We teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities.

Sawflies

Sawflies are a group insects related to wasps that get their common name from the saw-like appearance of the ovipositor, which females use to cut slits in stems or leaves to lay their eggs. The plant-feeding larvae often look like caterpillars or slugs, and many are quite noticeable because they often stay together to feed in groups and quickly cause noticeable defoliation on their hosts. Learn more about sawflies in this article…

Read More...

Plants Plus: Legumes

One in the Plants Plus Series – a remix of past training presentations, printed materials and other references focused on specific plants or topics to help you increase your knowledge so you can better answer homeowner questions. To get 2 hours of continuing education credit for watching and reading this package of information, just complete the short quiz! This Plants Plus package focuses on members of the legume family.

Read More...

Articles About Tender Perennials Grown as Annuals

There are many plants we think of as “annuals” in the Midwest that really would be perennial in mild climates. These plants are relatively fast-growing, flowering readily from seed in a single season or easily vegetatively propagated so they can be offered for sale ready to bloom during our growing season. Learn more about a few of these tender perennials in these archived articles…

Read More...

More All-America Selections Winners for 2017

All-America Selections presented sixteen 2017 Award Winners in November, and now has announced several additional winners for the 2017 season, including five National Winners and one Regional Winner for our area (Great Lakes). To learn more about these great plants, read this article…

Read More...

Articles About Plants with (mostly) Pink Flowers

If you’re sick and tired of the recent focus on everything green, here we shift to a different color in the garden: pink — everything from pale baby pink to bright fuchsia. Here are a collection of of articles about some ornamental plants that have flowers in various shades of pink (or many cultivars that are pink). Learn more in these archived articles:..

Read More...

Grow Your Own Salad Greens

Nothing tastes quite like a salad fresh from your own garden. Lettuce, and many other salad greens, are very easy to grow, and there are many more types available to grow yourself than you can typically find at the grocery store. Learn more about the variety of salad greens that are easily grown in a home garden or container in this article…

Read More...

Butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa

The Perennial Plant Association’s Perennial of the Year 2017 is butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa. This native milkweed offers brilliant orange flowers attractive to a wide range of butterflies and other insects and is a host for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Learn more about this tough, long-lived herbaceous perennial that makes a great addition to many types of gardens in this article…
Read More...

Articles About Green Stuff

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, green is the color! In keeping with the green spirit, here are a collection of of articles focused on green flowers and insects — and one anti-green article about using plants with dark foliage as a contrast to all that green! Learn more in these archived articles…

Read More...