Barron County Master Gardener Volunteers

Mission Statement
The goal of this organization shall be to encourage, foster, support and promote Horticulture
for all Master Gardener Volunteers and residents of Barron County
and to promote the UW-Extension from which we are founded.

Officers and Directors:

President – Carol Kettner

Vice President – Laura Cutsforth

Secretary – Wendy Kolzow

Treasurer – Donna Jasicki

Directors:  Penny Tietz, Marilyn Saffert, Millie Seabold, Carol Abbuehl – Past President

WIGMA State Board Rep:  Hali Dessecker


By Laws for Master Gardeners:

 By Laws Revised October 2, 2014

Master Gardener Program Schedule for 2014:

January 2014 – No membership meeting.  BCMGV Officers and Directors meet at 6:00 p.m. at Carol Kettner’s home.

February 6, 2014 -  Square Foot Gardening – Presented by the BCMG training volunteers.

March 6, 2014 – Jenny Bergman from Bergmann Nurseries in Clayton, WI, will present a program called “What’s New for 2014.”  She will cover many of the newer plants coming onto the market, including perennials and shrubs.

April 5, 2014 – Barron County Master Gardeners Spring Expo at WITC Conference Center in Rice Lake.

  • Keynote Speaker:  Diana Alfuth – “Home Landscaping:  Success in the Details.”  presentation will cover the components of the home landscape and suggest how we might create unity and cohesiveness in the areas surrounding our home.  She will address the adventures of creating garden rooms, placing garden structures, adding garden art, and creating paths in the garden.  Diana teaches Landscape Design at UW-River Falls, and owns a landscape design business, Crickhollow Landscape Design.  she is also a Horticulture Educator for UW-Extension in Pierce and St. Croix Counties.
  • Keynote Speaker:  Diana Alfuth – “Landscaping Around Obstacles.”  Designing your landscape would be easy if it were a blank slate, but the reality is our landscapes are full of “obstacles” necessary to our daily living.  This presentation will talk about how to approach landscaping around things such as septic systems, utility boxes, culverts, LP gas tanks, well pipes and other obstacles.

May 1, 2014 –  Dennis Drew, owner of Oak Valley Farms in Elk River, MN, will present a program titled, “Back to Basics with Hardy Garden Lilies:  A Primer on Successful Lily Growing in Your Garden.”

May 16, 2014 - Setup for plant sale at the Barron County Fairgrounds.

May 17, 2013 – Annual plant sale at the fairgrounds in Rice Lake.  Start time for the sale is 8:00 AM.

June 5, 2014 - Potluck and garden tour at Kay Curtains’ home in Prairie Farm.  6:00 p.m.

June 27, 2013 – Potluck and garden tour at Carol Kettner’s home in Rice Lake.  This will be counted as our “July” picnic due to a busy July for the Master Gardeners.

July 3, 2014 – Potluck and garden tour at Donna Jasicki’s home in Barron.  6:00 p.m.

July 14-20, 2014 - Barron County Fair

August 7, 2014 - Potluck and garden tour at Marilyn Saffert’s home in Rice Lake.  6:00 p.m.

September 4, 2014 –  Richard Witt, a retired Math professor from UW-Eau Claire, is an active member of the Northern Wisconsin Hosta Society.  He and his wife live in Eau Claire and consider themselves Hosta-holics.  His program is “Shade Gardening with Hostas.”

October 2, 2014 - Marilyn Saffert will present a program called “Tropical Plants and other Bizarre Botanicals for Your Garden.”  Marilyn will discuss some “ordinary” tropical plants, along with some other weird and wonderful plants that can add interest to the perennial or container gardens.

November 6, 2014 - Kevin Morgan, DNR Wildlife Biologist for Barron County, will present a program on Terrestrial Invasive Species.

December 4, 2014 – Christmas Party, 6:00 p.m., at the Barron County Government Center.  Potluck and garden gift exchange.

Master Gardeners Newsletters:

Winter 2013 Newsletter

Spring 2013 Newsletter

Summer 2013 Newsletter

Fall 2013 Newsletter

YEAR:  2014





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