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November 2015

Nov 27 - Dec 30,  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.

December 2015

Dec 5-31, 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.

Dec 8, 2015
Successfuly Grow Apples and Pears
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

pple and pear trees require patience, knowledge, and skill to grow well. Despite the effort required, apple trees in particular remain a popular addition to many home gardens. Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss how to select, grow, prune, and train your apple and pear trees in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. She will share some organic pest and disease management techniques and help you find the resources needed to answer your questions for successful fruit tree growing in Wisconsin. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Dec 11- Jan 3, 2015
Holiday Light Show
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

Experience over 200,000 seasonal lights and numerous displays on selected dates from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. 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 2016

Jan 8-9, 2016
Ecology and Physiology of Plants in Winter: Surviving the Big Chill
Milwaukee, WI

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

Jan 9, 2016
Garden Dreams
Amherst, WI

A Saturday with the Portage County Master Gardener Volunteers from 7:30 2:45 p.m. at the Lettie W. Jensen Community Center, 487 North Main Street, Amherst, WI. Hear four great presentations: Creating a Pollinator’s Paradise with Mark Dwyer; Indoor Gardening and Houseplants with Diana Alfuth; Sensational Shrubbery with Mark Dwyer; and Pond Magic with Ray Campbell/Dr. Pond. $30, includies a hot catered lunch. Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 6, 2016. For more information, email or download the Garden Dreams registration flyer at

Jan 13-15, 2016
Northern Green EXPO
Minneapolis, MN

The show for green industry profesionals, with education sessions, exhibitors and vendors. Various costs. For more information or to register, see the Northern Green EXPO website.

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 22-23, 2016
Garden Visions
Wausau, WI

Sponsored by the North Central Wisconsin MGA, with a Slow Food dinner with Jim Nienhuis on Friday night and keynote speaker Kerry Mendez followed by a wide variety of breakout sessions on Saturday. At North Central Technical School in Wausa. For more information contact Carol Bray at (715) 693-6446 or see the Garden Visions website.

Jan 30, 2016
20th Annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference
Oshkosh, WI

A day-long seminar on native landscaping presented by Wild Ones Fox Valley featuring Dr. Darrell Morrison, one of the country’s most distinguished native landscape designers and educators. His keynote address “Rivers and Drifts: Natural Process in Designed Places” will provide a wealth of information and inspiration for home gardeners.The conference features nine other speakers on the whole spectrum of native plants and natural landscaping topics will be present, as well as vendors,exhibitors and a silent auction. At the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 N Main St, Oshkosh.  For more information email or go to the Wild Ones conference website.

Jan 30-31, 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 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 6, 2016
Ready, Set, Grow...2016 Winter Garden Seminar
Eau Claire, WI

Offered by the Eau Claire Area MGA from 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., this seminar will have a keynote speaker and 3 sets of breakouts (3 choices of speakers in each section). At Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont, Ave., Eau Claire, WI  54701. For more information contact Erin LaFaive, Eau Claire Co. UW-Extension Office, at (715) 8394712 or see

Feb 6, 2016
Winter Escapes ~ Summer Dreams
Oshkosh, WI

Sponsored by the Winnebago Co. MGA at LaSure's in Oshkosh, WI. For more information contact Linda Baeten at (920) 379-8377.

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.

Feb 27, 2016
Green Up Your Winter Blues
Port Washington, WI

The Port Washington Garden Club presents its annual gardening seminar at the historic Ozaukee County Courthouse, 121 West Main St, Port Washington, WI.  Both presentation and hands-on workshops will be offered.  For more information see


March 2016

March 5, 2016
Spring Symposium
Milwaukee, WI

Hosted by the Wisconsin Unit of the Herb Society of America at Woman's Club of Wisconsin, 813 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee. $65.  Symposium schedule and registration form available after January 4, 2016 at or by calling Joan at (262) 377-1461.

March 12, 2016
Spring into Gardening
Paddock Lake, WI

Offered by the Racine-Kenosha MGA from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. featuring local experts speaking on garden topics.  Attendees select 4 sessions of their choice. At Westosha Central  High School, Paddock Lake, WI. $40, includes box lunch (after Feb. 26, $45). For more information contact the Kenosha County UWEX office at (262) 857-1945, or see the website at

April 2016

April 2, 2016
Garden Conference
Kimberly, WI

Offered by the Outagamie Co. MGA at Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr., Kimberly, WI. For more information see the Outagamie Co. MGA website.

April 8-10, 2016
Canadian MG Conference
Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

"Come Grow with Us", hosted by the Master Gardeners of Ontario and sponsored by Guelph University at the Deerhurst Resort, about 2 hours from Toronto. For more information and to register see the conference website.

May 2015

May 7, 2016
Perennial Plant Sale
Prairie du Chien, WI

Plant sale by Grant County MGVs and St. Feriole Memorial Gardens on St. Feriole Island at the gardens from 8:00 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Cathie Nelson at (608) 326-8602.

May 20-21, 2016
Fond du Lac Co. MGA Plant Sale
Fond du Lac, WI
Friday from noon to 7:00 p.m. and Saturda from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Fond du Lac Co. Fairgrounds Cow Palace.  For more information contact Patty Percy at (920) 929-3172.

May 21, 2016
Annual Plant Sale
Appleton, WI

Offered by the Outagamie Co. MGA at the Outagamie Co. UW-Extension Office, 3365 W Brewster St, Appleton, WI. For more information see the Outagamie Co. MGA website.

June 2015

June 18, 2016
Garden Walk
Outagamie Co., WI

Offered by the Outagamie Co. MGA. For more information see the Outagamie Co. MGA website.

July 2016

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

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

July 2016
Perenial Plant Symposium

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.

Aug 2016

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.

Sept 2016

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

Helping Nature Thrive: Gardeners at the Dells.  Join the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association at the Chula Vista Resort in scenic Wisconsin Dells for eduational sessions, area garden tours, expert speakers, and more. All details and registration information are on the official Midwest MG Conference website.

2017 and Beyond

July 10-14, 2017
International Master Gardener Conference
Portland, Oregon
At the Oregon Convention Center.  Visit their blog page at