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Seminars / Demos

Garden Expo is host to a variety of educational seminars and demonstrations. No registration is required; seating is limited. Seminars are one hour and demonstrations are 45 minutes. Presentations denoted by an asterisk are new for 2018.

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FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
Garden Expo Friday Seminars and Demonstrations
Friday, February 9, 2018
Time Mendota 1-2
12:00

12:15 Straw Bale Solutions*
Joel Karsten
Straw Bale Gardens

Attendees will be introduced to straw bale gardening followed by examples of several projects that have been implemented around the world, helping to make growing food possible for many who were previously unable to grow a traditional garden. Also, learn how straw bale gardens are helping to solve world hunger.
12:30
12:45
1:00
1:15

1:30 How to Grow the Best Tomatoes
Joey and Holly Baird, and Norman Gaulin
The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener

Joey and Holly Baird show how to grow the best tomatoes in your home garden simply, easily and organically. Containers, ground or raised beds: it doesn't matter.
Also: Saturday at 1 p.m. in Mendota 1-2.
1:45
2:00
2:15
2:30

2:45 The Weird and Wacky Plant Show*
Michael Perry
Mr. Plant Geek

Learn about plants that will leave you shocked, amazed, excited and confused!
3:00
3:15
3:30
3:45

4:00 Building a Bulb Lawn: Adding a New Dimension to Your Lawn
Benjamin Futa
Allen Centennial Garden

This practical step-by-step presentation will illustrate how to create a beautiful "bulb lawn" - an arrangement of bulbs planted in your lawn that can delight throughout the entire growing season.
Also: Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Mendota 6-7.
4:15
4:30
4:45
5:00

5:15 Quick and Dirty -- Gardening 101*
Amanda Thomsen
Kiss My Aster

Gardening 101 with a humorous twist.
5:30
5:45
6:00
6:15

6:30 New, Different and Unusual Plants*
Michael Perry
Mr. Plant Geek

Take a journey through some of the plants getting gardeners excited in Europe right now!
6:45
7:00
7:15
7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 3
12:00

12:15

12:30 Yardening With Mother Nature*
Margaret Mary Gerhard
Helfenstein Soup Council

"Yardening" is the blissful marriage of your yard and a garden. Learn about the urgent importance of transforming monoculture turf lawns into productive, eco-friendly, low maintenance, edible landscapes that are safe, sensible and water wise. Free yardening materials and supplies available to audience members.
Also: Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Mendota 3.
12:45
1:00
1:15
1:30

1:45 Growing Raspberries in Wisconsin
Lisa Johnson
UW-Extension Dane County

This presentation focuses on the culture and care of raspberries in Wisconsin. Winter protection, variety selection and some diseases and insects to watch out for are also included.
2:00
2:15
2:30
2:45

3:00 Creatively Harvesting and Managing Stormwater and Still Keep Your Basement Dry*
Paul Ganshert
Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes

In this presentation, you will learn about stormwater solutions for the homeowner that are both aesthetic and functional.
3:15
3:30
3:45
4:00

4:15 Pruning Primer
Mike Maddox
UW-Extension

A few simple hand tools and a little bit of knowledge are all you need to keep shrubs in good form.
Also: Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in Mendota 8.
4:30
4:45
5:00
5:15

5:30 Managing Backyard Apple Trees Organically
Deirdre Birmingham
The Cider Farm

Learn how to manage apple trees organically. Considerations on variety selection, site planning, building soil health, and managing key insect pests and diseases will be discussed.
5:45
6:00
6:15
6:30

6:45

7:00

7:15

7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 3
12:00

12:15

2:30 The "Belly Button" Garden*
Mark Dwyer
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Gardening should still be enjoyable and accessible as we age. A wide range of elevated, raised and vertical planters for easy gardening access will be discussed.
Also: Sunday at 2 p.m. in Mendota 1-2
12:45
1:00
1:15
1:30

1:45 Trendy Perennials for Your Hip Garden*
Nancy Nedveck
The Flower Factory
In this presentation Nancy will discuss new perennials that thrive in this area. Some may be older, but still remain new to you.
Also: Saturday at 4:45 p.m. in Mendota 1-2 and Sunday at 2:15 p.m. in Mendota 1-2.
2:00
2:15
2:30
2:45

3:00 Success with Houseplants
Linnzi Hodel

Do you have a bunch of houseplants, but are not sure of their requirements? Houseplants have risen in popularity as a fun and beautiful home element. Linnzi will discuss the ins and outs of temperature, water, nutrients, potential pest issues, and more.
3:15
3:30
3:45
4:00

4:15 Shrubberies for Impact*
Mark Dwyer
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Shrubs form the back bone of our gardens. This presentation will focus on a wide range of durable and beautiful shrubs for all garden situations.
Also: Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Mendota 1-2.
4:30
4:45
5:00
5:15

5:30 Gardening for Pollinators and Wildlife
Beth Stetenfeld and Marian Farrior
PlantPostings

Suburban, urban and small-acreage gardens are becoming critical habitat for bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife, particularly as development and large-scale farming operations claim greater areas of the landscape. Learn how to garden with nature in mind; how to maintain a beautiful landscape and benefit wild visitors at the same time. Principles based on the Wisconsin Master Naturalist program will be included.
5:45
6:00
6:15
6:30

6:45

7:00

7:15

7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 5
12:00

12:15 Everything You Need to Know About Bonsai*
Karl Bethke
Badger Bonsai Society

Bonsai is the fusion of art and horticulture. Come learn how to create these miniature "trees-in-a-pot," and--more importantly--how to keep them alive.
Also: Sunday at 2:15 in Monona/Wingra.
12:30
12:45
1:00
1:15

1:30 Invasive Jumping Worms: The Impact of a New Soil Invader*
Brad Herrick
UW-Madison Arboretum

Invasive jumping worms can harm ecosystems, from native forests to urban gardens. After a general overview of earthworm biology, Herrick will discuss best management practices to minimize the spread of jumping worms and the latest research on impacts and control options.
1:45
2:00
2:15
2:30

2:45 Diseases of Vegetables
Brian Hudelson
UW-Madison Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic

Learn about common diseases in home vegetable gardens and how to control them.
Also: Saturday at 4:45 p.m. in Mendota 5.
3:00
3:15
3:30
3:45

4:00 The Year in Review
Erin Presley
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Every day in the garden is different, and the loveliest garden moments are often fleeting. During this informal presentation, Olbrich Botanical Garden horticulturist Erin Presley will share a "grab bag" of favorite plants, techniques, and garden experiences from the past year, as well as ideas from her two-week stint as a "guest gardener" at Chanticleer Garden in Pennsylvania. We hope you leave with renewed inspiration for an exciting year of gardening ahead!
4:15
4:30
4:45
5:00

5:15 Planting a Prairie: Choose Your Own Adventure!
Frank Hassler
Good Oak LLC

Adding a prairie to your property, large or small, can add beauty to your landscape, reduce maintenance costs and provide a critical haven for wildlife. But getting started can be complicated, with a lot of decisions to make every step of the way. This seminar will outline the process of prairie establishment and help you chart a course that fits the needs of your site.
5:30
5:45
6:00
6:15

6:30

6:45

7:00

7:15

7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 6-7
12:00

12:15

12:30 Everything You Wanted to Know About Beets
Amy Freidig
Wisconsin Master Gardener Program

Beets: You either love them or you think they taste like dirt (and you're right). This seminar is for vegetable lovers who want to know the real story about beets.
Also: Sunday at 2 p.m. in Waubesa/Kegonsa.
12:45
1:00
1:15
1:30

1:45 Sustainable Gardens: Meadows and Gravel Gardens*
Jeff Epping
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Green or sustainable gardens make sense for many reasons - they're good for the environment, and they're good for us. Jeff will show you how Olbrich and others have replaced traditional lawns and perennial borders with sustainable and beautiful grass and flowering meadows and low maintenance gravel gardens, based on concepts developed by German horticulturist Cassian Schmidt.
2:00
2:15
2:30
2:45

3:00 Growing Mushrooms 101*
Lindsey Bender
Field and Forest Products

Growing mushrooms is unique and exciting! Learn how you can easily get started growing a wide range of beautiful and delicious gourmet and medicinal mushrooms on readily available materials.
3:15
3:30
3:45
4:00

4:15 Weeds Feed Me - A Sustainable Approach to Gardening*
Noel Valdes
CobraHead LLC

Using open beds, not boxed containers, create a low cost, intensive production garden. Weeds, leaves and easy to grow plants are used for mulch and compost. With simple technology, no motors, and no store-bought fertilizer, get impressive food production from a small area.
Also Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Mendota 4.
4:30
4:45
5:00
5:15

5:30 Pet Friendly Landscaping*
Paul Ganshert
Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes

Learn about landscaping your yard to complement your pet's behaviors, to keep your pet (or you) smiling and to keep unwanted visitors out of your yard, under your deck, etc.
5:45
6:00
6:15
6:30

6:45 To Bee or Not to Bee*
Katey Pratt
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

What does your garden look like from a bee's perspective? In this presentation you will learn basic bee garden design and interesting facts about certain specialist bees.
7:00
7:15
7:30
7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 8
12:00

12:15

12:30

1:00

1:15

1:30 Why Would I Want Chickens?*
Twain Lockhart
Nutrena

In this presentation, Lockhart will discuss several reasons to get backyard chickens.
Also: Saturday at 1:15 p.m. in Mendota 3.
1:45
2:00
2:15
2:30

2:45

3:00

3:15

3:30

3:45

4:00 Getting Started With Chickens
Twain Lockhart
Nutrena

In this presentation, you will learn how to get started with raising chickens. Topics will include breed selection, what supplies to purchase and how to avoid common mistakes.
4:15
4:30
4:45
5:00

5:15 Indoor Lighting Basics*
Dennis Anderson
Paradigm Gardens

Try researching indoor grow lights and you'll receive an overwhelming amount of information. This presentation will help simplify things by learning about the different types of lights on the market and how they work best.
Also: Saturday at 9:15 a.m. in Mendota 5.
5:30
5:45
6:00
6:15

6:30 Four Seasons Landscape*
Paul Drobot
plantstogrow.com

A good feature of a yard is to have something of interest in your landscape from spring through winter. Use of flowering plants, interesting physical features of plants, hardscapes and ornamentation are all elements that can be blended together to reach the goal of a "four seasons landscape." How to blend them together will be discussed.
6:45
7:00
7:15
7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Monona/Wingra
12:00

12:15

12:30 Invasive Plant Identification and Control for Gardeners
Kelly Kearns
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

This seminar provides an overview of invasive plants and their impacts. A brief identification and control methods of plants that invade gardens and garden plants that go rogue will be discussed.
12:45
1:00
1:15
1:30

1:45 Putting up the Harvest for Health and Nourishment*
Linda Conroy
Moonwise Herbs

Learn to preserve vegetables and herbs for promoting health. Preparing the plants for storage and optimal nourishment is simple and easy. Ideas and recipes will be shared.
2:00
2:15
2:30
2:45

3:00 Not the Way Your Grandma Pressed*
Allison Zeeb
NoFarmNeeded

Pressing flowers...no longer a hobby stuck in the 1800s. Learn how to press, preserve and present dried flowers so you can stay ahead of the curve. Nature is constantly changing around us, so show others your passion through plants!
3:15
3:30
3:45
4:00

4:15 Succeeding With Seeds
Allen R. Pyle
Jung Seed Co.

Learn tips to improve your seed starting success regardless of your experience level.
4:30
4:45
5:00
5:15

5:30 Plants in Pop Culture*
Johanna Oosterwyk
UW Dept. of Horticulture

Plants enrich the stories that we love from fairytales and folklore to present day TV and movies. Blending botany and storytelling, Oosterwyk will discuss some of our culture's most popular tales and explore how plants are used to tell stories as plot devices, set pieces, characters and even villains.
5:45
6:00
6:15
6:30
6:45 Wildlife Damage Management: Tips, Tools and Techniques
Jamie Nack
UW-Madison Dept. of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

While attracting wildlife to your backyard can provide great satisfaction and enjoyment, sometimes wildlife can become a nuisance, or even cause property damage. Participants will learn the keys to a successful wildlife damage management program.
7:00
7:15
7:30
7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Waubesa/Kegonsa
12:00

12:15 Warming Winter Herbs*
Mary Halstad
Wildwood Institute

Join Mary Halsted to learn about herbs that can warm and soothe the body, support and strengthen the immune system, and nourish the soul. Specific remedies will be discussed, including teas and tinctures that ease flu and cold symptoms, effective cough syrups you can make at home and foods and lifestyle choices that can help prevent and heal common winter ailments.
12:30
12:45
1:00
1:15

1:30 Magnificent Monarchs
Gae Bergmann

This presentation is an overview of the iconic monarch butterflies, their amazing life cycle and how to raise them successfully.
1:45
2:00
2:15
2:30

2:45 Basic Backyard Maple-Syruping (And Other Perennial Treats)*
Dan Tyler

In this easy-going session, Dan will cover the basics of making maple syrup at home, with as little as one tree. Anyone can do it! Dan will also share his ongoing love for simple food-bearing perennials.
Also: Sunday at 10:15 a.m. in Waubesa/Kegonsa.
3:00
3:15
3:30
3:45

4:00 Where 6,000 People are Protecting Potatoes for the World*
Joshua Feyen
Madison Area Permaculture Guild

Josh Feyen visited Paru Paru, one of six villages in a uniquely-designated area high in the Andes Mountains. This is the birthplace of the potato, and Josh returned with video, photos and stories about a small group of people dedicated to growing, preserving and sharing potato plants, culture and knowledge. Learn about traditional planting and harvesting, and the Park's modern-day efforts to keep potato seed stock free from biotech company royalties, for humanity to share this amazingly adaptable staple crop. And photos of llamas and alpacas, because they're just cute.
Also: Saturday at 2:15 p.m. in Mendota 5.
4:15
4:30
4:45
5:00

5:15

5:30

5:45

6:00

6:15

6:30 Wild Food/Wild Medicine
Linda Conroy
Moonwise Herbs

Join herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun virtual plant walk. Linda will offer an overview of the plants that grow outside of the garden. While we typically look to our garden for food, there are plants that are beyond the garden which are edible, delicious and healing. Come meet them.
Also: Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Monona/Wingra.
6:45
7:00
7:15
7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Demo Stage A
12:00

12:15

12:30 What is That Beekeeper Up to Now?*
Richard Schneider
Capital Bee Supply

Follow a beekeeper through a typical summer-season honeybee hive inspection. Learn about the tools of the trade, how to approach a hive, how to properly open a hive, and what to look for during a colony inspection.
Also: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Demo Stage B.
12:45
1:00
1:15

1:30 Perfecting Fruit Pies
Becky Gutzman
Pie baker and Wisconsin fair judge Becky Gutzman will demonstrate all things pie! From making your own flaky crust to choosing the right thickener for fruits, Becky will share her tips for success, including how to know when the pie is done and freezing pies and fruit pie fillings.
1:45
2:00
2:15

2:30 Oilstick Gourd Vases/Bowls*
Deb Ready

Wisconsin Gourd Society
This demonstration will cover everything you need to create a gourd bowl or vase using special oilsticks as the medium.
Also: Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Demo Stage B.
2:45
3:00
3:15

3:30 Tips for Using Essential Oils in Your Home and Garden
Starla Batzko
Starla's Seasonings & Mixes

Discover helpful tips and recipes to repel pests, invite pollinators, kill weeds, support your skin and body and detox your home with essential oils. Learn how to make a gardener hand scrub, bug spray, hand soap, tool cleaner and more! Free recipes will be provided.
3:45
4:00
4:15

4:30 Demystifying Hydrangeas*
Tom Bergan
McKay Nursery

In this presentation you will learn the care, maintenance, including pruning and planting of the three types of hydrangeas: aborescens, macrophylla and paniculdta. Also: Saturday at 2:30 on Demo Stage A.
4:45
5:00
5:15

5:30 Pretty Places: Aquascape Inspirations From Natural Habitats*
Ted Judy
Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists

The inspiration for many aquarium aquascapes comes from the captivating beauty of natural habitats. Ted Judy will share some of the natural places he has visited in Africa, South America and Mexico to see how aquatic plants grow in the wild.
5:45
6:00
6:15

6:30 The Anywhere/Anytime Garden
Victor Zaderej
Happy Leaf LED

This presentation will discuss super-easy indoor gardening with updates on fertilizers and methods that will give your indoor garden star power.
Also: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Demo Stage A.
6:45
7:00
7:15

7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Demo Stage B
12:00

12:15

12:30 All About Your Lawn-Care and Garden Hand Tools
Dan Cunningham
Fiskars

Dan will explain what makes your tools work, how to choose the right tool for a job and how to keep them working their best from year to year. This demonstration will cover a wide range of tools (loppers, pruners, axes, machetes and more). You may even be able to try out interesting and new products! Finally, it will end with a Q&A session with a Fiskars R&D Engineer!
12:45
1:00
1:15

1:30 Kokedama -- A Centuries-Old Garden Art*
Josephine Fowler
Puddingstone

Watch, listen and learn about the technique and history of this centuries old Japanese art. Josie will demonstrate and construct two to three Kokedama, utilizing simple and easy-to-care for plants.
Also: Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on Stage A and Sunday at 2:30 on Demo Stage A.
1:45
2:00
2:15

2:30 How to Create a Terrarium*
Anna Eliese Scott

Terrariums are a great, low-maintenance way to grow plants indoors. It can be a living decoration in your home. Anna Eliese will cover the basics of terrarium making and explain the benefits of an open versus closed terrarium as well.
2:45
3:00
3:15

3:30 Setting up a Straw Bale Garden to Ensure Success*
Joel Karsten
Straw Bale Gardens

Learn the specific details for setting up a new succesful straw bale garden. Joel will show a simple watering technique and also how to completely eliminate weeding in your straw bale garden. See how to properly set up a trellis to support production and make harvesting easy. A properly set up straw bale garden requires little efflort and maintenance for the remainder of the season. Learn why so many communities, schools and company gardens are turning to the straw bale garden method instead of traditional gardening.
Also: Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on Stage B and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on Stage B.
3:45
4:00
4:15

4:30 Snacks, Spreads and Sweet Tea: Making the Most Out of Preparing and Preservng Your Mushroom Harvest*
Mary Ellen Kozak

Mushroom growers and wild mushroom hunters often have full baskets of mushrooms to prep in very short order. Learn how to harvest, store, clean, preserve, prepare, brew and tincture some of the most popuilar culinary and medicinal mushrooms you can grow.
Also: Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on Stage B.
4:45
5:00
5:15

5:30 Home-Friendly, Habit Forming, Worm Composting
Joe Theisen

Learn the steps needed to form the habit of vermicposting. Establish a routine to use food waste and readily available tools to produce an abundant supply of vermicompost, a nutrient-rich organic fertilizer. Make your own soil mixture using the "Square Foot Gardening" formula.
5:45
6:00
6:15

6:30 Floral Designs*
Lisa Larsen
Sunborn Gardens

Learn how to use various floral elements to create a lush garden-style centerpiece. Larsen will talk about how she uses local and interesting plant materials to elevate design and what she would use form her own garden during the summer. Also learn about the different shapes of flowers and the steps to take to make a successful design.
Also: Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on Stage A.
6:45
7:00
7:15

7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.

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