Welcome to Crow Wing County Master Gardeners


Educating people where they live and work

Master Gardener volunteers are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers whose job is to educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using readily-available, up-to-date research-based information. This educational effort is designed to enhance the public's quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.

Master Gardener volunteers complete many hours of volunteer work each year, providing a valuable in-kind contribution. These dollar figures quantify the enormous value that our volunteers provide to Minnesota.

In 2018 Master Gardeners completed a total of 4,056 Volunteer Hours. The estimated national dollar value of volunteer time for 2017 was $27.58 per hour, valuing their volunteer work at $111,864.48 for 2018. If the estimated national dollar value changes for 2018 this amount may be subject to change.

To recognize the value of the work done by our program, Brainerd Restoration and Brainerd Main Street Program awarded in 2008 the "Spirit of Environmental Stewardship in Renovation" to Crow Wing County Master Gardeners and to Jackie Froemming, County Program Coordinator. The award was presented in recognition for the work done in 2007 related to the Crow Wing County Rain Garden Project in Brainerd, Minnesota.