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January 2017 Newsletter
In this issue

  • MAMGA & Other Events of Interest
  • Learning, Garden Volunteer, and Internship Opportunities
  • Grow Light Fixtures Available
  • Horticulture Website Resources
  • The President's Message
  • Meet Your Fellow Master Gardener: Barb Anderegg
  • The Last Word:  Member Recertification

MAMGA-Sponsored & Other Events of Interest

Also check the MAMGA website calendar.

Tuesday, January 3 Green Thumb Tuesday
12:30 -1:30pm Monona Gardens Restaurant
6501 Bridge Rd
Discussion topic:  What are your garden resolutions for 2017?
Contact Dana Warren for more information
**MAMGA membership renewals accepted**

MAMGA Board Meeting
Monday, January 9 6 to 8pm

Room B, 5201 Fen Oak Court
See our organization at work.
Agenda items include discussion of the proposed 2017 budget, modifications to the by-laws, nomination of a new board member, a progress report on "Footsteps to Our Future," and a discussion of MAMGA's five standing committees.
Please email Ed Meachen if you decide to attend, so that seating can be arranged.  Anyone may attend the meeting.  Email:

Saturday, January 14 10am-noon
Paradigm Gardens
:  Lighting, Hydroponics & Seed Starting
4501 Helgesen Drive - east frontage road along 51 between E. Buckeye & Pflaum Rds
Register at:
(1 hr of education credit)

Saturday, February 25 11am-12:30pm
Student Landscape Designers at Allen Centennial Gardens
1575 Linden Drive
Parking available in Lot 40
To Register visit:
(1 hr of education credit)

MAMGA Annual Meeting
Saturday March 18 10am-2pm
Goodman Community Center
149 Waubesa Street
Parking available in church lot
Keynote speaker:  Jerry Apps
We plan to have a third consecutive silent auction at the annual meeting.  We want to make next year's silent auction the best ever!  Anyone interested in contributing auction items (we had jewelry, framed photos, garden tools, a handmade throw, and garden art last year) please let Dana Warren ( or Bonnie Mitchell ( know what you are donating and when you can get it to them or have someone pick it up.  We will continue to solicit donations until the second week in March.
All funds raised by the silent auction will be invested in MAMGA competitive project grants to local school, public or community gardens in Dane County.
Registration for the membership meeting will open in January (date yet to be determined) on the MAMGA web site.)  You will be able to use your credit card to pay a registration fee, or download a registration page and send a check to MAMGA. 
(1 hour of education credit)
April 1 "Art of Gardening"  Friends of Allen Centennial Garden Spring Symposium. 
10am to 4pm at the UW Arboretum
Speakers: Jaqueline van der Kloet; Susan Cohan; David Culp; Nigel Dunnett 

MAMGA is a sponsor for this event.
Advance tickets for MAMGA members go on sale Wednesday, January 18th.  The Eventbrite program page is up and available now for a complete listing of speakers and topics, but registration opens Wednesday January 18th.  
Registration link for MAMGA:
When registration opens MAMGA members should automatically be able to access tickets.  In case of a problem, the code word to access tickets is MAMGA
(4 hours of education credit)
NOTE:  The following events are not MAMGA events but may be of interest to MAMGA members.
Learning Opportunities
Now that outside gardening is wrapping up for the season, think about taking a class or two that count toward the ten hours of continuing education.  

Allen Centennial Garden offers a series of two hour talks Saturdays from 9 to 11am in Room 108 of the Hort Building, 1575 Linden Drive on the UW Ag Campus except for the Jan 21 talk.  Registration by the Friday before each class to reserve your seat.  The cost is $10 per class but free to Friends of ACG ($30 annual membership).  See for more info. 

January 14 State of the Hive:  Bees and Butterflies in SW Wisconsin - Prof. Davig Hogg
January 21 Farm to Museum:  A History of Vegetables through Art - Prof. Jim Nienhuis [NOTE:  This lecture is at the Chazen Museum of Art located on University Avenue.]
January 28 Tastemakers:  Participatory Plant Breeding and a new WI Cuisine - Solveig Hanson
February 4 Growing Grapes in WI - Profs. Amaya Atucha & Sara Patterson
February 10 2pm-8pm  Garden Expo
February 11 9am-6pm  Garden Expo
February 12 10am-4pm
  Garden Expo
February 18 Landscape Architecture & Garden Design from Modern to Ancient Times - Prof. Sam Dennis
February 25 Color Theory in Garden Design - Ben Futa
March 11 Keeping Your Woody Plants Alive:  Proper Tree Planting and Aftercare
March 18  Proficient Pruning Workshop 1 to 3pm Olbrich
Coming soon--MAMGA Garden Gadabouts
Been on any good trips lately?  Got photos?  Send them to and we'll put them on the MAMGA website Notes page.
Garden Volunteer Opportunities

Claire Weesner, the director of the greenhouse program at Mendota Mental Health Institute (MMHI), is looking for up to five volunteers to help with their resident horticulture therapy program. The program operates 3 greenhouses and ornamental areas around the campus. Volunteers may choose to work when patient workers are present or solely with staff. 

The first step is to contact Claire for a tour and learn what the program is about. Her email is and her phone # Cell: 608-235-0864, Office: 608-301-1654. The application process includes application forms, a security check, and medical clearance which will include a TB test and a current vaccination status.

The contacts for the applications and health clearance are:
OOA Admin: Rhonda Martinson 301-1025,, Nurse: Marla Smith 301-1279,,

Rod Kazmerzak, a member of the Sun Prairie Community Garden Association, is seeking a few MGVs to provide two educational breakout sessions on vegetable gardening for their annual meeting in March or April 2017.  Anyone interested in finding out more--including the exact date of the annual meeting which has not yet been determined, please contact Rod at, or call 608-235-9062.

Internship Opportunities
Used Grow Light Fixtures Available

Phil Stadler (MGV Class 2016) has 15+ surplus grow light fixtures that lack fluorescent tubes.  They take T8’s or T12’s and are the usual 48” length with pull chain on/off switches, 5’ cords and 3-prong,plug. They also have the hanging chain. He's looking for a small donation in return.  If you are interested, please email him at  
Horticulture Websites

The President's Message

From Ed Meachen, MGV

It’s amazing to me how fast 2016 disappeared.  I don’t want to look ahead too far—time seems to go fast enough at my age.  But in three short months we’ll be thinking seriously about our gardens.  I’m already drooling over those seed catalogs that have started to appear in my mailbox.  For me, time to get out and prune the fruit trees. Still, I’m worried about losing our snow cover in December with some brutally cold weather inevitably before us. 
 I’ve been working on the MAMGA Annual Report for 2016.  I’m quite amazed at how many of our “Footsteps to Our Future” planning goals we’ve reached in the first year of the five year roadmap.  The goal that most pleases me is the array of programs we provided in 2016 and the equally interesting programs we’ve arranged for you to attend in 2017.  Kudos to the great group of members on the Program Committee.  We’ve also balanced our budget, and with your help I think we’ll balance it again in 2017.  As we begin the new year, please renew your membership if you’ve yet to do that.  Your renewal is critical to our success since almost all of our funding comes through membership dues.  Thank you so much if you’ve already renewed.
I want to remind you as well about volunteer opportunities through participation in one of the five MAMGA standing committees.  The Finance Committee is responsible for the MAMGA budget, but also marketing and fundraising beyond our membership dues.  The Community Services Committee has responsibility for our grants program—very successful in 2016—as well as for the development and launching of our first major community project.   It also helps Lisa with various volunteer opportunities in the community.  The Membership Committee works on retaining and recruiting members, developing and maintaining membership benefits, collecting volunteer forms, and managing membership lists.  The Program Committee develops and manages the programs and social events for the year.  And the Communications Committee helps with the web site, the newsletter, occasional mailings, Facebook, and communications with the general public.
If you have interest in helping with any of these committees, so important to our operations, please go to our website at  Fill out a “volunteer interest form” and send it to the email address listed on the membership page.
I wish you all a happy and healthy 2017!

Meet your fellow Master Gardener:
 Barb Anderegg

By Percy Mather  

We're starting the new year with a new graduate of the MGV Class of 2016:  Barbara Anderegg.  In the last five years, the MGV training has changed to expose students to different locations and types of gardens and activities. Current applicants also go through an interview process. One thing that doesn’t change is the enjoyment of gardening and the dedication and enthusiasm for volunteering by the MGV students. 

Barb very much enjoyed her volunteer experience at three very different sites—Glendale Elementary School, the Arbor Garden at Eagle Heights Community Garden, and Section H at the Dane County/UW-Extension Teaching Garden. In her volunteer hours, she immediately put to work the information in the lectures given by Lisa Johnson and other speakers. She felt very well prepared by the lecture material. “I liked the variety [of opportunities]. It introduced us to a lot of different things,” she says.

Barb volunteered at Glendale Grade School on Madison’s far eastside at 1201 Tompkins Drive, a few blocks southwest of the intersection of Highway 51 and Pflaum Road. She worked on a team organized by by MGV Nancy Kieraldo who had been a librarian at the school. Barb credits Nancy as a source of inspiration in getting the site organized and cleaned up. Local kids saw what was happening and drifted over to help. By fall, weeds had been removed and the existing storage shed, picnic tables, and sink area were being used by students, their families, and volunteers.

The work at Section H in the Teaching Garden inspired Barb to make major improvements in the Arbor Garden at Eagle Heights Community Garden, using what she had learned from Karen Allenstein and other MGVs at the Teaching Garden. “Section H was a challenging portion of the garden, but it became fun to work there” she says.

Overall, Barb says “I really enjoyed the whole training. It puts us in touch with what needs to be done.”

Two views of the Arbor Garden at Eagle Heights Community Garden.
Photo supplied by Barb Anderegg.
The Last Word

Ed Meachen

Membership re-certification
The beginning of the new year is a good time for those of you who didn’t re-certify in 2016 to consider re-certifying in 2017.  I’ve talked to a number of MAMGA members who told me they didn’t have the time to do the volunteer work or perhaps the continuing education work necessary to be re-certified as an MGV.  Of course, I understand the time constraints of work and family…and relaxation…put on people.  And for someone retired like me its clearly easier to take time to do volunteer work.  But some MAMGA members actually do fulfill the volunteer and education hours but don’t record them at the end of September and send them in. 
Here’s the worrisome thing for me.  UW-Extension 2015-17 budget cuts are certainly going to have a negative impact on staffing at Extension.  The question is, will those cuts adversely affect the master gardener program?  It may help preserve the MGV program to be able to argue that the investment Dane County Extension makes in the MGV program is paid back many times over by the enormous volunteer work MGVs give back to the community.  It will not help with our persuasive narrative to have to admit that while Extension trains about 40 MGVs each year, within a few years only about half are still recording their volunteer work.  Moreover, with staff reductions, Lisa Johnson’s increasing work load requires even more volunteer hours from the MGVs in order to continue the valuable community services Extension has always provided. 
So I would encourage you to find a few more hours to volunteer, come to a few more programs to get your continuing education hours, and then please record them and send them in before October 1st.  Consider this: if you volunteered to work on the Program Committee in 2016 and attended each meeting you would have attained one-half of the volunteer hours needed to re-certify.  If you attended five MAMGA programs you would have fulfilled half your continuing education requirement.  We can collectively be the argument for the MGV program’s survival by demonstrating our commitment to its founding principles of volunteerism, education and social service. 

Thanks for being a part of MAMGA. For questions about renewing your membership, upcoming events, and more, we encourage you to visit our website and Facebook pages, and to contact us anytime at
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