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Garden Conference: What Wisconsin Gardeners do in March

One of the primary goals of the Master Gardener Association is education. There are constantly education events going on including demos and presentations at local libraries and other locations. You can see what else is coming up at www.ocmga.net. The biggest educational event the Outagamie County Master Gardeners put on is the annual garden conference which took place March 28th and it was a great event!

Pre Conference Hustle and Bustle

Pre Conference Hustle and Bustle

The topics included Perennial Top Picks, the best choices for Shade Gardening, Miniature Gardens and turning trash to treasure/garden art.

Many of the perennials discussed have been ordered for the upcoming plant sale which takes place at the UW Extension, 3365 W. Brewster Street, Appleton, Wisconsin on May 16, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The plants discussed were tried and true since presenter Kathy Baum has experimented with almost every plant she can fit in her gardens (or even on the wagon by her barn which serves as a holding area sometimes for a very long time).

Gene Bush was a visiting presenter and is considered a shade garden expert. His slides shared beatiful photos he has taken from his shade gardens. His information is also available at http://www.shadegardenexpert.com. He had 70+ slides of shade loving plants so I would highly recommend checking his web site and blog.

Tammy Borden brought big wows with her presentation on mini gardens and gave this writer some inspiration which you’ll see in another blog soon. She really highlighted how much you can do in a little, sometimes tiny space!

Gail Clearwater was asked to return and share her love of trash…well sort of. She’s an expert at turning old, broken down or typically thrown away items and objects into beautiful garden art.

Gail surrounded by her crafty treasures!

Gail surrounded by her crafty treasures!

If you would like any more information about the conference send us a comment and we’ll get the presenters to share more of their information.

Posted by Rachel


Garden Conference Coming Up!

The following information is available thanks to the Outagamie County Master Gardeners Association’s Education Committee.

Check out this great upcoming conference!

The Outagamie County Master Gardeners announce their annual Garden Conference being held Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 8:45am — 3:30pm at Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Drive, Kimberly, Wis. This year’s expert presenters will cover a myriad of topics to aid gardeners in growing and landscaping. Presenters and topics include:

Gene Bush, Keynote Presenter — Shade Garden Expert. Gene has been giving talks on shade gardening for more than 15 years. Using personal experience gained from his mid-western garden and his own photography, he “speaks shade gardening,” a much-needed niche that is often neglected. He will focus on rare and unusual plants for the shade garden at this year’s event. More information at shadegardenexpert.com.

Kathy Baum, Master Gardener. Kathy has a passion for perennials that is contagious. She has a vast knowledge of plants and painstakingly researches and tests many cultivars. With so many perennial cultivars hitting the market in the last few years, how do you know which are garden-worthy? Kathy will share about those she can’t live without and some that have hit the compost bin.

Tammy Borden, Master Gardener. Tammy is a gardener with more than 20 years’ experience. Though her landscape is quite large, she has come to delight in miniature landscapes within her garden and home. Miniature gardens are all the rage, whether tucked into an outdoor garden space, in a fun and funky container, or as a table-top display. In her presentation she’ll demonstrate how small spaces can make a big impact.

Gail Clearwater, Master Gardener will teach us how to turn trash into garden treasure. Gail’s not only a Master Gardener, but a master at turning everyday items into eye catching garden features. Back by popular demand, her presentation on turning trash into treasure features dozens of examples and how-to tips to help others create their own garden art on-the-cheap.

Conference registration is $45 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and refreshments. The public is encouraged to attend. Door prizes, vendors, reference materials and information on the Master Gardener program will be available.

Here’s the schedule for the day — March 28, 2015
8:00am — Registration
8:45am — Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00am — “Perennial Report Card 2015” Presenter: Kathy Baum
10:30am — “Chasing the Rare & Unusual in Shade Gardens” Keynote Presenter: Gene Bush
12:00pm — Lunch Served (included with registration)
12:45pm — “The Big Deal about Miniature Gardens” Presenter: Tammy Borden
2:00pm — “Let’s Talk Trash–Trash to Treasure Garden Art” Presenter: Gail Clearwater
3:30pm — Conference Closes

Conference presented by the Outagamie County Master Gardeners, a non-profit community organization of the UW Extension. Registration information available at http://www.ocmga.net. Pre-registration is appreciated by March 20, 2015.

Posted by Rachel