March 20, 2020
The spread of Coronavirus and the need to practice safe-distancing, has caused Ozaukee Master Gardeners to cancel all volunteer activities and events until further notice.
This cancellation includes the popular annual Heirloom & Herb Plant Sale, which had been scheduled for May 23, at Concordia University’s Fieldhouse in Mequon. The event will NOT be rescheduled in 2020.
“We are saddened to do this,” said Ozaukee Master Gardeners President Heidi Janous. “We interact with the public every day through our 10 project gardens scattered around the county, and we do an immense amount of horticulture education.” Added UW-Extension Agriculture Educator Stephanie Plaster, “We will continue our spring course of Level 1 Master Gardener Training. We have more than 40 students who are learning Botany and other required topics through an online learning platform.” The online classes have been approved by Extension staff.
The decision to cancel activities and events was stated in guidelines issued March 20, 2020 by the University of Wisconsin Extension in Madison, and from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, UW-Madison, and federal agencies.
“We know this is disappointing,” said Plaster. “But it is a necessary step for the protection of volunteers, staff, and clientele; and we hope to reduce the stress and burden on volunteers and staff as we work remotely.”
Our popular resource "Ask a Master Gardener" will continue to operate, with gardening questions answered by a team working remotely.