Events Listing


2015

January February March April May June
July August September October November December

2016

January February March April May June
July August September October November December

2017 and beyond

 To have items added to this listing, send the relevant info to Susan Mahr.


May 2015


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

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

May 30, 2015
Community Plant Exchange
Madison, WI

Bring your plants (healthy, moist perennials, annuals, houseplants and vegetable plants) to the back parking lot and swap them for new ones for your garden bed. From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at City Church, 4909 E Buckeye, Madison. For more information contact Kathy at (608) 221-1528.

May 30, 2015
Plant Sale
Hartford, WI

Locally grown plants offered from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. by the Volunteers for a Beautiful Hartford at the Rotary Gazebo on the corner of Sumner (Hwy 60) and Grand Ave in Hartford. For more information contact Leslie Ashford or see the Volunteers for a Beautiful Hartford website.

May 30, 2015
Container Gardening Workshop
Oconomowoc, WI

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

May 30, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Sturgeon Bay, WI

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


June 2015

June 6, 2015
Plant Sale
Deforest, WI

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

June 6, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Hudson, WI

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

June 7, 2015
Hosta Sale

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Pick up some interesting hostas to add to your collection at the Wisconsin Hosta Society's Plant Sale from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (or while supplies last). These shade-loving perennials, prized for their interesting foliage, come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. At Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI. For more information call (608) 835-3291.

June 7, 2015
Herb Day

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Celebrate the wonders of herbs as food and medicine with the Madison Herbal Institute from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy herbal presentations and walks for adults and children, as well as kids activities. At Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI. For more information visit http://madisonherbalinstitute.org/herbday-2015.

June 7, 2015
Spring Plant Sale
Weyauwega, WI

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

June 8-13, 2015
Isle Royale Botany Workshop
Isle Royale, MI

This special botany workshop, sponsored by the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association (IRKPA), and taught by botanist Janet Marr, are open to anyone with beginning/intermediate knowledge of plant identification who is interested in learning to identify the native flora of this species-rich Lake Superior island. Workshop participants will spend four days on Isle Royale learning native plant species, using such tools as a dichotomous key and hand lens to identify plants.  Other topics will include discussion of island plant communities, rare species, ecology, and invasive species. Most workshop activities will take place outdoors. Optional evening sessions will also be offered to review plants learned earlier. Field trips near the northeast end of Isle Royale will include Tobin Harbor, Scoville Point, and Raspberry Island, places that are all located in the vicinity of Rock Harbor.  Workshop attendees will meet in Houghton, Michigan, on Monday (8 June) afternoon and travel from Houghton to Rock Harbor (on Isle Royale) on the Ranger III boat on Tuesday (9 June).  Participants will return to Houghton on the Ranger III on Saturday (13 June). $699 by March 6 ($725 after). Contact Kristine Bradof at (906) 482-7860 for more information about workshop registration or to register.  Contact Janet Marr at (906) 337-5529 for details about the workshop.

June 13, 2015
Garden Trellising Workshop
Oconomowoc, WI

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

June 20, 2015
Garden Walk
Appleton, WI

The Outagamie Co. MGA's 7th Annual Garden Walk will feature five select gardens in the Fox Cities. Each garden offers a unique horticultural environment and all are truly great examples of sound gardening principals and beauty. MGVs and the property owners will be available to guide and answer questions.$7 entry fee (to further develop the Community gardens of Goodwill Grows http://www.goodwillncw.org/programs/diversity/grows/) and two items of non-perishable food (to be donated to local food pantries). For more information visit the Outagamie Co. MGA website.

June 20 - Oct 17, 2015
Permaculture Design Certificate course
Kenosha, WI

Permaculture creates sustainable living spaces aligned with the local ecology and landscapes that work with nature rather than against it. Students will work with the instructor over 5 Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (June 20, July 18, Aug 15, Sept 19, and Oct 17) to learn techniques and create a permaculture design for their yard or property. At Pike Creek Horticulture Center at Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave, Kenosha. $440.67. Register for this 3 credit course online through the Gateway Technical College website: go to the web advisor link and find the course listed under ‘Summer 2015’ and ‘Horticulture’. The course number is 001-103. For more information contact instructor Kate Field at (262) 564-2418.

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

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

June 26-27, 2015
Rio Home and Garden Tour
Rio, WI

Sponsored by the Blooming Buddies Garden Club and Rio Area Library Friends from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Tour seven gardens in the village of Rio and surrounding countryside to benefit the Rio Community Library. $8, tickets available at the library, 324 W. Lyons St. in advance or on the days of the tour. For more information contact the library at (920) 992-3206.

June 27, 2015
Garden Tour
South Milwaukee, WI

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

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

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

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

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

June 28, 2015
Oshkosh Garden Walk
Oshkosh, WI

Sponsored by the Oshkosh Garden Club, from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information contct Lynne Slat.

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

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


July 2015


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

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

July 1, 2015
6th Annual VELC Garden Tour
Muckwonago, WI

This tour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by the Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Church will feature several gardens including one in Asian style with 700 hostas and 40 species of mosses with 3 water features; a small garden centered around a backyard pergola, fire pit and gas fireplace; a wonderful annual and perennial garden on the Broadlands golf course; and a six acre property with an Art studio where a Koi pond is a year round inspiration. $8, available on the day of the walk at the church, S90 W27550 National Ave, Mukwonago. For advance tickets call the church office at (262) 363-7131. For more information see www.vernon-elca.org.

July 10-11, 2015
Home Garden Tour
Madison, WI

Tour eight exceptional home gardens in the Middleton Hills area and more, talk with homeowners, see how other home gardeners use innovative landscape designs and get great ideas for your own garden. From 10:00 am. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. $14 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI; phone (608) 246-4550.

July 10-11, 2015
Garden Parade
Stevens Point, WI

The 18th  annual Garden Parade by the Portage Co. MGA will feature the unique gardens of UWSP, 5 varied, and  very special  residential gardens along with “Art Bloom @ the Q” a celebration of Art and Flowers.  There will be educational programs featured at various gardens and unusual yard art.For ticket information contact  Portage County UW Extension at (715) 346-1316 or Carole Jansing at (715) 344-2118 or see the Portage County Master Gardener Volunteers Facebook page.

July 10-11, 2015
Garden Walk
Wausau, WI

The 14th annual Garden Walk, sponsored by the North Central Wisconsin MGA features 5 beautiful private gardens and one community garden from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. These gardens range from a bountiful flower and vegetable garden that fills every available space in a small city lot to a rambling full shade garden built around a spectacular water feature. $10. Advance ticket will be available after June 1 at the Marathon County UW-Extension, 212 River Drive, Suite 3, Wausau. Ticketsavailable at any of the private gardens during the event. For more information, visit our website or contact Linda Peterson at (715) 573-4866 or Kris Weirauch at  (715) 574-4010.

July 10-12, 2015
Iris Sale

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

The Madison Area Iris Society sponsors this sale of iris rhizomes, the roots that grow into iris plants, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI. For more information call (608) 271-3607.

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 12, 2015
Garden Walk
Burlington, WI

Sponsored by the Burlington Area Garden Club, this event from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. features five unique area gardens. $8 advance, $10 day of walk. For more information or to purchase tickets conact Ruth DeLay at (262) 210-3176 or see the Garden Club website.

July 16, 2015
Gardening Vertically
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

With Mark Dwyer, RBG Director of Horticulture from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $10 ($7 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.

July 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 8, 2015
Garden Tours
Brookfield, WI

Free tour of the Historic Dousman Stagecoach Inn from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The stately home, built in 1843 by the Dousman family, is on the National Historic Registry. Enjoy a quarter-acre prairie, filled with native plants. Adjacent to the Inn itself is an herb/kitchen garden with many vegetables grown during the era. The cottage garden of perennials and a butterfly garden typify the times. A raised bed holds many native Wisconsin plants, all of which are identified. A newly planted monarch garden features varied milkweeds. The gardens are replicas of those in the late 1800s.  MGVs will be available to answer questions. At the Historic Dousman Stagecoach Inn, 1075 Pilgrim Parkway Brookfield. For more information visit fyi.uwex.edu/sewmg/ or call (414) 256-4600.

Aug 8, 2015
Garden Tours
Brookfield, WI

Free tour of the Eble Flower and Vegetable gardens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Eble Park is part of the Waukesha County Park System. All produce grown in the space is donated to the Waukesha Food Pantry during the growing season. MGVs will be availalbe to answer questions.At 19400 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield. For more information visit fyi.uwex.edu/sewmg/ or call (414) 256-4600.

Aug 8, 2015
Garden Tours
Pewaukee, WI

Free tour of the rain garden at the Pewaukee Public Library from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This garden celebrates its 9th year in May. With the help from Pewaukee Middle School students and guidance from the Pewaukee River Partnership crew, approximately 1100 native plant seedlings were planted over 2 days in early May, 2006. The garden is planted in an area designated by the village planner as a detention pond for collecting/draining the rainwater and snow melt from the parking lot as well as large parts of the building roof. MGVs will be available to answer questions. At the Pewaukee Public Library, 210 Main Street, Pewaukee. For more information visit fyi.uwex.edu/sewmg/ or call (414) 256-4600.

Aug 8, 2015
Garden Tours
Oconomowoc, WI

Free tours the Nugenesis Farm vegetable garden from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Nugenesis Farm has over 5,000 square feet (including over 70 raised garden beds,) dedicated to hands on garden education and vegetable production. Nugenesis provides fresh produce to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. There is a hoop house for year-round vegetable production. At Nugenesis, N68W33208 County Road K, Oconomowoc (see http://www.nugenesisfarm.org/ for directions). MGVs will be available to answer questions. For more information visit fyi.uwex.edu/sewmg/ or call (414) 256-4600.

Aug 10-11, 2015
16th Vermiculture Conference
Raleigh, NC

This event will provide the tools you need to start or expand an earthworm and vermicompost production operation. You will also learn the latest research on the effects of vermicompost and extracts (tea) on plant growth and disease suppression, how growers are effectively marketing earthworms and vermicompost, and the different technologies being utilized. $235 by July 10 ($285 after). For more infomation contact contact Rhonda Sherman or see the Vermiculture Conference website.

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

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

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

The Wisconsin Daylily Society will hold its 25th annual sale in a 4,000 square-foot tent at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI. 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 18, 2014
Twilight Garden Tour
Spooner ARS, Spooner, WI

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

Aug 22-23, 2015
Aquatic Plant identification Workshop
Eagle Harbor, MI

Sponsored by the Gratiot Lake Conservancy, this class will be useful to volunteer monitors or lake association members interested in learning how to identify aquatic plants and invasive species in order to protect healthy ecosystems in inland lakes. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 each day. $100, includes a field notebook, a handbook, Guide to Aquatic Plants of Gratiot Lake and other Keweenaw County Lakes, and canoe rental . For more information or to register see the GLC workshop webpage.

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

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

Aug 26, 2015
Tough Perennials
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

With Mark Dwyer, RBG Director of Horticulture from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $10 ($7 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.


September 2015


Sept 8-13, 2015
Isle Royale Botany Workshop
Isle Royale, MI

This special botany workshop, sponsored by the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association (IRKPA), and taught by botanist Janet Marr, are open to anyone with beginning/intermediate knowledge of plant identification who is interested in learning to identify the native flora of this species-rich Lake Superior island. Workshop participants will spend four days on Isle Royale learning native plant species, using such tools as a dichotomous key and hand lens to identify plants.  Other topics will include discussion of island plant communities, rare species, ecology, and invasive species. Most workshop activities will take place outdoors. Optional evening sessions will also be offered to review plants learned earlier. Field trips near the southwest end of the Island will include the Windigo nature trail and trails to Huginnin Cove and along Washington Harbor to the Grace Creek overlook.  Workshop attendees will meet in Grand Portage, Minnesota, on Tuesday (September 8) afternoon or evening and travel from Grand Portage to Windigo (on Isle Royale) on the Voyageur II on Wednesday (September 9).  Participants will return to Grand Portage on the Voyageur II on Sunday (September 13). $699 by March 6 ($725 after). Contact Kristine Bradof at (906) 482-7860 for more information about workshop registration or to register.  Contact Janet Marr at (906) 337-5529 for details about the workshop.

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

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

Sept 16, 2015
Loving Lavender
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

With MGV
Cheryl Rezabek (also RBG Director of Administration & Development and Owner of Redtail Ridge Lavender & Herbs) from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $10 ($7 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.

Sept 22-25, 2015
International Master Gardener Conference
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Cultural Horizons in the Heartland, hosted by the Iowa and Nebraska MG Programs. For more information see the 2015 IMGC Facebook page.

Sept 27 - Oct 1, 2015
Gardens of New York City
Tour to NYC

Join Olbrich Botanical Garden's Director of Horticulture, Jeff Epping, for a five day tour of delightful gardens in and around New York City, including Wave Hill in the Bronx, a spectacular 28-acre public garden overlooking the Hudson River; New York Botanical Garden, a National Historic Landmark with one of the world's greatest collection of flora; Central Park Conservatory Gardens; and High Line Park. For more information download the brochure (PDF). Contact Burkhalter Travel at (608) 833-1525 to make your reservation.


October 2015


Oct 3-4, 2015
African Violet Show & Sale

Lomira, WI
See hundreds of beautiful African violets and related plants on exhibit and for sale from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Pots, soil and fertilizer for sale. Free. At Trinity United Methodist Church, 300 Church St, Lomira. For more information call (920) 426-3764.

Oct 4-10, 2015
Taste of Tuscany
Tour to Italy

Visit magnificent gardens in the Orcia Valley and Chianti, and learn about some of the crops of the region - including olives and grapes - while enjoying true Tuscan cuisine with the opportunity to sample the best Tuscan wines. Lodge in authentic 18th century Tuscan villas that are located on working farms. Optional three day extension to Cinque Terre.  For more details contact Mary Kroening at (573) 881-6316 or see the Hidden Treasures Tours website.

Oct 17, 2015
Fall Seminar
Marshfield, WI

Sponsored by the Wood County MGVs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration at 8:00 a.m.) at UW-Wood County, Room 133 at 2000 Fifth St, Marshfield 54449.  Speakers include: Dave Wanninger– “New, Better Trees and Shrubs for the Home Garden” and  Teri Lessig– “Ins and Outs of GMO’s”.  $10 collected at the door, but call UW-Extension office (715) 421-8440 to register.

Oct 28, 2015
Bulbs in the Landscape
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

With Mark Dwyer, RBG Director of Horticulture from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $10 ($7 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.


November 2015


Nov 17, 2015
Late Season Interest
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

With Mark Dwyer, RBG Director of Horticulture from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $10 ($7 members). For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.


December 2015


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

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

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

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

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

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


January 2016


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

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

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

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

Jan 2016
Garden Visions
Wausau, WI

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

Jan 2016
 Annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference
Oshkosh, WI

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

late Jan 2016
Orchid Quest 2015
Madison, WI

This annual mid-winter show and sale of the Madison Orchid Growers Guild will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at a new venue, Marriott West Conference Center, 1313 John Q. Hammons Dr., Middleton, WI. Educational seminars each day and many vendors. $9 one day entry/$14 two day pass. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Prearranged tour groups of 10 or more will receive discounts. For more information see the orchid guild website or call (608) 592-7906.


February 2016


Feb 12-14, 2016
WPT's Garden Expo
Madison, WI

Sponsored by Wisconsin Public Television, Friends of WHA-TV, and the UW-Extension Horticulture Team, this event draws nearly 16,000 people to view 400 booths, provided by numerous exhibitors over 100,000 square-feet. Certfied MGVs will assist UW-Extension Specialists and Agents in answering questions in the UW-Extension booth. Numerous educational seminars, demonstrations, and workshops are offered on a variety of horticultural topics. Hours are Fri 3:00-9:00, Sat 9:00-6:00, and Sun 10:00-4:00. In the Exhibition Hall, Alliant Energy Center. An admission fee is charged to this fundraiser to support WI Public TV programming. For more information visit WPT's Garden Expo website.

mid to late Feb  2016
MG Educational Tour
Costa Rica, Central America

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


July 2016


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

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


Sept 2016


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

More details coming soon...


2017 and Beyond


July 10-14, 2017
International Master Gardener Conference
Portland, Oregon
At the Oregon Convention Center.  Visit their blog page at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/2017imgc/


Search