Don’t Miss the UW-Extension Master Gardener Plant Sale

Written by Karyn Powers

Spring has sprung, the grass has rizz, we’ll tell you where the flowers is…

If you’re looking for a great deal on perennials, annuals, herbs, grasses, hostas, vegetables, tomatoes, native vegetation, and more — look no further than the annual Master Gardeners Plant Sale at Marathon Park!

True “Master Gardeners” will be selling large, healthy plant divisions from one of their local gardens.

Get the details for this event in their video montage below. (Who knew plant sales could be so DRAMATIC?)


That’s right…

Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. to noon you can join the “herds” of local garden enthusiasts as they stroll down the aisles of the Marathon Park Cattle Barn (located at 1201 Stewart Ave. in Wausau, WI).

All plants are grown locally, and every year there’s something new. You never know what things the Master Gardeners will bring…

Come see what’s available this year!

Gardening-Related Items & Tools

Gently used tools, gardening accessories, and decorative garden items will also be available for sale.

Free Children’s Planting Area

Encourage your children to learn more about gardening! Their popular Children’s Garden area gives children the opportunity to plant and take home a gardening project.


Reference Table

Got questions about gardening or your newly purchased plants? Stop by their Reference Table staffed by Master Gardeners who will happily answer your questions.

To learn more about this energetic group of expert local growers, visit the North Central WI Master Gardeners Facebook page.

The Master Gardener program is sponsored in part by the Marathon County University of Wisconsin–Extension Office. Introductory and advanced classes are held throughout the year. Visit the NCWMG website for details.


About North Central WI Master Gardeners

North Central Wisconsin Master Gardener (NCWMG) Association has over 20 years of growing, learning, teaching and sharing of gardening experience. The association includes Lincoln and Marathon counties and maintains an active membership of more than 80 volunteers.

In the last 15 years, NCWMG volunteers have established and served in many service projects including manning the Garden Line, Garden Clinic and booth at Weston Farmer’s Market, hosting the Garden Visions conference, hosting an annual spring plant sale, hosting Garden Walk, establishing a Native Wisconsin Wildflower Garden at Rib Mountain State Park, and maintaining a teaching garden.

In the last 20 years, NCWMG volunteers have served in many notable community service projects including:

  • Yawkey House Museum Garden, Wausau
  • Aspirus YMCA Community Garden, 3402 Howland Ave, Weston
  • Establishing the Rib Mountain State Park Native Wildflowers Project
  • Robert W. Monk Garden, Wausau
  • Rothschild Village Hall Gardens, Rothschild
  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Gardens, Wausau

The Cooperative Extension has been helping people solve their agricultural problems since 1913. Extension agents/farm advisors supervised “Victory Gardens” during World War I and II and have helped home and community gardeners ever since.

Eventually, a voluntary educational program was initiated to teach gardening to people who would then extend the information to others in the community. The first Master Gardener Volunteer Program was started in 1972 in Washington State. Since then, Master Gardener Volunteer Programs have spread to more than 45 states and four Canadian provinces, and boasts of more than 45,000 volunteers.

Karyn Powers - Marathon County Recreation SuperintendentKaryn Powers

Recreation Superintendent  |  Wausau / Marathon County Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department 

Karyn Powers joined the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department in 1991. Prior to settling in Marathon County, she spent 5 years working for the Department of Defense in Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Services for the U.S. Navy in Iceland and the U.S. Army in South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Park and Recreation Administration and a master’s degree in Education. In addition to being the city/county Recreation Superintendent, she is a published poet and author. Karyn fell in love with Marathon County as a college senior when she interned here in 1979, then traveled halfway around the world to get back here as soon as was possible.  Email Karyn Powers

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