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January 2015


Jan 28, 2015
Building Soil Health: Why It Matters
Webinar, noon

This webinar sponsored by USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) and University of Maryland Extension is designed for Agricultural Service Providers, but is open to all. Learn how building soil health can improve crop yields, increase available soil moisture, reduce runoff and erosion, manage nutrient cycles, and decrease weed and pest pressure. Go to https://webmeeting.umd.edu/soilhealth/ to connect.

Jan 29, 2015
Winter Seminar Series Week 4
Madison, WI

Last of four weekly sessions from 8:45 a.m. to  noon, with Kelly Kearns discussing Nursery Plants on the DNR NR40 List and Sean Gere on Wisconsin Urban Wood. $18. For more information contact Lisa Johnson at (608) 224-3715 or see the registration brochure or the Winter Seminar Series page on the Dane Co. UWEX website.

Jan 29 - Feb 7, 2015
MG Educational Tour
Costa Rica, Central America

Join MG Program Coordinator Susan Mahr on this education 10 day trip that will focus on plants, nature and tropical ecosystems in one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world. Even though this tour has been designed with MGVs in mind (providing numerous educational opportunities that will count as continuing education) it is entirely appropriate for anyone with an interest in these topics. $2995 + airfare. For more information about traveling to Costa Rica contact Susan Mahr at (608) 265-4504. For more inforamtion or to register, contact Mary Kroening, Hidden Treasures Tours, at (573) 881-6316 or download the registration brochure.

Jan 31 - Feb  1, 2015
Orchid Quest 2015
Madison, WI

This annual mid-winter show and sale of the Madison Orchid Growers Guild will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday 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.


Feb 2015


Feb 1, 2015
Hypertufa Trough Workshop

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Join Master Gardener and trough enthusiast Jane Gahlman frp, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in making an antique trough planter for your fairy garden, rock garden, or patio. We will mix peat moss, perlite, Portland cement, and reinforcing fibers with water to form a lightweight but strong hypertufa trough that can be left outdoors over winter. Instructions will be given for unmolding and planting your trough on your own
after it has cured. $50 ($40 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Feb 3, 2015
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. These plants 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 8:00 p.m. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Feb 5, 2015
Grasses & 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, and he will share his experiences on the best performing species and cultivars with you in this class from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. 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.

Feb 7, 2015
Ready, Set, Grow
Eau Claire, WI

The annual winter garden seminar by the Eau Claire Area MGA will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI.  $30.  For more information call (715) 839-4712 or see the ECAMGA website.

Feb 7, 2015
New & Improved Fruit Varieties for Wisconsin
Green Bay, WI

Part of the 2015 Garden Series hosted by Brown Co. UW-Extension and NEW MGVs, with Brian R. Smith, PhD, State Extension Commercial Fruit Specialist, University of Wisconsin-River Falls from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $15. At the Ag & Extension Service Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. For more information contact Vijai Pandian at (920) 391-4611 or download the registration brochure.

Feb 7, 2015
Growing and Preserving Unusual Fruit

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Everyone enjoys the sensual pleasure of tasting a new and exotic tropical fruit, but few people in the Midwest realize they can taste these delicious fruits in their own backyard. Join John Holzwart from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. as he shares tips for growing and preserving unusual fruits in Wisconsin. Fruits that he will discuss and provide samples of include edible dogwoods, aronia, elderberries, sea buckthorn, autumn
olives, pawpaws, figs, and many more. $19 ($16 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Feb 7, 2015
Planning Your Veggie Garden Workshop
Oconomowoc, WI

Learn how to plan a great vegetable garden that will provide you with healthy, fresh produce all season long. Explore the many different veggie varieties, how to start seeds, where to locate your garden, how much to plant, when to plant and much, much more. From 10:00 a.m. to noon at NuGenesis, N68 W33208 County Road K Oconomowoc, WI. $15 donation. For more information or to register, visit www.nugenesisfarm.org or call (1-800) 969-3588.

Feb 7, 2015
Winter Escape, Summer Dreams
Oshkosh, WI

Offered by the Winnebago Co. MGA from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information contact Audrey at (920) 231-5745 or see the Winnebago Co. MGA website.

Feb 7 - April 11, 2015
Garden Series
Green Bay, WI

Three workshops hosted by Brown Co. UW-Extension and NEW MGVs, with different speakers from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb 7, March 7, and April 11 (see entries on those dates for details about each session) $35 for three sessions by Dec 12 ($45 after). At the Ag & Extension Service Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. For more information contact Vijai Pandian at (920) 391-4611 or download the registration brochure.

Feb 11, 2015
Plants and Their Functionality Beyond Beauty & Food

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Explore the function of plants in soil health, water retention, plant communities, and their uses in crafts, medicine, and small structures. Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and learn about the fascinating multi-functionality of plants and how you can incorporate them into your landscape. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Feb 13-15, 2015
WPT's Garden Expo
Madison, WI

Sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television, Friends of WHA-TV, and the UW-Extension Horticulture Team, this event draws nearly 16,000 people to view 400 booths, provided by numerous exhibitors over 100,000 square-feet. Certfied MGVs will assist UW-Extension Specialists and Agents in answering questions in the UW-Extension booth. Numerous educational seminars, demonstrations, and workshops are offered on a variety of horticultural topics. Hours are Fri 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 14, 2015
Bus Trip to Garden Expo
Oshkosh/Fond du Lac to Madison

Sponsored by the Winnebago Co. MGA to encourage gardening enthusiasts to share ideas, gain inspiration and create something new by attending Garden Expo. Starting at 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, you can choose to sit in on 8-9 seminars or demonstrations. Two pickup locations in Oshkosh and one in FDL first departure at 7:00 a.m. and return at 5:15 to be back in Oshkosh around 6:30 p.m. $35 includes transportatin and Garden Expo entrance ticket. For more information contact Marge Menacher at  (920) 233-3467 or see the registration flyer.

Feb 15, 2015
Green up Your Winter Blues
Port Washington, WI

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

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

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

Feb 19, 2015
Designing Attractive Native Gardens for Home & Business

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
In the minds of many city dwellers, the terms “native plants” and “prairie restoration” evoke visions of wide open spaces either blooming gloriously or looking wild and unkempt. Neither has translated well to the traditional home lot - until now. Join John J. Gishnock III, ecological designer and owner of Formecology, LLC, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. as he takes you through a process of developing attractive native plantings and gardens. Learn how to utilize wildflowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs, and trees to create a more natural, wild look, or a clean, organized planting suitable for the most refined of settings - from rural residencies to urban municipal buildings. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Feb 19, 2015
WNLA Winter Workshop
Oconomowoc, WI

The Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association winter workshop will offer two tracks of speakers—one focused on nursery issues and the other on lawn and landscape topics.  The presentation schedules for both tracks allow attendees to move between the tracks so that they can choose to hear speakers on both topics. $45 for MGVs, includes meals. For more information contact Jill Fennimore or see the event listing on the WI Green Industry Federation website.

Feb 21, 2015
Think Spring Garden Seminar
Chippewa Falls, WI

Sponsored by Chippewa Valley MGA and Chippewa County UW-Extension from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Chippewa Middle School, 750 Tropicana Blvd, Chippewa Falls, WI. The keynote speaker is Don Engebretson, the Renegade Gardener, who will give the keynote on “Top 10 Gardening & Landscaping Blunders—and How to Avoid Them”. He will lead a session, “Embrace Your Shade: Plants & Design Tips for Shady Spaces”. Other speakers will be Michael and Kathi Rock, “Gardening for Hummingbirds”; Brian Smith, “Fruit trees for Backyard Spaces”; Todd Chwala, “Trees, Protecting a Growing Investment”, Mary Stewart, “Get Your Orchid Groove On”; and Faye Ryszkiewicz, “Grow Edibles without a Garden”. Two workshops are scheduled: Making Herbal Cordials and Growing Your Own Floral Designs. There will also be a coffee bar, vendors, door prizes, raffles, and lunch. $25 (additional costs for workshops); students $15. For more information contact the Chippewa County Extension office at (715) 726-7950 or chippewa.uwex.edu.

Feb 21, 2015
A Day in the Garden
Fond du Lac, WI

One day seminar hosted by the Fond du Lac Co. MGA from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Speakers will be: Mark Dwyer - Perennial & Annual Combinations; Mike Maddox - Adaptive Gardening "for those who are not getting any younger"; Saving Grace Salvage - Trash to Treasure - creating/repurposing with found "stuff"; Bill Nettlehorst - Vegetable Gardening - hoop house and lasagna raised beds.  For more information  or a registration form contact Patty Percy at (920) 929-3172.

Feb 25, 2015
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 of Rotary 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.

Feb 26, 2015
Lower Maintenance Garden Design - The Mixed Border

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Everyone strives to have a fantastic looking garden, not only during the growing season when colorful blossoms grace our gardens, but also during the rest of the year when flowers fade. Like everyone, gardeners lead busy lives and have limited time to plant and nurture their gardens, and they would like a little time to sit and enjoy them! Join Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. as he discusses and illustrates garden designs that require less time, water, and chemicals to grow and thrive. He will present mixed border ideas that utilize the entire pallet of plants - trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals, and bulbs - using examples from Olbrich and from other gardens across the country. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Feb 26, 2015
Beesentation - Bees and Beekeeping Revealed

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Bees play an important role in our food systems. Whether you want to start a dance with bees through beekeeping or just learn about the dance they do to find nectar, this class gets you buzzing. Charlie Koenen, a beekeeper for 15 years and the designer of a beehive he calls Beepods, will introduce you to bees and beekeeping in this class from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. You will discover the difference between bees and wasps, who is inside the hive, and how humans have managed bees for pollination and honey. $22 ($17 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.


March 2015


March 3, 2015
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 - it just takes 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 Christmas dinner, and how to grow more food with less work. She will focus on simple and quick techniques - no fancy equipment of greenhouses needed. $40 ($32 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 4, 2015
Introducing Endangered and Other Plants Into Your Properties

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and explore how ginseng, goldenseal, and other plants can be introduced into your landscape. The discussion will focus on wooded and shady areas and how homeowners can help endangered plant species and the ecosystems at-large of which they are a part. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 7, 2015
New, Tried, & True Perennials for Wisconsin
Green Bay, WI

Part of the 2015 Garden Series hosted by Brown Co. UW-Extension and NEW MGVs, with Nancy Nedveck, The Flower Factory, Stoughton, WI from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $15. At the Ag & Extension Service Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. For more information contact Vijai Pandian at (920) 391-4611 or download the registration brochure.

March 8, 2015
Vegetable Garden Design Workshop: Create a Garden That Feeds Your Body + Soul

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Do you have lots of exciting ideas but aren’t sure how to turn them into a vegetable garden? Are you less than thrilled with your current garden? Join Megan Cain, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, in this hands-on workshop fromo 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. where we will break out graph paper, pencils, and inspirational photographs to design a beautiful vegetable garden that produces a lot of food with less work. The second part of the workshop will focus on step-by-step installation of the garden so you go home prepared to dig in. Some pre-class work required. $99. For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 10, 2015
Native Shrubs - A Symbiosis of Site, Structure, and Sanctuary

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Interested in learning more about native shrubs? Explore the exciting possibilities of native shrubs in your landscape with John J. Gishnock III, landscape architect and owner of Formecology, LLC frpom 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. He will share informative and easy-to-follow native shrub selection, placement, and maintenance tips. 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 11, 2015
New Tree Selections for Diversity

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Not another red maple, please! With every new year there seems to be another new bug or disease that is threatening our trees. Why is that happening and what can we do about it? Join Mark Wegner, City of Madison forester and horticulturist, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to discover new planting options for homeowners and to explore the contributing factors behind events such as the current Emerald Ash Borer crisis, Dutch Elm Disease, and Chestnut Blight. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 14, 2015
Who Tends The Forest? With Bryce Ruddock and Dan Halsey of Integrated Forest Gardening
Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners, WI

Permaculture is the conscious design of landscapes that follow patterns and relationships found in nature, while providing abundant food, fiber, fuel, and shelter for local needs. One of the essential processes in that design process is the creation of perennial plant polycultures or guilds, food forests, and mixed plant and animal communities. Integrated Forest Gardening is a guide to do just that. Class from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. $15 ($10 member). For more information contact Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens Education Department at (414) 525-5653

March 14, 2015
Gardening Northwoods Style
Lac du Flambeau, WI

This all-day program sponsored by Lakeland Gardeners will be at Lake of the Torches Resort and Conference Center, Lac du Flambeau, WI. For more information contact Ginger Davis at (269) 615-5419 or see the Gardening Northwoods Style website.

March 14, 2015
Gardening With A Purpose
Monroe, WI

Annual symposium offered by the Green Co. MGA. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Speakers will present on ornamental edibles, bees, permaculture and more. $35 before March 1 (includes lunch).  For more information contact the Green Co. UW Extension Office at  (608) 328-9440.

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

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

March 18, 2015
The Magic of Hummingbirds
Juneau, WI

Dodge County HCE invite MGVs to attend their Learning Session "The Magic of Hummingbirds" at 6pm at the County Administration Building at 127 E. Oak Street, Juneau, WI. Learn how to create a sanctuary for the ruby-throated hummingbird in your own backyard through the use of annual and perennial plants, shrubs, trees and hummingbird feeders.  Presenters are Michael and Kathi Rock of Madison. Must register by before March 4. For more information or to register, contact Deb Struve at (920) 386-3790.

March 19, 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.

March 21, 2015
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 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for a comprehensive presentation explaining several approaches to grafting, followed by a demonstration and hands-on learning. You will graft and take home two semi-dwarf fruit trees of your choice (apple, pear, or plum). $31 ($25 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 21, 2015
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, from 3:00 to 5;00 p.m. For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 21, 2015
Let's Get Green and Growing
Pardeeville, WI

By the Columbia Co MGA from 9:00 am to 2:45 pm with keynote speaker Dr. Jim Nienhuis, UW Madison.Breakout sessions, vendors, door prizes, and garden book swap. For more infromation call (608) 742-9693.

March 21-22, 2015
Garden Getaway: Garden Art & the Art of Gardening
Mineral Point, WI

Offered by Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts with hands-on workshops making garden art plus informative lectures on the art of gardening. Lectures: Growing Berries, Sustainable Landscaping, Beginning Gardening. Hands-on workshops: Pebble Mosaic Turtle, Japanese Style Hypertufa Lantern, Hypertufa Planter, Deviled Egg (Mosaic) Birdbath, Gourd Whimsies, Herbal Soaps and Scrubs, Ikebana Tray, Color and Coil (on a Gourd), Felted Soaps, Glass Garden Gizmos, Stained Glass Garden Ornaments, Willow Trellis/Garden Gate, Kimchi, Enchanted Fairy Gardens, Willow Accent Table/Plant Stand. For more information or to register visit www.ShakeRagAlley.com or call (608) 987-3292.

March 22, 2015
Pruning Pointers 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 ($362 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 23, 2015
Gardening for Pollinators

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Butterflies, bees, and many other pollinators 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 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 25, 2015
A Focus on Foliage in the Shadier Garden

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
While we all enjoy flowers in our gardens, the shadier garden becomes more reliant on colorful foliage that offers visual texture and interest. By focusing on the merits of plant foliage from our trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals, the shade garden can still be beautiful and engaging. Foliage will long outlast the impact of the flowers, and the multitude of potential foliage combinations is limitless! Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will discuss a wide range of effective foliage compositions for the shadier garden with lots of photographs in his presentations 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 26, 2015
Spring Into Gardening Walk - Get Ready for the Season

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Take a walk through the outdoor gardens with Olbrich Horticulturist Samantha Peckham from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. as she discusses 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. Dress for the weather. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 26, 2015
Hydroponics 101

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. Nutrients are delivered through water in a closed-loop system, which allows you to grow high quality crops using minimal materials in a controlled environment. Join Dennis Anderson from Paradigm Gardens in Madison from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and learn the basics of maximizing plant growth and yield using the gardening method of hydroponics. He will share information about its history, types of hydroponic systems, care and maintenance, monitoring and adjusting water, nutrients and lighting, along with tips and tricks for common issues. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 28, 2015
Do-It-Yourself Compost Barrel Tumbler Class
Green Bay, WI

Sponsored by N.E.W. Master Gardeners from 9 a.m. to noon at the Brown County UW Extension Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay. $65 must be received by March 13. For more information contact Dan Mitchell at (920) 241-0207 for a list of needed tools.

March 28, 2015
Garden Expectations
Kimberly, WI

Hosted by the Outagamie Co. MGA, this annual gardening seminar will be from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr., Kimberly, WI.  $45. For more information see the Outagamie Co. MGA website.

March 28, 2015
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. 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 in this class rom 10:00 a.m. to noon. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 28, 2015
Rustic Willow Trellis Workshop

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
In this hands-on workshop from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., 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. $162 ($1302 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 28, 2015
Intro to Backyard Beekeeping
Oconomowoc, WI

Explore all the necessary knowledge and equipment you’ll need to get started in keeping your very own beehive. Taught by SEW MGV Janet Manke-Fischer from the Milwaukee/Waukesha Beekeepers Association. From noon to 1:00 p.m. at NuGenesis, N68 W33208 County Road K Oconomowoc, WI. $15 donation. For more information or to register, visit www.nugenesisfarm.org or call (1-800) 969-3588.

March 28, 2015
Gardening in Tune with Nature
Wautoma, WI

Offered by the Waushara Co. MGA from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the PAC at Wautoma High School. For more information contact Helen at (920) 787-5900.

March 29, 2015
Selecting and Growing Tropical Orchids

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Orchids have a reputation of requiring expert care and 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 the best orchid 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 2015


April 7, 2015
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 about native plants that are “winners” in
various conditions, so you can find some that will work well and look great in your landscape 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 9, 2015
Indoor Vegetable Gardening

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
The thrill of harvesting lettuce and Swiss chard from your indoor garden in the middle of winter is addicting! Learn about the ease of growing vegetables indoors at home with Dennis Anderson from Paradigm Gardens in Madison in this class from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Dennis will discuss indoor gardening techniques, including indoor hydroponics versus soil containers, plant nutrients, and plant lighting needs to successfully grow vegetables indoors. Specifically, he will explain the differences among HID, LED, induction, and fluorescent lighting. You will also get great tips to increase your production and how to introduce new varieties of vegetables to your indoor garden such as cucumbers and spinach. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 11, 2015
Alternative Gardening Styles...Container, Vertical, & Other Specialized Techniques
Green Bay, WI

Part of the 2015 Garden Series hosted by Brown Co. UW-Extension and NEW MGVs, with Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $15. At the Ag & Extension Service Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. For more information contact Vijai Pandian at (920) 391-4611 or download the registration brochure.

April 11, 2015
Intro to Fruit Tree Grafting
Oconomowoc, WI

Join Permaculturist Adrian Lee for a comprehensive presentation explaining several approaches to grafting fruit trees, followed by a demonstration and hands-on learning. Participants will receive an info packet and grafting guide to take home. Apple, pear and plum trees will be available for $5 each to take home and plant. From 10:00 a.m. to noon at NuGenesis, N68 W33208 County Road K Oconomowoc, WI. $25. For more information or to register, visit www.nugenesisfarm.org or call (1-800) 969-3588.

April 21, 2015
Caring for Mature Trees

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

April 22, 2015
Incorporating Fragrance in the Garden

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

April 23, 2015
Controlling Weeds and Invasive Plants

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

April 24, 2015
Controlling Weeds and Invasive Plants

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

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

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

April 25, 2015
Spring Seminar
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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


May 2015


May 2, 2015
North Stars Garden Conference
Florence, WI

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

May 6, 2015
Culinary Herbs That Promote Health & Vitality

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

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

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

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

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

May 16, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Wautoma, WI

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

May 16, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Wisconsin Rapids

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

May 19, 2015
Ornamental Container Gardens Workshop

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

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

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

May 30, 2015
Container Gardening Workshop
Oconomowoc, WI

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

May 30, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Sturgeon Bay, WI

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


June 2015

June 13, 2015
Garden Trellising Workshop
Oconomowoc, WI

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

June 23 - July 2, 2015
The Irish Rover: A Tour Around Ireland's Finest Gardens
Ireland

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


July 2015


July 2-9, 2015
Days and Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Adalucia, Spain

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

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

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

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

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

July 18, 2015
Garden Walk
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

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

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

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

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

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


August 2015


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 2015


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

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

Sept 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.

dates TBA
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.


December 2015


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

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

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

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

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

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


January 2016


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

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

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

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

Jan 2016
Garden Visions
Wausau, WI

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

Jan 2016
 Annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference
Oshkosh, WI

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


July 2016


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

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


Sept 2016


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

More details coming soon...


2017 and Beyond


July 10-14, 2017
International Master Gardener Conference
Portland, Oregon


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