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April 2015


April 18, 2015
Vermiculture
West Bend, WI

Join Nick DeMarsh, Urban Farmer/Youth Educator for Young Farmers Program, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. as he discusses the steps to transform food waste into the only fertilizer you'll ever need. Participants will learn how to use a unique and effective two-stage method for worm composting, focusing on the best practices to ensure healthy growth of worms, how to harvest worm castings and how to use the castings as fertilizer. $35 by 4/15 ($40 after). At Wellspring Education Center and Organic Farm - 4382 Hickory Rd. West Bend, WI. For more information or to register call Wellspring at (414) 522-6989 or visit www.wellspringinc.org.

April 21, 2015
Caring for Mature Trees

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Mature trees are irreplaceable pinnacles to our urban landscape. Join Briana Frank, owner of Tree Health Management, LLC, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and learn how to care for mature trees. She will help you understand decay, proper pruning, proper nutrition and watering requirements, as well as cultural landscape practices to optimize their health. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 22, 2015
Incorporating Fragrance in the Garden

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Most of us enjoy the spring scent of lilacs in the garden; adding scent throughout the growing season can make our landscape even more enjoyable. You can extend fragrances into the summer months with the selection and placement of woody plants, perennials, and annuals that will collectively contribute fragrance. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will discuss the wide range of plants that provide scent in the garden (day and night), including the fragrances of lemon, pine, vanilla, and even chocolate in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 23, 2015
Controlling Weeds and Invasive Plants

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
We all have a few weeds growing here and there in our yards, but most properties also have more insidious invasive species that can spread rapidly and plunder natural areas. Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss invasive plants and some of the common ornamental plants that are becoming invasive, too. Find out what these “bad” plants are and how to stop them from spreading in your landscape and neighborhood in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 24, 2015
Tree Planting Workshop

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
There are some great tree planting quotes, like “We plant trees not for ourselves, but for future generations,” and “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” However, just planting a tree is not enough, since improperly planted trees never live to the ripe old age that they could if the time was taken in the beginning to plant them correctly. Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will show you how to plant trees the right way, so your children and your children’s children can enjoy the trees you plant now in this class from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. $19 ($16 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 25, 2015
"Grow Your Own Salad" Gardening Class
Oconomowoc, WI

Learn to grow your own delicious and healthy salads at home! We will explore different garden greens including salad mixes, lettuce, mustards and spinach varieties, as well as planting techniques and patterns for a continuous harvest of greens. A large garden is not needed to grow salad, so garden greens are a great option for container gardeners. Harvest, create, and enjoy a elicious spring salad (dressing included) right out of the garden! Participants will take home recipes and gardening guides. From 10:00 a.m. to noon at NuGenesis, N68 W33208 County Road K Oconomowoc, WI. $30 donation. For more information or to register, visit www.nugenesisfarm.org or call (1-800) 969-3588.

April 25, 2015
Mushroom Propagation
West Bend, WI

Learn two different ways to propagate your own mushrooms. Join permaculturalist Adrian Lee from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for this informative and hands-on work shop. Topics include mushroom identification, mushrooms’ ecological role, mushrooms in the garden and colonization of material. Make and take home inoculated logs and straw to have your own home grown oyster mushrooms. $40 by 4/18 ($50 after). At Wellspring Education Center and Organic Farm - 4382 Hickory Rd. West Bend, WI. For more information or to register call Wellspring at (414) 522-6989 or visit www.wellspringinc.org.

April 25, 2015
Spring Seminar
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Sponsored by the Wood County MGVs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration at 8:00 a.m.) at Mid-State Technical College Auditorium, 500 – 32nd St. N, Wis. Rapids 54494.  Speakers include: Laurie Lee – “Herb Gardening from the Garden to the Dinner Plate” and  P.J. Leisch – “Good Bugs and Bad Bugs”.  $10 collected at the door, but call UW-Extension office (715) 421-8440 to register.
 


May 2015


May 2, 2015
Ecology in the Garden
Burlington, WI

It's time to stop worrying about where plants come from and instead focus on how they function in today's ecology. Chris Felhaber will speak at 10:30 a.m. about how plants, both native and non, can help your garden become a beautiful, healthy, high functioning ecosystem that enhances your life and world. At Northwind Perennial Farm, 7047 Hospital Rd, Burlington. For more information contact Northwind at (262) 248-8229 or see the Northwind Website.

May 2, 2015
North Stars Garden Conference
Florence, WI

One day garden seminar organized by the Glacial Gardeners MGA. For more information contact Kathy Bednarski at (715) 528-4480 ext 113 or download the conference brochure.

May 2, 2015
Beekeeping for Beginners

Madison, WI
From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Dane Co. Extension Building, 5201 Fen Oak Dr, Madison, WI. $50 includes coffee, handouts, free sample journals and catalogues. For more information or to register contact Jeanne Hansen, Dane Co. UW-Extension at (608) 244-5094.

May 2-3, 2015
African Violet Show & Sale

Oshkosh, WI
See hundreds of beautiful African violets and related plants on exhibit and for sale from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Pots, soil and fertilizer for sale. Free. At St.Jude the Apostle Church Hall, 531 Knapp St, Oshkosh. For more information call (920) 426-3764 or (920) 685-5262.

May 6, 2015
Culinary Herbs That Promote Health & Vitality

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme are not just savory herbs, but useful remedies for memory loss, prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, improving digestion, and stabilizing blood sugar. Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, will lead you on this journey from the kitchen to the herbal medicine cabinet in this class from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $22 ($17 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

May 9, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Lancaster, WI

Sponsored by the Grant County MGV’s, with perennials, annuals, shrubs, heirloom tomato plants and a potting station for children. From 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Grant County Fairgrounds,916 E. Elm St., Lancaster, WI. For more information, contact Karin Peacock at (608) 348-8154.

May 9, 2015
Native Plant Sale
Madison, WI

The Friends of the Arboretum are offering more than 100 species of native plants suitable for a variety of soil and light conditions. No plants are dug from the wild. From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. near the UW-Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison. For more informtion contact the Friends of the Arboretum at (608) 263-776.

May 9, 2015
UW Family Gardening Day
Madison, WI

From 10:00 a.m.m to 2:00 p.m. on the UW Madison campus with different activities at Allen Centennial Gardens, DC Smith Greenhouse and Steenbock Library. Featuring build a terrarium with the kids, free vegetable plants (while supplies last), Ask-A-Master Gardener, and try adaptive tools. Free. For more information see the UW Science webpage.

May 9, 2015
Intro to Composting and Vermiculture Workshop
Oconomowoc, WI

Learn how to start your own successful backyard composting system. We’ll explore what can be composted, how to design a pile, how to harvest and use your compost, and indoor composting options with worms! This class will be taught by MGVs. From 10:00 a.m. to noon at NuGenesis, N68 W33208 County Road K Oconomowoc, WI. $15 donation. For more information or to register, visit www.nugenesisfarm.org or call (1-800) 969-3588.

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.

May 15-16, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Fond du Lac, WI

Offered by the fond du Lac Co. MGA, from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday. At the Fond du Lac Co. Fairgrounds Cow Palace. For more information contact Patty Percy at (920) 929-3172.

May 16, 2015
6th Annual Garden Fair
Crandon, WI

Sponsored by the Northwoods MGA with at least 12 plant vendors featuring a wide variety of perennials and annuals, as well as vegetable plants, herbs, house plants/tropicals, shrubs, seeds, etc.  New this year will be the addition of four artisans presenting their unique and quality hand-crafted items for sale, as well as a food/beverage booth sponsored by the local 4-H group as its fundraiser.  From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the grounds of The Hair-I-Tage, at 300 E. Pioneer St. (Hwy. 8 East), in Crandon, WI.  For more information, call Pam Rau at (715) 478-2199 or Bev Dennison at (715) 478-2926.

May 16, 2015
Plant Sale

Dodgeville, WI
Annuals, perennials, succulents, trees, shrubs, veggie plants, Jack-in-the-Pulpit tubers, and many others offered by the Uplands Garden club from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Harris Park, Ley Pavillion, Dodgeville (south of the roundabout on Bennett Rd). For more information contact Ruth Ruppena.

May 16, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Wautoma, WI

Offered by the Waushara Co. MGA at the exhibition Building at the Waushara Co. Fairgrounds from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information contact Jim at (715) 335-6641.

May 16, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
West Allis, WI

The 20th annual perennial plant sale offered by the Southeast Wisconsin MGA from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, DNR Enclosure Area, 84th St. & Greenfield Ave, West Allis. special gifts for 20th anniversary customers! MGVs available to answer gardening questions. For more information see Facebook: sewmgplantsale.

May 16, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Wisconsin Rapids

Sponsored by Wood County MGVs; new perennial varieties for 2015 as well as annuals and Master Gardener-grown plant varieties. At the Witter Field Warming House, corner of 8th St N(Hwy 13)and Chestnut St.  For more information, contact Barb Herreid at (715) 325-2075.

May 19, 2015
Ornamental Container Gardens Workshop

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Loved by small and large space gardeners alike, containers are a fabulous way to dress up your patio, deck, or balcony. In this presentation and workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Olbrich’s Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will guide you on how to plant containers with overflowing beauty. You will go home with one finished ornamental container with plants appropriate for the lighting conditions you indicate. $82 ($66 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

May 23. 2015
Heirloom Plant & Herb Sale
Mequon, WI

Over 10,000 rare, unusual, and hard to find heirloom plants and herbs including hardy roses, tomatoes, perennials and annuals offered by the Ozaukee MGA from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Concordia University Field House,12800 Lake Shore Drive, Mequon, WI (right of I-43). Free parking and admission. For more information call (262) 284-8288 or visit the Ozaukee MGA website (including plant list as it gets closer to the event).

May 23, 2015
Annuals in Containers
Burlington, WI

It's the perfect time to get tips on container design from floral designer Sharilyn Smage. Whether you live in an apartment where you haven’t much room, or on a country estate with acres of garden, containers have their place. Container gardening gives you the luxury of having colors, shapes, sizes and textures just where you want them. Choices for containers are almost endless and will be on sale for this special event at 10:30 a.m. At Northwind Perennial Farm, 7047 Hospital Rd, Burlington. For more information contact Northwind at (262) 248-8229 or see the Northwind Website.

May 23, 2015
NuGenesis Spring Seedling Sale and Greenhouse Open House
Oconomowoc, WI

A variety of organic veggie and herb seedlingswill be availble for sale to plant in your home or community garden this spring. All plant sale profits will benefit the Giving Garden initiative. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at NuGenesis, N68 W33208 County Road K Oconomowoc, WI.  For more information visit www.nugenesisfarm.org or call (1-800) 969-3588.

May 28, 2015
Ornamental Edibles
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

While growing our own food is not a novel concept, the approach of incorporating “ornamental edibles” throughout our landscapes is an innovative and beautiful approach to maximizing the use of our space while providing color and function. Ornamental edibles are plants that provide significant beauty but are also dual-purpose in that they provide food, flavoring or other attributes that make them “kitchen-worthy.” Learn how to incorporate a wide range of ornamental edibles into your garden borders, containers, and any open nook and cranny in this class from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $10 ($7 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.

May 30, 2015
Container Gardening Workshop
Oconomowoc, WI

Who says you need a large yard to grow your own food?!? Learn principles for growing a successful container garden. Bring your own container and go home with a garden! . From 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at NuGenesis, N68 W33208 County Road K Oconomowoc, WI. $45 includes soil and seedlings. For more information or to register, visit www.nugenesisfarm.org or call (1-800) 969-3588.

May 30, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Sturgeon Bay, WI

Offered by the Door Co. MGA at the Sturgeon Bay Ag Research Station. For more information contact Kathy Vavra.


June 2015

June 6, 2015
Plant Sale
Deforest, WI

The Windsor Area Garden Club will offer a wide variety of tried and true perennial plant divisions from their own gardens along with annuals, veggies and shrubs during the DeForest Dragon Art Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The sale will be located near the historical Lyster House. MGVs will be available to answer garden questions. For more information contact Nancy Schoenmann.

June 6, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Hudson, WI

Join the St. Croix Valley MGVs for their 11th Annual Plant Sale at the Octagon House, 1004 3rd Street in Hudson. For more information contact Corky Weeks at (651) 210-5160.

June 7, 2015
Spring Plant Sale
Weyauwega, WI

By the Waupaca County MGA featuring a wide assortment of perennials, annuals, vegetable plants, natives, shrubs, trees and much more.  Also a bake sale, garden art and house plants. Special guest Rob Zimmer, Nature Writer for several central Wisconsin newspapers, birder and garden exper,t will be present to answers questions, and do two mini-workshops at 9am and 11am. From 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Waupaca County Fairgrounds in Weyauwega, WI (Education Building, South Street).  For more information see the Waupaca County MGV Facebook page.

June 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 northeast end of Isle Royale will include Tobin Harbor, Scoville Point, and Raspberry Island, places that are all located in the vicinity of Rock Harbor.  Workshop attendees will meet in Houghton, Michigan, on Monday (8 June) afternoon and travel from Houghton to Rock Harbor (on Isle Royale) on the Ranger III boat on Tuesday (9 June).  Participants will return to Houghton on the Ranger III on Saturday (13 June). $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.

June 13, 2015
Garden Trellising Workshop
Oconomowoc, WI

Learn how to make the most out of your garden space by growing upward with creative and beautiful trellising options. We will cover trellising techniques and which vegetables can or should be trellised. From 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at NuGenesis, N68 W33208 County Road K Oconomowoc, WI. $15 donation. For more information or to register, visit www.nugenesisfarm.org or call (1-800) 969-3588.

June 23 - July 2, 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.

June 27, 2015
Garden Tour
South Milwaukee, WI

The South Milwaukee Historical Society will showcase 8 beautiful gardens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Along with the tour, garden items hand crafted by local artisans will be on sale at the South Milwaukee Historical Society Museum (717 Milwaukee Ave) between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. $8 ($10 day of event). For more information or to purchase advanced tickets contact Patti Bergeson at (414) 768-9549

June 27, 2015
Garden Walk/Art Stroll
Waupaca, WI

Sponsored by the Waupaca Co. MGA from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gardens will showcase raised beds, organic gardening, heirloom plants(at the Historic Hutchinson House), prairie environments, and unique water elements.  Artists are featured at each garden and are encouraged to sell and demonstrate their art throughout the day. Rob Zimmer, nature writer and garden expert will be presenting "Garden Style:  New Plants and Trends for 2015" at 10:00 a.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. at the Crystal River B & B location in Rural. Tickets will be available at the Waupaca Chamber Office or in the gardens. For more information go to ther Waupaca Co. MGA website or Facebook page.

June 28, 2015
Will Allen of Growing Power
Ironwood, MI

Sponsored by the Range Masters MGA, Will Allen of Growing Power will speak from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the historic Ironwood Theater. Check-in starts at noon. Instead of registration fee, three items or monetary donation to local food pantries requested. For more information or to register contact Lynn Adams at (906) 932-3509 or Zona Wick at (715) 561-3009 or see the Range Masters website.

June 30, 2015
Container Gardening
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

Containers offer a wonderful gardening opportunity as they can add color and interest in a wide range of garden settings beyond our traditionally planted areas.  Container gardening can be successfully approached with proper container selection, soil preparation, plant selection and care.  This presentation will cover the wide range of containers that are available and how they can be utilized for maximum success in our gardens.  Many planting suggestions will also be reviewed in this class from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $10 ($7 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.


July 2015


July 2-9, 2015   CANCELLED
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 or download the itinerary brochure.

July 16, 2015
Gardening Vertically
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.

July 11, 2015
Plainfield Town and Country Garden Tour
Plainfield, WI

Offered by the Waushara Co. MGA from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information contact Jackie at (715) 335-6913.

July 11, 2015
Garden Door Open House
Sturgeon Bay, WI

Offered by the Door Co. MGA at the Sturgeon Bay Ag Research Station. For more information contact Kathy Vavra.

July 11, 2015
Secret Gardens of Wauwatosa Tour
Wauwatosa, WI

Presented by the Wauwatosa Beautification Committee, Inc. this 21st annual tour will feature six beautiful private gardens plus the historic gardens at the Kneeland-Walker house. Meet and hear Melinda Myers. Also MGVs and plant societies, as well as vendors selling plants and garden items, will be on site.$10 advance ($12 day of tour at the Kneeland-Walker House, 7406 Hillcrest Drive, Wauwatosa). For more information, or to purchase tickets online, see the WBC website under “Garden Tour”.

July 18, 2015
Garden Walk
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Sponsored by Wood County MGVs, with 6+ gardens featuring local artists in each garden plus Chef demonstrations at the Wisconsin RapidsCommunity Gardens. Tickets available at Wood County UW-Extension Office at (715) 421-8440 or from members.  For more information contact Barb Herreid at (715) 325-2075.

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 webpage or contact Marilyn Rebarchek.


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 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 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 15-16, 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 Gardens in Madison. 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 , 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 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 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.


September 2015


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

Offered by the Door Co. MGA at the Sturgeon Bay Ag Research Station. 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.

mid to late Feb  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.


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.


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


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