Sauk County Master Gardener Association


What is the Master Gardener Program?

In the Master Gardener Program, you receive 36 – 50 hours of horticultural training with UW Madison Division of Extension university specialists, faculty, and local experts. The course fee includes instructional materials, which you keep.

To become a certified Master Gardener, you must attend the designated training sessions, volunteer time to your community, and pass a final exam. To remain certified, each year you will need to take 10 hours of additional training and volunteer 24 hours of your time.

Who can participate?

Any adult (18 years or older) can participate in the Master Gardener Program – no previous experience or training is necessary, although many people do have some horticultural experience.

What programs are offered?

There are two types of Master Gardener Programs in Wisconsin – a general program and a specialized program.
The general program consists of a minimum of 36 hours of training covering all aspects of horticulture. This program is normally offered every other year.  Contact the Sauk County UW Madison Division of Extension Office (608) 355-3250 if you are interested in participating.
Beyond the initial training, the Master Gardener Program offers updated sessions for members who have completed either the general or the specialized program. Also, statewide, regional, and international conferences provide additional learning opportunities.


Terrific Tomato tasting update:

Event for Terrific Tomato Tasting, August 27, 2022.  39 people attended.  37 tomatoes were tasted.  First place was Honeycomb, second place was Chocolate Cherry, third place was Wapsipinicon Peach.  Both the volunteers and the public  enjoyed the event.  We shared our successes and failures in our gardens this year.


Photo from Gladys Proctor




Call the Sauk County UW Extension office at 608-355-3250.

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