Master Gardeners Get Jump on 2008 Garden Season

February 19, 2008, Hurley Wisconsin

While most gardeners are sitting at their kitchen tables reading through the avalanche of seed catalogs received this winter, members of the Range Master Gardeners met at the Iron County Courthouse to plan for the busy season that lies ahead. Neither snow nor sub-freezing temperatures could keep this group of garden-faithful from their "Season Opener".

Although the Master Gardeners have their own gardens to plan and purchase seeds for, their first priority is serving the northland's  gardening needs.

Each season the Range Master Gardeners spend accumulatively thousands of volunteer hours on projects from Montreal to Ontonagon. Many of the projects involve working with school children at many of the local school districts. The Master Gardeners also work at the Ironwood Pocket Park, the Ontonagon Town Garden, the Grandview Hospital, Bessemer City Hall and many, many other community projects.

Both Michigan and Wisconsin Master Gardeners are required to complete a specified number of hours of continuing education.

At last night's meeting Lynn Adams of the Wisconsin Extension Office  and Joyce Price of the Michigan Extension Office informed the Master Gardeners of the many upcoming agricultural and horticultural events that would qualify for education credit. These events will of course be post  here on

The Range Master Gardeners is a master gardener organization that is comprised of both Michigan and Wisconsin Master Gardeners. You can keep up with this years events and enjoy the many photographs of their community projects at their very popular web Site: .

An important reminder that  on February 21st 8:00 p.m. at the Iron County, Wisconsin Courthouse. meeting room Gardening Expert and Master Gardener  Tom Syverud will speak about “Organic Gardening”- Tom Syverud, Extension and Outreach Educator has worked for UW-Madison in northern Wisconsin for 30 years. After receiving his Masters degree in Soil Science from Madison, he worked for many years at the UW Ashland Agricultural Research Station managing the gardens and research projects, and conducting educational programs. For the past 13 years he has worked for University Extension, teaching the Master Gardener Class and working on international small-scale vegetable gardening projects in Kenya, Nicaragua, Jamaica and Haiti.





















Bring your questions for the expert !  Admission is free.
Presented by the 46th Parallel  Planters