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March 2015


March 25, 2015
A Focus on Foliage in the Shadier Garden

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
While we all enjoy flowers in our gardens, the shadier garden becomes more reliant on colorful foliage that offers visual texture and interest. By focusing on the merits of plant foliage from our trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals, the shade garden can still be beautiful and engaging. Foliage will long outlast the impact of the flowers, and the multitude of potential foliage combinations is limitless! Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will discuss a wide range of effective foliage compositions for the shadier garden with lots of photographs in his presentations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 26, 2015
Spring Into Gardening Walk - Get Ready for the Season

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Take a walk through the outdoor gardens with Olbrich Horticulturist Samantha Peckham from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. as she discusses the best ways to prepare your garden for the season. Learn valuable time-saving tips and sustainable techniques to start your garden on the path to greatness this season. Dress for the weather. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 26, 2015
Hydroponics 101

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. Nutrients are delivered through water in a closed-loop system, which allows you to grow high quality crops using minimal materials in a controlled environment. Join Dennis Anderson from Paradigm Gardens in Madison from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and learn the basics of maximizing plant growth and yield using the gardening method of hydroponics. He will share information about its history, types of hydroponic systems, care and maintenance, monitoring and adjusting water, nutrients and lighting, along with tips and tricks for common issues. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 28, 2015
Get Ready...Get Set...Garden!
Baraboo, WI

Sponsored by the Sauk Co. MGA and HCE and UWEX of Sauk Co. from 8:00 a.m.  to 3:00 p.m. at the West Square Building, 505 Broadway, Baraboo, WI. Three breakout sessions with a choice of speakers on various topics, auction, vendors, and more. Various costs depending on sessions selected; optional lunch $8. Register by March 16. For more information call the Sauk Co. UW-Extension office at (608) 355-3250 or download the registation brochure.

March 28, 2015
Do-It-Yourself Compost Barrel Tumbler Class
Green Bay, WI

Sponsored by N.E.W. Master Gardeners from 9 a.m. to noon at the Brown County UW Extension Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay. $65 must be received by March 13. For more information contact Dan Mitchell at (920) 241-0207 for a list of needed tools.

March 28, 2015
Garden Expectations
Kimberly, WI

Hosted by the Outagamie Co. MGA, this annual gardening seminar with several speakers will be from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr., Kimberly, WI.  $45. For more information contact Kathy Baum at (920) 731- 9385 or Mary Learman at (920) 739-9496 or see the Outagamie Co. MGA website.

March 28, 2015
Beekeeping for Beginners

Madison, WI
From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Dane Co. Extension Building, 5201 Fen Oak Dr, Madison, WI. $50 includes coffee, handouts, free sample journals and catalogues. For more information or to register contact Jeanne Hansen, Dane Co. UW-Extension at (608) 244-5094.

March 28, 2015
All About Willow

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Let Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee, owners of Willowglen Nursery, introduce you to the wonderful world of willow. The genus Salix has many members, perhaps as vast as the number of uses that have been devised for its twigs, bark, and even wood. As basket makers and gardeners, Lee and Lindsay supply their own needs by growing three acres of cultivated willows chosen for their size, uniformity, and color. Learn how this versatile plant is grown, harvested, and put to use. A demonstration of making a woven plant tower/trellis and interesting tales about willow and its lore are also included in this class rom 10:00 a.m. to noon. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 28, 2015
Rustic Willow Trellis Workshop

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
In this hands-on workshop from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m., build your own willow plant tower/trellis that will look great in your garden or yard. In the process, learn some basic basket weaves and rustic construction methods from Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee, owners of Willowglen Nursery. $162 ($1302 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

March 28, 2015
Spring Gardening Conference
Marinette, WI

Sponsored by the Northern Lights MGA, with keynote speaker Roy Broadhagen on The Basics of Healthy Fruit Trees and Berry Plants, and a variety of speakers in three breakout sessions from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. $35, includes lunch. For more information or a registration form contact the Marinette Co. UW-Extension office at (715) 732-7510 or see the Garden Conference webpage.

March 28, 2015
Intro to Backyard Beekeeping
Oconomowoc, WI

Explore all the necessary knowledge and equipment you’ll need to get started in keeping your very own beehive. Taught by SEW MGV Janet Manke-Fischer from the Milwaukee/Waukesha Beekeepers Association. From noon to 1:00 p.m. at NuGenesis, N68 W33208 County Road K Oconomowoc, WI. $15 donation. For more information or to register, visit www.nugenesisfarm.org or call (1-800) 969

March 28, 2015
Spring Expo

Rice Lake, WI
Sponsored by the Barron Co. MGA from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (registration starts at 8:30 a.m.) at the WITC Conference Center in Rice Lake. Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture for Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison,  will be the keynote speaker with presentations on “Creating Spectacular Container Gardens” and “Sustainable Gardens: Designs and Plants for Greener Gardens”. Other speakers include Brian Hudelson, Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic on Diseases in the Vegetable and Herbaceous Ornamental Garden, and Linda Degner, owner of Bashaw Valley Farm and Greenhouse just north of Shell Lake on “Tried and True and Maybe New Vegetables”. $30 by March 20 includes a continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon break ($35 day of, lunch not guaranteed). For more information contact the Barron Co. UW-Extension Office at (715) 537-6250 or see the Barron Co. UWEX website to register online.

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

Offered by the Waushara Co. MGA from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the PAC at Wautoma High School. For more information contact Helen at (920) 787-5900 or download the registration brochure.

March 29, 2015
Selecting and Growing Tropical Orchids

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Orchids have a reputation of requiring expert care and growers with deep pockets. Some orchids do require experienced growing skills, but the majority will do well with minimal care. Conservatory Curator John Wirth will discuss how to choose and care for the best orchid suited to your home, pocketbook, and skill level. He will also take you behind-the-scenes for a guided tour of the orchid greenhouse to see and hear about Olbrich’s orchid collection in this class from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $18 ($14 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.


April 2015


April 7, 2015
Native Plants for Any Garden

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Are you thinking about using some native plants in your yard, but aren’t sure where to start? Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will share information about native plants that are “winners” in various conditions, so you can find some that will work well and look great in your landscape in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 9, 2015
Indoor Vegetable Gardening

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
The thrill of harvesting lettuce and Swiss chard from your indoor garden in the middle of winter is addicting! Learn about the ease of growing vegetables indoors at home with Dennis Anderson from Paradigm Gardens in Madison in this class from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Dennis will discuss indoor gardening techniques, including indoor hydroponics versus soil containers, plant nutrients, and plant lighting needs to successfully grow vegetables indoors. Specifically, he will explain the differences among HID, LED, induction, and fluorescent lighting. You will also get great tips to increase your production and how to introduce new varieties of vegetables to your indoor garden such as cucumbers and spinach. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

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.

April 11, 2015
Beekeeping for Beginners

Madison, WI
From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Dane Co. Extension Building, 5201 Fen Oak Dr, Madison, WI. $50 includes coffee, handouts, free sample journals and catalogues. For more information or to register contact Jeanne Hansen, Dane Co. UW-Extension at (608) 244-5094.

April 11, 2015
9th Annual Wisconsin Gourd Festival
Madison, WI

This free one day family-friendly festival by the Wisconsin Gourd Society from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. offers everything from gourd vendors, artists, instructors and growers to kids'activities, classes, and lectures. There will also be a gourd art competition, a silent auction, raffle and live music. Free. At Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI. For more information contact Deb Ready at (608) 4451410

April 11, 2015
Intro to Fruit Tree Grafting
Oconomowoc, WI

Join Permaculturist Adrian Lee for a comprehensive presentation explaining several approaches to grafting fruit trees, followed by a demonstration and hands-on learning. Participants will receive an info packet and grafting guide to take home. Apple, pear and plum trees will be available for $5 each to take home and plant. From 10:00 a.m. to noon at NuGenesis, N68 W33208 County Road K Oconomowoc, WI. $25. For more information or to register, visit www.nugenesisfarm.org or call (1-800) 969-3588.

April 21, 2015
Caring for Mature Trees

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Mature trees are irreplaceable pinnacles to our urban landscape. Join Briana Frank, owner of Tree Health Management, LLC, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and learn how to care for mature trees. She will help you understand decay, proper pruning, proper nutrition and watering requirements, as well as cultural landscape practices to optimize their health. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 22, 2015
Incorporating Fragrance in the Garden

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Most of us enjoy the spring scent of lilacs in the garden; adding scent throughout the growing season can make our landscape even more enjoyable. You can extend fragrances into the summer months with the selection and placement of woody plants, perennials, and annuals that will collectively contribute fragrance. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens will discuss the wide range of plants that provide scent in the garden (day and night), including the fragrances of lemon, pine, vanilla, and even chocolate in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 23, 2015
Controlling Weeds and Invasive Plants

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
We all have a few weeds growing here and there in our yards, but most properties also have more insidious invasive species that can spread rapidly and plunder natural areas. Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss invasive plants and some of the common ornamental plants that are becoming invasive, too. Find out what these “bad” plants are and how to stop them from spreading in your landscape and neighborhood in this class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15 ($12 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 24, 2015
Tree Planting Workshop

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
There are some great tree planting quotes, like “We plant trees not for ourselves, but for future generations,” and “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” However, just planting a tree is not enough, since improperly planted trees never live to the ripe old age that they could if the time was taken in the beginning to plant them correctly. Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will show you how to plant trees the right way, so your children and your children’s children can enjoy the trees you plant now in this class from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. $19 ($16 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

April 25, 2015
"Grow Your Own Salad" Gardening Class
Oconomowoc, WI

Learn to grow your own delicious and healthy salads at home! We will explore different garden greens including salad mixes, lettuce, mustards and spinach varieties, as well as planting techniques and patterns for a continuous harvest of greens. A large garden is not needed to grow salad, so garden greens are a great option for container gardeners. Harvest, create, and enjoy a elicious spring salad (dressing included) right out of the garden! Participants will take home recipes and gardening guides. From 10:00 a.m. to noon at NuGenesis, N68 W33208 County Road K Oconomowoc, WI. $30 donation. For more information or to register, visit www.nugenesisfarm.org or call (1-800) 969-3588.

April 25, 2015
Spring Seminar
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Sponsored by the Wood County MGVs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration at 8:00 a.m.) at Mid-State Technical College Auditorium, 500 – 32nd St. N, Wis. Rapids 54494.  Speakers include: Laurie Lee – “Herb Gardening from the Garden to the Dinner Plate” and  P.J. Leisch – “Good Bugs and Bad Bugs”.  $10 collected at the door, but call UW-Extension office (715) 421-8440 to register.
 


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 or download the conference brochure.

May 2, 2015
Beekeeping for Beginners

Madison, WI
From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Dane Co. Extension Building, 5201 Fen Oak Dr, Madison, WI. $50 includes coffee, handouts, free sample journals and catalogues. For more information or to register contact Jeanne Hansen, Dane Co. UW-Extension at (608) 244-5094.

May 6, 2015
Culinary Herbs That Promote Health & Vitality

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme are not just savory herbs, but useful remedies for memory loss, prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, improving digestion, and stabilizing blood sugar. Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, will lead you on this journey from the kitchen to the herbal medicine cabinet in this class from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. $22 ($17 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

May 9, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Lancaster, WI

Sponsored by the Grant County MGV’s, with perennials, annuals, shrubs, heirloom tomato plants and a potting station for children. From 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Grant County Fairgrounds,916 E. Elm St., Lancaster, WI. For more information, contact Karin Peacock at (608) 348-8154.

May 9, 2015
Intro to Composting and Vermiculture Workshop
Oconomowoc, WI

Learn how to start your own successful backyard composting system. We’ll explore what can be composted, how to design a pile, how to harvest and use your compost, and indoor composting options with worms! This class will be taught by MGVs. From 10:00 a.m. to noon at NuGenesis, N68 W33208 County Road K Oconomowoc, WI. $15 donation. For more information or to register, visit www.nugenesisfarm.org or call (1-800) 969-3588.

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 15-16, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Fond du Lac, WI

Offered by the fond du Lac Co. MGA, from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday. At the Fond du Lac Co. Fairgrounds Cow Palace. For more information contact Patty Percy at (920) 929-3172.

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 16, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
West Allis, WI

The 20th annual perennial plant sale offered by the Southeast Wisconsin MGA from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, DNR Enclosure Area, 84th St. & Greenfield Ave, West Allis. special gifts for 20th anniversary customers! MGVs available to answer gardening questions. For more information see Facebook: sewmgplantsale.

May 16, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Wisconsin Rapids

Sponsored by Wood County MGVs; new perennial varieties for 2015 as well as annuals and Master Gardener-grown plant varieties. At the Witter Field Warming House, corner of 8th St N(Hwy 13)and Chestnut St.  For more information, contact Barb Herreid at (715) 325-2075.

May 19, 2015
Ornamental Container Gardens 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., Olbrich’s Director of
Horticulture Jeff Epping 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. $82 ($66 member). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

May 23, 2015
NuGenesis Spring Seedling Sale and Greenhouse Open House
Oconomowoc, WI

A variety of organic veggie and herb seedlingswill be availble for sale to plant in your home or community garden this spring. All plant sale profits will benefit the Giving Garden initiative. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at NuGenesis, N68 W33208 County Road K Oconomowoc, WI.  For more information visit www.nugenesisfarm.org or call (1-800) 969-3588.

May 30, 2015
Container Gardening Workshop
Oconomowoc, WI

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

May 30, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Sturgeon Bay, WI

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


June 2015

June 6, 2015
MGA Plant Sale
Hudson, WI

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

June 7, 2015
Spring Plant Sale
Weyauwega, WI

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

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

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

June 13, 2015
Garden Trellising Workshop
Oconomowoc, WI

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

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

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

June 27, 2015
Garden Tour
South Milwaukee, WI

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

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

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


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 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 18, 2015
Garden Walk
Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Sponsored by Wood County MGVs, with 6+ gardens featuring local artists in each garden plus Chef demonstrations at the Wisconsin RapidsCommunity Gardens. Tickets available at Wood County UW-Extension Office at (715) 421-8440 or from members.  For more information contact Barb Herreid at (715) 325-2075.

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

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

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

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


August 2015


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Wisconsin Daylily Society will hold its 25th annual sale in a 4,000 square-foot tent at Olbrich Gardens in Madison. 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 , 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 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 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 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.


December 2015


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

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

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

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

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

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


January 2016


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

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

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

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

Jan 2016
Garden Visions
Wausau, WI

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

Jan 2016
 Annual Toward Harmony with Nature Conference
Oshkosh, WI

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

late Jan 2016
Orchid Quest 2015
Madison, WI

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


February 2016


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

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

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

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


July 2016


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

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


Sept 2016


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

More details coming soon...


2017 and Beyond


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


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