Stop and smell the roses
Projects from the Wood County Master Gardener Volunteer Association
By Mary Czaja
As you travel around Marshfield, you will see the influence of the Wood County Master Gardener Volunteer Association. Three community gardens with approximately 80 raised garden beds are located at area churches. Good Shepherd Lutheran has some gardens elevated so they are wheel chair accessible. First Presbyterian and St. Albans have also set aside parts of their property for this cause.
The volunteers working at the Curves and cinema parking lots are experiencing road construction problems along with the usual dry, hot conditions associated with their projects. Take a walk along Maple Street to see the construction and how truly beautiful hardy plants can be.
The inside and outside of the Governor William H. Upham House will take you back in time to the late 1800s. The yard features a Heritage Rose Garden and sensory path.
The Wildwood Zoo is an exciting experience for children of all ages. There are a number of display gardens and containers maintained by Master Gardener volunteers to enhance the animal enclosures. Check out the plants while the little ones feed the ducks and geese.
There is a hidden treasure in the Marshfield area. Weber’s Nature Park is located on West Fifth Street just past the Mid-State Technical College. It is worth the effort to locate this woodland gem and walk the nature trails. There is also a shelter house for a quiet family picnic.
Take the time to check out the education garden that surrounds the gazebo while attending the Central Wisconsin State Fair. It is a great place to sit, relax, and learn about some plants that will work in a home garden.
There are approximately 30 projects located throughout Wood County funded and maintained by the Wood County Master Gardener Association.
One of the fundraisers planned for the Marshfield area is the fall plant sale on Sept. 19 and 20 in conjunction with Maple Fall Fest in Wildwood Park. Look for us near the duck pond entrance to the zoo. We will be there to answer gardening questions and help you get your purchases to your car. In addition to plants, we will have garden decorations, plant books and magazines, and — new this year — scarecrows created by the members.