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April 2014


April 19, 2014
Pruning Trees & Shrubs
Green Bay, WI

Dan Mitchell, MGV, and Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Educator, will demonstrate the basics of pruning fruit trees, shrubs, and shade trees from 10:00 a.m. to noon. At the Ag & Extension Cervice Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. $5, pre-registration required. For more information contact the Brown Co. UW-Extension at (920) 391-4653.

April 19, 2014
From the Ground Up: Herb Gardening 101
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Are you interested in starting a culinary herb garden with a shortened learning curve? In this beginner herb class from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., we’ll take a close look at the top 12 culinary herbs and discuss how to grow and care for them, when to harvest them, and how to use what you grow. Lauri Lee of Herb ‘n Gardener, and former president of the Madison Herb Society, will provide you with handouts, charts, and other information to get your herb garden growing and useful in its first season. $35 ($28 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 26, 2014
North Stars Garden Conference
Florence, WI

Sponsored by the Glacial Gardeners MGA, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with four concurrent sessions, each with 5 speakers. Pre-registration by April 18 required. $35, includes lunch. Some workshops have an additional fee. For more information or to register contact Kathy at the Florence Co. UW-Extension Office at (715) 528-4480 ext 113, download the conference brochure, or check the Florence Co. UWEX website.

April 26, 2014
Second Step Beekeeping Class
Madison, WI

For those who have kept bees one year. Includes time for personal questions. At the Dane Co. Extension Building, 5201 Fen Oak Dr, Madison, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $50, includes handouts. For more information or to register contact Jeanne Hansen at (608) 244-5094.

April 26, 2014
Herb Gardening: Beyond the Basics
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Ready to expand your herb garden? In this class from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., Lauri Lee of Herb ‘n Gardener, and former president of the Madison Herb Society, will help you move beyond the basics and usual cast to cover lesser known culinary and tea herbs. Learn the best varieties to choose, how to keep them under control, when and how to harvest, and how to store herbs for year-round enjoyment. You will receive handouts and handy charts to help enjoy what you grow. $40 ($32 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 26, 2014
Composting 101
West Bend, WI

Improve the fertility of your garden soil by learning home composting basics including what can be composted, pile maintenance, how to harvest finished compost and garden bed application. Different styles of piles will be introduced, decide which is best for your home. At Wellspring Inc., 4382 Hickory Rd., West Bend, WI from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. $25 until 4/23 ($30 after). For more information or to register call (847) 946-5565 or see the Wellspring website.

April 29 - May 20, 2014
Spring Herbal Series: Roots, Seeds, Berries, and More!
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Spring is a time of renewal. Join herbalist and wild forager Linda Conroy for this four-week series each Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., focusing on bringing the spring herbal bounty into your life. You will have the opportunity to learn about the lore and history of herbs that promote health and provide relief from everyday cuts and scrapes. We will go on plant walks to identify the plants of the season; make herbal preparations for topical use: poultices, as well as salves; learn to make nourishing, thirst-quenching herbal beverages; and more in  preparation for summer activities! You will take home recipes and items we make in each session. This is an experiential class that includes plant walks, instruction, handouts, samples, and hands-on projects. $106 ($852 member) + $20 materials fee collected on the first day of class by the instructor. For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 30, 2014
Growing Blueberries in Containers
Green Bay, WI

Our soil in Northeast Wisconsin generally is too basic to successfully grow blueberries. Contained blueberries offer the chance to keep the medium blueberries are in at a level they can thrive. Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Educator, will help guide us to tasty results in this class from from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. At the Ag & Extension Cervice Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. $5, pre-registration required. For more information contact the Brown Co. UW-Extension at (920) 391-4653.


May 2014


May 1
All About Herbs
Cedarburg, WI

“Ooh-la-la! How to Grow ze French Herbs and Make ze French Herb Blends” by the Wisconsin Unit of the Herb Society of America and Ozaukee Master Gardeners from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. $8. For more information visit the Ozaukee MGA website and click on Upcoming Events and go to the calendar, or call Kathleen at (920) 377-3276.

May 1, 2014
Responding to Horticulture Inquiries
Madison, WI

This program offered by the UW-Extension Horticulture Team from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. will acquaint UW-Extension agents, educators, office staff and MGVs with information on UW-Extension diagnostic services, written and web-based horticulture resources, and UW-Extension personnel who can assist in answering horticulture-related questions. At the Dane Co. UW-Extension office, 5201 Fen Oak Dr, Madison, WI. For more information or to register contact Brian Hudelson at (608) 262-2863 or download the information flyer.

May 3, 2014
Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
Green Bay, WI

This class from 10:00 a..m. to noon will cover the basics of vegetable gardening including planning your vegetable garden, prepping your garden soil, selecting vegetables, and growing requirements. At the Ag & Extension Cervice Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. $5, pre-registration required. For more information contact the Brown Co. UW-Extension at (920) 391-4653.

May 3, 2014
Start Your Vegetable Garden
Madison, WI

Learn how to grow your very own fresh veggies just like you see at the Farmers’ Market! Whether you have a backyard plot or a sunny windowsill, Megan Cain, the Creative Vegetable Gardener, will provide the seeds for getting things started – plus, offer advice on how to care for the plants once they sprout! From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at American Family Dream Bank, Capitol Square, One North Pinckney, Madison, WI.  Free. For more information contact Megan Cain at (608) 395-7246 or register online.

May 3, 2014
Potato Planting & Early Season Management
Marinette, WI

Proper planting of potatoes and sweet potatoes will be demonstrated, and discussion will center on planting, culitivar selection, nutrient management, and early season pest management. The different types of planting arrangments and situtations to make use of larger or smaller gardens for potato proudction will be featured. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

May 3, 2014
Master Composter Training
Superior, WI

The Master Composter program trains composters to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for composting with others. The composters who participate in the program will gain a more thorough understanding of the composting process as well as common uses for compost. The program also provides an introduction to vermicomposting and techniques to reduce the amount of waste generated. Most importantly Master Composter trainees will learn strategies that will enable them to share their knowledge and interest in composting with others. In order to become a certified Master Composter trainees must attend the one-day workshop and complete three outreach activities. At the Douglas Co. UW-Extension Office. For more information and to register, contact Jane Anklam at (715) 395-1515. For additional information about the workshop or the Master Composter Program contact Joe Van Rossum, SHWEC Recycling Specialist.

May 3, 2014
Container Gardening Workshop
West Bend, WI

Who says you need a large yard to grow your own food! Learn principles for growing a successful container garden in this workshop from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Bring your own container, and go home with a garden! At Wellspring, 4382 Hickory Rd. West Bend, WI. $35 till 4/30, $45 after Includes soil and seedlings. For more information contact Wellspring at (847) 946-5565 or see the Wellspring website.

May 3-4, 2014
African Violet Show & Sale
Oshkosh, WI

See hundreds of beautiful African violets and related plants on exhibit and for sale. Pots, soil, and fertilizer also for sale. Designs using African violets will also be on exhibit. Free admission and parking. From10:00a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. At  St.Jude the Apostle Church Hall, 531 Knapp St, Oshkosh. For more information call (920) 426-3764 or (920) 685-5262.

May 4, 2014
Container Herb Gardening
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Container herb gardening is perfect for patio and back-step gardeners, or those with physical limitations that require elevated gardening spaces. In this class from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Lauri Lee of Herb ‘n Gardener, and former president of the Madison Herb Society, will provide you with a recommended list of herbs, instructions on how to grow and care for them,
along with harvesting, preservation, and cooking guidelines. $35 ($28 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

May 6, 2014
School Garden and Garden Based Education Training
West Bend, WI
Learn about school gardens and garden-based education planning and design, with regard to program sustainability.  Program from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. open to educators and interested community members. Topics will include developing a mission and goals for your garden program, engaging your garden community, and planning for the future.  Lessons and activity ideas will also be demonstrated in the Wellspring Education Garden, 4382 Hickory Rd. West Bend, WI. Free. For more information contact Wellspring at (847) 946-5565 or see the Wellspring website.

May 7, 2014
Sustainable Lawn Care Practices
Green Bay, WI

Learn up-to-date basic of lawn care from Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Educator in this class from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Learn when, what, and how for fertilizing, weed control, maintenance, and grass seed selection. At the Ag & Extension Cervice Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. $5, pre-registration required. For more information contact the Brown Co. UW-Extension at (920) 391-4653.

May 9-10, 2014
Plant Sale
La Crosse, WI

The 12th annual sale by the Bluff Country MGA will feature annuals, bulbs, herbs, hanging baskets, native plants, vegetables, perennials and seeds. Friday 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Sat 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Concordia Ballroom, 1129 La Crosse St.

May 10, 2014
Growing Raspberries & Strawberries
Green Bay, WI

Horticulture class offered by the NEW MGA and Brown Co. UWEX from 10:00 to noon. At the Ag & Extension Cervice Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. $5, pre-registration required. For more information contact the Brown Co. UW-Extension at (920) 391-4653.

May 10, 2014
Easy and Affordable Landscape Makeovers
Hartford, WI

The Hartford Garden Club and Hahn’s Ace Hardware of Hartford and Delafield present gardening expert Melinda Myers at 9:00 a.m. in the Ruth Knoll Theatre of the Schauer Arts & Activities Center, 147 N Rural Street in Hartford, WI. Myers will be speaking about “Easy and Affordable Landscape Makeovers” before answering audience questions and signing books at the conclusion of her presentation. $12. For more information contact Leslie Ashford at (414) 350-6375 or download the event flyer.

May 10, 2014
Family Gardening Day
Madison, WI

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the UW-Madison campus at Allen Centennial Gardens, DC Smith Greenhouse and Steenbock Library.

May 10, 2014
Beekeeping for Beginners
Madison, WI

Learn about everything you need to know for your first year keeping these pollinators. At the Dane Co. Extension Building, 5201 Fen Oak Dr, Madison, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $50, includes handouts. For more information or to register contact Jeanne Hansen at (608) 244-5094.

May 10, 2014
Spring Wildflower Walk
Marinette, WI

Take a guided tour (approx 1 mile walk) of the spring wildflowers int he Harmony Hardwoods with local wildflower enthusiasts. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. For more information call (715) 732-7780.

May 10, 2014
Plant Sale
Neillsville, WI

The Clark Co. Master Gardeners sponsor this sale at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Neillsville from 7:30 a.m. until sold out—usually around 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. Perennials, annuals, bulbs, hanging baskets, combo containers, and garden art will be for sale. Rain barrel and composting demonstrations and information will be available and MGVs will be available to answer gardening questions. Children can participate in a craft activity. For more infromation contact Kim Twesme.

May 10, 2014
Introduction to Permaculture
West Bend, WI

Join Wellspring’s Permaculturist, Adrian Lee, from 9:00 a.m. to noon for this three-hour introduction course on permaculture principles and fundamentals! Permaculturalists use distinct ethics, native plants, and principles to guide their garden design process. This class will focus on how permaculture design principles can apply not only to producing abundant gardens, but to our buildings, energy systems, water usage, businesses, and much more. At Wellspring, 4382 Hickory Rd. West Bend, WI. $30 till 5/7, $35 after Includes handout. For more information contact Wellspring at (847) 946-5565 or see the Wellspring website.

May 10, 2014
Introduction to Herbalism
West Bend, WI

During this workshop from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. participants will be introduced to the foundations of herbal medicine and basic home remedies, as well as common plants that grow in this region. The last part of this class will be spent preparing an herbal extract (tincture) as well as infused oil, which participants will take home. At Wellspring, 4382 Hickory Rd. West Bend, WI. $60 till 5/70, $65 after Includes handout. For more information contact Wellspring at (847) 946-5565 or see the Wellspring website.

May 14, 2014
“Salad” and Herb Container Gardening Workshop
West Bend, WI

Who says you need a large yard to grow your own food? Learn principles for growing a successful “salad” and herb container garden in this workshop from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Bring your own container, and go home with a garden. At Wellspring, 4382 Hickory Rd. West Bend, WI. $30 till 5/1, $35 after Includes handout. For more information contact Wellspring at (847) 946-5565 or see the Wellspring website.

May 16 -17, 2014
MGV Plant Sale
Fond du Lac, WI

Offered by the Fond du Lac Co. MGA from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 16 and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the Fairgrounds Cow Palace. For more information call the FDL Co. UW-Extension Office at (920) 929-3172.

May 17, 2014
5th Annual Garden Fair
Crandon, WI

Sponsored by the Northwoods MGA from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
With approximately 15 vendors attending, this sale will feature a wide variety of perennials and annuals, as well as vegetable plants, herbs, house plants, shrubs, seeds, hanging baskets, dish gardens, etc. On the grounds of The Hair-I-Tage, at 300 E. Pioneer St. (Hwy. 8 East), in Crandon, WI.  For more information call Pam Rau at (715) 478-2199 or Bev Dennison at (715) 478-2926.

May 17, 2014
Uplands Garden Club Plant Sale
Dodgeville, WI

From 8:00 a.m. to 10:45 at Ley Pavilion at Harris Park, Dodgeville, WI.  For more information contact Resha Wyman at (608) 935-9441.

May 17, 2014
Dodge Co. MGA Plant Sale
Juneau, WI

Large assortment of plants along with rain barrels will be for sale from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Dodge County Administration Building, 127 East Oak Street, Juneau WI. For more information contact Chris Zuleger at (920) 485-2105.

May 17, 2014
Guest Author Thomas Mickey Presents America’s Romance with the English Garden
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Hear the story of how Americans came to love the English garden, especially the lawn, and how seed and nursery catalogs fed this romance, at this illustrated presentation by author Thomas Mickey. The 1890s saw a revolution in advertising. Cheap paper, faster printing rural delivery, railroad shipping, and the new technology of chromolithography combined to pave the way for the first modern catalogs. The most prominent of these, reaching American households by the thousands, were seed and nursery catalogs with beautiful pictures of  middleclass homes surrounded by sprawling lawns, lush plants, and the latest garden accessories--in other words, the quintessential English-style garden. Thomas Mickey’s new book, America’s Romance with the English Garden, is the story of tastemakers and homemakers, of savvy businessmen and a growing American middle class eager to buy their products. It’s also the story of the beginnings of the garden industry, which seduced the masses with its images and fixed the English garden in the minds of striving Americans. Seed and nursery catalogs delivered aspirational images to front doorsteps from Maine to California, and the English garden became the look of America. Thomas Mickey is Professor  Emeritus of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University and a garden columnist for the Brockton Enterprise and the Patriot Ledger. Copies of the book will be available for purchase; author’s book signingfollows the presentation. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

May 17, 2014
MGA Plant Sale
Marinette, WI

Wide selection of plants grown by Northern Lights MGVs. UW-Extension horticulture staff and MGVs will be on hand to answer plant questions and identify pest problems. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 9:00 a.m. to noon. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

May 17, 2014
Columbia Co. MG's Plant Sale
Portage, WI

Theis sale from 8:00 a.m. to noon will feature perennials, annuals, veggies, and compost bins and pails. At the Tractor Supply Company parking lot, 3033 CR CX, Portage (Just off I-39 and Hwy 51N). For more information contact Becky Gutzman.

May 17, 2014
Plant Sale
Wautoma, WI

The Waushara Co. MGA will offer perennials, annuals, herbs and baskets, most grown by the Master GardenersMGVs from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Waushara Co. Fairgrounds. For more information contact Jim Morgan at (715) 335-6641.

May 17, 2014
Southeast Wisconsin MGA Annual Perennial Plant Sale
West Allis, WI

Thousands of hardy perennial plants for sun or shade gardens will be available from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm (rain or shine) at Wisconsin State Fair Park, 84th St and Greenfield Ave in West Allis. Most plants are $2-$5 adn proceeds from the sale helps support MG outreach activities at Farmer's Markets and other educational outreach events in communities around the state. MGVs will be on hand to give advice on choosing the right plants for the right spot and to answer questons on invasive plants, composting, rain gardens, lawn care  and other garden topics. For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/sewmgplantsale or call the Milwaukee Co.UW-Extension office at (414) 256-4600.

May 17, 2014
Garden Prep Event – Organic Seedling Sale and Free Gardening Workshops
West Bend, WI

This event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. will offer a wide variety of certified organic veggie and herb seedlings for sale including Tomatoes – Herbs – Kale – Ground Cherries – Peppers – Eggplant – Ground Cherries – Tomatillo – Broccoli and more. Free organic gardening workshops on soil nutrition, and composting all day. Local gardening supply vendors, and Purple Cow Organics compost for sale. At Wellspring, 4382 Hickory Rd. West Bend, WI. For more information contact Wellspring at (847) 946-5565 or see the Wellspring website.

May 18, 2014
Designing a Cultinary Herb Garden Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

This workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. provides the ideas, inspiration, and guidelines you need to design the herb garden you have always wanted. Lauri Lee of Herb ‘n Gardener and former president of the Madison Herb Society will present examples to inspire and instruction on how to transform a random collection of herb plants into a well-designed garden. You will be guided step-by-step through several herb garden designs, showing the start-to-finish process of how to achieve a pleasing garden design. Each participant will receive  templates, herb planting guide, handouts, and an herbal treat.$46 ($37 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

May 20, 2014
Ornamental Container Garden Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

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

May 20, 2014
Tree Fruit Pest Management
Marinette, WI

There are a multitude of early and mid-season pests that affect tree fruits. Managing them can encompass many different types of activities, all of which will be reviewed and many demonstrated, from bagging of fruit to use of both organic and synthetic pesticides. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

May 22, 2014
Responding to Horticulture Inquiries
Green Bay, WI

This program offered by the UW-Extension Horticulture Team from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. will acquaint UW-Extension agents, educators, office staff and MGVs with information on UW-Extension diagnostic services, written and web-based horticulture resources, and UW-Extension personnel who can assist in answering horticulture-related questions. At the Brown Co. UW-Extension office,1150 Bellevue St, Green Bay, WI. For more information or to register contact Brian Hudelson at (608) 262-2863 or download the information flyer.

May 24, 2014
Herb Fair and Herb Plant Sale
Hales Corners, WI

Sponsored by the Wisconsin Unit - Herb Society of America, at Boerner Botanical Gardens, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Free fair entry, seminars and parking. For more information contact Susan at (262) 670-0664 of  visit the Wisconsin Herb Society webpage.

May 25, 2014
25th Anniversary Free Day
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

Enjoy the gardens without charge! For more information contact Kris Koch at (608) 752-3885 ext 1 or see the Rotary Gardens website.

May 28, 2014
Responding to Horticulture Inquiries
Eau Claire, WI

This program offered by the UW-Extension Horticulture Team from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. will acquaint UW-Extension agents, educators, office staff and MGVs with information on UW-Extension diagnostic services, written and web-based horticulture resources, and UW-Extension personnel who can assist in answering horticulture-related questions. At the eau Claire Co. UW-Extension office,5530 Fairview Dr, Eau Claire, WI. For more information or to register contact Brian Hudelson at (608) 262-2863 or download the information flyer.

May 29, 2014
Design Inspiration from the Creative Vegetable Gardener
Madison, WI

Your garden should feed your body – and your soul! In this event we’ll showcase fresh ideas to elevate an ordinary garden to an extraordinary one with plenty of photos to help get the creative juices flowing! Led by Megan Cain, founder of the Creative Vegetable Gardener, this workshop offers ideas for adding artistic touches to your garden, a list of fun and unique vegetables to grow, suggestions for where to find inspiration, and techniques to help you grow more food with less work. From 6:30. to 7:30 p.m. at American Family Dream Bank, Capitol Square, One North Pinckney, Madison, WI.  Free. For more information contact Megan Cain at (608) 395-7246 or register online.


June 2014


June 1, 2014
MGA Plant Sale
Weyauwega, WI

The Waupaca Co. MGA Spring Plant Sale “The Right Plant for the Right Place- What’s Your Soil Type?” will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Waupaca County Fairgrounds, rain or shine. This sale will have hundreds of quality plants; a wide variety of perennials, bulbs, grasses and houseplants to satisfy home gardeners. Featured bulbs are unique varieties of dahlias, cannas and gladiolas.  Soil information and testing kits will be available at the sale. There will be a horticultural information table staffed by MGVs to answer gardening questions. For more information contact Greg Blonde at (715) 258-6230 ext. 12.

June 9-14, 2014
Isle Royale Botany Workshop
from Houghton, MI

This special botany workshop is open to anyone with beginning/intermediate knowledge of plant identification who would like to learn to identify the early season plants of Isle Royale. You’ll learn to use such tools as a dichotomous key and hand lens to identify plants. Plant communities, rare species, ecology, and invasive species will be discussed. $699 by March 5, $725 after. For more information contact Kristine Bradof at 906-482-7860 or download the workshop flyer.

June 11, 2014
Summer Lawn Care
Marinette, WI

Summer can be the most difficult time to manage lawns, as weeds, lack of water, and hot soils combine to cause stress. This program iwll review the mangement activities that can help a lawn stay healthy, and do hands-on ID of lawn pests found in the area. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

June 17, 2014
Incorporating Gardening into a Therapy Program
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

This program is specifically designed for those who work with special populations and are interested in learning abou the benefits gardening can provide their clients, as well as how it may be incorporated into a therapy program. 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $75, includes lunch. For more information contact Kris Koch at (608) 752-3885 ext 17, see the Rotary Gardens website, or download the registration brochure.

June 17, 2014
Potato Pest Management
Marinette, WI

Beetles, leafhoppers, fungi, bacteria, and viruses all can dramatically impact potato plants and tuber production. learn how to identify different potato pests and different styles of management strategies. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

June 25-28, 2014
Midwest Regional MG Conference
Bettendorf, Iowa

Go to the official conference website.

June 26-28, 2014
Midwest Regional Hosta Convention
Green Bay, WI

Hostas by the Bay will be sponsored by the Green and Gold Hosta Society of Green Bay. For more information contact Pat Kaster or call (715) 799-4521.

June 28, 2014
Marquette Co. MGA Garden Walk
Montello, WI

Eight special gardens are on display on this walk organized by the Thyme Shares Master Garden Volunteers & Friends. Walk  the "Fragrant Pathways" of the eastern Montello area from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. $6 at any garden day of walk. Non perishabl food donations encouraged. For more information contact Linda Dahlke at (608) 297-9043.

June 29 - July 2, 2014
Soil in the City Conference
Chicago, IL

This is a national conference organized by the USDA Research Committee W-2170 on Soil-Based Use of Residuals, Wastewater and Reclaimed Water. The conference theme is “restoring our available urban land and optimizing local resources, while protecting environmental and human health and enhancing socio-cultural dialogue.” This conference is for anyone working with planning, designing, constructing, and/or maintaining urban infrastructures and outdoor areas, including engineers, landscape architects, designers, biosolids management leaders, contractors/consultants, developers, builders, city planners, arborists, foresters, urban gardeners, researchers and educators. $250 by April 15 ($300 after). For more information contact Dr. Hundal at (708) 588-4201, go to http://www.iweasite.org/Conferences/SoilCity.html to download the conference flyer or see the program agenda with speakers and optional tour.
 


July 2014


July 3-11, 2014
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.

July 10, 2014
Enabling the Gardener
Marinette, WI

If you or a family member are no longer able to garden because of an inability to get down to ground level, come and see the Enabling Garden and learn how to stay involved in growing your own food and flowers with raised beds and whieelchair accessible gardens. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

July 12, 2014
Secret Gardens of Wauwatosa Tour
Wauwatosa, WI

The Wauwatosa Beautification Committee, Inc. proudly present its 20th  Annual garden walk from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (rain or shine). The tour Includes the gardens at the Kneeland-Walker house maintained by the Southeast Wisconsin Master Gardeners. Ticket holders will have an opportunity to meet Melinda Myers, the “Plant Doctor”, sponsored by Kanavas Landscape Management. She will be happy to answer your gardening questions. Also on hand will be Master Gardeners and plant societies, as well as vendors selling plants and garden items. $10 ($12 day of tour at the Kneeland-Walker House,7406 Hillcrest Drive, Wauwatosa). Advance tickets can be purchased beginning in early June at the following ticket outlets:  Alfa Flower Shop, The Flower Lady, Fruit of the Bloom, Locker’s Florist, Rose’s Flower Shop,  Steins Gardens and Gifts (Tosa location only) and Wisconsin Garden & Pet. For more information, see the website www.wbc-wi.org under “Garden Tour”.

July 12, 2014
"Down the Garden Path" - 15th Annual Garden Walk
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Presented by the Wood Co. MGA with 6 area gardens, artists exhibits, Garden Treasures and refreshments, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30. p.m. $10. For more information contact Barb Herreid at (715) 325-2075.

July 19, 2014
Annual Garden Walk
Marinette, WI

Take a walk though some spectacular local gardens from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nothern Light MGA hosts the 5th annual Garden Walk showcasing a wide variety of garden styles, plants and garden art. $10 requested donation in advance ($12 day of). For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

July 22, 2014
Late Season Fruit Pests
Marinette, WI

The fruit are set and growing, but pest management has not been completed for the year. Learn about later season pest identification and management, concentrating on tree ruits, but showing key small fruit pests as well. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

July 28- August 1, 2014
Perenial Plant Symposium
Cincinnati, OH

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, 2014
Early Potatoes and In-season Management
Marinette, WI

Take the chance to experience some of the early potatoes, reveiw harvest procedures, and review mid-season management of both potatoes and sweet poratoes to maximize their yield potentail. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.
 


August 2014


August 12-14, 2014
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days
Portage 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 15-24, 2014
Gardens of American History
Tour of East Coast gardens

Presented by Rotary Botanical Gardens (RBG), join RBG horticulturist Mark Dwyer on this 10-day tour that includes New York City, New York Botanical Gardens, High Line Garden, Chanticleer Gardens, Philadelphia, Brandywine Valley, Longwood Gardens, Ladew Topiary Gardens, Shenandoah Valley, Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg, Washington, D.C., United States Botanic Garden, Hillwood Estate & Gardens, and Dumbarton Oaks. For more information contact Leslie Kopke, Travel Scope Travel Agency, at (608) 756-3666 or download the information brochure.

Aug 16-17, 2014
Daylily PlantSale
Madison, WI

The Wisconsin Daylily Society offers the largest daylily plant sale in the area, rain or shine!  Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Big tent at Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison. For more information Rosemary Kleinheinz at (608) 221-1933 or download the information flyer.

Aug 19, 2014
Harvesting Herbs and Tasting Too!
Marinette, WI

Let Deb Doubek, owner of Peterman  Brook Herb Farm, show you the best methods for harvesting the herbs in your garden. Then taste some examples of how to use the herbs once you have grown them. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

Aug 21, 2014
Prairie Walk
Marinette, WI

Stroll the 17-acre prairie at Harmony Arboretum with local native plant enthusiasts to learn what constitutes a prairie and why people are creating or restorring them. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free. For more information call(715) 732-7780.

Aug 23-24, 2014
Wetland Plant Identification Workshop
Keweenaw Peninsula, MI

This workshop sponsored by the Gratiot Lake Conservancy in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula will be led by botanist Janet Marr. Workshop activities will take place mostly out-of-doors. Visits will be made to local wetlands including swamp forests, shrub thickets, and more open community types such as marshes and fens.  Native wetland plant species, including more difficult groups (sedges, grasses, rushes, aster relatives), and selected non-native invasive wetland species will  be identified. Characteristics of selected plant families will be discussed, botanical terms will be defined, dichotomous keys will be used when appropriate, and wetland community types will be described. $80, includes a field notebook. For more information or to enroll see The GLC workshop page.

Aug 27, 2014
Potato Harvest
Marinette, WI

Taste testing of main crop potatoes, harvest and storage methodology, and late season management to get the most out of fall growing conditions will all be featured. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.
 


September 2014


Sept 6, 2014
MG Plant Sale
Marinette, WI

Fall is a great time to platn. Plants grown by Northern Lights MGVs will be for sale, with funds used for educational programming. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 9:00 a.m. to noon. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

Sept 9, 2014
Apple Fest
Marinette, WI

Apple harvest, preservation, and cooking tips will be discussed, as well as taste test different apple cultivars and numerous apple-incorporating recipes. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

Sept 23, 2014
Late Potato & Sweet Potato Harvest
Marinette, WI

Enjoy both late season potato cultivars and the differen types of sweet potatoes that can be grown in our envrionment. Proper harvest and care to be able to store these nutritious vegetable for maxium long-term enjoyment will also be demonstrated. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.

Sept 25-27, 2014
2014 Korea Master Gardener International Conference
Suwon, South Korea

The conference will be hosted by the GyeongGi-Do Agricultural Research and Extension Service, Republic of Korea (South Korea), which is near the city of Suwon, South Korea.   The conference hopes to include delegates from the United States, Germany, Japan and Korea. Participants will arrive in South Korea via the Incheon International Airport and arrange transport by public motor coach to the host hotel, Dongtan Ramada. The drivers of the motor coach speak English and the route terminates at the Dongtan Ramada, making this an easy way to transport from the airport to the hotel, the current fair is ~$15 US each way.  A map of the airport showing where to connect to the bus will be provided.  Room rate for the hotel will be $120 (single or double) including western-style breakfast for one room guest (in the case of double occupancy, the 2nd guest will need to purchase breakfast).  The hotel is close to shopping and a park with walking trails and natural attractions. Current plans call for the main conference to convene on September 25th with workshops and symposia occurring on September 25-27.  On September 28 there will be several local tours including a  local arboretum (Mulhyanggi Arboretum), the Korean Folk Village, and the Suwon Fortress. Registration cost of the main conference will be ~$250 US which will include several meals. Post conference tours are still being finalized but may include an optional 3 day/2 night tour to Jeju Island, South Korea, including a one-day symposium hosted by the Jeju Master Gardeners and a Jeju Island tour.  A web site from South Korea should be available with all details and registration information by early March. If you have questions, contact Rick Durham, University of Kentucky.


October 2014


Oct 8-10, 2014
EMG National Coordinator's Conference
New Brunswick, NJ

This conference hosted by Rutgers Univeristy is open to all State and County Coordinators for the Master Gardener program and in the past, has been a great learning and networking opportunity. More details to come. For more information contact Pam Bennett.

Oct 11, 2014
Fall Fruit Management
Marinette, WI

The activites we do now can very positively impact the quality and quantity of next year's fruit crops. We'll review and demonstrate the various steps to get berries, tree fruits and vine crops ready for 2015. At Harmony Demonstration Gardens from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Free. For more information contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510.


November 2014


Nov 6-9, 2014
2014 Growing Power National-International Urban & Small Farm Conference
Milwaukee, WI

An intensive conference that covers urban farming from top to bottom: aquaculture, composting and vermicomposting, planning strategies, education, youth programming, fund raising, food policy, food justice and much more! For more information see the Growing Power website.


December 2014


Dec, 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.

Dec, 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.

Dec, 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.


January 2015


Jan , 2015
Northern Green WExpo
Minneapolis, MN

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

Feb , 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 in the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center. Educational seminars each day and many vendors. $7 one day entry/$10 two day pass. For more information see the orchid guild website or call (608) 231-3163.

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.


Feb 2015


Feb 6-8, 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 4:00-9:00, Sat 8:00-6:00, 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.


May 2015


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.


July 2015


July 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.

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 contact Marilyn Rebarchek.


September 2015


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.


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