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2015

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August 2015


Aug 4, 2015
Garden Open House and Farm Tour
Hancock, WI

At the Hancock Research Station, beginning at 4:00 p.m. For more information contact Peggy Moran at (715) 335-6641.

Aug 8, 2015
Garden Tours
Brookfield, WI

Free tour of the Historic Dousman Stagecoach Inn from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The stately home, built in 1843 by the Dousman family, is on the National Historic Registry. Enjoy a quarter-acre prairie, filled with native plants. Adjacent to the Inn itself is an herb/kitchen garden with many vegetables grown during the era. The cottage garden of perennials and a butterfly garden typify the times. A raised bed holds many native Wisconsin plants, all of which are identified. A newly planted monarch garden features varied milkweeds. The gardens are replicas of those in the late 1800s.  MGVs will be available to answer questions. At the Historic Dousman Stagecoach Inn, 1075 Pilgrim Parkway Brookfield. For more information visit fyi.uwex.edu/sewmg/ or call (414) 256-4600.

Aug 8, 2015
Garden Tours
Brookfield, WI

Free tour of the Eble Flower and Vegetable gardens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Eble Park is part of the Waukesha County Park System. All produce grown in the space is donated to the Waukesha Food Pantry during the growing season. MGVs will be availalbe to answer questions.At 19400 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield. For more information visit fyi.uwex.edu/sewmg/ or call (414) 256-4600.

Aug 8, 2015
Garden Tours
Pewaukee, WI

Free tour of the rain garden at the Pewaukee Public Library from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This garden celebrates its 9th year in May. With the help from Pewaukee Middle School students and guidance from the Pewaukee River Partnership crew, approximately 1100 native plant seedlings were planted over 2 days in early May, 2006. The garden is planted in an area designated by the village planner as a detention pond for collecting/draining the rainwater and snow melt from the parking lot as well as large parts of the building roof. MGVs will be available to answer questions. At the Pewaukee Public Library, 210 Main Street, Pewaukee. For more information visit fyi.uwex.edu/sewmg/ or call (414) 256-4600.

Aug 8, 2015
Garden Tours
Oconomowoc, WI

Free tours the Nugenesis Farm vegetable garden from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Nugenesis Farm has over 5,000 square feet (including over 70 raised garden beds,) dedicated to hands on garden education and vegetable production. Nugenesis provides fresh produce to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. There is a hoop house for year-round vegetable production. At Nugenesis, N68W33208 County Road K, Oconomowoc (see http://www.nugenesisfarm.org/ for directions). MGVs will be available to answer questions. For more information visit fyi.uwex.edu/sewmg/ or call (414) 256-4600.

Aug 10-11, 2015
16th Vermiculture Conference
Raleigh, NC

This event will provide the tools you need to start or expand an earthworm and vermicompost production operation. You will also learn the latest research on the effects of vermicompost and extracts (tea) on plant growth and disease suppression, how growers are effectively marketing earthworms and vermicompost, and the different technologies being utilized. $235 by July 10 ($285 after). For more infomation contact contact Rhonda Sherman or see the Vermiculture Conference website.

Aug 11, 2015
Gardening As Therapy

Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
Therapy programs that incorporate horticulture have proven their benefits with clients of all ages and abilities, and in a wide variety of clinical settings. This day-long conference is designed to give occupational therapists, special educators, and others the necessary knowledge and skills to implement horticulture into their therapy programs. With speakers Mark Dwyer, RBG Director of Horticulture; Mike Maddox, MG Program Director; and Darcie Olson, Madison College Occupational Therapy from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Dr, Janesville, WI. $75. For more information see the Rotary Gardens website or call(608) 752-3885..

Aug 12-20, 2015
The Irish Rover: A Tour Around Ireland's Finest Gardens
Ireland

This tour, arranged in collaboration between Hidden Treasures Tours and Brightwater Holidays of Scotland, promises a rich feast of horticultural excellence, with memorable and beguiling gardens, enthusiastic and skillful owners and an ever-changing backdrop of lush green hills, fertile fields and glittering seascapes. This north to south journey is packed full of gems yet relaxed and unhurried, taking in the very best that the Emerald Isle has to offer. The tour leader will be a botanical expert that leads this tour annually for Brightwater Holidays. For more inforamtion or to register, contact Mary Kroening, Hidden Treasures Tours, at (573) 881-6316 or download the registration brochure.

Aug 15, 2015
Urban Hort Day
Madison, WI

At this family-friendly field day, visitors can tour the station's vineyard, vegetable garden and extensive flowerbeds, and participate in a taste evaluation of organic vegetables. More than 300 cultivars of annual and perennial flowers will be on display, including over 100 varieties of coleus, the National Garden Bureau's "Plant of the Year." There will also be pollinator exhibits, an activity booklet for kids, and UW-Madison and UW-Extension experts on hand to answer questions. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the West Madison Ag Research Station, 8502 Mineral Point Rd, Verona. For more information call the Station at (608) 262-2257.

Aug 15-16, 2015
Daylily Plant Sale
Madison, WI

The Wisconsin Daylily Society will hold its 25th annual sale in a 4,000 square-foot tent at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI. There will be thousands of plants with more than 800 different kinds to choose from. A list of cultivars for sale (all are registered with the American Hemerocallis Society) will be posted on the WI Daylily Society website 7-10 days before the sale. For more information contact Rosemary Kleinheinz at (608) 221-1933.

Aug 18, 2014
Twilight Garden Tour
Spooner ARS, Spooner, WI

The Teaching and Display Garden at the Spooner Agriculture Research Station, including the award-winning All American Selections (AAS) display garden, will be at their peak. There will be a number of exhibits and experts attending to answer questions starting at 4:00 p.m. At the Spooner Ag Research Station, 3/4 mile east of the intersection of 253-63 and 70 on Hwy. 70. For more information see the website or call (715) 635-3735.

Aug 19, 2015
All About Trees
Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, WI

Trees are an important part of our daily lives, they provide shade, shelter, reduce energy costs, and are just plain nice to look at. Brown Co. UW-Extension Horticulture Educator Vijai Pandian will focus on tree identification and how to select the right tree for the specific location in your landscape. Wear your walking shoes – part of this class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be held outdoors. $18 ($9 members). For more information contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI at (920) 490-9457.

Aug 22-23, 2015
Aquatic Plant identification Workshop
Eagle Harbor, MI

Sponsored by the Gratiot Lake Conservancy, this class will be useful to volunteer monitors or lake association members interested in learning how to identify aquatic plants and invasive species in order to protect healthy ecosystems in inland lakes. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 each day. $100, includes a field notebook, a handbook, Guide to Aquatic Plants of Gratiot Lake and other Keweenaw County Lakes, and canoe rental . For more information or to register see the GLC workshop webpage.

Aug 23, 2015
Homegrown Hydroponics
De Pere, WI

Join Darran Vollmar of Ledgeview Gardens from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. for a tour of the hydroponic greenhouses at Ledgeview Gardens and learn how a hydroponic garden can increase your yield of tomatoes, peppers, and other plants! Ledgeview Gardens is a small, family owned farm dedicated to growing produce naturally and pesticide free. At Ledgeview Gardens, 5291 Cottonwood Ln, De Pere.$18 ($9 members). For more information contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI at (920) 490-9457.

Aug 25-27, 2015
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days
Sun Prairie (Dane Co.), Wisconsin

This premier exposition (previously called Farm Progress Days) – the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin – is also one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments. For more information see the WI Farm Technology Days website.

Aug 26, 2015
Tough Perennials
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

With Mark Dwyer, RBG Director of Horticulture from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $10 ($7 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.

Aug 27, 2015
Invaders in the Landscape
Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, WI

Just when you thought you have conquered all the invasive plants in your landscape, guess what? There’s more… Plants we planted (some sold in nurseries) have turned to being invaders of the landscape. The DNR has released the updated version of the NR40. Come learn if you have the plants on the most unwanted list. Part of this class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be held outdoors. $18 ($9 members). For more information contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI at (920) 490-9457.


September 2015


Sept 1, 2015
Green Industry Field Day
Janesville, WI

UW-Extension will partner with the University of Illinois Extension and Rotary Botanical Gardens to offer this event for landscape and ground maintenance professional, municipal ground crews, MGVs, and others. At at Rotary Botanical Gardens from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.$55 by Aug 1 ($65 after). For more information see the information brochure or register online through UI-Extension.

Sept 8, 2015
Organic Vegetable Field Day
Madison, WI

At this field day, scientists will share the results of vegetable variety trials for organic systems, including tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, sweet corn, beets, peppers, squash, cabbage and kale. It includes a tour of the station's 10+ acres of certified organic land and a vegetable flavor evaluation from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the West Madison Ag Research Station, 8502 Mineral Point Rd, Verona. For more information call the Station at (608) 262-2257.

Sept 8-13, 2015
Isle Royale Botany Workshop
Isle Royale, MI

This special botany workshop, sponsored by the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association (IRKPA), and taught by botanist Janet Marr, are open to anyone with beginning/intermediate knowledge of plant identification who is interested in learning to identify the native flora of this species-rich Lake Superior island. Workshop participants will spend four days on Isle Royale learning native plant species, using such tools as a dichotomous key and hand lens to identify plants.  Other topics will include discussion of island plant communities, rare species, ecology, and invasive species. Most workshop activities will take place outdoors. Optional evening sessions will also be offered to review plants learned earlier. Field trips near the southwest end of the Island will include the Windigo nature trail and trails to Huginnin Cove and along Washington Harbor to the Grace Creek overlook.  Workshop attendees will meet in Grand Portage, Minnesota, on Tuesday (September 8) afternoon or evening and travel from Grand Portage to Windigo (on Isle Royale) on the Voyageur II on Wednesday (September 9).  Participants will return to Grand Portage on the Voyageur II on Sunday (September 13). $699 by March 6 ($725 after). Contact Kristine Bradof at (906) 482-7860 for more information about workshop registration or to register.  Contact Janet Marr at (906) 337-5529 for details about the workshop.

Sept 12, 2015
Taste of the Garden Door
Sturgeon Bay, WI

Visitors are invited to stroll through The Garden Door, a demonstration garden maintained by the Door Co. MGA  in cooperation with the research station. There will also be displays and tastings of vegetables, fruits, grains and dips that feature Door County-grown products. From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.at the peninsular Agricultural Research Station, 4312 State Hwy. 42, Sturgeon Bay. For more information contact Kathy Vavra.

Sept 16, 2015
Loving Lavender
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

With MGV
Cheryl Rezabek (also RBG Director of Administration & Development and Owner of Redtail Ridge Lavender & Herbs) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $10 ($7 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.

Sept 22-25, 2015
International Master Gardener Conference
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Cultural Horizons in the Heartland, hosted by the Iowa and Nebraska MG Programs. For more information see the 2015 IMGC Facebook page.

Sept 27 - Oct 1, 2015
Gardens of New York City
Tour to NYC

Join Olbrich Botanical Garden's Director of Horticulture, Jeff Epping, for a five day tour of delightful gardens in and around New York City, including Wave Hill in the Bronx, a spectacular 28-acre public garden overlooking the Hudson River; New York Botanical Garden, a National Historic Landmark with one of the world's greatest collection of flora; Central Park Conservatory Gardens; and High Line Park. For more information download the brochure (PDF). Contact Burkhalter Travel at (608) 833-1525 to make your reservation.


October 2015


Oct 3-4, 2015
African Violet Show & Sale

Lomira, WI
See hundreds of beautiful African violets and related plants on exhibit and for sale from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Pots, soil and fertilizer for sale. Free. At Trinity United Methodist Church, 300 Church St, Lomira. For more information call (920) 426-3764.

Oct 4-10, 2015
Taste of Tuscany
Tour to Italy

Visit magnificent gardens in the Orcia Valley and Chianti, and learn about some of the crops of the region - including olives and grapes - while enjoying true Tuscan cuisine with the opportunity to sample the best Tuscan wines. Lodge in authentic 18th century Tuscan villas that are located on working farms. Optional three day extension to Cinque Terre.  For more details contact Mary Kroening at (573) 881-6316 or see the Hidden Treasures Tours website.

Oct 17, 2015
Fall Seminar
Marshfield, WI

Sponsored by the Wood County MGVs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration at 8:00 a.m.) at UW-Wood County, Room 133 at 2000 Fifth St, Marshfield 54449.  Speakers include: Dave Wanninger– “New, Better Trees and Shrubs for the Home Garden” and  Teri Lessig– “Ins and Outs of GMO’s”.  $10 collected at the door, but call UW-Extension office (715) 421-8440 to register.

Oct 28, 2015
Bulbs in the Landscape
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

With Mark Dwyer, RBG Director of Horticulture from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $10 ($7 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.


November 2015


Nov 17, 2015
Late Season Interest
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

With Mark Dwyer, RBG Director of Horticulture from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $10 ($7 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.


December 2015


TBA Dec 2015
Holiday Light Show
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

Experience over 200,000 seasonal lights and numerous displays on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Inside the Parker Education Center, you will find the Wisconsin Garden Railway model trains weaving their way through a variety of holiday scenes, Rock Valley Quilter’s quilt display, nightly entertainment, refreshments and more.For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.

TBA Dec 2015
15th Annual WPS Garden of Lights
Green Bay Botanical Garden
, Green Bay, WI

A holiday favorite featuring over 200,000 lights crafted in flowers, butterflies, and other botanical themes. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., plus selected additional days from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Various admission rates. For more information, contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, P.O. Box 12644, Green Bay, WI 54307-2644 at (920) 491-3691 ext 103.

TBA Dec 2015
Olbrich's Holiday Express - Flower and Model Train Show
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Twinkling lights, festive poinsettias, tiny landscapes, and large-scale model trains: all aboard for Olbrich’s Holiday Express! Trains travel through miniature evergreen forests and colorful poinsettias as they make their way through a detailed landscape made of natural materials by Olbrich's horticulture staff. Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except Dec 24 (closes at 2pm) and closed Dec 25. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children ages 3 – 12 (OBS members free) and includes admission to the tropical Bolz Conservatory. Admission is free each Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.


January 2016


Jan 15-17, 2016
Mid-Am Horticultural Trade Show
Chicago, IL

The largest horticultural show in the Midwest, with nearly 600 vendors, numerous educational programs, inspiring landscape displays, and more. At Lakeside Center at McCormick Place. For more information visit Mid-Am's website.

Jan 2016
Garden Center Symposium/Midwest Perennial Conference
Waukesha, WI

Geared toward retail garden center businesses, but is open to students, MGVs and anyone interested in growing or marketing plants. Learn cutting edge information from world-class speakers, network with professionals, and visit the trade show with up to 50 vendors. Various registration costs. For more information contact Eileen Nelson at (608) 265-5283 or see the Garden Center Symposium website.

Jan 2016
Garden Visions
Wausau, WI

Sponsored by the North Central Wisconsin MGA, with Friday night workshops and keynote and breakout session on Saturday. For more information contact Carol Bray at (715) 693-6446 or see the Garden Visions website.

Jan 2016
 Annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference
Oshkosh, WI

A day-long seminar on native landscaping presented by Wild Ones Fox Valley.  For more information call (920) 749-7807 or go to the Wild Ones conference website.

late Jan 2016
Orchid Quest 2015
Madison, WI

This annual mid-winter show and sale of the Madison Orchid Growers Guild will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at a new venue, Marriott West Conference Center, 1313 John Q. Hammons Dr., Middleton, WI. Educational seminars each day and many vendors. $9 one day entry/$14 two day pass. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Prearranged tour groups of 10 or more will receive discounts. For more information see the orchid guild website or call (608) 592-7906.


February 2016


Feb 12-14, 2016
WPT's Garden Expo
Madison, WI

Sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television, Friends of WHA-TV, and the UW-Extension Horticulture Team, this event draws nearly 16,000 people to view 400 booths, provided by numerous exhibitors over 100,000 square-feet. Certfied MGVs will assist UW-Extension Specialists and Agents in answering questions in the UW-Extension booth. Numerous educational seminars, demonstrations, and workshops are offered on a variety of horticultural topics. Hours are Fri 3:00-9:00, Sat 9:00-6:00, and Sun 10:00-4:00. In the Exhibition Hall, Alliant Energy Center. An admission fee is charged to this fundraiser to support WI Public TV programming. For more information visit WPT's Garden Expo website.

Feb 21 - March 1,  2016
MG Educational Tour
Costa Rica, Central America

Join MG Program Coordinator Susan Mahr on this education 10 day trip that will focus on plants, nature and tropical ecosystems in one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world. Even though this tour has been designed with MGVs in mind (providing numerous educational opportunities that will count as continuing education) it is entirely appropriate for anyone with an interest in these topics. . For more information about traveling to Costa Rica contact Susan Mahr at (608) 265-4504. For more inforamtion or to register, contact Mary Kroening, Hidden Treasures Tours, at (573) 881-6316 or download the registration brochure.

Feb 27, 2016
Green Up Your Winter Blues
Port Washington, WI

The Port Washington Garden Club presents its annual gardening seminar at the historic Ozaukee County Courthouse, 121 West Main St, Port Washington, WI.  Both presentation and hands-on workshops will be offered.  For more information see www.portgardenclub.org.


July 2016


July 19-21, 2016
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days
Walworth Co., Wisconsin

This premier exposition (previously called Farm Progress Days) – the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin – is also one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments. For more information see the WI Farm Technology Days website.

July 2016
Perenial Plant Symposium
TBA

The national symposium of the Perenial Plant Association. Includes specialty tours, professional tour, seminars, workshops, a trade show and networking opportunities. For more information or to register see the PPA Symposium website.


Sept 2016


Sept 14-17,  2016
Midwest Regional MG Conference
Wisconsin Dells, WI

More details coming soon...


2017 and Beyond


July 10-14, 2017
International Master Gardener Conference
Portland, Oregon
At the Oregon Convention Center.  Visit their blog page at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/2017imgc/


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