Current Community Projects

Butterfly Garden at Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh
Carter Memorial Library, Omro
County Fair
Gardens of the Octagon House
Home & Garden Shows
Invasive Species—Education and Control
Lincoln Garden (UW-Oshkosh)
Neenah Public Library
Oshkosh Area Humane Society Memorial Garden
Oshkosh Farmers Market
Paine Gardens and Arboretum
Park View Cutting Garden
Park View Flower Arranging
Park View Prairie Garden
Park View Vegetable Garden
Plant Health Advisors at UW-Extension
Shattuck Park, Neenah
Winchester Historical Society
Youth Education

 

Butterfly Garden at Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh

The Butterfly Garden at Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh (LHO) includes the creation, development, and maintenance of a butterfly garden and entrance area garden on this campus, which houses over 500 residents. Master Gardeners determine/acquire plants (perennials, annuals, herbs), garden layout, arrangement of beds, containers and garden fixtures, as well as schedule maintenance and upkeep.

Goals of the project include providing residents, staff and guests with information and enjoyment in an inviting and relaxing environment. Residents have opportunities to reminisce through visual, tactile and olfactory stimulation. Master Gardeners will be supporting butterfly conservation through this opportunity to acquire hours for recertification. The possibility of becoming a Monarch Waystation will also be pursued.

Carter Memorial Library, Omro

This project includes working with the Library Director to enhance the landscaping around the library to make it more attractive to the users of the library. It includeCounty s pruning, planting annuals and perennials, and working with what they already have in the landscape. This is a new project and can use volunteers.

County Fair

Master Gardeners provide horticulture information to attendees of the fair, provide an opportunity to practice research-based outreach and education, and build youth interest in horticulture education and Master Gardening.

Gardens of the Octagon House

The Master Gardener volunteers designed and planted the Gardens of the Octagon House in 2008 and 2009. The project now involves that of maintenance. The Octagon House, a historic home built in the 1850s, is owned and operated by the Neenah Historical Society. The garden elements were designed to represent those that were typical of the late 19th Century. These historic elements are: Kitchen garden, Parlor garden, Rose garden, and Shrub border. The Rain garden and three Sisters garden were later additions. The Kitchen garden consists of six raised beds. MGV’s have taken care of each bed, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and cleaning up. Though not mandatory, vegetable plantings have been primarily heirloom varieties. We practice crop rotation and companion planting. This has worked. We have been able to maintain organic gardening practices. The other gardens don't need replanting, except to replace a dead or dying plant, but the beds require pruning, weeding, and fall and spring clean-up. If you have a special interest in maintaining the look of a period garden, this is the place for you. Hope you can help.

Home & Garden Shows

The project provides a display of reference materials and garden handouts, as well as Master Gardeners to answer horticulture questions.

Invasive Species—Education and Control

This project concentrates on education and control of invasive species as defined by the Wisconsin NR 40 Invasive Species Identification, Classification and Control Rule. While education covers all species, control efforts are being focused on three important species: garlic mustard, buckthorn, and water hyacinth. Due to the abundance of garlic mustard and buckthorn throughout the area, efforts are being concentrated on garlic mustard, in spring, on the Wiouwash Trail and on buckthorn, in fall, at Oshkosh North Conservancy Park. Water hyacinth is a newly discovered prohibited species in Lakes Winneconne and Butte des Morts; efforts will be on monitoring and control of the species.

Lincoln Garden (UW-Oshkosh)

Master Gardener volunteers work with UW-Oshkosh personnel and students to beautify a prominent corner of the campus. The project not only enhances community awareness of the Master Gardener Program, it promotes educational opportunities with UWO staff, students, and visitors to the campus.

Neenah Public Library

This is a joint project between the WCMGA, Neenah Library, and UWEX-Winnebago County focusing on implementing sustainable gardens on the library grounds. The gardens will not only beautify the downtown area, but will serve as a catalyst to educate the community about the benefits and importance of sustainable landscapes and how they can incorporate the concepts into their own lives.

Oshkosh Area Humane Society Memorial Garden

This project focuses on revitalizing and beautifying the Oshkosh Area Humane Society's memorial and tribute garden that exists to remember pets and people in our community. Our focus was to work with the existing memorial structures and young plantings to create a serene, meditative garden space. We created a flow to the garden area and focal points so that the visitor is drawn from one garden room to the other. We improved the lawn conditions and made rock gardens that are not common to most public landscape spaces. We have made a lot of progress and hope to continue improving the beauty and serenity of the area. All members, especially animal lovers, are welcome to volunteer.

Oshkosh Farmers Market

Winnebago County Master Gardener Volunteers maintain a booth at the local farm market each week during the spring and summer to provide information and recommendations to individuals from the community related to the care, maintenance, and pest management in their yards and gardens.

Paine Gardens and Arboretum

Master Gardeners work very closely with the Paine Gardens and Arboretum. We help with upkeep of the gardens and in any other capacity we are asked to by the Paine.

Park View Cutting Gardens

In the southern part of the Park View grounds are the cutting gardens. These gardens provide beauty and enjoyment to the residents of the facility. Many volunteers are needed to assist in planting and maintaining these beds. Residents visit weekly to receive bouquets from the garden.

Park View Flower Arranging

This part of the Park View project is very special. We meet 10 times a year. We make bouquets with the residents to have in their rooms, some for the dining room tables and other areas of the facility. In summer, flowers are picked from our gardens and supplemented by a few purchased ones. In the winter months, flowers are chosen and purchased. A mock County Fair is held in July and residents may enter an arrangement. The residents are always eager for our visits.

Park View Prairie Garden

The Park View Prairie has been in existence since 1984 as part of the Zboray Nature Center on the Park View Health Center grounds. Carlton and Marion Schneider developed the prairie as a prairie plant identification area. The majority of the plants in the Prairie are donated, a few have been purchased and some started by seed gathered from the Prairie. The Prairie Garden provides continuous color throughout the growing season and is a favorite spot for the Park View residents. We work by identifying plants, removing invasive species and maintaining the Prairie with spring and fall cleanups. If you have an interest in prairie plants, this project can always use more help.

Park View Vegetable Garden

The vegetable gardens are located adjacent to the cutting gardens. Numerous vegetables are planted each spring, watered and weeded through the growing season. They are accessible to the residents who always enjoy monitoring the vegetables as they grow. They also enjoy a meal of fresh veggies when harvested.

Plant Health Advisors at UW-Extension

The Winnebago County Master Gardeners Association serves the needs of many different individuals throughout the County through education and outreach. Plant Health Advisors are individuals within the Association who volunteer their time and knowledge to assist people from the community with questions or problems they are having in their landscape. Plant Health Advisors have the option of working in the UW-Extension office or from home answering messages left on the Master Gardeners Help Line.

Shattuck Park, Neenah

Project works closely with the Neenah Park Department to design, install, and maintain several planting areas within the park. The gardens transform the space and are the main attraction in an area used for many public events throughout the year.

Winchester Historical Society

This project includes working with the historical society and volunteers to beautify the landscape and garden areas. We are trying to keep in mind the historical background of the area. This is a new project, so there are many opportunities for Master Gardener volunteers.

Youth Education

Master Gardeners works with students in after school programs and summer programs using hands on activities to teach the students about planting vegetables and flowers. Some activities include planting seeds in peat pots and transplanting them to cold frames and garden beds; building and eating a model of soils made of cookies and pudding representing different soil layers; and learning about plant parts by eating examples like carrots (roots), celery (stems) and sunflowers seeds.