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August 2014


Aug 30, 2014
Landscape Design
Burlington, WI

Perhaps you have been to the Lurie Garden in Chicago, had lunch in the court yard at the Chicago Art Institute or wandered though the display gardens at Northwind Perennial Farm? Sam Carlson, landscape designer at Northwind, will show you how these gardens can be "scaled down" to fit residential borders and landscape beds.  From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.at Northwind Perennial Farm, 7047 Hospital Rd, Burlington, WI. Free. For more information see the Northwind Perennial Farm website or call (262) 248-8229.
 


September 2014


Sept 3, 2014
Providing for Wild Birds in Winter
Boerner Botanical Garden, Hales Corners, WI

Learn about what to grow for bird food with Belinda Abendschein, The Garden Mart, from 6:00 to 7:300 pm. on a Garden Walk, rain or shine. $5. At Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI. For more information contact Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens at (414) 525-5653 or see the BBG events calendar.

Sept 3, 2014
Bulbs for Spring Color
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

As our gardens begin to wane in early autumn and frost approaches, it is the best time to plant spring-blooming bulbs for the following year. There are many wonderful options for using fall-planted bulbs in the garden to provide exciting color throughout spring. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Botanical Gardens will discuss a wide range of potential selections for the home garden, along with how to successfully and effectively incorporate bulbs to create a progression of color from late March to late June. Proper selection, placement, planting methods, and other tips will be included as well in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 4, 2014
What's Happening to the Bees?
Green Bay Botanical Garden
, Green Bay, WI

Ken Sikora, Brown County Beekeepers Association, will discuss the current status of honeybees in the USA, and the diseases, pests, parasites, pesticides, and other issues that the honeybee and the beekeeper have to deal with in this session from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Learn ways you can help save the honeybees and about the many benefits of honey as a wholesome food. $18 ($9 members). For more information or to register, contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, P.O. Box 12644, Green Bay, WI 54307-2644 at (920) 491-3691 ext 103 or see the Classes, Tours & Workshops webpage on the GBBG website.

Sept 4, 2014
Permaculture Tour
West Bend, WI
Join Wellspring’s permaculturist, Adrian Lee, for a two-hour tour of Wellspring to view how they have integrated renewable technologies and regenerative agricultural systems to live more holistically. From the simple, to the complex, learn sustainable practices and plantings that can easily be integrated into your life and garden. At Wellspring Education Center and Organic Farm - 4382 Hickory Rd. West Bend, WIfrom 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. $12. For more infomation or to register contact Francie Szostak, Education Director at Wellspring, at (847) 946-5565 or www.wellspringinc.org.

Sept 6, 2014
MG Plant Sale
Marinette, WI

Fall is a great time to plant. Plants grown by Northern Lights MGVs will be for sale, with funds used for educational programming. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 9:00 a.m. to noon. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

Sept 6, 2014
Foraging for Wild Edibles Workshop
West Bend, WI
Learn about foraging safety, ethics, and plant families. Collect, harvest, and taste wild edibles currently in season. After the foray, enjoy appetizers featuring plants found on the tour. At Wellspring Education Center and Organic Farm - 4382 Hickory Rd. West Bend, WIfrom 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. $35 ($40 after 9/3). For more infomation or to register contact Francie Szostak, Education Director at Wellspring, at (847) 946-5565 or www.wellspringinc.org.

Sept 6, 2014
Fall Plant Sale
Weyauwega, WI

Sponsored by the Waupaca Co. MGVs from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Waupaca Co. Fairgrounds, with a wide variety of fall blooming plants, hosta and other perennials. The Yard MD, Rob Zimmer, will be on hand to answer questions on your lawn, plants and garden. He will also have two mini-workshops at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. For more information contact Sally Handrich.

Sept 6-7, 2014
Fall Plant Sale
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

Perennials, grasses, shrubs, and more. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. For more information contact Mark at (608) 754-1779 or see the Fall Plant Sale webpage.

Sept 8, 2014
Wisconsin's Aquatic Plants: Identification and Ecology
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Have you ever wondered about the 'underwater forests' that thrive in our lakes and rivers? Aquatic plants are incredibly beneficial to the overall health of our lakes and rivers, but are often incorrectly overlooked as 'weeds.' Michelle Nault from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, along with a number of other DNR staff and representatives from Onterra, LLC, will discuss basic aquatic plant ecology, identification of common aquatic plants, the benefits of aquatic plants, and what you can do to help limit the spread of non-native species. This class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. is a combination of presentation and hands-on examination of live plant specimens. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 8, 2014
Gardens of Stone
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Interested in stone landscape features? Join John J. Gishnock III, landscape architect and owner of Formecology, LLC, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and explore the exciting world of stonework. He will help you learn how simple materials and layout choices can help your natural stone landscape features go beyond function to truly express the essence of the landscape. Through numerous examples, he will focus on the use of local landscape materials and cover the aspects of natural stonework, including the different functional, aesthetic, and emotional uses. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 9, 2014
Accessible Gardening
Green Bay Botanical Garden
, Green Bay, WI

Learn about gardening tools and potential modifications, along with tips and techniques to make gardening easier and more enjoyable.  We will also explore the health benefits of this life-long leisure pursuit in this class from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. At Options for Independent Living, Green Bay (on Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Grounds). $19 ($10 members). For more information or to register, contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, P.O. Box 12644, Green Bay, WI 54307-2644 at (920) 491-3691 ext 103 or see the Classes, Tours & Workshops webpage on the GBBG website.

Sept 9, 2014
Apple Fest
Marinette, WI

Apple harvest, preservation, and cooking tips will be discussed, as well as taste test different apple cultivars and numerous apple-incorporating recipes. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

Sept 9, 2014
Tree Identification and Selection
Oshkosh, WI

A one day workshop for the public and professionals in the areas of urban forestry and horticulture. Instructor Dave Wanninger will cover plant nomenclature and anatomy, identification of common landscape trees, and tree selection in classroom instruction and outdoor demonstrations from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $35 by Aug 26 ($40 after Aug 26). For more information contact the Winnebago Co. UW-Extension office at (920) 232-1971 or see the workshop webpage which includes a downloadable registration brochure.

Sept 10, 2014
Preparing the Garden for the Off-Season
Boerner Botanical Garden, Hales Corners, WI

Learn about fall garden tasks with Milwaukiee Co. Horticulturist Dave Wanninger from 6:00 to 7:300 pm. on a Garden Walk, rain or shine. $5. At Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, WI. For more information contact Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens at (414) 525-5653 or see the BBG events calendar.

Sept 10, 2014
A Healthy Lawn for a Healthy Community
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Conventional lawn weed killers present risks for people, pets, and the environment. Understanding these risks may motivate one to learn more natural lawn care practices. Family Practice Physician Claire Gervais, MD, will discuss the specific risks of lawn care pesticides followed by Horticulturist Astrid Newenhouse, Ph.D., who will present natural and organic ways to maintain a lawn. She will discuss current research information on overseeding, soil health, compost, irrigation, and weed control. Drs. Gervais and Newenhouse will also share ideas on how to encourage our community to adopt healthier lawn care practices in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 11, 2014
Edible Landscape Plants: From Garden to Kitchen
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Who says a garden can't be both beautiful and functional? Michael Jesiolowski, local horticulturist and Wisconsin Master Gardener who worked at the Morton Arboretum (IL) and the Bernheim Arboretum (KY), will discuss trees and shrubs that are not only aesthetically pleasing in the landscape, but will produce fruit that is delicious! He will cover proper cultural requirements for the plants, as well as how their fruits are most commonly used in this class from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 13, 2014
Thyme to Talk Herbs
Fort Atkinson, WI

Garden education seminar presentd by the Jefferson County MGVs from 9:00 a.m.m to 12:30 p.m. at the Hoard Historical Museum, Fort Atkinson. Free, but registration required. For more information or to register call (920) 563-7769.

Sept 13-14, 2014
Fall MGA Plant Sale
Marshfield, WI

Sponsored by Wood County Master Gardeners with harvest items, perennials andfall decorations.  Held in conjunction with the Marshfield community's MapleFall Fest at Wildwood Zoo.  For more information, contact Barb Herreid at (715) 325-2075.

Sept 16, 2014
Tree Identification and Selection
Appleton, WI

A one day workshop for the public and professionals in the areas of urban forestry and horticulture. Instructor Dave Wanninger will cover plant nomenclature and anatomy, identification of common landscape trees, and tree selection in classroom instruction and outdoor demonstrations from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $35 by Aug 26 ($40 after Aug 26). For more information contact the Winnebago Co. UW-Extension office at (920) 232-1971 or see the workshop webpage which includes a downloadable registration brochure.

Sept 16, 2014
Forest Gardens
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.and learn how to create a 'forest garden' on your large or small property. Forest gardening is a low-maintenance, sustainable, plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems. It incorporates fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines, and perennial vegetables that have yields directly useful to humans. Making use of companion plantings, these plants can be intermixed to grow in a succession of layers to build a woodland habitat. Kate will discuss forest gardens and how you can develop one on your property using both native and temperate zone tolerant "exotics."  $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 17, 2014
Wisconsin Wetlands - Ecology, Apreciation and Restoration
Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum, Fond du Lac, WI

Learn about wetland ecology and discover some our of wetland gems that are located in the state with wetland ecologist Alice Thompson. Alice will discuss wetland restoration in southeast Wisconsin and the challenges we face in the midst of invasive species, climate change, hydrology shifts and species loss. Starting at 7:00 p.m. in Room UC114 University Center, UW-Fond Du Lac. For more information contact Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, 400 University Dr, Fond du Lac, WI at (920) 313-0190 see the GP&A website.

Sept 18, 2014
The Mighty Spruce
Green Bay Botanical Garden
, Green Bay, WI

Get a general overview of the importance that the spruce tree plays in our everyday lives.  The various species of the spruce genus will be highlighted, including an overview of dwarf spruce cultivars.  A short tour of the conifer garden highlighting a variety of spruce conifers will complete the class from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. $23 ($14 members). For more information or to register, contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, P.O. Box 12644, Green Bay, WI 54307-2644 at (920) 491-3691 ext 103 or see the Classes, Tours & Workshops webpage on the GBBG website.

Sept 20, 2014
Panicum 'Northwind'
Burlington, WI

Learn about the 2014 Perennial Plant of the year, Panicum 'Northwind', and other late-summer grasses that are in their prime during the fall season. Roy Diblik, co-owner of Northwind will be presenting.  From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.at Northwind Perennial Farm, 7047 Hospital Rd, Burlington, WI. Free. For more information see the Northwind Perennial Farm website or call (262) 248-8229.

Sept 21, 2014
Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future
UW-Madison Arboretum, Madison, WI

This native gardening conference from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. offers workshops in three breaout sessions, take-home tips, and keynote address by Doug Tallamy to help you become a successful native plant gardener. $60 ($54 members). At the UW-Madison Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI. For more information or to register call (608) 263-7888 or see the Conference webpage.

Sept 23, 2014
Tree Identification and Selection
Green Bay, WI

A one day workshop for the public and professionals in the areas of urban forestry and horticulture. Instructor Dave Wanninger will cover plant nomenclature and anatomy, identification of common landscape trees, and tree selection in classroom instruction and outdoor demonstrations from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $35 by Aug 26 ($40 after Aug 26). For more information contact the Winnebago Co. UW-Extension office at (920) 232-1971 or see the workshop webpage which includes a downloadable registration brochure.

Sept 23, 2014
Fall Fireworks!
Green Bay Botanical Garden
, Green Bay, WI

Join Yard MD Rob Zimmer for a stunning visual presentation of some of the most exciting plants to provide fall color in your yard and garden. From explosive blooms to fiery foliage, Rob will give you a myriad of ideas for garden beds and containers to keep your garden bursting with color right through early winter in this class from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. $23 ($14 members). For more information or to register, contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, P.O. Box 12644, Green Bay, WI 54307-2644 at (920) 491-3691 ext 103 or see the Classes, Tours & Workshops webpage on the GBBG website.

Sept 23, 2014
Putting Your Garden to Bed
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Make your garden a success by properly overwintering your perennials. Join Olbrich Horticulturists Samantha Peckham and Tony Gomez from 5:30 to 7;00 p.m. to learn what needs to be pruned, cut low, mulched, rodent-proofed, and much more. Protect your plant investment and maximize the beauty of your perennials. This class takes place outdoors as a garden walk. Dress for the weather. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 23, 2014
Late Potato & Sweet Potato Harvest
Marinette, WI

Enjoy both late season potato cultivars and the differen types of sweet potatoes that can be grown in our envrionment. Proper harvest and care to be able to store these nutritious vegetable for maxium long-term enjoyment will also be demonstrated. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

Sept 25-27, 2014
2014 Korea Master Gardener International Conference
Suwon, South Korea

The conference will be hosted by the GyeongGi-Do Agricultural Research and Extension Service, Republic of Korea (South Korea), which is near the city of Suwon, South Korea.   The conference hopes to include delegates from the United States, Germany, Japan and Korea. Participants will arrive in South Korea via the Incheon International Airport and arrange transport by public motor coach to the host hotel, Dongtan Ramada. The drivers of the motor coach speak English and the route terminates at the Dongtan Ramada, making this an easy way to transport from the airport to the hotel, the current fair is ~$15 US each way.  A map of the airport showing where to connect to the bus will be provided.  Room rate for the hotel will be $120 (single or double) including western-style breakfast for one room guest (in the case of double occupancy, the 2nd guest will need to purchase breakfast).  The hotel is close to shopping and a park with walking trails and natural attractions. Current plans call for the main conference to convene on September 25th with workshops and symposia occurring on September 25-27.  On September 28 there will be several local tours including a  local arboretum (Mulhyanggi Arboretum), the Korean Folk Village, and the Suwon Fortress. Registration cost of the main conference will be ~$250 US which will include several meals. Post conference tours are still being finalized but may include an optional 3 day/2 night tour to Jeju Island, South Korea, including a one-day symposium hosted by the Jeju Master Gardeners and a Jeju Island tour.  A web site from South Korea should be available with all details and registration information by early March. If you have questions, contact Rick Durham, University of Kentucky.


October 2014


Oct 1, 2014
Plant Foliage: A Closer Look
Green Bay Botanical Garden
, Green Bay, WI

Over 90% of a plant’s growing season is foliage. Designing to enhance the use of foliage is often overlooked. Explore the fascinating size, shape, color, texture, variegation, and fragrance of foliage. Learn how to intensify your landscape with the uniqueness and beauty of foliage…year round in this class from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. $18 ($9 members). For more information or to register, contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, P.O. Box 12644, Green Bay, WI 54307-2644 at (920) 491-3691 ext 103 or see the Classes, Tours & Workshops webpage on the GBBG website.

Oct 1, 2014
Maximizing the Winter Landscape
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Our gardens don't have to be bleak and dreary during the winter months! The value of colorful evergreens, ornamental grasses, showy bark, and colorful fruits can't be understated in the winter garden. Proper selection and placement of plants with winter interest will help extend the season. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Botanical Gardens will discuss how to include appropriate plants and other elements in your garden to maximize the appearance and impact of the winter landscape in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 2, 2014
All About Plant Guilds in Permaculture
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Learn about 'plant guilds' from Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb. She will discuss a wide variety of plants, including nitrogen fixers, nutrient accumulators, aerating plants, mulching plants, and insectary plants, along with how they work together to support specific trees, build soil, and hold water in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 7, 2014
Restoring Your Woodland to Health
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Would you like to restore your woodland so it can be home to birds, butterflies, bees, and wildflowers instead of buckthorn, garlic mustard, and mosquitoes? Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss the steps necessary to restore various types of sites, from wooded gardens to multi-acre tracts, to stable and healthy natural communities in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 9, 2014
Underulitized Woody Plants for Wisconsin Landscapes: Part II
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Expand the palette of plants you use to color your landscape. Learn about trees and shrubs that will thrive in Wisconsin, yet have not been used to their fullest potential. Michael Jesiolowski, local horticulturist and Wisconsin Master Gardener who worked at the Morton Arboretum (IL) and the Bernheim Arboretum (KY), will also discuss cultivars of common woody plants that offer unique color, fruit, bark, and form. This class from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. will dig deeper and detail a completely new set of plants that were not discussed in the March 2014 class. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 11, 2014
Fall Fruit Management
Marinette, WI

The activites we do now can very positively impact the quality and quantity of next year's fruit crops. We'll review and demonstrate the various steps to get berries, tree fruits and vine crops ready for 2015. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

Oct 12-18, 2014
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. $2,995 plus international airfare. Optional three day extension to Cinque Terre for $750.  For more details contact Mary Kroening at (573) 881-6316 or see the Hidden Treasures Tours website.

Oct 14, 2014
Fall Vegetables
Green Bay Botanical Garden
, Green Bay, WI

Learn the benefits and nutritional value of fall vegetables. Discover how to incorporate these vegetables into healthy, good tasting recipes to be enjoyed at home in this class from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. $23 ($14 members). For more information or to register, contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, P.O. Box 12644, Green Bay, WI 54307-2644 at (920) 491-3691 ext 103 or see the Classes, Tours & Workshops webpage on the GBBG website.

Oct 16-18, 2014
New Pathways: The Role of the Japanese Garden for Society and Self
Chicago, IL

2nd biennial conference of the North American Japanese Garden Association at the Chicago Botanic Garden. For more information see the NAJGA website.

Oct 18, 2014
Seed Collection Workshop
Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum, Fond du Lac, WI

The workshop from 9:00 a.m. to noon will begin with a discussion on seeds, including when and how to collect them from your favorite native plants. Participants will walk through the prairie and learn how to identify wildflowers and grasses in the seed stage. They will collect and clean the seed heads while learning how to store and propagate the seed for growing plants. For more information contact Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, 400 University Dr, Fond du Lac, WI at (920) 313-0190 see the GP&A website.

Oct 18, 2014
Fall Seminar
Marshfield, WI

Sponsored by Wood County Master Gardeners from 8:30 am to noon at UW-Marshfield,Room 131.  Speakers include Mariette Nowak - "Top 50 Plants for Birds in Wisconsin" and Rachel Mallinger - "Native Pollinators".  $10 fee will be collected at the door, but call the Wood Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 421-8440 to register.

Oct 21, 2014
Garden Design for Plantaholics
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

When you drive by a plant nursery do you find it impossible not to go inside? And then, do you find it utterly impossible not to buy a plant or two, or maybe even ten? Do you wonder how you are going to squeeze all your fabulous plants into the garden of your dreams? Join Olbrich Horticulturist Samantha Peckham from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for a candid discussion about how you can remodel your garden into a beautiful, functional space that will reflect your personality while showcasing ALL of your treasured plants. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 21-24, 2014
Southern Region MG Conference

Baton Rouge, LA
All gardeners are invited to join with Master Gardeners, Extension Master Gardener coordinators, and University and celebrity horticulturalists for an outstanding event of gardening education and some good ole down home southern hospitality and entertainment! $220 until Oct 14 for entire conf., other rates for partial. For more information see the YouTube videos:

For the complete conference schedule & registration visit the Southern Region MG Conference website.

Oct 22, 2014
Great Plants for the Autumn Garden Walk
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

See Olbrich's outdoor gardens in full autumn splendor and learn how you can get the same fabulous results in your home gardens. Trees, shrubs, vines, ornamental grasses, and other perennials can all contribute to a fantastic fall display in large and small gardens alike. Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will highlight impressive autumn plants, share information about selecting the best plants for the fall season, and give tips to begin incorporating them in your landscape designs on this walk from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 23, 2014
Inspirations from European Gardens: The 2012 Chelsea Flower Show, Floriade & More
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Join Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for an inspirational look into the spring gardens of the Netherlands, Paris, and London. Jeff led an Olbrich-sponsored garden tour to public and private gardens, as well as to the internationally famous Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show and the Netherlands Floriade, held only once each decade. He will show you the latest trends in European gardening and an in-depth look at fabulous plants and innovative garden designs that you can incorporate into your home garden. Whether your design ideals lean toward traditional, contemporary or naturalistic, this presentation will have some exciting and inspirational new ideas for you. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 27-29, 2014
EMG National Coordinator's Conference
New Brunswick, NJ

This conference hosted by Rutgers Univeristy is open to all State and County Coordinators for the Master Gardener program and in the past, has been a great learning and networking opportunity. More details to come. For more information contact Pam Bennett.


November 2014


Nov 1, 2014
Gardening for Gold
Horicon, WI

Presented by the Dodge Co. MGA with keynote speaker Rob Zimmer and other speakers from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. At the Horicion Marsh International Education Center, N7725 Hwy 25, Horicon.
$40 by Oct 10. For more information contact Al Krause or download the registration brochure.

Nov 5, 2014
Decorative Winter Container Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

The growing season isn't the only time for decorative pots in the garden. With the right selection of fall fruit, dried plants, and evergreens, you can enjoy your arrangement during the holiday season and all through the winter months. Join Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping and Horticulturist Samara Eisner from 6;30 to 8:30 p.m. to create one unique and beautiful decorative winter container using plant materials from Olbrich's gardens to take home. All plant materials, outdoor display container, and supplies provided. $73 ($59 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Nov 6, 2014
Holiday Bulbs Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Learn how to brighten your home for the winter holidays with two easy-to-force bulbs - colorful amaryllis and fragrant paperwhites. Working with Olbrich Horticulturist Christian Harper, you will plant and take home two containers guaranteed to bloom in the following month - plus tips on how to plant more. They're great for the holidays and this workshop from 6;30 to 8;30 p.m. will show you how fun and easy they are to grow. $55 ($44 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Nov 6, 2014
Permaculture Systems Designed Gardens
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb from 6;30 to 8:30 p.m and discover the basics of permaculture systems design and how to apply it in your landscape. She will discuss observation skills, waste to food/medicine production, pollinator habitat, and much more. This class will help you develop a sustainable and self-sufficient ecosystem in your yard. A complete list of resources available to help you will be provided, and books will be available for you to browse during the class. Bring drawing/sketch paper and pencil for working on your property's vision/plan with guidance from the instructor. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Nov 6-9, 2014
2014 Growing Power National-International Urban & Small Farm Conference
Milwaukee, WI

An intensive conference that covers urban farming from top to bottom: aquaculture, composting and vermicomposting, planning strategies, education, youth programming, fund raising, food policy, food justice and much more! For more information see the Growing Power website.

Nov 15, 2014
Behind-the-Scenes Greenhouse Holiday Tour
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

What would be more festive than a guided tour and stroll through the warm and green paradise of Olbrich's greenhouses full of exotic tropical plants, beautiful orchids, and hundreds of poinsettias? Join Conservatory Plant and Wildlife Assistant Cindy Cary for an informative behind-the-scenes visit to the greenhouses from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Nov 22, 2014
Growing "Super Fruits" in Wisconsin
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Have you been tempted by miraculous claims about exotic fruits and berries? You may wonder what is it about these fruits that lifts them out of the ranks of the ordinary into exalted superfruit status. In recent years, modern science has found a wide variety of plant nutrients in select plants. Those deemed "super" by nutrition scientists are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. What's even more amazing is that you can grow many of these plants in your yard! Join fruit afficionado John Holzwart from 1:00 to 3:0 p.m. and learn about superfruits like aronia, elderberry, sea buckthorn, cornelian-cherry dogwood, and how to grow them in Wisconsin. $19 ($15 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Nov 28 - Dec 30, 2014
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.


December 2014


Dec 3, 2014
Evergreen Holiday Wreaths with Natural Materials Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Wouldn't you like to be able to enjoy native plants indoors as much as the birds and insects do in your garden? Many native plants are long-lasting and beautiful in fresh summer bouquets, and they can be dried for winter arrangements. Mariette Nowak, author of Birdscaping in the Midwest, will discuss some of the best native plants to include in your landscape for cut flowers and foliage, including everything you need to create beautiful indoor arrangements. A variety of native plant bouquets will be illustrated as inspiration in this class from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Dec 6, 2014
Basic Flower Arranging with Native Plants and How to Grow Them
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Evergreen holiday wreaths smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. Join Olbrich Horticulturists Samantha Peckham and Samara Eisner tfrom 6;30 to 8;30 p.m. o learn how to decorate your own unique wreath with natural materials from Olbrich's gardens. Fresh evergreen wreath, plant materials, and other supplies provided to make one holiday wreath. $71 ($57 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Dec 7-31, 2014
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.

Dec 12-28, 2014
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.

Dec 17, 2014
Rain Gardens...A Good Fit for Your Yard
Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum, Fond du Lac, WI

Learn to identify sources of rainwater runoff from your yard that could instead be managed as part of your landscape. See how modifying existing flower beds or creating new ones can catch diverted rainwater, filter out its pollutants, and then return it naturally to the watershed where you live. With instructor Sharon Morrisey, Milwaukee Co. UW-Extension Horticulture Educator starting at 7:00 p.m. in Room UC114 University Center, UW-Fond Du Lac. For more information contact Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, 400 University Dr, Fond du Lac, WI at (920) 313-0190 see the GP&A website.


January 2015


Jan , 2015
Northern Green WExpo
Minneapolis, MN

This trade show offers many horticulture-related vendors and educational programs. For more information see the Northern Green Expo website.

Jan 16-18, 2015
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 29 - Feb 7, 2015
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. $2995 + airfare. 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.

Jan 31 - Feb  1, 2015
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 in the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center. Educational seminars each day and many vendors. $7 one day entry/$10 two day pass. For more information see the orchid guild website or call (608) 231-3163.


Feb 2015


Feb 6-8, 2015
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 4:00-9:00, Sat 8:00-6:00, 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 15, 2015
Green up Your Winter Blues
Port Washington, WI

Gardening seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. sponsored by the Port Washington Garden Club (PWGC) with demonstrations and hands-on workshops for both indoor and outdoor gardening. Held at the historic Ozaukee County Courthouse. For more information contact the Port Washington Garden Club, PO Box 492, Port Washington, WI  53074 or see the PWGC website.

Feb 18, 2014
So What's the Trouble With Worms?
Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum, Fond du Lac, WI

Wisconsin's native earthworms were destroyed during our last ice age, and the forests of Wisconsin as we know them evolved without earthworms. The glacier scoured the land down to bedrock, forcing all life forms to move south and earthworms did not repopulate. Learn how with the introduction of nightcrawlers and other earthworms, the disturbed soil is causing a decrease in the diversity of plant and animal relationships.  With instructor Bernadette Williams, an Invasive Species Conservation Biologist in Forest Health for the WDNR, starting at 7:00 p.m. in Room UC114 University Center, UW-Fond Du Lac. For more information contact Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, 400 University Dr, Fond du Lac, WI at (920) 313-0190 see the GP&A website.


March 2015


March 18, 2014
Why Few Prairie and Savannah Plantings Match the Diversity of our State Natural Areas
Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum, Fond du Lac, WI

In spite of over 60 years of prairie and savanna restoration in Wisconsin, few plantings match the composition and diversity of native remnant prairies or State Natural Areas. A 30 year analysis of seed mix design, several restoration projects, WDNR seed purchases, nursery data, and costs show that economic and social factors are the some of the primary reasons why our plantings fall short of our expectations. With instructor Scott Weber, starting at 7:00 p.m. in Room UC114 University Center, UW-Fond Du Lac. For more information contact Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, 400 University Dr, Fond du Lac, WI at (920) 313-0190 see the GP&A website.


May 2015


May 13-21, 2015
Arkansas Master Gardener Study Tour of France
Tour to France

The Arkansas MG Program is hosting A Taste of France - River Cruise beginning and ending in Paris, with optional pre or post tour nights in Paris.  They will travel on the river and be in a different port each day with all tours included in the price. For more information contact Arkansas MG Program Coordinator Janet Carlson or download the Cruise Itinerary. To register contact Michelle Breining, Learncation Travel Agency, at (253) 576-8965 or print the registration form to mail in.


July 2015


TBA, 2015
Days and Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Adalucia, Spain

Join Hidden Treasures Tours on this 9 day tour exploring the botanical gardens, formal and private gardens in one of the most intriguing regions of Spain, Andalucía.  The orchards, farms and formal gardens of this region were created by the Moors during their eight centuries dominion in the middle ages and rank as one of their great legacies to medieval Christian Spain.  Here they shaped a culture of plants, used for both food and medicine, which left a legacy which was later transmitted across Europe and which to this day features prominently in the distinctive character and landscape of southern Spain. Visit public and private gardens in the cities of Málaga, Granada, Córdoba and Sevilla  and attend one of the main open-air concerts at the Granada International Festival of Music and Dance, held in the palaces and gardens of the Alhambra. For more information contact Mary Kroening, Hidden Treasures Tours, at (573) 881-6316.

July 27- August 1, 2014
Perenial Plant Symposium
Baltimore, MD

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.

July 31-August 1, 2015
2015 WIMGA Annual Conference
La Crosse, WI

Hosted by the Bluff Country MGA at the La Crosse Center. The theme will be Life is Gardening - Learn from the Past - Plant for the Future. Several off-site horticulture tours are planned during the lunch hour. For more information see the Conference Facebook Site or contact Marilyn Rebarchek.


August 2015


Aug , 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 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.


September 2015


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.


2016 and Beyond


TBA 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.

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

More details coming soon...

2017
International Master Gardener Conference
Portland, Oregon


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