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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.

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FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
Garden Expo Sunday Seminars and Demonstrations
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Time Mendota 1-2
10:00

10:15 Gardening for Hummingbirds
Michael and Kathi Rock
The Hummingbird Society

Learn how to create a sanctuary for the ruby-throated hummingbird in your own backyard. Through the use of perennial and annual plants, shrubs, trees and hummingbird feeders, you can discover the magic and excitement of hummingbirds!
10:30
10:45
11:00
11:15

11:30 Learn to Grow a Straw Bale Garden
Joel Karsten
Straw Bale Gardens

Grow a garden without weeding, "heavy lifting" or getting down on your hands and knees. Learn about the advantages of using the SBG method to grow a bountiful garden without using herbicides or insecticides. Any backyard, concrete patio, rooftop or driveway can become a productive garden space.
11:45
12:00
12:15
12:30

12:45 Beautiful Roses Made Easy
Melinda Myers

Melinda will highlight low-maintenance rose varieties that are suited for any garden or gardener's ability. From miniature roses to shrubs and climbers, she'll provide tips for selection as well as advice on caring for roses all year long to keep them looking their best. Plus, Melinda will provide practical advice for dealing with common rose problems and challenges for those "not so low maintenance" rose varieties.
1:00
1:15
1:30
1:45

2:00 Growing Tomatoes in Wisconsin
Lisa Johnson
UW-Extension Dane County
Presentation Notes

Tomatoes are among the most popular vegetables grown in Wisconsin gardens, but they can also be one of the most challenging due to the number of diseases they are susceptible to. In this presentation we will cover a number of topics to help you have a more plentiful harvest. Topics include choosing varieties, growing tomatoes from seed, proper watering and fertilizing, trellising, mulching, diseases and disease prevention and control, harvesting and storage.
2:15
2:30
2:45
3:00

3:15

3:30

3:45

4:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 3
10:00

10:15

10:30 Weeds and Invasive Plants in Our Landscape
Frank Hassler
Good Oak LLC
Presentation Notes

We all have a few weeds growing here and there in our yards. Most properties also have more insidious invasive species, which can spread rapidly and plunder natural areas. Some common ornamental plants are becoming invasive, too. Come find out what those "bad" plants are and how to stop them.
10:45
11:00
11:15
11:30

11:45 Gardening for Pollinators in Urban Spaces
Benjamin Futa
Allen Centennial Garden

Every patch of soil can support a garden that is beneficial to pollinators. Nowhere are these landscapes more necessary than in urban spaces, where lawns and parking lots have had a tremendous impact on the surrounding ecosystem. This presentation will explore beautiful horticultural applications to support pollinators in urban spaces.
12:00
12:15
12:30
12:45

1:00 Square Foot Gardening
Dick Zondag
Jung Seed Co.

Learn the basics of square foot gardening. Soil mix, location and how to do it is presented in this seminar. Vegetables that work well and don't work well are also presented.
1:15
1:30
1:45
2:00

2:15 Brown Is a Color, Too: Gardens for November and Beyond
Benjamin Futa
Allen Centennial Garden

Late fall and early winter are not typically considered a time of interest or excitement in the garden, but there's still a lot to see and experience. This presentation will explore inspirational plant combinations and maintenance methods for enhancing your garden into November and beyond.
2:30
2:45
3:00
3:15

3:30

3:45

4:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 4
10:00

10:15

10:30 My Favorite Perennials
Nancy Nedveck
The Flower Factory
Presentation Notes

With more than 2,500 perennials to decide which ones to choose from, it can be tough to decide which ones to use. In this presentation, Nancy will talk about some of her favorites.
10:45
11:00
11:15
11:30

11:45 "Slam Dunk" Perennials
Mark Dwyer
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Mark will talk about some of the toughest and most ornamental perennials for both suns and shade. These will be worth the space!
12:00
12:15
12:30
12:45

1:00 Bring the Beauty Inside: Developing a Garden Oasis With Cut Flowers in Mind
Phil Gonsiska
Schönheit Gardens

Your beautiful flower beds can be a bountiful oasis brimming with flowers to cut. Learn which plants to choose for a productive harvest as well as how to get the most out of your cut stems.
1:15
1:30
1:45
2:00

2:15 How to Plan a Garden That is Pleasing to the Eye
Nancy Nedveck
The Flower Factory
Presentation Notes

Some plants just look better together! Find out what perennials will make your garden harmonize well.
2:30
2:45
3:00
3:15

3:30

3:45

4:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 5
10:00

10:15 Classical Greek Origins of the Art of Herbal Medicine
Mary Halstad
Wildwood Institute

Western herbal medicine as it comes down to us today has its main point of origin in the Golden Age of classical Greece. Philosophers and physicians such as Pythagoras and Hippocrates, among others, constructed a system of understanding healing plants which forms a living undercurrent to European and American folk medicine down to the present time. Growing or wildcrafting any medicinal plant presents an opportunity to experience this tradition.
10:30
10:45
11:00
11:15

11:30 Diseases of Herbaceous Ornamentals
Brian Hudelson
Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic, UW-Madison
Presentation Notes

Having problems with impotent impatiens, despondent daylilies and hurting hostas? Come learn about diseases of these and other common ornamentals (and their management) with plant pathologist Brian Hudelson. (a.k.a. "Dr. Death").
11:45
12:00
12:15
12:30

12:45 Common Ground Initiative and Sustainable Turf Options
Bruce Schweiger
Turfgrass Diagnostics Lab, UW-Madison

The Common Ground Initiative is committed to the development of environmentally conscious turfgrass landscapes through the prudent use of water, fertilizer and chemicals that provide communities with healthy and functional open spaces to live, gather and play. The goal is to provide great landscapes with fewer pesticide inputs and less environmental impact.
1:00
1:15
1:30
1:45

2:00 Growing Peonies From Seed! Something New
Nate Bremer
Solaris Farms

Most gardeners are accustomed to purchasing bloom sized peonies, but growing them from seed can be an exciting way to add to their garden. Learn some special techniques to get your own seedling peonies growing. Each participant will receive a packet of seeds to grow.
2:15
2:30
2:45
3:00

3:15

3:30

3:45

4:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 6-7
10:00

10:15

10:30 Screening With Plants, Walls and More
Sean Pratt
Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes

Learn creative ways to screen off that unsightly neighbor. This seminar will include a discussion on plants, fencing, walls, structures, berms, and grade changes.
10:45
11:00
11:15
11:30

11:45 Beyond the Herb Rack: Using Herbs Creatively in the Vegetable Garden
Megan Cain
The Creative Vegetable Gardener

There are few greater delights than grabbing a handful of fresh herbs to complete your evening meal. Creatively incorporating herbs into your garden design can help elevate your garden from ordinary to extraordinary. Megan will share the simple step-by-step process of building an herb spiral to add structure and interest to your garden, how to artistically mix herbs into your plantings, unique and colorful varieties to grow, and super easy ways to preserve herbs for off season use.
12:00
12:15
12:30
12:45

1:00 Never Curse the Rain
Jerry Apps
Representing the Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Rural storyteller Jerry Apps celebrates the importance of rain and why farm boys everywhere never curse the crop-growing, life-sustaining force when it comes -- even when it comes a lot! This presentation will include a special sneak preview of Apps' newest Wisconsin Public Television documentary, "Never Curse the Rain," which will air in 2017.
1:15
1:30
1:45
2:00
2:15
2:30
2:45
3:00

3:15

3:30

3:45

4:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 8
10:00

10:15 Crevice Gardens - A Unique Method For Growing Alpine Plants
Ed Glover
WI-IL Chapter North American Rock Garden Society

This seminar will discuss materials and construction methods for buildng crevice gardens, as well as explore the wide range of plant material to grow these gardens.
10:30
10:45
11:00
11:15

11:30 Innovations for Indoor Gardens
Alex Tyink
Feeding America Eastern WI

Alex Tyink, Director of Innovation for Feeding America Eastern WI, will reveal their latest indoor agriculture system while discussing tips and tricks to grow food quickly and easily in a number of indoor settings.
11:45
12:00
12:15
12:30

12:45 Organic Landscape Maintenance Practices
Becky Kielstrup
Avant Gardening & Landscaping

Many people are interested in reducing or eliminating pesticides and inorganic fertilizers in the landscape because of concerns about water quality and potential threats to humans, pets and wildlife. Join Becky Kielstrup to learn about organic lawncare, sustainable plantings, native floras, IPM and tips on how to begin.
1:00
1:15
1:30
1:45

2:00 Accessible Indoor Gardening for Health and Happiness
Hedi Baxter Lauffer
LED Habitats

Gardening is accessible to all, even without a yard. Learn about ways to bring the joys of gardening back into the lives of seniors who have downsized or moved into assisted living facilities and how to introduce youngsters to plants and gardening through indoor gardening. Learn a variety of options for successfully planting fast-growing miniature gardens that can capitivate both novice and master gardeners.
2:15
2:30
2:45
3:00

3:15

3:30

3:45

4:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Monona/Wingra
10:00

10:15

10:30 Foraging: Wild Food/Wild Medicine
Linda Conroy
Moonwise Herbs

This presentation is an introduction to common and uncommon edible "weeds." Learn how to transform wild plants into food and medicine.
10:45
11:00
11:15
11:30

11:45 Growing Garlic in Wisconsin
Noel Valdes
CobraHead LLC

Garlic is a healthy and essential cooking ingredient. It's easy to grow, but best yields require good timing. Learn how to grow, harvest and store garlic.
12:00
12:15
12:30
12:45

1:00 Get Your Feet Wet: With Water Features
Bob Wambach
Greenscapes LLC

In this presentation, you will learn water feature design, building techniques and maintenance.
1:15
1:30
1:45
2:00

2:15 Grow Sweet Potatoes in Wisconsin
Noel Valdes
CobraHead LLC

Sweet potatoes are very nutritious and can be used in a wide variety of recipes. Plants can produce large yields and are easy to grow and store. Learn how to start, grow, store and use them.
2:30
2:45
3:00
3:15

3:30

3:45

4:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Waubesa/Kegonsa
10:00

10:15 Caring for Apple Trees Organically
Deirdre Birmingham and John Biondi
The Cider Farm
Presentation Notes

In this presentation you will learn how to manage your backyard apple trees organically.
10:30
10:45
11:00
11:15

11:30 Attracting Eastern Bluebirds
Patrick Ready
Bluebird Restoration Association of Wis.

This seminar will cover what you need to know to attract bluebirds to your yard. Learn nest box requirements, habitat types and methods that will help you attract bluebirds. Other cavity nesters will also be briefly covered.
11:45
12:00
12:15
12:30

12:45 How to Ferment Hard Cider at Home
Deirdre Birmingham and John Biondi
The Cider Farm
Presentation Notes

Learn how to make hard cider at home. The owner-operators of The Cider Farm of Mineral Point, Wisconsin will go through the key steps and stages of fermenting apple juice to cider, display the equipment used, and explain which apple varieties work best to make this refreshing beverage.
1:00
1:15
1:30
1:45

2:00 Make Every Pruning Count: Maintaining Cold Climate Grapevines
Madeline Wimmer
UW-Madison Graduate Student

UW-Madison graduate student, Madeline Wimmer, will give a talk on the importance of good pruning strategy when maintaining cold climate grapevines. Some of the topics covered will explain the importance of pruning, the difference between cane and spur purning, pruning efficiency and restorative pruning.
2:15
2:30
2:45
3:00

3:15

3:30

3:45

4:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Demo Stage A
10:00

10:15

10:30 How to Grow Giant Pumpkins
John Barlow
Wisconsin Giant Pumpkin Growers

One-ton pumpkins can be grown in Wisconsin. Learn about techniques that maximize the plants' potential.
10:45
11:00
11:15

11:30 Create Unique, Easy-Care Succulent Planters
Erin Clark
Schonheit Gardens

Join Erin for an enjoyable demo on creating one-of-a-kind succulent planters. These little guys are a ton of fun to make and super easy to care for.
11:45
12:00
12:15

12:30 A Low-Tech Planted Aquarium
Chuck Breiter
Representing the Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists

Chuck is Madison’s own expert of growing aquarium plants without the need for high-tech equipment and lighting. Come to this presentation to learn how to get started in the hobby of planted aquariums with easy to keep plants and basic equipment.
12:45
1:00
1:15

1:30 Getting Started With Food Preservation
Becky Gutzman

Wish you knew how to preserve some of that wonderful garden produce to enjoy all year long? Wondering if you have the right equipment or recipes to can safely? Join Becky Gutzman, Food Preservation Educator, to get great tips and inspiration for canning, freezing and drying foods.
1:45
2:00
2:15

2:30 Passive Hydroponics: The Anywhere, Any Time Garden
Victor Zaderej
Happy Leaf LED

Learn how easy it is to set up an indoor garden using passive hydroponics. Enjoy gardening year-round.
2:45
3:00
3:15

3:30

3:45

4:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Demo Stage B
10:00

10:15

10:30 Worm Composting With One Arm Tied Behind Your Back
Joe Theisen
Presentation Notes

Learn the low-maintenance method producing worm compost (vermicompost) year-round in an apartment or home setting. You will see a demonstration of how to use a five-gallon bucket to convert all of your household food scraps in to compost on a monthly cycle. You will also learn how to mix the vermicompost with other materials to create a quality soil mixture, using the square foot garden formula (Mel's Mix).
10:45
11:00
11:15

11:30 Grow Oyster Mushrooms With Kids
Laura Kahles
Field and Forest Products Inc.

Growing mushrooms can be fun, easy and interesting. Oyster mushrooms, in particular, can grow on many materials including wood, straw, cardboard and even toilet paper. You will learn the skills needed to enjoy this fun hobby at home or at school with the little ones.
11:45
12:00
12:15

12:30 Cooking From The Garden With Starla
Starla Batzko
Starla's Seasonings & Mixes
Presentation Notes

Discover some new ways to prepare your garden bounty with some simple yet tasty recipes. Recipes include Caramel Pumpkin Zucchini Pancakes, Seasoned Grilled Fruit, Creamy Cucumber Salad, Homemade Yogurt and more!
12:45
1:00
1:15

1:30 Building a Straw Bale Garden, Starting With the Bales
Joel Karsten
Straw Bale Gardens

In this demo you will learn a quick overview of the method, and more detailed information about the placement, installation and conditioning process required to set up a straw bale garden from scratch. See a demonstration of the BaleMaker 3000 machine and an in-depth look at the biology of a straw bale garden.
1:45
2:00
2:15

2:30 Essential Oil Solutions for Home and Garden Issues
Starla Batzko
Starla's Seasonings & Mixes

This demonstration shares natural solutions for pest control, bug repellent, weed killer, produce wash, hand scrubs and first aid based on recipes using essential oils. Instructions will be provided to try these techniques on your own at home.
2:45
3:00
3:15

3:30

3:45

4:00

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

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