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February 2016


Feb 9, 2016
Inspirations from English Gardens
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

England is a mecca for the most incredible gardens in the world and a never-ending source of inspiration for gardeners lucky enough to visit. Join Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for an in-depth look at some of the most amous English gardens, as well as some hidden gems. Great gardens like Kew, Sissinghurst, Wisley, and Great Dixter are full of innovative design ideas that you can incorporate into your own landscape. See what some of England’s renowned gardeners including Beth Chatto, Fergus Garrett, and Vita Sackville-West created in their gardenmasterpieces through Epping’s camera lens. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

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 16, 2016
How to Grow Orchids Successfully

Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, WI
Have you tried growing orchids? No success? Don’t give up! In this class from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., learn correct cultural requirements, and how you CAN grow orchids successfully at home. Thirty plus years of growing has taught Mary Stewart the right and wrong way. Mary will also have orchids, plants and growing supplies available for purchase. $18 ($9 member). 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.

Feb 18, 2016
Building Healthy Soil for Healthy Plants

Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, WI
Healthy soil is the foundation for a successful vegetable garden. Learn from Vijai Pandian, UW Horticulture Extension agent, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on how to build good soil tilth, understanding organic soil conditioners, sampling soil for testing and plant nutrient needs.. $18 ($9 member). 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.

Feb 18, 2016
Healthy Houseplants
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

How do you keep houseplants healthy with fluctuating interior light and othervariable conditions? With a little preparation and some care, you can keep your houseplants looking beautiful. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss some general techniques for growing healthy houseplants and diagnosing houseplant problems. You will also learn more about some of the most popular and easy-to-grow houseplant species. Bring digital or paper photographs of houseplants that need help to add to our discussion and to get answers to your questions 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.

Feb 18, 2016
Sustainable Landscaping
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

In our desire to create more comfortable outdoor living spaces, humans have altered the shape and ecology of our landscape, often permanently. But, is it even possible to support a satisfying outdoor lifestyle while improving the environment and reducing our impact? Join John J. Gishnock III, landscape architect and owner of Formecology, LLC, to learn how you can create a personal outdoor environment tailored to your individual aesthetic style that is also environmentally beneficial.You’ll discover many innovative and sustainable landscape techniques that can be applied to any site. We’ll explore a variety of design, installation, and care techniques to maximize beauty, erosion control, cleaner air and water, human well-being, and wildlife habitats 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.

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 23, 2016
How Do I Prune My Grapevine?
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Still unsure how to tackle that rampant grapevine overtaking your fence? Are you thinking of planting some new grapevine but are unsure of how to get started? Join Olbrich Horticulturist Tony Gomez-Phillips from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. as he discusses the basic principles of grapevine pruning and management. He will also share information about grape growing trends in Wisconsin’s budding wine industry. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Feb 23 - March 8, 2016
Landscape Design for Homeowners Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Do you have some great ideas for your yard but not sure how to put them all together? Do you have absolutely no idea of what to do with your landscaping? Both scenarios will be addressed in this 3-session landscape design workshop. Paul Ganshert, registered landscape architect, will go through the design process to help you with your own property. He will cover design principals, site analysis, material selection, and installation processes. Come with your challenges and dreams, and leave with plans, ideas, and confidence to transform your home landscape for your enjoyment and pride. Some homework required with each session, such as measuring, taking photographs, and recording your site conditions. $175 ($140 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Feb 25, 2016
New Plants for the Garden

Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
With so many new plants out on the market each year, it’s tough to sift through these introductions and decide what might work in our gardens.  The diversity of selections, while enticing, includes plants that are not all created equal.  We will explore many of the newest trees, shrubs, perennial and annuals that have proven to be worth their expense and the “real estate” that you’ll be dedicating to them in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 ($3 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.

Feb 25, 2016
Plants, Emotions, and Your Nose
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Do you long for the smell of tomato plants or lilacs during the winter months? Have you ever wondered why there is such a strong connection between your nose and plants? Join Amy Freidig, MG Program Assistant and a recent UW-Madison graduate with a master’s degree in plant sciences, and learn why all those great garden scents are tied so closely to vivid memories. She will discuss some fascinating science behind scent in the garden and share some tips for gardening with scent in mind. Sample bottled plant aromas available toexperiment with during the 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.

Feb 27, 2015
A Day in the Garden
Fond du Lac, WI

Sponsored by the Fond du Lac County MGA at UW Fond du Lac. Speakersinclude Jeff Epping, Rob Zimmer and a panel of MGVs. $35 before Jan. 29 ($40 after). For more information contact: Patty Percy at (920) 929-3172.

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.

Feb 29, 2016
Early Season Vegetable Gardening

Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, WI
Early spring is a great time to begin planning and planting your favorite cool season crops. This class will explore the plethora of cool season plants that you can both start growing and harvest during the early spring weeks. Join MGV Lynn Clark from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. for an evening of edible exploration. $18 ($9 member). 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.


March 2016


March 2, 2016
New and Exciting Plants for Your Landscape
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Find out what plants are new for 2016 along with a few trusty favorites that will make your garden pop. Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens, will introduce exciting new and noteworthy annual, perennial, and woody plants for 2016 in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. These outstanding plants have unique characteristics, improved performance, and are sure to revitalize your garden. He will also share some of his personal favorite plants to spice up your garden spaces and transform them into bright and exciting retreats. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 3, 2016
Foolproof Perennials
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Achieving success in your perennial garden is, to a large extent, dependent upon selecting the right plants. The first step in this process is to evaluate the planting site’s soil and light conditions. Join Monches Farm Horticulturist Zannah Crowe from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to hear about her personal list of foolproof favorite perennials. She will discuss each plant’s qualifications, including reliability, hardiness, seasonal interest characteristics, length or beauty of bloom, and good garden behavior. $22 ($18 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 5, 2016
Spring Into Gardening Conference
La Crosse, WI

Offered by the Bluff Country MGA, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with keynote speaker Ed Lyon and breakout session. At the Lunda Center on the WTC campus in La Crosse. For more information or to register, go to www.bluffcountrymastergardeners.org.

March 5, 2016
Spring Symposium
Milwaukee, WI

Hosted by the Wisconsin Unit of the Herb Society of America at Woman's Club of Wisconsin, 813 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee. $65.  Symposium schedule and registration form available after January 4, 2016 at www.herb-society-wisconsin.org or by calling Joan at (262) 377-1461.

March 9, 2016
Plan Your Garden So You Can Eat Locally All Year
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Ready to start relying on the grocery store less and your vegetable garden more for organic produce year-round? Join Megan Cain, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to learn how you can eat food from your garden during all 12 months in Wisconsin, with just a little planning. She will discuss how to strategically plan your garden with easy to grow and store crops, how to elevate your garden production with simple maps and records, when to plant crops so you are harvesting from your garden for your holiday dinner, and how to grow more food with less work. She will focus on simple and quick techniques - no fancy equipment or greenhouses needed. $48 ($39 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 10, 2016
Garbage Into Gold
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Susan Obry, certified MGV and master composter, will teach about both basic and advanced composting techniques, uses, and tools that will help turn your yard trimmings and household waste into soil amendment “gold.” She will provide various tips and techniques that will help make your composting efforts efficient and effective. She will also explain how to do this over the winter, how to deal with common problems, and what to do with your “gold” once it’s finished. Bring your questions and get advice from this expert 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.

March 12, 2016
"Tasteful" Gardening for Style & Fun
Monroe, WI

8th annual sympoisum by the Green County MGA. For more information contact the Green County UW-Extension office at (608) 329-9440.

March 12, 2016
Spring into Gardening
Paddock Lake, WI

Offered by the Racine-Kenosha MGA from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. featuring local experts speaking on garden topics.  Attendees select 4 sessions of their choice. At Westosha Central  High School, Paddock Lake, WI. $40, includes box lunch (after Feb. 26, $45). For more information contact the Kenosha County UWEX office at (262) 857-1945, or see the website at http://kenosha.uwex.edu/horticulture/.

March 15, 2016
Native Shrubs: A Symbiosis of Site, Structure, and Sanctuary
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Explore the exciting possibilities of native shrubs in your landscape with John J. Gishnock III, landscape architect and owner of Formecology, LLC in this class from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. He will share informative and easy-to-follow tips about native shrub selection, placement, and maintenance. Expect to discover the environmental and economic benefits of native shrubs and how these beautiful, low-maintenance plants can be used in your landscape for both aesthetic appeal and functional purposes. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 19, 2016
Get Ready...Get Set...Garden!
Baraboo, WI

Offered by the Sauk Co. MGA from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., this seminar will offer a variety of topics in three breakout sessions. At the West Square Building, 505 Braodway, Baraboo, WI. Various costs depending on workshops selected. For more information contact Phyllis Both, Sauk Co. UW-Extension Office, at (608) 355-3250 or see the Sauk Co. website posting.

March 19, 2016
Plantaholics Retreat
Janesville, WI

Rotary Garden's Spring Symposium will focus on new plant selections, arrangements and designs for containers, borders and beds. With speakers Andrew Bunting, Chicago Botanic Garden' Christina Salwitz, Personal Garden Coach and Horticulturist; and Mark Dwyer, Rotary Botanical Gardeners. $75, includes lunch ($65 for active MGVs and members). For more information contact Mark at (608) 754-1779 or see the RBG Spring Garden Symposium webpage.

March 19, 2016
Proficient Pruning Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Pruning is essential to the optimal health of trees and shrubs, but it is feared even by experienced gardeners. Join Olbrich’s Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping from 9:00 a.m. to noon as he dispels the fear by teaching when, where, and what to cut. He will discuss pruning techniques, and then demonstrate on live trees and shrubs in the outdoor gardens. $45 ($36 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 19-20, 2016
Garden Getaway: Garden Art & the Art of Gardening
Mineral Point, WI

Shake Rag Alley’s annual Garden Getaway weekend chock full of hands-on workshops making art for the garden and art inspired by nature. Hypertufa Planter, Painted Garden Canvas, Wire Bird Mobile, Kimchi, Garden Trellis, Mosaic Trowel, Zentangle Inspired Botanical Notecards, Concrete Stump Planter, Nature Printing, Flower Pounding, Hypertufa Lantern, Herbal Soaps and Scrubs, Ikebana Tray. For more information call (608) 987-3292 or to register visit www.ShakeRagAlley.com.

March 22, 2016
Gardening for Pollinators
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Butterflies, bees, and many otherpollinators provide critical ecosystem services by pollinating both food crops and wildflowers alike. Unfortunately, these creatures are threatened by a variety of human impacts. Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss what you can do to make your yard a haven for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and the many other “little things that run the world.” If weather permits, we will take a stroll through Olbrich’s outdoor gardens to see some of the plants highlighted in the presentation 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.

March 23, 2016
Caring for Mature Trees
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Mature trees are irreplaceable pinnacles in 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 best 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.

March 24, 2016
Plants and Designs for Sensory Gardens
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

While we all strive for beautiful gardens to enjoy visually, there are some specific ways to make sure the garden satisfies all of the senses. By incorporating scent, sound, tactile engagement, and taste, the sensory garden can be achieved in dramatic fashion. Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens, will  discuss specific plants, design features, and other garden components to create a space for “all inclusive sensory enjoyment" in this class from 6:30 to 8:30p.m. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 26, 2016
Fruit Tree Grafting
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Do you wish your ornamental crabapple tree had large juicy apples? Maybe your fruiting apple tree is too much to handle and you wish you had a crabapple tree. These are just a couple of reasons to practice the age-old art of grafting. For centuries, people have been changing fruit trees to suit their needs, and you can too! Join John Holzwart from noon to 2:00 p.m. for a comprehensive presentation explaining several approaches to grafting, followed by a demonstration and hands-on practice. You will graft and take home two semi-dwarf fruit trees of your choice (apple, pear, or plum). Root stocks and scionwood (fruit tree cuttings) provided.  Additional plant materials will be available to purchase for grafting more trees at home. $33 ($27 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 26, 2016
Scionwood Exchange
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Attention all fruit tree grafters and growers! Here is your chance to exchange plant material. Join us for a fun time trading fruit tree cuttings. Newbies and seasoned  grafters will mingle and swap scionwood of various fruit trees. Do you have a special apple or pear tree in your yard? Cuttings of that tree might have some value to others! All we ask is that you bring a few labeled cuttings of dormant scionwood; no patented varieties please. If you are picking up scionwood, bring plastic bags. If  you are bringing scionwood to trade or give away, please be ready to supply a botanical name and description of the fruit. Free. For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 29, 2016
Emphasizing Foliage in the Garden

Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
While all gardeners enjoy flowers, the importance of foliage in the garden can’t be overstated. Foliage offers a wide range of colors and textures which frequently provide a longer season of interest as well. We’ll explore a wide range of annuals, perennials and woody plants that get a grade of A+ for excellent foliage in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 ($3 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.

March 29, 2016
Sustainable Gardens: Creating and Maintaining Meadow Gardens
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Green or sustainable gardens make sense for many reasons – they’re good for the environment and they’re good for us. Many people want lush, green lawns, but don’t have the time, nor want to see precious resources like water and energy and large amounts of pesticides go into growing them. Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping researched and implemented a number of new gardens at Olbrich that are very environmentally sound and can be easily incorporated into home landscapes. He will show you how Olbrich has replaced a number of traditional lawns with sustainable and beautiful meadows - both in sun and shade areas - and how to maintain them. The presentation from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. is based on Epping’s first-hand experience creating and maintaining the many meadows at Olbrich and elsewhere. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.


April 2016


April 1-2, 2016
The Art of Gardening Symposium
Madison, WI

Offered by the Friends of Allen Centennial Garden, with an authors reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the University Club, and the symposium from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday at the UW Arboretum. Explore the concept of the Artful Garden. Top-notch speakers, industry leaders, and award-winning authors (Kelly D. Norris, Roy Diblik, Thomas Ranier, and Bill Thomas) will present their unique perspectives on garden design, plant selection, and more. Morning refreshments and lunch are included, and each author’s books will be available for purchase. $50 for reception (includes hors d'oervres); $80 symposium. For more information or to register see the symposium website.

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.

April 2, 2016
Let’s Get Green and Growing
Rio, WI

Columbia County MG event open to the public, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Keynote: Landscape Design, Functional and Fun—Mark Dwyer, Rotary Gardens; 3 breakout sessions, vendors, and lunch available for purchase. New location: Rio High School, 411 Church St (just off Hwy 16) Rio WI. $5. Call (920) 382-4511 for brochure.

April 2, 2016
All About Willow
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Let Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee, owners of Willowglen Nursery, introduce you to the wonderful world of willow in this class from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The genus Salix has many members, perhaps as vast as the number of uses that have been devised for its twigs, bark, and even wood. As basket makers and gardeners, Lee and Lindsay supply their own needs by growing three acres of cultivated willows chosen for their size, uniformity, and color. Learn how this versatile plant is grown, harvested, and put to use. A demonstration of making a woven plant tower/trellis and interesting tales about willow and its lore are also included.$15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 2, 2016
Rustic Willow Trellis Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

In this hands-on workshop from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., you will build your own willow plant tower/trellis that will look great in your garden or yard. In the process, learn some basic basket weaves and rustic construction methods from Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee, owners of Willowglen Nursery. This workshop is the perfect complement to the morning All About Willow presentation, or can be taken alone. $162 ($130 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 2, 2016
First Driftless Gardeners' Gathering
Platteville, WI

Offered by the Grant County MGA and the Horticulture Club of UW-Platteville, with keynote speaker Lee Somerville, choice of three breakout sessions, and a tour of the UWP greenhouse. $25. For more information contact Terry Wood or download the registration brochure.

April 2, 2016
Spring Expo
Rice Lake, WI

Hosted by the Barron County Master Gardener Volunteers at the WITC Conference Center in Rice Lake. Keynote speaker Michael Heger will present on Best Performing Perennials for Zones 3 & 4 and Shade Perennials to Enhance Your Landscape. Other speakers including Jerry Clark, Crops and Soils Educator for UW-Extension Chippewa County, on growing strawberries and blueberries, and Faye Ryszkiewicz, owner of Fryszkies' Country Gardens in Caryville, Wisconsin will present Grow Edibles Without a Garden. Vendors will be selling various garden art and garden-related items. For more information contact Hali Dessecker.

April 5, 2016
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 about 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.

April 6, 2016
A Tropical Twist in Your Garden
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Interest in your summer gardens can be augmented and magnified by the use of colorful tropical plantings. Our Wisconsin summers are ideal for a wide range of tropical selections that can thrive and provide gorgeous color and texture with foliage, flowers, or perhaps both! Tropical plants can add visual beauty, scent, form, function, and interest for wildlife. Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens, will help you explore the wide range of tropical plants for sun and shade to add to your garden beds, borders, and containers 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 7, 2016
Spring Into Gardening Walk
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Take a walk through the outdoor gardens with Olbrich Horticulturists Erin Presley and Tony Gomez from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. as they discuss the best ways to prepare your garden for the season. Learn valuable time-saving tips and sustainable techniques to start your garden on the path to greatness this season. $17 ($13 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 7, 2016
Scent and Scentability: Prized Plants for Fragrance
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Fragrance is often an afterthought when it comes to selecting plants, but it can be a sublime presence in your landscape. Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturistat  Chicago Botanic Garden, will help you explore the best options for scent in your landscape. He will discuss various trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that can subtly perfume your garden from afar or offer delightful fragrance when smelling them up close 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.

April 8-10, 2016
Canadian MG Conference
Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

"Come Grow with Us", hosted by the Master Gardeners of Ontario and sponsored by Guelph University at the Deerhurst Resort, about 2 hours from Toronto. For more information and to register see the conference website.

April 12, 2016
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 14, 2016
Glorious Groundcovers
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Groundcovers are a wide-ranging group of plants from evergreen to deciduous, herbaceous to woody, flowering to foliar, and perennial to re-seeding annuals. They range from tough plants for tough places, to deep shade lovers or moisture lovers, while others prefer to be baked in the hot sun. Whatever your growing situation, there is a groundcover plant that will fit and provide unified colors and textures to make the rest of your plantings really sing. Dane County UWEX Horticulture  Educator Lisa Johnson will offer groundcover solutions to many landscape and garden challenges 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 16, 2016
Selecting and Growing Tropical Orchids
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Orchids have a reputation of requiring expert care from growers with deep pockets. Some orchids do require experienced growing skills, but the majority will do well with minimal care. Conservatory Curator John Wirth will discuss how to choose and care for orchids suited to your home, pocketbook, and skill level. He will also take you behind-the-scenes for a guided tour of the orchid greenhouse to see and hear about Olbrich’s orchid collection in this class from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $18 ($14 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 18, 2016
Early Signs of Spring Walk
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Discover the flourishing color and fragrance of early spring in Olbrich’s outdoor gardens. Enjoy seeing early bulbs, perennials, and flowering shrubs including magnolias, forsythias, and more with Olbrich Horticulturist Christian Harper from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. He will discuss how you can use these plants in your home garden to start the season earlier. $17 ($13 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 19, 2016
Creating Great Gardens with Grasses & Sedges
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Ornamental grasses and sedges are arguably one of the most important components 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 year-round - something that can’t be said for any other  perennial in the Midwest. Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping incorporated a wide variety of these plants into Olbrich’s garden designs, and 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 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.

April 21, 2016
Native Plants for Any Garden
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Are you thinking about using some native plants in your yard, but aren’t sure where to start? Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will share information in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. about native plants that are “winners” in various conditions, so you can find some that will work well and look great in your landscape.$15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 24, 2016
Made in the Shade: Top Plants to Conquer Shady Conditions
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Got shade? No problem! The shady spots in your garden don’t have to be mundane. Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at Chicago Botanic Garden, will discuss various shade tolerant plants (for both wet and dry conditions) with interesting texture, foliage, and flowers that can be combined to make a statement in your garden in this class from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 27, 2016
Gardening in Containers

Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
Containers provide another opportunity to enjoy plants in our landscapes and allow us to garden in areas that may not traditionally have soil. With such a wide range of planting combinations as well as container options, discussing proper container preparation will be a focus as well addressing how to keep our plants happy in these situations in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 ($3 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.

 

April 28, 2016
Growing and Cooking with Herbs
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Are you looking for an easy way to“spice” up your cooking? Herbs are the answer! Susan Obry, certified MGV and master composter, will cover the basics of herb  gardening, from choosing the right plant for the right purpose, to adding their vibrant flavors and aromas to culinary dishes. She will share methods and tips for  planting, caring for, harvesting, and preserving these delightful plants. Learn the different uses for fresh versus dried herbs and the science and magic of companion planting 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.


May 2015


May 3, 2016
Gardening for Hummingbirds
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Learn how to create a sanctuary for hummingbirds in your own backyard in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.Through the use of perennial and annual plants, wildflowers, shrubs, trees, and hummingbird feeders, you 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. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

May 7, 2016
Plant Sale
Lancaster, WI

Sponsored by the Grant County MGV’s; perennials, annuals, shrubs, heirloom tomato plants and a potting station for children, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. At the Grant County Fairgrounds, Crops Building, 916 E. Elm St., Lancaster, WI. For more information, contact Karin Peacock at (608) 348-8154.

May 8, 2016
Perennial Plant Sale
Prairie du Chien, WI

Plant sale by Grant County MGVs and St. Feriole Memorial Gardens on St. Feriole Island at the gardens from 8:00 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Cathie Nelson at (608) 326-8602.

May 17, 2016
Atwood Neighborhood Tree Walk
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Join Sean Gere, certified arborist and owner of Gere Tree Care, Inc., from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for a tree walk in the Atwood Neighborhood. This neighborhood has an amazing diversity of trees that generally go unnoticed. He will share facts and tips on tree identification, along with information that will expand your appreciation for trees. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

May 17, 2016
Tree and Shrub Planting Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Have you ever wondered 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 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 trees and shrubs have a healthy start in your garden. $22 ($18 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

May 18, 2016
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. , Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping and Horticulturist Samara Eisner 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. $84 ($68 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

May 20-21, 2016
Fond du Lac Co. MGA Plant Sale
Fond du Lac, WI

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

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.

May 24, 2016
Tools & Other Tricks of the Trade

Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
Every year there are new recommendations for tools out in the garden as well as those “how to” gardening suggestions. Over the years at Rotary Botanical Gardens, we’ve amassed a collection of “tried and true” tools that are the favorites of our volunteers. We’ll discuss tools but also share our overall approach to composting, mulching, fertilizing and other gardening duties in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 ($3 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.

May 24, 2016
Sumptuous Containers Walk
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Colorful flowers and cold-hardy foliage plants grace Olbrich’s containers and planting beds long before the danger of spring frost is over. These spring plantings also feature edible greens and early vegetables that are a welcome change after a winter of drab meals! Olbrich Horticulturist Erin Presley will explain the basics of planning and planting cold-hardy spring containers and showcase selected containers and plants during this delightful evening garden walk from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $17 ($13 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

May 28, 2016
Plant Sale
Sturgeon Bay, WI

By the Door Co. MGA, with a wide variety of annuals, vegetables, herbs, perennials and some wildflowers. From 9:00 a.m. to noon at the UW Peninsular Ag Research Station, 4312 Hwy 42, Sturgeon Bay, WI. For more information contact Phil Block at (920) 495-5971 or see the Door County MGA website.


June 2015


June 6-11, 2016
Isle Royale Botany Workshop
Houghton, MI

Sponsored by the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association (IRKPA) and taught by botanist Janet Marr, this workshop is 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. Workshop participants should be able to walk up to 8 or so miles in one day with a daypack on rocky, sometimes steep, trails and bedrock, sometimes slippery, shoreline.  $699 by March 7 ($725 after) includes RT boat trasportation, camping, meals, and user fees, but not optional lodge accomodations. Contact Kristine Bradof at 906-482-7860 or  kbradof@irkpa.org for more information about workshop registration or to register.  Contact Janet Marr at 906-337-5529 or jkmarr@mtu.edu for details about the workshops themselves. Download the Botany Workshop flyer.

June 18, 2016
Garden Walk
Outagamie Co., WI

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

June 25, 2016
Waupaca County Garden Walk/Art Stroll
New London, WI

Presented by Waupaca County Master Gardeners from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tour several beautiful gardens in New London, featuring local artists in each garden. Special guest speaker Rob Zimmer, of Rob Zimmer Outdoors, will be talking about designing gardens with hosta and demonstrate how to create a cement leaf casting from hosta leaves. $10; tickets at Waupaca Chamber, New London Chamber offices and in the gardens the day of the event. For more information, call Sally H. at (715) 258-4888.

June 29, 2016
Handsome harvests - Gardening with Edible Landscape Plants

Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
Who says a garden can’t be both beautiful and functional? Michael Jesiolowski, senior horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden, will help you get the most out of your space in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. as he discusses trees & shrubs that are not only aesthetically pleasing in the landscape, but will produce fruit that is delicious! Michael will also show examples of how common fruits & vegetables can be incorporated into the landscape and will cover proper cultural requirements for the plants, as well as how their fruits have been historically used. $5 ($3 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.


July 2016


July 9, 2016
Garden Walk
Lake Geneva, WI

The MGVs of Walworth County, by special arrangement, will host a self-guided tour of beautiful local gardens from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00pm. Proceeds go local scholarships. For more information contact Chrissy Wen.

July 9, 2016
Garden Door Open House
Sturgeon Bay, WI

By the Door Co. MGA, with many free garden-related programs and activities for all ages and levels of experience. From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the UW Peninsular Ag Research Station, 4312 Hwy 42, Sturgeon Bay, WI. For more information contact Phil Block at (920) 495-5971 or see the Door County MGA website.

July 16-29, 2016
Gardens of Northern England and Wales
Tour in the UK

Join Purdue Univerity horticulturists Dr. Michael Dana and Rosie Lerner on this non-credit study abroad course for Extension Master Gardeners. Only Master Gardeners (and one guest) may participate. Visit Yorkshire, the Lake District, West Midlands, and Wales, including such notable sites as Chatsworth, Levens Hall, Scampston Walled Gardens, Studley Royal & Fountains Abbey, Castle Howard, York Gate Gardens, Biddulph Grange, Bodnant Garden, Powis Castle, Kenilworth Castle with its reconstructed Elizabethan Garden, and Waddesdon Manor. $3,850, not including airfare. Enroll online or by phone 1-800-398-4636 and ask to be transferred to Horticulture/Landscape Architecture, or call 1-765-494-1296 directly. For more information contact Rosie at (765) 494-1311 or Mike at (765) 494-5923, or see the program brochure.

July 19, 2016
Gardening Vertically

Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
Growing plants vertically, while not a new concept, is getting increased attention for applicability in tight locations or areas that are limited in space. We will discuss a wide range of options for maximizing growing space in the garden through proper plant selection and the use of various containers, repurposed structures and other elements in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 ($3 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.

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.


August 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.

Aug 20-21, 2016
Daylily Plant Sale
Madison, WI

The Wisconsin Daylily Society will present its 26th annual HUGE plant sale in a 4,000 square-foot tent at Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI. There will be thousands of plants with nearly 800 different kinds to choose from. This is the largest daylily plant sale in the area, and it's the perfect place to find great daylilies from a wide selection of plants. For more information contact Rosemary Kleinheinz at (608)221-1933 or see the Wisconsin Daylily Society website.

Aug 30, 2016
Ornamental Grasses

Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
Grasses offer color, form, texture and movement in our landscapes. There are many selections that will not only thrive in our gardens but will offer interest throughout the growing season and well in to the winter. Grasses and grass relatives will be discussed for all garden situations and their growing requirements will be addressed in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 ($3 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.


September 2016


Sept 6-11, 2016
Isle Royale Botany Workshop
Grand Portage, MI

Sponsored by the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association (IRKPA) and taught by botanist Janet Marr, this workshop is 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. Workshop participants should be able to walk up to 8 or so miles in one day with a daypack on rocky, sometimes steep, trails and bedrock, sometimes slippery, shoreline.  $699 by March 7 ($725 after) includes RT boat trasportation, camping, meals, and user fees, but not optional lodge accomodations. Contact Kristine Bradof at 906-482-7860 or  kbradof@irkpa.org for more information about workshop registration or to register.  Contact Janet Marr at 906-337-5529 or jkmarr@mtu.edu for details about the workshops themselves. Download the Botany Workshop flyer.

Sept 10, 2016
Taste of the Garden Door
Sturgeon Bay, WI

By the Door Co. MGA, with free activities, tastings, tours and demonstrations. From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the UW Peninsular Ag Research Station, 4312 Hwy 42, Sturgeon Bay, WI. For more information contact Phil Block at (920) 495-5971 or see the Door County MGA website.

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

Helping Nature Thrive: Gardeners at the Dells.  Join the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association at the Chula Vista Resort in scenic Wisconsin Dells for eduational sessions, area garden tours, expert speakers, and more. All details and registration information are on the official Midwest MG Conference website.

Sept 28, 2016
Bulb Planting

Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
As the gardening season starts winding down, it is the perfect time to consider planting spring blooming bulbs out in the gardens with visions of a colorful spring. Rotary Botanical Gardens has over 400,000 spring blooming bulbs and we’ll discuss the wide range of options including their proper siting out in the gardens and tips on selection, installation, repelling unwanted critters and nurturing these colorful and diverse plants in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 ($3 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.


October 2016


Oct 8-17, 2016
Taste of Tuscany
Tour to Florence, Italy

Visit a choice selection of public and private gardens, learn about the regional foods and agriculture through meals and tasting on different farms, and stay on a working farm in the countryside overlooking vineyards. Offered by Hidden Treasures Tours. For more information contact Mary Kroening, Hidden Treasures Tours, at (573) 881-6316.

Oct 18, 2016
Fall Gardening Tasks

Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
Fall is an excellent time to be out in the garden for enjoyment but also productivity as the growing season ends. We’ll discuss late season planting, mulching, composting, deer protection and essentially, all those gardening tasks that are ideal to accomplish late in the season before the snow blankets our gardens in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 ($3 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.


November 2016


Nov 29, 2016
The Best Winter Interest Plants

Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
Despite harsh winters in our Midwestern climate, our gardens should still have visual interest from November through March. Often neglected, this “fourth season of interest” can focus on colorful conifers, plant form, ornamental stems and bark, ornamental fruiting, grasses and other features. We’ll discuss how to add more impact in your winter garden in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 ($3 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.

 


December 2016


Dec  2016
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.

Dec 2016
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 2016
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.


2017 and Beyond


Jan 2017
Northern Green EXPO
Minneapolis, MN

The show for green industry profesionals, with education sessions, exhibitors and vendors. Various costs. For more information or to register, see the Northern Green EXPO website.

Jan 2017
Annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference
Oshkosh, WI

A day-long seminar on native landscaping presented by Wild Ones Fox Valley featuring Dr. Darrell Morrison, one of the country’s most distinguished native landscape designers and educators. His keynote address “Rivers and Drifts: Natural Process in Designed Places” will provide a wealth of information and inspiration for home gardeners.The conference features nine other speakers on the whole spectrum of native plants and natural landscaping topics will be present, as well as vendors,exhibitors and a silent auction. At the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 N Main St, Oshkosh.  For more information email
wildonesfoxvalley@gmail.com or go to the Wild Ones conference website.

Jan 2017
Orchid Quest 2017
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 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.

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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