Events Listing


2014

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2015

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2016 and beyond

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November 2014


Nov 22, 2014
Growing "Super Fruits" in Wisconsin
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Have you been tempted by miraculous claims about exotic fruits and berries? You may wonder what is it about these fruits that lifts them out of the ranks of the ordinary into exalted superfruit status. In recent years, modern science has found a wide variety of plant nutrients in select plants. Those deemed "super" by nutrition scientists are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. What's even more amazing is that you can grow many of these plants in your yard! Join fruit afficionado John Holzwart from 1:00 to 3:0 p.m. and learn about superfruits like aronia, elderberry, sea buckthorn, cornelian-cherry dogwood, and how to grow them in Wisconsin. $19 ($15 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Nov 28 - Dec 30, 2014
15th Annual WPS Garden of Lights
Green Bay Botanical Garden
, Green Bay, WI

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


December 2014


Dec 3, 2014
Evergreen Holiday Wreaths with Natural Materials Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Evergreen holiday wreaths smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. Join Olbrich Horticulturists Samantha Peckham and Samara Eisner tfrom 6;30 to 8;30 p.m. o learn how to decorate your own unique wreath with natural materials from Olbrich's gardens. Fresh evergreen wreath, plant materials, and other supplies provided to make one holiday wreath. $71 ($57 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Dec 6, 2014
Basic Flower Arranging with Native Plants and How to Grow Them
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Wouldn't you like to be able to enjoy native plants indoors as much as the birds and insects do in your garden? Many native plants are long-lasting and beautiful in fresh summer bouquets, and they can be dried for winter arrangements. Mariette Nowak, author of Birdscaping in the Midwest, will discuss some of the best native plants to include in your landscape for cut flowers and foliage, including everything you need to create beautiful indoor arrangements. A variety of native plant bouquets will be illustrated as inspiration in this class from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Dec 7-31, 2014
Olbrich's Holiday Express - Flower and Model Train Show
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

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

Dec 12-28, 2014
Holiday Light Show
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

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

Dec 17, 2014
Rain Gardens...A Good Fit for Your Yard
Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum, Fond du Lac, WI

Learn to identify sources of rainwater runoff from your yard that could instead be managed as part of your landscape. See how modifying existing flower beds or creating new ones can catch diverted rainwater, filter out its pollutants, and then return it naturally to the watershed where you live. With instructor Sharon Morrisey, Milwaukee Co. UW-Extension Horticulture Educator starting at 7:00 p.m. in Room UC114 University Center, UW-Fond Du Lac. For more information contact Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, 400 University Dr, Fond du Lac, WI at (920) 313-0190 see the GP&A website.


January 2015


Jan 9-10, 2015
Ecology and Physiology of Plants in Winter: Surviving the Big Chill
Saukville, WI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 16-18, 2015
Mid-Am Horticultural Trade Show
Chicago, IL

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

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

"Fitting Your Pieces Together" is geared toward retail garden center businesses, but is open to students, MGVs and anyone interested in growing or marketing plants. Learn cutting edge information from world-class speakers, network with professionals, and visit the trade show with up to 50 vendors. At the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd, Waukesha. Various registration costs. For more information contact Eileen Nelson at (608) 265-5283 or see the Garden Center Symposium website.

Jan 23-24, 2015
Garden Visions
Wausau, WI

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

Jan 24, 2015
19th Annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference
Oshkosh, WI

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

Jan 29 - Feb 7, 2015
MG Educational Tour
Costa Rica, Central America

Join MG Program Coordinator Susan Mahr on this education 10 day trip that will focus on plants, nature and tropical ecosystems in one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world. Even though this tour has been designed with MGVs in mind (providing numerous educational opportunities that will count as continuing education) it is entirely appropriate for anyone with an interest in these topics. $2995 + airfare. For more information about traveling to Costa Rica contact Susan Mahr at (608) 265-4504. For more inforamtion or to register, contact Mary Kroening, Hidden Treasures Tours, at (573) 881-6316 or download the registration brochure.

Jan 31 - Feb  1, 2015
Orchid Quest 2015
Madison, WI

This annual mid-winter show and sale of the Madison Orchid Growers Guild will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday 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.


Feb 2015


Feb 7, 2015
Ready, Set, Grow
Eau Claire, WI

The annual winter garden seminar by the Eau Claire Area MGA will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI.  $30.  For more information call (715) 839-4712 or see the ECAMGA website.

Feb 7, 2015
New & Improved Fruit Varieties for Wisconsin
Green Bay, WI

Part of the 2015 Garden Series hosted by Brown Co. UW-Extension and NEW MGVs, with Brian R. Smith, PhD, State Extension Commercial Fruit Specialist, University of Wisconsin-River Falls from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $15. At the Ag & Extension Service Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. For more information contact Vijai Pandian at (920) 391-4611 or download the registration brochure.

Feb 7 - April 11, 2015
Garden Series
Green Bay, WI

Three workshops hosted by Brown Co. UW-Extension and NEW MGVs, with different speakers from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Feb 7, March 7, and April 11 (see entries on those dates for details about each session) $35 for three sessions by Dec 12 ($45 after). At the Ag & Extension Service Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. For more information contact Vijai Pandian at (920) 391-4611 or download the registration brochure.

Feb 13-15, 2015
WPT's Garden Expo
Madison, WI

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

Feb 15, 2015
Green up Your Winter Blues
Port Washington, WI

Gardening seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. sponsored by the Port Washington Garden Club (PWGC) with demonstrations and hands-on workshops for both indoor and outdoor gardening. Held at the historic Ozaukee County Courthouse. For more information contact the Port Washington Garden Club, PO Box 492, Port Washington, WI  53074 or see the PWGC website.

Feb 18, 2014
So What's the Trouble With Worms?
Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum, Fond du Lac, WI

Wisconsin's native earthworms were destroyed during our last ice age, and the forests of Wisconsin as we know them evolved without earthworms. The glacier scoured the land down to bedrock, forcing all life forms to move south and earthworms did not repopulate. Learn how with the introduction of nightcrawlers and other earthworms, the disturbed soil is causing a decrease in the diversity of plant and animal relationships.  With instructor Bernadette Williams, an Invasive Species Conservation Biologist in Forest Health for the WDNR, starting at 7:00 p.m. in Room UC114 University Center, UW-Fond Du Lac. For more information contact Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, 400 University Dr, Fond du Lac, WI at (920) 313-0190 see the GP&A website.

February 19, 2015
WNLA Winter Workshop
Oconomowoc, WI

The Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association winter workshop will offer two tracks of speakers—one focused on nursery issues and the other on lawn and landscape topics.  The presentation schedules for both tracks allow attendees to move between the tracks so that they can choose to hear speakers on both topics. $45 for MGVs, includes meals. For more information contact Jill Fennimore or see the event listing on the WI Green Industry Federation website.

Feb 21, 2015
A Day in the Garden
Fond du Lac, WI

One day seminar hosted by the Fond du Lac Co. MGA from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Speakers will be: Mark Dwyer - Perennial & Annual Combinations; Mike Maddox - Adaptive Gardening "for those who are not getting any younger"; Saving Grace Salvage - Trash to Treasure - creating/repurposing with found "stuff"; Bill Nettlehorst - Vegetable Gardening - hoop house and lasagna raised beds.  For more information  or a registration form contact Patty Percy at (920) 929-3172.


March 2015


March 7, 2015
New, Tried, & True Perennials for Wisconsin
Green Bay, WI

Part of the 2015 Garden Series hosted by Brown Co. UW-Extension and NEW MGVs, with Nancy Nedveck, The Flower Factory, Stoughton, WI from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $15. At the Ag & Extension Service Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. For more information contact Vijai Pandian at (920) 391-4611 or download the registration brochure.

March 18, 2014
Why Few Prairie and Savannah Plantings Match the Diversity of our State Natural Areas
Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum, Fond du Lac, WI

In spite of over 60 years of prairie and savanna restoration in Wisconsin, few plantings match the composition and diversity of native remnant prairies or State Natural Areas. A 30 year analysis of seed mix design, several restoration projects, WDNR seed purchases, nursery data, and costs show that economic and social factors are the some of the primary reasons why our plantings fall short of our expectations. With instructor Scott Weber, starting at 7:00 p.m. in Room UC114 University Center, UW-Fond Du Lac. For more information contact Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, 400 University Dr, Fond du Lac, WI at (920) 313-0190 see the GP&A website.

March 28, 2015
Gardening in Tune with Nature
Wautoma, WI

Offered by the Waushara Co. MGA at the PAC at Wautoma High School. For more information contact Helen at (920) 787-5900.


April 2015


April 11, 2015
Alternative Gardening Styles...Container, Vertical, & Other Specialized Techniques
Green Bay, WI

Part of the 2015 Garden Series hosted by Brown Co. UW-Extension and NEW MGVs, with Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $15. At the Ag & Extension Service Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay, WI. For more information contact Vijai Pandian at (920) 391-4611 or download the registration brochure.


May 2015


May 2, 2015
North Stars Garden Conference
Florence, WI

One day garden seminar organized by the Glacial Gardeners MGA. For more information contact Kathy Bednarski at (715) 528-4480 ext 113.

May 13-21, 2015
Arkansas Master Gardener Study Tour of France
Tour to France

The Arkansas MG Program is hosting A Taste of France - River Cruise beginning and ending in Paris, with optional pre or post tour nights in Paris.  They will travel on the river and be in a different port each day with all tours included in the price. For more information contact Arkansas MG Program Coordinator Janet Carlson or download the Cruise Itinerary. To register contact Michelle Breining, Learncation Travel Agency, at (253) 576-8965 or print the registration form to mail in.

May 16, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Wautoma, WI

Offered by the Waushara Co. MGA at the exhibition Building at the Waushara Co. Fairgrounds from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information contact Jim at (715) 335-6641.

May 30, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Sturgeon Bay, WI

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


June 2015

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

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


July 2015


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

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

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

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

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

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

July 27- August 1, 2014
Perenial Plant Symposium
Baltimore, MD

The national symposium of the Perenial Plant Association. Includes specialty tours, professional tour, seminars, workshops, a trade show and networking opportunities. For more information or to register see the PPA Symposium website.

July 31-August 1, 2015
2015 WIMGA Annual Conference
La Crosse, WI

Hosted by the Bluff Country MGA at the La Crosse Center. The theme will be Life is Gardening - Learn from the Past - Plant for the Future. Several off-site horticulture tours are planned during the lunch hour. For more information see the Conference Facebook Site or contact Marilyn Rebarchek.


August 2015


Aug 4, 2015
Garden Open House and Farm Tour
Hancock, WI

At the Hancock Research Station, beginning at 4:00 p.m. For more information contact Peggy Moran at (715) 335-6641.

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

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

Aug , 2014
Twilight Garden Tour
Spooner ARS, Spooner, WI

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

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

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


September 2015


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

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

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

dates TBA
Taste of Tuscany
Tour to Italy

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


2016 and Beyond


TBA 2016
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days
Walworth Co., Wisconsin

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

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

More details coming soon...

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


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