Under the direction of the UW-Extension Jefferson County Master Gardeners, the Hoard Museum gardens are maintained throughout the year by a dedicated group of volunteers. The Museum is proud to have five gardens on its grounds:
- The Roger F. and Sandra L. Anderson Intersectional Peony Garden
- The Rain Garden
- Fence Garden
- Foster House Herb Garden
- Entry Garden
Each year, the Jefferson County Master Gardeners, many who are Hoard Museum garden volunteers, present educational programs and workshops at the Hoard Museum. The Jefferson County Master Gardeners are part of the Wisconsin Master Gardeners Association, which is a statewide organization affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Its mission is to support and provide leadership to individual master gardeners and local organizations.
The Jefferson County Master Gardener Volunteers at the Hoard Historical Museum are planning five new Garden Education Programs for 2017. Three of our programs this year will be about Native Plants.
Saturday, March 4, 2 pm – Native Plants Part I
Native Plants, Part 1 will review how native plants are classified based on their preferred amount of light, water, and soil type. We will a look at various natural habitats and how plants from those habitats can be incorporated into a home garden. This program will also discuss why gardeners might want to include native plants in their landscape.
Saturday, May 13, 2 pm – Native Plants Part II
Saturday, September 23, 9 am – 12:30 pm – Garden Education Seminar: Perennial Gardening Registration Required
Saturday, October 21, 2 pm – Native Woody Plants, Shrubs, and Vines
Saturday, November 18, 2 pm – WWI Victory Garden Program
Guided Garden Tours
Our Master Gardener Team can give guided tours of the five Hoard Museum Gardens for your Group or Organization. Call or e-mail the Museum to schedule your group tour today! Reservations are Required for each tour. There is a fee of $5.00 per person is charged with the proceeds designated for the Hoard Gardens.