You will assemble an Aldo Leopold red oak bench from oak cut at the Marathon County Landfill for expansion. The bench will be 4' long and 18" wide. You will use hardware enabling the bench to be knocked down for transport home. Tools provided. Wear work clothes and bring work gloves. No prior woodworking experience is necessary. Limited to 15 participants.
Nature photographer David will present a slide show presentation designed to enhance technical skills and visual sense in photography for all levels. This is designed for anyone interested in photography wanting to take their images to the next level. Topics covered: subject selection, destinations, technique, equipment, and post processing technique. Limited to 25 people.
Bonsai is the fascinating art of dwarfing and shaping of trees for ornamental display inside your home. Join James to learn the technique and create your own juniper bonsai. Active participants will be limited to 12. Please bring a pruning shears, wire cutter and pliers.
You will learn how rain barrels and rain gardens help conserve water and keep our lakes & streams clean. You will build a barrel to take home to collect rain from your gutters. Rain gardens are designed to soak up rain water, from your roof, driveway and lawn. They are landscaped areas planted with native flowers and grasses to replace areas of the lawn. Limited to 22 participants.
Join Kazuko to create a beautiful Moribana arrangement. Participants will arrange flowers in a dish to create a miniature garden. The Moribana style of arrangement was first done in the 1800s and consists of three major lines of presentation. Participants should bring scissors, shallow 13x2 casserole dish and a small pail for flowers. Frog and flowers are provided. Limited to 25 participants.
Joel will discuss everything from koi ponds and pond less waterfalls to bubbling rocks and water jet fountains. Bring your questions concerning appropriate sites, choosing the right pump, liners and basins, rock types, filtration, fish and plants or anything you may have to create a water feature for your yard. Joel will adjust his talk on the fly based on where you want to go. A video and display products for hands on use will also be available.
This workshop will have a lecture component, discussion and hands on activities that will help participants understand the basics of landscape design as it relates to form, function, scale and beauty. Elements of landscape design, including the proper selection and location of plants, will be covered in depth. The basics of understanding and preparing a landscape plan will be addressed. Limit 25 participants.
This workshop will teach you how to tie a stick and a dried flower wreath for participants to choose from. After learning the techniques, you will be able to create wreaths for all the seasons. All supplies will be furnished and you will have a beautiful wreath to take home at the end of the workshop. Limited to 25 participants.
Each participant will be creating their own 22" x 22" living wall planter from mini pallets. Pallets, soil mix, and fabric are included and provided. Participants should bring gloves, hammer, and a stapler if available. Plants aren't provided, but you could use herbs, annuals or succulents. With the experience gained from this workshop, you will be able to create living walls at home with larger pallets. Limited to 25 participants.
Come prepared to participate in this "all levels" Hatha Yoga session, welcoming all ages and abilities. You'll explore postures that move slowly and mindfully, with increased attention to alignment, breath, and proper modifications. 90-minute yoga session will conclude with a 20-minute guided meditation. Instructor will offer individual attention where needed. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please bring an exercise mat if you have one. Inclusive, inviting and inspiring. Limit 25 participants.
Stan always says that it's hard to take a bad picture of the Bald Eagle and in this presentation you will see what he means. These birds are our national symbol and are amazing to photograph. Filled with hundreds of Stan's best eagle images, this Power Point talk is fun and informative. Sure to leave your group wanting to hear more about this majestic bird.
Add sparkle, drama or a bit of flare to your landscape. Whether you have a large lot, small city space or just a balcony we'll look for eco-friendly renovation ideas. Everything from screening, garden art, containers and new plantings will be explored. Plus new and old plant favorites that can provide year round interest, attract wildlife or create the needed focal point in your landscape.
With over 400 million years of history, both ferns and mosses are adaptable and beautiful components in the shadier garden. We'll discuss the best use of a wide range of showy ferns that will offer color and texture in the garden and how to incorporate moss into the garden as a ground cover. Many examples on how to successfully utilize ferns and mosses in the garden will be shared.
Did you know that many landscape trees hardy in northern Wisconsin can be used in the ancient art of bonsai? James Fairchild will discuss the practice as he demonstrates with both tropical and more winter hardy trees. This session promises to be both intriguing and informational.
Marcia will speak of the rich ethnic diversity of WI's early settlers, their treasured plants, and their favorite culinary and gardening traditions. Marcia's book Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin's Early Settlers, published by WI Historical Society Press, has received numerous accolades and was one of five books selected for the American Horticultural Society's Annual Book Award for 2012. Marcia's book will be on sale at Garden Visions.
This session will present the audience with information behind the best cultivars to grow, site selection, and soil amendments. Cultural procedures, pollination, fruit set, winter production and pest control will also be discussed. If you like blueberries and raspberries, Brian will tell you how to grow your own.
This program is a primer to understanding potential of the Japanese garden style. Japanese gardens can induce the positive emotional response felt by a human viewer that one might experience in a place of natural beauty. A sense of peace, calm, tranquility, opportunity for fresh clear thought, and awe of nature's creativity and rejuvenate ability are some of the things that can occur in a garden space that might exist in the middle of one's own back yard.
Bluebirds are one of Stan's most favorite birds to photograph and this Power Point and talk shows it. This presentation is filled with award winning images of one of America's most favorite backyard birds. Stan's talk about bluebirds will enlighten even the most knowledgeable bird lover. You will be amazed and delighted at this wonderful talk.
Craig believes proper tool care is an important but often overlooked activity. He will teach the proper methods to prolong the life of your tools and how to keep them sharp for easier use. Pruners, hoes, shovels and axes have different methods for sharpening. Craig will provide information on how to sharpen each or when to replace them. Care of handles will also be covered. This session begins with a discussion on choosing the right tool for the job.
Learn all about the world of growing daylilies bred especially for Central Wisconsin as well as all of the latest introductions from area daylily growers. You'll also learn some of the common planting mistakes gardeners make with bearded iris, as well as the newest varieties available for your garden.
Michelle grows 500+ peonies (over 21 varieties) at Ovans Peony Farm in Merrill, WI, for commercial cut flowers. Ovans Peony Farm has been featured in Agri-View Newspaper. Join her as she shares her passion for growing peonies with a colorful picture show that includes step-by-step process of planting bare-root peonies along with special tips on how to get your plants off to a good start.
The growing season in the Midwest is way too short. What does your garden look like during the dormant season? With a little foresight and the right plants, the dormant garden can be just as interesting as its warm season counterpart. Jeff has incorporated a wide palette of plants into award-winning designs over the past 12 years. He will share his experiences on the best performing trees, shrubs, conifers, vines and ornamental grasses to breathe life into your off-season garden.
This presentation will specifically cover evaluating and critiquing images. We will discuss what makes a successful photograph and participants will learn how to evaluate their own images critically. This is one of the most important abilities a photographer needs to improve their imagery and is often the most overlooked. If time allows, we will critique the photos submitted by entrants of the photo contest.
Jeff has been researching and implementing a number of new gardens at Olbrich that are environmentally sound and can be easily incorporated into home landscapes. He will show you how to replace lawns and traditional perennial beds with sustainable and beautiful fescue, prairie drop seed and sedge meadows as well as new gravel gardens.
Learn from tips and strategies that will help you get the most produce out of your garden. Whether you have a dedicated garden or squeeze fruits, vegetables, and herbs in your landscape wherever space allows, Melinda will help you grow lots of produce no matter your limitations. We will explore products and plant varieties as well as planting and harvesting techniques to help increase your vegetable gardening success!
This is a fun and entertaining talk presenting fascinating facts and tidbits about some of the birds that people love to hate. Stan will challenge your preconceived ideas about some common birds, different than those covered at last year's conference. You will never look at these birds the same way ever again. This talk wraps up with a strong environmental message of conservation and understanding. There will be plenty of time for questions. Stan's books will be available for sale and signing.
All of our gardens offer conditions or situations where growing plants vertically can be a functional and beautiful asset. The proper selection of plants along with the use of various structures can maximize the beauty in your garden while minimizing the "footprint" of these plants in those narrow or limited spaces. We'll also discuss some vertical gardening ideas that use no traditional growing space and are perfect for the steps, deck, patio, balcony or generaly tight spots.