2014 MAMGA Annual Meeting & Luncheon
March 8, 2014 11:30 a.m.
Candlewood Suites, Blue Quill Ballroom,
5421 Caddis Bend, Fitchburg
Event includes business meeting, guest speaker, keynote speaker, door prizes and more!
Doors open for check-in at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.
Registration forms were mailed with 2014 membership cards.
or download here
Guest Speaker: Janet Hedtcke, Assistant Superintendent of the West Madison Ag Research Station, will share updated information on the Demonstration Gardens and volunteer opportunities available.
Keynote Address: "Aldo Leopold, Phenology and Climate Change" presented by Stanley Temple.
Aldo Leopold, best known as the author of A Sand County Almanac, was a keen observer of the natural world. Throughout his life he kept daily journals recording observations of seasonal events, especially those occurring at his "shack" on the Leopold farm, which was the setting for many essays in A Sand County Almanac. Leopold's meticulous phenological observations have provided us with an unparalleled record of when plants bloomed, birds migrated and other natural events. Comparing his observations of hundreds of natural events to recent records helps us understand how climate change is affecting the ecological community. One lesson of Leopold's journals is clear: For those who love nature and take time to observe it closely, keeping records enhances the enjoyment and value of our time and effort, both now and in the future
Stanley A. Temple is the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation in the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology. Temple is the former Chairman of the Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development program in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison. For 32 years he held the academic position once occupied by Aldo Leopold. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation.
The Business Meeting will include reports from the Board of Directors, election of new Board members and consideration of proposed bylaw amendments. For bios of the nominees, click here.
Please fill out your Annual Meeting Registration form completely. Once the envelopes are opened, your check and form are separated and sent to two different people for processing. If your form is not complete with your name and phone number, we are unable to contact you with any questions.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5pm - 8pm
Monona Gardens Restaurant
Topic: Plant Propagation- Geranium Cuttings Workshop
Come for Green Thumb Tuesday mingling with fellow master gardeners and really get your green thumb on! The propagation of soft tissue cuttings is an easy way to increase plants such as begonias, geraniums, impatiens, 'christmas cactus' and more. Percy Mather will demonstrate how to turn that leggy plant into multiple new plants! Bring a suitable houseplant (from the list above) if you have one. We will learn how to all of the above mentioned plants. Each guest will each take home an envelope with a tsp of fresh rooting powder and a cutting in a pot. Percy will share her experience with over-wintering geraniums as pulled plants. No window space needed! You can dry them in the basement until Feb-March! Come join us for a fun night of gardening that doesn’t require the snow to melt!
. Look forward to seeing you there! Need more information? Call Dana at 608-833-5703
Executive Order #54, signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker on Dec. 19, 2011 requires that UW-Extension employees report child abuse or neglect. This includes master gardener volunteers. MGVs will need to take this training in order to keep certification and volunteer as master gardeners, whether you work regularly with children or not. There is an online training that takes about an hour that is available at: http://wcwpds.wisc.edu/mandatedreporter/. If you don’t have internet access, you can make an appointment to use a computer here at the office or at your local library. If you want to schedule as a group, we can also do in the office. Upon completion, print the certificate and send it to the office. We will be contacting you if we do not receive the certificate by February 28 deadline.
For full information about this requirement there is more info at: http://www.uwrf.edu/HumanResources/upload/Executive-Order-FAQ.pdf.
Please be sure to mail your Child Abuse Reporting Training certificate to the Extension office at 5201 Fen Oak Ct., Madison, WI 53718 and not to the MAMGA P.O. Box.
After 17 years of publication in various formats, MAMGA ceased production of the Wisconsin Garden Journal in 2013 to allow thoughtful consideration of the Garden Journal's future in light of MAMGA's organizational objectives, resource constraints, and members' priorities. Part of the review process included a focus group convened in October 2013 to consider certain questions pertaining to the Garden Journal. Focus group participants included MAMGA members who had worked on many aspects of previous Garden Journals, or had served MAMGA in related roles. Participants brought a wide range of experience and perspectives to the table. The productive discussion that occurred has been distilled into the Garden Journal Focus Group Report (click to read report). The Report has been discussed by MAMGA's Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and will be discussed by the Executive Committee again on January 6. Thoughts and comments regarding the future of the Garden Journal and/or other MAMGA projects are welcome. Please send any thoughts or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will be shared with the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
MAMGA and WIMGA memberships can be renewed now for 2014 and 2015 (renewal forms were mailed to all 2013 MAMGA members in October, or can be downloaded here). Members who renew for both years at the same time get a discount on their MAMGA dues--only $25.00 to renew for both years (instead of $30.00 if renewing separately). There is no discount for renewing WIMGA membership for both years, but there's nothing like planning ahead! The MAMGA membership database will track membership expiration dates, so that members will receive future membership renewal information at the appropriate time in advance of their membership expirations. Membership renewal checks should be made out to MAMGA and sent to MAMGA, P.O. Box 259318, Madison, WI 53525-9318. Questions? Email email@example.com