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2014

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October 2014


Oct 21, 2014
Garden Design for Plantaholics
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

When you drive by a plant nursery do you find it impossible not to go inside? And then, do you find it utterly impossible not to buy a plant or two, or maybe even ten? Do you wonder how you are going to squeeze all your fabulous plants into the garden of your dreams? Join Olbrich Horticulturist Samantha Peckham from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for a candid discussion about how you can remodel your garden into a beautiful, functional space that will reflect your personality while showcasing ALL of your treasured plants. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 21-24, 2014
Southern Region MG Conference

Baton Rouge, LA
All gardeners are invited to join with Master Gardeners, Extension Master Gardener coordinators, and University and celebrity horticulturalists for an outstanding event of gardening education and some good ole down home southern hospitality and entertainment! $220 until Oct 14 for entire conf., other rates for partial. For more information see the YouTube videos:

For the complete conference schedule & registration visit the Southern Region MG Conference website.

Oct 22, 2014
Great Plants for the Autumn Garden Walk
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

See Olbrich's outdoor gardens in full autumn splendor and learn how you can get the same fabulous results in your home gardens. Trees, shrubs, vines, ornamental grasses, and other perennials can all contribute to a fantastic fall display in large and small gardens alike. Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will highlight impressive autumn plants, share information about selecting the best plants for the fall season, and give tips to begin incorporating them in your landscape designs on this walk from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 23, 2014
Inspirations from European Gardens: The 2012 Chelsea Flower Show, Floriade & More
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Join Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for an inspirational look into the spring gardens of the Netherlands, Paris, and London. Jeff led an Olbrich-sponsored garden tour to public and private gardens, as well as to the internationally famous Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show and the Netherlands Floriade, held only once each decade. He will show you the latest trends in European gardening and an in-depth look at fabulous plants and innovative garden designs that you can incorporate into your home garden. Whether your design ideals lean toward traditional, contemporary or naturalistic, this presentation will have some exciting and inspirational new ideas for you. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Oct 27-29, 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.


November 2014


Nov 1, 2014
Gardening for Gold
Horicon, WI

Presented by the Dodge Co. MGA with keynote speaker Rob Zimmer and other speakers from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. At the Horicion Marsh International Education Center, N7725 Hwy 25, Horicon.
$40 by Oct 10. For more information contact Al Krause or download the registration brochure.

Nov 1, 2014
Fall Garden Symposium: Wee, Wild & Woody
Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, WI

Gardeners of all levels will enjoy presentations from three dynamic plantsmen on topics from dwarf conifers to prairie plants to exciting new woodies for our region. From 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes lunch. $78 ($72 certified MGVs; $67 RBG members) by Oct 20. For more information or to register contact Kris Koch, Rotary Botancial Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville, WI 53545 at (608) 752-3885 ext 17 or see the Symposium webpage to register online.

Nov 5, 2014
Decorative Winter Container Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

The growing season isn't the only time for decorative pots in the garden. With the right selection of fall fruit, dried plants, and evergreens, you can enjoy your arrangement during the holiday season and all through the winter months. Join Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping and Horticulturist Samara Eisner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to create one unique and beautiful decorative winter container using plant materials from Olbrich's gardens to take home. All plant materials, outdoor display container, and supplies provided. $73 ($59 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Nov 6, 2014
Holiday Bulbs Workshop
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Learn how to brighten your home for the winter holidays with two easy-to-force bulbs - colorful amaryllis and fragrant paperwhites. Working with Olbrich Horticulturist Christian Harper, you will plant and take home two containers guaranteed to bloom in the following month - plus tips on how to plant more. They're great for the holidays and this workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will show you how fun and easy they are to grow. $55 ($44 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

Nov 6, 2014
Permaculture Systems Designed Gardens
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Join Madison Area Permaculture Guild Founder Kate Heiber-Cobb from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m and discover the basics of permaculture systems design and how to apply it in your landscape. She will discuss observation skills, waste to food/medicine production, pollinator habitat, and much more. This class will help you develop a sustainable and self-sufficient ecosystem in your yard. A complete list of resources available to help you will be provided, and books will be available for you to browse during the class. Bring drawing/sketch paper and pencil for working on your property's vision/plan with guidance from the instructor. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

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.

Nov 15, 2014
Behind-the-Scenes Greenhouse Holiday Tour
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

What would be more festive than a guided tour and stroll through the warm and green paradise of Olbrich's greenhouses full of exotic tropical plants, beautiful orchids, and hundreds of poinsettias? Join Conservatory Plant and Wildlife Assistant Cindy Cary for an informative behind-the-scenes visit to the greenhouses from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. $15 ($12 members). For more information contact Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 246-4550.

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

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 6, 2014
Basic Flower Arranging with Native Plants and How to Grow Them
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 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 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 three great speakers. At the Lettie W. Jensen Community Center, 487 North Main Street, Amherst. For more information contact Gail Zalewski. Registration flyer available November 1, 2014.

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 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 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.


March 2015


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.


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


TBA, 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.

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 , 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 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...

2017
International Master Gardener Conference
Portland, Oregon


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