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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 1, 2015
Tree and Shrub Planting Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Ever wonder if you are correctly planting the trees and shrubs you get from garden centers? Many trees and shrubs do not thrive, or even survive, due to poor planting techniques. Join Olbrich's Horticulture staff Aaron Wilkie and Mark Shimasaki from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. to learn the proper planting techniques. They will share tips on selecting the best plants to buy, how to prepare the root ball for planting, the correct way to dig and prepare the planting hole, and post-planting care procedures that will ensure your plants have a healthy start in your garden. Rain date Sept 8. $22 ($18 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 2, 2015
Garden Walk: Autumn Perennials
Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners, WI

Join Zannah Crower, Monches Farm, at 6:00 for this approximately 90 minute walk through Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Dr, Hales Corners, WI. $5. For more information contact Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens at (414) 525-5653 or see the BBG website.

Sept 2, 2015
Plantings for Extended Autumn Interest
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Our gardening season shouldn't end in September! Through the careful selection and placement of plant materials, autumn garden interest, color, and beauty can be extended until the snow falls and beyond. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Botanical Gardens will focus on a combination of the season's latest blooming plants, superior fall color selections, and the incorporation of woody plants that offer significant interest late in the season 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.

Sept 3, 2015
Perennial Combinations for Sunny Places Walk
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Good plant combinations are the key to beautiful borders. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Phillip Stutz from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on a walk through the outdoor gardens where he will discuss and show you perennial plant combinations for sunny places. You will have an opportunity to observe how the mix of perennials with bulbs, trees, and shrubs helps fill out four season borders. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

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, 2015
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 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

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 9, 2015
Garden Walk: Herb Garden Glory
Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners, WI

Join Peggy Gibbs, Boerner Horticulturist, at 6:00 for this approximately 90 minute walk through Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Dr, Hales Corners, WI. $5. For more information contact Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens at (414) 525-5653 or see the BBG website.

Sept 9, 2015
Small Trees with Big Impact
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Small-scale trees are key players in any well-designed garden for their year-round beauty and structure. Whether you're after beautiful flowers, fruit, bark, form or fall color, there is a tree to fit your needs. The list of trees is large and keen horticulturists are creating and discovering new cultivars and species every year. Join Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for a walk through the outdoor gardens as he highlights the top performing small-scaled ornamental trees that you can grow in your home landscape. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 10, 2015
Community Garden Workshop
Madison, WI

Third in a series of workshops hosted by Gardens Network, Dane Co. UW-Extension and Gardens Coalition, this workshop at Troy Community Garden from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will focus on cultural practices and cultivating community through community gardens. Form more information contact Devon Hamilton at (323) 578-6164.

Sept 10, 2015
Native Plants in the Landscape Walk
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

There is a place for native plants in every garden. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Phillip Stutz from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on a walk through the outdoor gardens to see how Olbrich uses ornamental native plants for their beauty, adaptability, and sustainability. He will discuss various native plants and how you can incorporate them into your garden. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 12, 2015
Lavender Seminar
Fort Atkinson, WI

Presented by the Jefferson Co. MGA from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hoard Museum, 401 Whitewater Ave, Fort Atkinson, WI. Free, but registration required. For more information or to register call (920) 563-7769.

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 13, 2015
Orchid Growing for Wimps
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Ellen Zachos, author of Orchid Growing for Wimps, will discuss the profiles of sixteen easy to care for orchids, all of which can rebloom in average household conditions. Excellent slides illustrate various orchid species, basic care instructions, and professional "tricks" to get the most out of each plant. Not all orchids are temperamental tropicals; many make low-maintenance, free-blooming houseplants. Class from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 14, 2015
Backyard Foraging Lecture and Walk
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

When you think about hostas and daylilies, you probably focus on their appealing foliage and vibrant blooms. But these perennials are delicious, as well as lovely. Join Ellen Zachos, master forager, author, and New York Botanic Garden teacher, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and discover a surprising number of our favorite garden plants that can feed both body and soul. She will discuss how to recognize, harvest, and prepare tasty treats such as wintergreen sorbet, rose hip soup, and dahlia tuber bread from plants you already have around your home. $16 ($13 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 15, 2015
Italian Heirloom Vegetables Lecture and Walk
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Heirloom vegetables can be tastier than modern commercial varieties and are often regionally adapted to suit particular soil and climate characteristics. Join Olbrich Horticulturist Erin Presley from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a walk through the Herb Garden to see traditional Italian heirloom vegetables growing, and then continue the discussion with a indoor presentation to learn techniques for growing Italian heirloom vegetables, the history and stories of select varieties, and recipes for you to try at home. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 15, 2015
Invasive Plant and Earthworm Workshop
Oshkosh, WI

This one-day workshop hosted by UWEX and WI DNR will focus on identification, regulation and management options for common and not so common invasive plants and earthworms in Wisconsin, with an urban forest emphasis. The event includes both classroom instruction and outdoor demonstrations. At the J.P. Coughlin Center, 625 E. County Road Y, Oshkosh, WI from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $35 by Sept 1 ($40 after). For more information contact the WInnebagto Co. UW-Extension office at (920) 232-1970 or download the Winnebago Co. workshop brochure.

Sept 16, 2015
Invasive Plant and Earthworm Workshop
Green Bay, WI

This one-day workshop hosted by UWEX and WI DNR will focus on identification, regulation and management options for common and not so common invasive plants and earthworms in Wisconsin, with an urban forest emphasis. The event includes both classroom instruction and outdoor demonstrations. At the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, 1660 East Shore Dr, Green Bay WI from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $35 by Sept 1 ($40 after). For more information contact the Brown Co. UW-Extension office at (920) 391-4610 or download the Brown Co. workshop brochure.

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 17, 2015
Invasive Plant and Earthworm Workshop
Menomonie, WI

This one-day workshop hosted by UWEX and WI DNR will focus on identification, regulation and management options for common and not so common invasive plants and earthworms in Wisconsin, with an urban forest emphasis. The event includes both classroom instruction and outdoor demonstrations. At the Dunn County Judicial Center, 615 Stokke Parkway, Menomonie, WI from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $25 by Sept 1 ($30 after). For more information contact the St. Croix Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 531-1930 or download the Western WI workshop brochure.

Sept 20, 2015
Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future
Madison, WI

Using the UW-Arboretum’s Wisconsin Native Plant Garden as an outdoor classroom, this conferencefrom 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. offers workshops, take-home tips, and living examples to inspire you and help you become a successful native plant gardener. at the US-Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, WI. $60 ($54 member), includes lunch, by Sept 10. For more information or to register call (608) 263-7888 or see the conference page on the UW-Arboretum website.

Sept 22, 2015
Invasive Plant and Earthworm Workshop
Clinton, WI

This one-day workshop hosted by UWEX and WI DNR will focus on identification, regulation and management options for common and not so common invasive plants and earthworms in Wisconsin, with an urban forest emphasis. The event includes both classroom instruction and outdoor demonstrations. At the Turtle Creek Parkway, WI from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $35 by Sept 1 ($40 after). For more information contact the Rock Co. UW-Extension office at (608) 757-5696.

Sept 22, 2015
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 back, mulched, watered, rodent-proofed, and much more. Protect your plant investment and maximize the beauty of your garden throughout the year. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

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 23, 2015
Creating Great Gardens with Grasses and Sedges
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Ornamental grasses and sedges are arguably the most important component of any great garden, whether in a mixed border, prairie, or gravel garden. No other plant group has the impact ornamental grasses and sedges have in gardens for the beauty they add in almost every month of the year - something that can't be said for any other perennial in the Midwest. Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping has incorporated a wide variety of these plants into Olbrich's garden design. During this walk in the outdoor gardens from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., he will share his experiences on the best performing species and cultivars with you. He will also discuss how these beauties can be incorporated into your gardens to create knockout displays. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 23, 2015
Organic Landscape Maintenance Practices
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Many people are interested in reducing or eliminating pesticides and inorganic fertilizers in the landscape because of concerns about water quality and potential toxic threats to humans, pets, bees, birds, and other wildlife. One way to achieve this is by using organic landscape maintenance. Join Becky Kielstrup, General Manager and Horticulturist at Avant Gardening, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and learn about tried and true techniques for organic landscape maintenance. She will discuss organic lawn care, sustainable planting bed methods, native plants, integrated pest management, and simple steps and tips on how to begin. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Sept 26, 2015
MGV Workshop on Seed Saving
Ellsworth, WI

The St Croix Valley MGA is sponsoring the the 7th annual Western District Specialized MGV workshop that is ONLY open to certified and intern MGVs. This year Diana Alfuth, Ginny Gaynor, and Ardith Beveridge will speak on the theme of seed saving from 9:00 to 2:00 p.m. $15, includes lunch. For more information contact Peg Wastell or download the registration form.

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.

Sept 29, 2015
Saving and Storing Seeds
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

This fun class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will introduce you to the exciting world of seed saving by looking at several different plants and how to collect seeds from them. Join seed collector John Holzwart and learn the dynamics of seed production and pollination, timing, seed identification, cleaning, and storing. We'll start our class with a visit to the plants outside to get an idea of what seeds to collect and how to process them. $25 ($20 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.


October 2015


Oct 1, 2015
Invasive Plant and Earthworm Workshop
Waukesha, WI

This one-day workshop hosted by UWEX and WI DNR will focus on identification, regulation and management options for common and not so common invasive plants and earthworms in Wisconsin, with an urban forest emphasis. The event includes both classroom instruction and outdoor demonstrations. At the Retzer Nature Center, WI from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $45. For more information contact the Waukesha Co. UW-Extension office at (262) 548-7787.

Oct 2, 2015
Invasive Plant and Earthworm Workshop
Stevens Point, WI

This one-day workshop hosted by UWEX and WI DNR will focus on identification, regulation and management options for common and not so common invasive plants and earthworms in Wisconsin, with an urban forest emphasis. The event includes both classroom instruction and outdoor demonstrations. At the County Annex Bluiding and Schmeekle Reserve from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $35 by Sept 1 ($40 after). For more information contact the Portage Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 346-1316 or download the Portage Co. workshop brochure.

Oct 2-10, 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 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 13, 2015
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 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 14, 2015
Gardening for Hummingbirds
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Learn how to create a sanctuary for hummingbirds in your own backyard. Through the use of perennial and annual plants, wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and hummingbird feeders, you too can discover the magic and excitement of hummingbirds! Hummingbird enthusiasts Michael and Kathi Rock will discuss identification of the Ruby-throated hummingbird, ideal habitat, migration, nesting, feeding, importance of water features, and how the elements of the best hummingbird feeders and plants can bring you up close to these special birds 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.

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 20, 2015
Rain Gardens: Deisgning for Function and Beauty
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Increases in impervious surfaces due to urbanization, land use changes, and roadway development have greatly altered natural water cycles by rapidly increasing stormwater conveyance from a typical site while minimizing on-site infiltration. This has lead to increased water pollution and flooding while reducing groundwater recharge. Rain gardens, designed to capture, purify, and infiltrate stormwater while increasing a sites aesthetic and habitat qualities, are an effective solution to this problem. Planted with native grasses, sedges, flowers, shrubs and trees, rain gardens offer a variety of aesthetic options suitable for any landscape. John Gishnock III, ecological designer and owner of Formecology, LLC, will discuss the features and benefits of rain gardens with a special focus on design and installation techniques for do-it-yourselfers in this class from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 22, 2015
Planting When the Roots are Wrong
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

We can buy almost any species and variety of tree and shrub today, an unprecedented wide choice. Yet despite careful selection, when we unwrap or depot the plants we find most have compromised root systems. Sometimes we reject a plant even at that point, but more often we implement fixes. We are gardening in an age when a perfect storm of production practices and economic realities has created this situation. Janet Macunovich, a professional gardener, author, and educator, will explain the problem, and the attention it is getting at high levels in this class from 1:30 to 3;30 p.m. She will also share remedial methods she has employed, along with the results she has seen over 30 years of experience. $38 ($30 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 22, 2015
Admitting You're hooked: Wintering-Over Tender Perennials
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

For the gardener who can't let go and must keep growing all year or those who can't compost the foliage plants, flowers, herbs, and artistic plants from bonsai to topiary that can't make it outdoors over winter. Janet Macunovich, a professional gardener, author, and educator, has recommendation for plants, pots, soils, lights, arrangements, and care of species that can be saved as dormant roots, including dahlias, cannas, elephant ears, top-grafted rose trees, and more. Classs from 6:30 to 8;30 p.m. $38 ($30 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 27, 2015
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 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

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.

Oct 28, 2015
What's Bugging Your Tree?
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Join Briana Frank, owner of Tree Health Management, LLC, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and learn about common insects and disease issues affecting trees in Wisconsin, and what to do to mitigate damage and improve tree health. She will help you understand Oak Wilt Management, Emerald Ash Borer, common foliar diseases, and insect problems, as well as teach you how to detect these issues. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.


November 2015


Nov 3, 2015
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 to create one unique and beautiful decorative winter container using plant materials from Olbrich's gardens to take home. $73 ($59 member) includes all plant materials, outdoor display container, and supplies. For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Nov 5, 2015
Hostas and Companion Plants
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss some of the hottest new hostas on the market and companion plants that let them really shine. Learn how to use color, texture, and height to get the most out of your shade garden. Companion plants she will discuss include annuals, perennials, and small woody ornamental plants. Class from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

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.

Nov 19, 2015
Vernacular Gardens
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

The gardens of the rich and famous have been well- documented in the pages of many coffee table gardening books, but there has been scant coverage of the gardens of everyday folk: vernacular gardens. Liza Lightfoot, Landscape Architect and Owner of Avant Gardening, will highlight these often overlooked gems that are usually developed on a shoestring budget and not necessarily designed by professionals, but are splendid in their creativity. She will also discuss the historical roots of the vernacular garden, along with the community held beliefs about gardening aesthetics and utility in this class from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Nov 27 - Dec 30,  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.


December 2015


Dec 5-31, 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.

Dec 8, 2015
Successfuly Grow Apples and Pears
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

pple and pear trees require patience, knowledge, and skill to grow well. Despite the effort required, apple trees in particular remain a popular addition to many home gardens. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss how to select, grow, prune, and train your apple and pear trees in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. She will share some organic pest and disease management techniques and help you find the resources needed to answer your questions for successful fruit tree growing in Wisconsin. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Dec 11- Jan 3, 2015
Holiday Light Show
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

Experience over 200,000 seasonal lights and numerous displays on selected dates from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. 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.


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.


April 2015


April 2, 2016
Garden Conference
Kimberly, WI

Offered by the Outagamie Co. MGA at Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr., Kimberly, WI. For more information see the Outagamie Co. MGA website.


May 2015


May 21, 2016
Annual Plant Sale
Appleton, WI

Offered by the Outagamie Co. MGA at the Outagamie Co. UW-Extension Office, 3365 W Brewster St, Appleton, WI. For more information see the Outagamie Co. MGA website.


June 2015


June 18, 2016
Garden Walk
Outagamie Co., WI

Offered by the Outagamie Co. MGA. For more information see the Outagamie Co. MGA website.


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.


Aug 2016


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.


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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