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.

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