USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
This map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones (click the link for an interactive map)
UW EXTENSION RESOURCES
Dane County University of Wisconsin Extension Horticulture
The main site for all Extension-related information, including MGV information regarding volunteer hours, certification, and reporting.
Wisconsin Master Gardener Association
Website of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association, the statewide non-profit organization supporting Master Gardeners.
The Learning Store
The Master Gardener's go-to resource for science-backed, locally relevant fact sheets, books, guides, and more.
TOPICS OF INTEREST
"Wild Ones strives to become a widely recognized voice for native plants and the sustainable landscaping movement, promoting increased use of native plantings that create living landscapes through grassroots efforts by example, education, marketing, and personalized support."
The Xerces Society
The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.
The National Gardening Association (NGA) is a Texas-based national leader in garden-based education. NGA supports KidsGardening.org, a provider of grants and free materials for educators and families so that they may use gardening as a resource for learning. Our mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational garden programs.
Download these useful one pagers from the National Wildlife Federation for yourself or to use as an education tool in presentations. NWF provides ideas of how to make your garden more wildlife friendly for birds, butterflies, amphibians, and more! For more in-depth online content, don't miss their Gardening Tips section as well.
AREA GARDENS TO VISIT
Allen Centennial Gardens
The Allen Centennial Gardens is a horticultural teaching garden managed by the University of Wisconsin Department of Horticulture.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Stroll 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants. Visit the tropics in the Bolz Conservatory, filled with exotic plants, flowers, orchids, birds, and a waterfall.
CAC Community Gardens
Community Action Coalition (CAC) - Community & Food Pantry Gardens of Dane County
Since 1934 the University of Wisconsin - Madison Arboretum has been restoring the land, advancing ecological restoration, and fostering Aldo Leopold's land ethic.
West Madison Agriculture Research Station
UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Trial and Demonstration gardens of annuals, fruit, vegetables and perennials.
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
A 20-acre nonprofit botanic garden, is home to many dramatic and themed gardens. Some have an international focus, such as the Japanese, Scottish, French Formal, Italian and English Cottage Gardens. Also included are less formally-structured gardens.
Refresh your Master Gardener knowledge online
If it has been a few years since your training took place, you may want to look at the online training modules on the WIMGA website. Each topic has a bibliography of more resources available online.
Master Composter Manual
A new manual about composting is available free for downloading at The Learning Store. omposting is an effective tool that keeps yard materials and food scraps out of landfills while producing a finished product valued by gardeners everywhere. By diverting waste intended for landfills, home composting serves as a model of sustainability that illustrates the results of returning degradable organic materials to the soil. Learn about managing organic materials at home, the science behind composting, and the benefits of compost with this resourceful manual.