Events Listing


2015

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July 2015


July 6, 2015
Polinator Paradise
Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, WI

Beyond butterflies, pollinator gardens are hot. Learn some of the best plants and other garden elements to benefit pollinator insects and birds in your backyard with Rob Zimmer, garden writer and photographer, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. $23 ($14 members). For more information contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI at (920) 490-9457.

July 9-12, 2015
Rustic Arts and Nature Crafts Workshops
Mineral Point, WI

The 14th Annual Woodlanders Gathering at historic Shake Rag Alley, features over 45 hands-on workshops creating projects from natural materials, including many of interest to garden enthusiasts such as concrete leaf casting, mosaic bird baths, hyper-tufa garden lanterns, old stump planter, willow tee-pee trellises, garden slab benches, dying with natural plants, blacksmithing a flower pot holder, and more. Various costs depending on days/workshops. For more information call Shake Rag Alley at (608) 987-3292 or contact Sandy at (563) 580-2221. Or register on the Shake Rag Alley website.

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
Home Garden Tour
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

Featuring 8 inspirational gardens with live music at many locations from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $10 advance/$12 day of event. For more information see the Rotary Gardens website.

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
19th Annual Sheboygan Area Garden Walk
Sheboygan, WI

Visit Chirstopher Farm & Gardens, W580 Garton Rd, Sheboygan from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. rain or shine. $15 (2/$25). Organized by area garden clubs and Sheboygan Co. MGVs. For more information see sheboygangardeners.com or christopherfarmandgardens.org.

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 14, 2015
All About Perennials
Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, WI

Whether you’re a new gardener planning your first perennial bed, or an experienced gardener hoping to improve your existing plantings, this class from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. can help make your green thumb even greener! Leo Bordeleau of Rose-Hill Gardens will guide you step by step through designing a perennial garden, choosing plants, preparing the beds, and maintaining your new garden. $23 ($14 members). For more information contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI at (920) 490-9457.

July 15, 2015
Fragrant Garden Showcase
Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, WI

Smell the roses and other blooming beauties during this fragrant Garden walk from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. with GBBG Horiculturalist Loretta Dorner. troll through the Upper Level Rose Garden and the Kress Oval Garden to view the stunning fragrant summer blooming perennials including the numerous orienpet lilies and of course, roses! $18 ($9 members). For more information contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI at (920) 490-9457.

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
NLMGA Garden Walk
Marinette Co., WI and adjacent Michigan

Sponsored by the
Northern Lights MGA and the UW- Extension from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine, the Walk features five private and two public locations in both Wisconsin and Michigan. The public locations are the Harmony Demonstration Gardens and the West Shore Fishing Museum. Private gardens are located in rural Peshtigo, Marinette, Menominee and Wallace. The walk is self-guided and the gardens may be visited in any order. $10 ($12 day of; youth $5). For more incormaiton contact the Marinette Co. UW Extension Office at (715) 732-7510 or toll free (877) 884-4408.

July 18, 2015
Garden Walk and ice Cream Social
Minocqua, WI

Sponsored by the Lakeland Gardeners and Ministry Home Care from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., featuring the Seasons of Life Garden and a variety of home gardens. $15, tickets available at Minocqua garden centers and the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact Dr. Kate Hospice at (715) 356-8805.

July 18, 2015
Garden Walk
Two Rivers, WI

Organized by the Manitowoc Co. MGA from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. (rain or shine) featuring 6 gardens. Tickets available at the gardens. For more information contact Judy at (920) 682-2824 or (920) 629-1485.

July 18, 2015
16th Annual Garden Walk
Wisconsin Rapids and Pittsville, WI

Sponsored by Wood County MGVs, with 6 beautiful gardens ranging from a community garden to several large “country” gardens to an in-town historical property, and one with a front-yard prairie.  Also a chef’s demonstration at 10:30 and 1:30 in one of the gardens, artists in several and a musician playing at one garden along the Yellow River. $8 ($10 day of walk). Tickets available at Wood County UW-Extension Office, 400 Market St, Wisconsin Rapids, at (715) 421-8440, or Daly Drug in Wis. Rapids, Baum’s Mercantile or the library in Pittsville or any Wood Co. MGV.  For more information contact Barb Herreid at (715) 325-2075.

July 21, 2015
Growing Blueberries in Containers
Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, WI

Rich in antioxidants, blueberries are one of the most popular berry crops among gardeners. Learn the simple technique of growing blueberries in a soil-less media container that can produce successful results! Learn the soil-less media recipe, cultivar selections, and general blueberry maintenance in the informative class from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. with Brown Co. UW-Extension Horticulture Educator Vijai Pandian. $18 ($9 members). For more information contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI at (920) 490-9457.

July 25, 2015
Grand Opening of Children's Learning Garden at Harmony Gardens
Marinette, WI

This event will have many interactive childrens activities in addition to exploration and learning opportunities in the garden created by the Northern Lights MGA. MGV's, 4-H'rs and others will be volunteering and entertaining from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Rain date July 26. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510 or toll free 1-800-884-4408.

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 29, 2015
Mid-Summer Garden Maintenance
Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, WI

The flowers are planted, containers are blooming, and weeds are pulled… now what? Proper watering, fertilizing, deadheading, staking, seasonal pruning, and mulching practices can make a difference between a healthy, well-kept garden and a landscape that gets ahead of you. Learn how to make your garden succeed through the entire season in the informative class (portions outdoors) from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. with Lisa Stubbe of Landscape Artisans. $18 ($9 members). For more information contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI at (920) 490-9457.

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 1, 2015
Northeast Wisconsin HerbFest
Seymour, WI

This event sponsored by the Northeast Wisconsin Unit of the Herb Society of America from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Highway 55 4 miles south of Seymour includes classes on culinary herbs, medicinal herbs, lip balm making, introducing herbs to kids, tea tasting. Free admission. For more infomation email scentedgardens@msn.com.

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 11, 2015
Gardening As Therapy

Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI
Therapy programs that incorporate horticulture have proven their benefits with clients of all ages and abilities, and in a wide variety of clinical settings. This day-long conference is designed to give occupational therapists, special educators, and others the necessary knowledge and skills to implement horticulture into their therapy programs. With speakers Mark Dwyer, RBG Director of Horticulture; Mike Maddox, MG Program Director; and Darcie Olson, Madison College Occupational Therapy from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Dr, Janesville, WI. $75. For more information see the Rotary Gardens website or call(608) 752-3885..

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 19, 2015
All About Trees
Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, WI

Trees are an important part of our daily lives, they provide shade, shelter, reduce energy costs, and are just plain nice to look at. Brown Co. UW-Extension Horticulture Educator Vijai Pandian will focus on tree identification and how to select the right tree for the specific location in your landscape. Wear your walking shoes – part of this class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be held outdoors. $18 ($9 members). For more information contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI at (920) 490-9457.

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 23, 2015
Homegrown Hydroponics
De Pere, WI

Join Darran Vollmar of Ledgeview Gardens from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. for a tour of the hydroponic greenhouses at Ledgeview Gardens and learn how a hydroponic garden can increase your yield of tomatoes, peppers, and other plants! Ledgeview Gardens is a small, family owned farm dedicated to growing produce naturally and pesticide free. At Ledgeview Gardens, 5291 Cottonwood Ln, De Pere.$18 ($9 members). For more information contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI at (920) 490-9457.

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.

Aug 27, 2015
Invaders in the Landscape
Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, WI

Just when you thought you have conquered all the invasive plants in your landscape, guess what? There’s more… Plants we planted (some sold in nurseries) have turned to being invaders of the landscape. The DNR has released the updated version of the NR40. Come learn if you have the plants on the most unwanted list. Part of this class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. will be held outdoors. $18 ($9 members). For more information contact the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay, WI at (920) 490-9457.


September 2015


Sept 1, 2015
Green Industry Field Day
Janesville, WI

UW-Extension will partner with the University of Illinois Extension and Rotary Botanical Gardens to offer this event for landscape and ground maintenance professional, municipal ground crews, MGVs, and others. At at Rotary Botanical Gardens from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.$55 by Aug 1 ($65 after). For more information see the information brochure or register online through UI-Extension.

Sept 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.

Feb 21 - March 1,  2016
MG Educational Tour
Costa Rica, Central America

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


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/


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