Pollination

Birds do it; bees do it; and so do lots of other insects, bats and even the wind. We’re talking about pollination, of course. Continue reading to learn more about this essential plant process that is assisted by these various vectors.

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Breadseed or opium poppy, Papaver somniferum

Breadseed poppy is a cool season annual whose small grey or black seeds are often used in baked goods, but technically is illegal to grow in the US since the plant contains narcotic alkaloids which are the active compounds of opium. This typically is not enforced for poppies grown as ornamentals, and there are a great variety of poppies in pink, red and purple, as well as white and bicolors. Learn more about Papaver somniferum in this article…

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Articles About Plant Processes and Stuff

How do plants DO that? Here’s a collection of articles that explore some unusual ways plants grow, how they develop, their relationship with a type of fungi, and one extra unrelated article about what we call plants. Learn more in these archived articles…

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Master Gardener Program in Vilas County

The Master Gardener Program in Vilas County started in 2010. Over 130 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 14 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2017. The UW-Extension Educator facilitating the MG Program is Summer Horticulturist/Nutrition Educator Mary Stys.

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Indoor Citrus

Even though we can’t grow oranges and grapefruits outdoors in the Midwest, it is possible to keep a citrus tree as a houseplant in a warm, sunny room. Even if your plant never produces fragrant blossoms and brightly colored, ornamental fruit, the shiny, dark green leaves make citrus an attractive container plant. Learn more about the long history of citrus throughout the world and how you can grow your own…

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The Master Gardener Program in Vilas County

The Master Gardener Program in Vilas County started in 2010. Over 130 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 13 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX Educator facilitating the MG Program is Summer Horticulturist/Nutrition Educator Mary Stys. Read more in this excerpt from the 2015 accomplishment report.

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Protecting the Environment 2016

[from the 2016 accomplishment report] Although many people think MGVs only work with flowers or landscaping, they are also involved in many projects related to a variety of environmental issues. MGVs educate the public about preserving the natural beauty that is such an asset to our state and are active in raising awareness of exotic […]

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Denver Botanic Gardens

The altitude in the mile-high city isn’t the only thing that will take your breath away in Denver – the wide range of gardens and collections of the Denver Botanic Gardens will do the same. Take a virtual tour of this fabulous public garden focusing on plants of the region and from places around the world with similar climates.

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In My Backyard: Honeyberries

Have you heard about honeyberry? Lonicera coerulea var. edulis, also known as haskap or blue honeysuckle, has been in cultivation for several hundred years in Japan and in Eastern Europe since the 1950’s. A potential alternative to acid-loving blueberries, it was introduced in North America in 2000 for a breeding program in Corvallis, Oregon. Now breeding projects are being done at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.   

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The Master Gardener Program in Jefferson County

The Master Gardener Program in Jefferson County started in 1995. Over 220 people have been trained since that time, and there are currently 39 certified Master Gardener Volunteers (MGVs) for 2016. The UWEX Educator facilitating the MG Program is Agriculture Agent Lavern Georgson. Read more in this excerpt from the 2015 accomplishment report.

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