Events Listing


2014

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2015

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2016 and beyond

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December 2014


Thru Dec 28, 2014
Holiday Light Show
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

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

Thru Dec 30, 2014
15th Annual WPS Garden of Lights
Green Bay Botanical Garden
, Green Bay, WI

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

Thru Dec 31, 2014
Olbrich's Holiday Express - Flower and Model Train Show
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

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


January 2015


Jan 8-29, 2015
Winter Seminar Series
Madison, WI

Four weekly sessions on Thurdays from 8:45 a.m. to  noon on diferent topics related to current horticultral concerns (see entries of Jan 8, 15, 22 and 29 for specifics). $50 for four sessions. 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 8, 2015
Winter Seminar Series Week 1
Madison, WI

First of four weekly sessions from 8:45 a.m. to  noon, with P.J. Liesch discussing the Top 10 insects of 2014 and Jay Gehler on Sustainable Landscape Design. $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 9-10, 2015
Ecology and Physiology of Plants in Winter: Surviving the Big Chill
Saukville, WI

The plants of temperate and boreal regions have several anatomical and physiological adaptations that allow them to survive low temperatures. Minimum temperatures set the range limits for many species, and snow and ice loading can be important constraints on the morphology of northern trees. Some woody plants can photosynthesize in the winter, which is also an important time for seed dispersal. This two-day workshop (Fri 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sat 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) will explore all of the aspects of plant life in the winter, especially what is known about the special adaptations that allow northern plants to survive the freezing and drought associated with extreme cold. We also spend some time learning the basic characteristics used to identify woody plants in the winter. This class includes a balance of indoor and outdoor study, lecture and hands-on activity. At UW-Milwaukee Field Station, 3095 Blue Goose Rd, Saukville, WI. $105, includes a winter fruit and twig key; meals extra and optional. For more information contact the Field Station at (262) 675-6844 or download the registration brochure.

Jan 9-11, 2015
Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers
Madison, WI

This 3-day workshop sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems is for anyone planning to start a fresh market vegetable farm. The focus of the program is to provide information and inspiration to help new growers make smart business decisions about production, marketing, pricing, capitalization and labor. The program emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing. Participants will learn about fertility management, greenhouse use, season extension, pest management, equipment needs, and get real-world perspectives on the financial and quality-of-life realities of running a small scale farm. $325. For more information contact John Hendrickson at (608) 265-3704 or visit the CIAS website.

Jan 10, 2015
Garden Dreams:  A Saturday with the Portage County Master Gardener Volunteers
Amherst, WI

Join the Portage County MGV’s in this seminar from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm with Yard MD Rob Zimmer speaking on Attracting Birds and Butterflies Using Native Plants; Megan Cain, The Creative Vegetable Gardener, with 10 Mistakes of Vegetable Gardening; and  Rob Zimmer again with Creative Garden Art. At the Lettie W. Jensen Community Center, 487 North Main Street, Amherst. $30 by Jan 6. For more information email gardendreams2015@gmail.com, call or text (715) 570-3108, or download the Garden Dreams registration brochure.

Jan 14-16, 2015
Northern Green Expo
Minneapolis, MN

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

Jan 15, 2015
Winter Seminar Series Week 2
Madison, WI

Second of four weekly sessions from 8:45 a.m. to  noon, with Chris Williamson speaking about new emerald ash borer treatment options and Laura Jull talking about Winter Burn. $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 16-18, 2015
Mid-Am Horticultural Trade Show
Chicago, IL

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

Jan 17, 2015
All About Figs!

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
If you are familiar with Ficus carica, then you know that the taste of a fresh fig is an unforgettable experience. Did you know that you can grow these tasty fruits here in the upper Midwest? With a little care and determination you can annually harvest these special Mediterranean treats. Join fig-lover John Holzwart from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. for this enjoyable presentation and learn how to grow, maintain, winterize, and
propagate your own fig trees from cuttings. $25 ($20 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Jan 21-22, 2015
Garden Center Symposium/Midwest Perennial Conference
Waukesha, WI

"Fitting Your Pieces Together" is 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. At the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd, Waukesha. Various registration costs. For more information contact Eileen Nelson at (608) 265-5283 or see the Garden Center Symposium website.

Jan 22, 2015
Winter Seminar Series Week 3
Madison, WI

Third of four weekly sessions from 8:45 a.m. to  noon, with Brian Hudelson on Top 10 Diseases of 2014 and David Drake on Preventing Wildlife Damage. $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 23-24, 2015
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 24, 2015
19th Annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference
Oshkosh, WI

A day-long seminar on native landscaping presented by Wild Ones Fox Valley.  Keynote speaker Dr Stanley Temple, Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation will be speaking on “Aldo Leopold, Phenology and Climate Change.” Nine other speakers on the whole spectrum of native plants and natural landscaping topics, as well as vendors and exhibitors and a silent auction. At the Oshkosh Convention Center, Oshkosh, WI. For more information call (920) 749-7807 or go to the Wild Ones conference website.

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
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 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.

February 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
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 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 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
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
Gardening in Tune with Nature
Wautoma, WI

Offered by the Waushara Co. MGA 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 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.


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 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 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 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 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 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 , 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.


2016 and Beyond


TBA 2016
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days
Walworth Co., Wisconsin

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

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

More details coming soon...

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


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