FRIDAY NIGHT Pre-conference Workshops

Open to the public

Saturday Registration

is not required.

Kat Becker of Stoney Acres Farm

Slow Food From Seed to Table

Kat teams up with a local chef for a slow food dining experience. This $30 dinner will include a special vegetable gardening presentation and cooking tips from the chef.

Jayna Hintz - Woodson Curator of Education

The Art of Nature

Create nature-inspired prints using leaves and flowers. Explore patterns, color, and printing processes to create one-of-a-kind prints with botanical flair. Jayna will present two sessions; one for 9 to 11 year olds and one for 12 to 15 year olds.

Sandy Lotto of Lotto's Log Cabin

Make a Freeform Twig Trellis

Here's a fun and unique opportunity to make a one-of-a-kind, freeform twig trellis using maple saplings, nails and a little imagination. These beautiful and simple trellises are a great beginner project that allow for a lot of individual creativity. Your climbing plants will love it, and when your friends ask where you got such an awesome trellis, you'll be able to say, "I made it!" Class is geared towards people with little or no previous woodworking experience, but all are welcome. If participants have any of the following tools, they are encouraged to bring them: a drill w/a power cord, a cordless drill, 1/16" and 1/8" drill bits, hammer, and pruning shears or loppers.

Terri Schmidt

The Gourd Girl

Coiling With Naturals

Terri will teach you to create a bowl made from coiled natural materials and a gourd.

Carol Strand

Wine Bottle Flower Planter

Carol Strand and Christine Anderson will show you how to make a hanging flower planter from a recycled wine bottle. You will learn how to cut the bottle using a glass cutter, fire and ice. You'll then embellish the bottle with copper tubing, wire, a variety of glass beads and soldered glass decorations. You will need to bring your own empty wine bottle. We recommend a big, 19" blue bottle of Falkenburg Riesling for it's thickness, form and color. I was able to find it at Sam's Club. There is a supply fee of $10.00.

Saturday's schedule will include three break out sessions; one in the morning and two after lunch.

Keynote Speaker

Bill Johnson of Nature Stock Photography

"Pollinators in the Garden"

Bees, butterflies and other pollinators in the garden including lots of photographs!

Breakout Sessions - Saturday

The schedual will be set before long but we will add information about the talks as we get it.

Nate Bremer

of Solaris Farms

Lilium...True Lilies

'A look at the major groups, how to grow them, and what to steer clear of.' Lilium can be wonderful garden plants and are very productive when the right varieties are selected. New hybrids on the market abound and not all of them are garden worthy. What is right for the Wisconsin gardener? Nate Bremer will take a close look at some of the new hybrids available, the groups and their characteristics and discuss potential for the plants in the average garden. Nate will cover propagation and problems that may be encountered with culture. This is a Power Point presentation with lots of images from Solaris Farms.

Neil Diboll

of Prairie Nursery

Establishing a Prairie Garden

Neil will discuss establishing a prairie garden.

Rick Eyre of Foxwillow Pines Nursery

Techniques of Gardening with Conifers

Rich Eyre has been creating conifer gardens since he was a teenager and he will share his insight and experience for choosing the right tree for any garden spot. Understanding soil percolation of water and sunlight levels are the first steps in this process. Knowing your space limitations and growth of the desired plant will help refine your choices. Conifers will improve your garden with tremendous form, phenomenal texture, unusual shapes, and seasonal color. Colorful coning attributes and interesting bark characteristics add to their appeal. There is a conifer for every garden space.

Daniel Mahr

Succulent Plant Specialist

Daniel will discuss selection and care of succulent plants.

Judith Reith-Rozelle - UW Researcher

Hardy Table Grape Culture

Ms. Reith-Rozelle will present a program divided into short segments on how to grow seedless table grapes, and cultivars to choose for Zone 4: including one red and several blue cultivars. She will include a brief segment on wine grape cultivars grown at the University of Wisconsin, West Madison Agricultural Research Station. Judith was instrumental in developing and working with both the seedless table grape trials and the Hardy Wine Grape Research for over seven years.

Terri Schmidt - The Gourd Girl

Growing Gourds In Wisconsin

You will learn all about growing gourds including why you would want to grow them and what to do with them. Terri will cover: seeds, soil prep, garden culture, havresting and drying.

Brian Smith

UW Fruit Specilist

Your Fruit Tree Heaven

Tips for the Backyard

The audience will learn about selecting the most adapted cultivars and rootstocks. Brian will cover staking, training and pruning as well as fruit thinning, pest management, harvest and storage principles.

Brian Smith - UW Fruit Specilist

The Dynamic Duo-Asparagus and Strawberries

Learn the keys to success. How many should I plant for my family? What varieties are best? Learn about establishment, nutrition, pest control, watering and winter protection. These strategies will make you look like the neighborhood gardening expert!

Dick Zondag of Jung Seed Company

Alternative Gardening Methods

Straw Bale and Square Foot Gardening - This presentation will highlight these two alternative ways to growing your vegetables rather than a traditional garden. Dick will cover the basics of straw bale gardening, including the preparation of the bales, along with what to plant in a straw bale. In addition, basics of square foot gardening, like soil to use, what to plant and other basics will be discussed. Next Dick will discuss growing vegetables in your garden. Soil preparation for vegetables along with composting will be presented. Then, vegetables from asparagus to watermelons and everything in between will be reviewed with "Dick's Picks", suggestions on what varieties to use along with hints on each vegetable. Questions will follow the presentation.