The seed for the Master Gardener (MG) program was planted in 1972 by Washington State Cooperative Extension. MG volunteers were trained to extend Extension’s outreach to community residents in educating people about horticulture. The Master Gardener Program began in Wisconsin through the UW-Extension in the late 1970s. Local MG groups banded together in 1992 to form the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association (WIMGA).
The individual Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) is the focus of the MG program. Every person who has taken training and completed their volunteer hour commitment is a certified MGV. Individuals may become a member of a local association and are encouraged to be members of the State Association (the WIMGA). The MG program Office provides support to all MGs and local associations and works closely with the WIMGA. Wisconsin Master Gardener Program Website
The Adams County Master Gardeners Association (ACMGA) was formed in May 2000 by a small group of gardeners who wanted to use their love and knowledge of gardening to make a difference in their community.
Our Goals & Objectives
The goal of the MG Program is to train enthusiastic volunteers so they can, in turn, provide research-based information on a wide variety of horticultural topics to the general public in their communities.
Our main objectives:
To offer ongoing education for members of the ACMGA in all areas of horticulture.
To encourage, foster, support, and promote horticulture for all residents of Adams County.
To promote the conservation of our natural resouces.
To perform community service projects that enhance the quality of life for Adams County residents.
Don Genrich of the Adams County UW Extension Office serves as the local advisor to that ACMGA Program and provides support and educators involved with MG training. Don provides great leadership and services to our organization. Feel free to contact Don if you have any questions concerning the ACMGA program.
Adams County – UW Extension Advisor
Phone: 608-339-4237 (Ext. 811)