Open to the public

Saturday Registration is not required.

Be sure to check back with us, more sessions to be listed soon!

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

Keynote Speaker


Kerry Ann Mendez

2014 Gold Medalist from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Design Tips for Knockout, Easy-Care Gardens with Great Curb Appeal

Gorgeous, low-maintenance gardens are no accident. Learn proven design tricks for sensational gardens that will be the talk of the neighborhood. The presentation includes recommended perennials, annuals, flowering shrubs and evergreens as well as incorporating focal points, vertical interest, sustainable practices, and more.

Saturday Breakout Sessions

Kerry Ann Mendez

The Art of Shade Gardening - Seeing Your Way Out of the Dark

Shade gardening need not be frustrating! This presentation will introduce you to enchanting perennials, flowering shrubs, evergreens and annuals for spring, summer and fall color. We will also discuss how to assess the amount of shade that you have, as well as design tips and how to care for these beautiful gardens.

Molly Fifield-Murray

Gardening for Part Sun and Part Shade

What to do with the area of your yard that is not full sun or full shade? What plants will thrive? There are many choices in Wisconsin, which before European settlement was dominated by oak savannas south of the “tension zone”, the area of transition from northern forests to southern aok woods, savannas and prairies. Many species list in prairie catalogues are actually identifiable as savanna, or part sun part shade species. This talk will discuss both the species to use and some particular issues with planting around trees.

Karen S. Oberhauser

Dwindling numbers for an iconic insect: What can YOU do?

Monarch butterflies populations have been declining over the last 20 years. Because insect numbers are notoriously difficult to assess, and because they often show large year to year fluctuations, simply documenting this decline has been a challenge. It is now important to move beyond simple documentation, and toward responding to the challenge posed by monarch conservation, and insect conservation in general. Monarchs are negatively impacted by many human activities, and various scientists and monarch advocates have implicated habitat degradation and loss, pesticide use, climate change, vehicular collisions, invasive species, and pathogen spread in their dwindling numbers.

In this presentation, I’ll describe the amazing biology of migratory monarch populations, and the work of citizens and scientists in documenting monarch numbers at all stages of their migratory cycle. I’ll then discuss threats to monarchs, and potential responses to these threats. Because conservation biology must be, at its essence, a science of hope, my focus is on positive changes as well as on the challenges posed by problems with multiple problems. These changes can include both large scale actions by government agencies and non-profit organizations, and smaller scale actions by towns and individual landowners. You’ll learn how you can help monarchs by teaching others, advocating for positive change, and planting milkweed for monarch caterpillars and nectar plants for the adult butterflies.

Faye Ryszkiewicz

Cottage Garden Design

Cottage gardening is an informal approach to landscape design that is based on grace and charm verses structure and grandeur. During this presentation, you will learn about how you can utilize this gardening method to beautify your home. Elements that will be taught include the history of the cottage garden style, site selection, design ideas, plant selections that work best to achieve the objectives and appearance desired in creating your personal cottage garden, and the importance and incorporation of edibles into the cottage garden.

Faye Ryszkiewicz

Grow Edibles without a Garden

No room to plant a garden? No longer able to physically deal with a garden and all of the labor involved? No time to garden? No Problem! You still can enjoy your own personal abundance of fresh, home grown vegetables, fruits and herbs.

There are a number of benefits of growing edibles without a garden. You will learn about container types and options, tips of where to put them, potting media, planting methods, watering and fertilizer requirements, potential issues to be aware of and avoid, and ideas and recommendations of what to grow.

Paul Whitaker

Weed Identification and Life Histories are Keys to Better Weed Control

If a weed is just a plant out of place, then why do some plants get out of place so much moreoften than others and why are they so hard to get rid of? This course will help you not only to identify some common weeds, but also appreciate how getting to know these amazing plants a bit better can strengthen your weed control strategies. A weed’s life history includes how it disperses, when and how it germinates, changes it undergoes as it develops, whether it is an annual, biennial, winter annual, or perennial, and whether it reproduces by seed or vegetatively or both. Life histories also include the structure of below-ground parts, ability to mature seeds after pulling or hoeing, and more. Through examples of common local weeds, this course will demonstrate how weed life histories allow them to outwit our many efforts to control them. By knowing a bit more about weeds, we can be better able to choose and time control and prevention strategies. The course will also point you toward some of the best resources for identifying weeds in our area and learning more about their life histories.

Mary Stewart

Growing Orchids Successfully 101

Don’t think you can grow orchids? Learn how to grow orchids correctly, thirty one years of growing has taught GTPOrchids the easy & successful ways to grow & bloom orchids. Learn the basics,simple changes, helpful info, go from failure to success. Handouts provided, Business card for email support. What are you waiting for? Sign up!

Mary Stewart

Growing House Plants the Basics 101

Mary Stewart ~ Goin’ To Pot Orchids & Repotting Srv has grown plants for fifty five years. You name it Mary's grown it. Learn correct basic culture growing house plants, violets, cacti & succulents, hanging baskets. Handouts and Business card provided for back up support. You CAN grow plants knowing the basics that unlock the door to successful growing! Register today!

Rob Zimmer

VERTICAL FLAIR: Designing and Gardening with Ornamental Grasses

With feathery plumes, fiery colors, incredible textures and elegant vertical interest in the landscape, ornamental grasses are an excellent and long-lasting addition to your garden. Rob Zimmer, garden and outdoor writer for ten Gannett Wisconsin Media newspapers in central and eastern Wisconsin will show you many great ways to include stunning grasses into your yard and garden. From native and perennial grasses to fun and outrageous annual choices, you'll want to explore the exciting world of ornamental grasses this season.

Brent Hanson

Singing in the Rain – Wisconsin Rain Gardens

Wisconsin is blessed with water. Our state’s name is variously thought to derive from words meaning “a good place to live” or “gathering of the waters”. One sure thing is that our history and our future are tied to an abundance of clean, life-sustaining water. Rain gardens are all about water – preserving it, respecting it, and managing it. Strangely, rain gardens are often dry. But in some seasons (even years), on some soils, they can be more like ponds. While the concept is pretty simple, we will attempt to explore the range of sites and soils and hopefully provide some insight in design and plant selection from twenty-plus years of experience.

Johanna Oosterwyk

Introduction to Season Extension Techniques and Technology

Let's face it, Wisconsin summers are short. That means we have less time outdoors with green growing things. However, we have the technology! We can adapt our environment to keep things growing all year long (if we want to). We'll look at a variety of methods to extend the growing season and discuss which may be worth the investment of your valuable time and resources.