Shade Gardening
Vines
Growing and Using Gourds
Aquatic Plants
Slides of Beautiful Gardens
Spring Garden Preparation / Maintenance
Fall Garden Preparation / Maintenance
The Beekeeper's Garden
Photographing Your Garden
Edible Flowers
Gardening Tips for Almost Every Letter
Holiday Pizzazz - Using Plants in Your Holiday Decor
Age is No Excuse, Get Out and Garden - NEW in 2012
The Art of the Kitchen Garden - NEW in 2012
Extending the Growing Season in Minnesota - NEW in 2012
Basic Botany for Gardeners - NEW in 2012
Build Your Own Terrarium - NEW in 2012
Frugal Gardening - NEW in 2013
Create the Beauty, Month by Month - NEW in 2013
Seed Saving Tips - NEW in 2013
No Deer! Not My Garden Tonight - NEW in 2013
"Lemons" for Your Kitchen Garden - NEW in 2013
City Chickens: Keeping a Backyard Flock - NEW in 2013
Beginner Gardening: How to Get Started - NEW in 2013
Fairy Gardens - NEW in 2013
Gardening Lessons I Learned the Hard Way - NEW in 2014
Introduction to Asexual Plant Propagation - NEW in 2014
The Moon Garden - NEW in 2014
Miniature Gardens - NEW in 2014
Gardening Tools - NEW in 2014
Unwanted Garden Visitors - NEW in 2014
Colorful Containers All Season Long - NEW in 2014
Go Wild for Monarchs - NEW in 2014
Guide to Foraging in the Forest and Fall Outdoor Decorating - NEW in 2014
Guide to Foraging in the Forest and Winter Outdoor Decorating - NEW in 2015
Flower Gardening 101 - New in 2015
Woodland Plants - New in 2015
Container Gardening: Flowers - New in 2015

Master Gardeners are required to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours the first year and 25 hours annually thereafter. Most often Master Gardeners volunteer many more hours than what is required of them.

In 2006 Master Gardeners completed a total of 1,649 Volunteer Hours. The estimated national dollar value of volunteer time for that year was $18.77 per hour, valuing their volunteer work at $30,951.73 for 2006.

In 2007 Master Gardeners completed a total of 2,227 Volunteer Hours. The estimated national dollar value of volunteer time for that year was $19.51 per hour, valuing their volunteer work at $43,448.77 for 2007.

In 2008 Master Gardeners completed a total of 2,363 Volunteer Hours. The estimated national dollar value of volunteer time for that year was $20.25 per hour, valuing their volunteer work at $47,850.75 for 2008.

In 2009 Master Gardeners completed a total of 2,943 Volunteer Hours. The estimated national dollar value of volunteer time for that year was $20.85 per hour, valuing their volunteer work at $61,362.00 for 2009.

In 2010 Master Gardeners completed a total of 3,275 Volunteer Hours. The estimated national dollar value of volunteer time for that year was $21.36 per hour, valuing their volunteer work at $69,954.00 for 2010.

In 2011 Master Gardeners completed a total of 4,306 Volunteer Hours. The estimated national dollar value of volunteer time for that year was $21.79 per hour, valuing their volunteer work at $93,827.74 for 2011.

In 2012 Master Gardeners completed a total of 3,721 Volunteer Hours. The estimated national dollar value of volunteer time for that year was $22.14 per hour, valuing their volunteer work at $82,382.94 for 2012.

In 2013 Master Gardeners completed a total of 4,211 Volunteer Hours. The estimated national dollar value of volunteer time for that year was $22.55 per hour, valuing their volunteer work at $94,958.05 for 2013.

These dollar figures quantify the enormous value that our volunteers provide to Crow Wing County.

Crow Wing County Master Gardeners participate in many different types of volunteer work like community beautification projects, community educational projects and community environmental projects. Listed below are some of our past and current projects:

Beautification Projects
Educational Projects
Environmental Projects
Miscellaneous Activities