2021 Archived Garden Expo Schedule

PBS Wisconsin’s Garden & Landscape Expo offers more than 150 free educational seminars and stage demonstrations.

The full schedule will be available in mid-December.

8:30-9:00 AM

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Quick Fit With Cassy: Lower Body Stretches for Gardeners

Cassy Vieth, Quick Fit With Cassy

Prepare your body before you prepare your soil! Quick Fit With Cassy is a digital series from PBS Wisconsin. Led by Cassy Vieth, a professional fitness trainer from Spring Green, Wisconsin, Quick Fit focuses on gentle and effective zero-impact moves to help you keep doing the things you love. Stretch and strengthen your gardening muscles before you start digging so you have fewer aches and pains. This class features lower body moves specifically designed for gardeners.

9-10:00 AM

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Fearless Plant Propagation

Nika Vaughan, Plant Salon

Explore the simplicity and variety of houseplant propagation techniques that an indoor gardener can practice and use to quickly become more adventurous and confident in expanding their collection.

10 AM-11:00 AM

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Indigenous Agri-Culture

Laura Manthe and Lea Zeise, Ohe*la’ku – Among the Cornstalks

Regenerative agriculture practices have thrived for centuries in the Americas. As Oneida tribal citizens, Laura Manthe and Lea Zeise discuss Great Lakes tribal agriculture from historical and modern perspectives. They cover ground preparation through harvest and preservation techniques as well as how these approaches tie into a world-view of reciprocity and thanksgiving.

11-12:00 PM

Exhibitor Mall

Exhibitor Booth Live Streaming

From 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. each day, participating exhibitors will stream video content from their profile pages. You can move from one exhibitor’s stream to the next, much like booth-hopping at a physical exhibitor mall! Exhibitors will provide product demonstrations, store tours, how-to tutorials and more. You are also welcome to browse the exhibitor profiles and shop anytime!

Noon-1:00 PM

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Sensational Seasonal Plants

Mark Dwyer, Landscape Prescriptions by MD

Many strive to have extended color and interest in their gardens and containers, and the wide range of colorful and impactful annual selections is amazingly diverse. Learn about a variety of annuals with beautiful flowers, foliage, scent and pollinator potential to find the perfect fit for your plant growing area.

1-2:00 PM

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Preserving the Harvest With Fermentation

Laura Poe Mathes, Registered Dietician

Fermentation is a wonderful way to preserve your harvest, transforming your hard work in the garden into something delicious and full of nutrients. Learn about basic vegetable fermentation, the health benefits, and the skills and tools needed for making sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles and more.

2-3:30 PM

Ask The Experts

Virtual Q&A Booth

UW-Madison, Extension Horticulture Program

Join us for an interactive, drop-in Q&A session with experts from UW-Madison’s Extension Horticulture Program. This session will focus on questions related to “growing ornamental plants and protecting the environment." You'll be joined by knowledgeable UW-Madison experts such as Brian Hudelson (Plant Pathology), PJ Liesch (Insects), Laura Jull (Trees and Shrubs) and Paul Koch (Turfgrass). Bring your own questions and listen in on gardening advice during this open forum. This session has limited capacity. The Zoom link will be available Feb. 20.

3:30-4:00 PM

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Let’s Grow Stuff

Ben Futa, Lets Grow Stuff

Explore a curated selection of episodes from the first season of PBS Wisconsin's digital series, Let's Grow Stuff. Hosted by horticulturist Ben Futa, the series is designed to help the beginning gardener learn the tools of successful vegetable and herb gardening. Each episode provides quick and easy techniques to make growing fun!

4-5:00 PM

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Growing Potatoes in Your Home Garden

Yi Wang, UW-Madison Department of Horticulture

Join Dr. Yi Wang, whose research and Extension programs aim to conduct science-based applied research and collaborate with potato and vegetable growers. With this presentation, take a deep dive into growing potatoes at home.

5-6:00 PM

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Tending the Valley: A Prairie Restoration Odyssey

Alice D'Alessio and Kristin Gilpatrick, Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Writer Alice D’Alessio chronicles a 25-year effort to return 115 acres of land in Wisconsin’s unglaciated Driftless Area to its natural prairie state. Along the way, she and her husband joined the land restoration movement and discovered the depths of dedication and toil required to bring their dream to fruition.

6-7:00 PM

Exhibitor Mall

Exhibitor Booth Live Streaming

From 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. each day, participating exhibitors will stream video content from their profile pages. You can move from one exhibitor’s stream to the next, much like booth-hopping at a physical exhibitor mall! Exhibitors will provide product demonstrations, store tours, how-to tutorials and more. You are also welcome to browse the exhibitor profiles and shop anytime!

7-8:00 PM

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Wisconsin Gardener

Host Shelley Ryan travels throughout Wisconsin with her hands-in-the-dirt approach to growing plants, flowers and vegetables, contributing beauty and sustainability to everyday life in Wisconsin.

8-9:00 PM

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University Place: Growing Garlic in Wisconsin

Noel Valdes, Owner of CobraHead, explains how to get the most of your garlic crop including when to plant, the best soil conditions and the most effective mulch.

8:30-9:00 AM

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Demo

Quick Fit With Cassy: Upper Body Stretches for Gardeners

Cassy Vieth, Quick Fit With Cassy

Condition your body before you start digging in your garden! This Quick Fit With Cassy session is filled with effective and zero-impact exercises for the upper body. Stretch and strengthen your gardening muscles so you can keep doing your favorite activities and live better longer. Quick Fit With Cassy is a digital series from PBS Wisconsin and is led by Cassy Vieth, a professional fitness trainer from Spring Green, Wisconsin.

9-10:00 AM

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Old-Fashioned Flower Favorites You and the Pollinators Will Enjoy

Melinda Myers, Horticulturist and Gardening Expert

Certain flowers remind people of special times in our past, including visits to parents and grandparents' gardens. We will look for those old-fashioned favorites once again as they find their way into our garden. Melinda Myers shares easy-care plants like peonies, iris, self-sowing annuals, bulbs and even a few native favorites that are sure to generate a smile and attract many pollinators to your garden. This presentation is made possible with support from American Transmission Company/Grow Smart.

10 AM-11:00 AM

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Big Gardening in Small Spaces

Michelle Dobbs, Victory Garden Initiative

The Victory Garden Initiative is a tiny urban farm that has given away thousands of pounds of fresh produce, seeds and seedlings, and helped establish dozens of garden beds during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discover how to grow three seasons of fresh food in your backyard from staff members of the Victory Garden Initiative. You’ll go on a tour of the Victory Garden Urban Farm and community kitchen, and learn more about the Victory Garden Blitz program. Also watch demos on composting and how to build a 4-by 8-foot raised garden bed. Staff and volunteers share what Victory Garden Initiative means to the community and how to change your own personal food system.

11-12:00 PM

Exhibitor Mall

Exhibitor Booth Live Streaming

From 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. each day, participating exhibitors will stream video content from their profile pages. You can move from one exhibitor’s stream to the next, much like booth-hopping at a physical exhibitor mall! Exhibitors will provide product demonstrations, store tours, how-to tutorials and more. You are also welcome to browse the exhibitor profiles and shop anytime!

Noon-1:00 PM

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Setting the Stage for Successful Gardening

Jerry Apps and Natasha Kassulke, Lifelong Gardeners

With 135 years of gardening experience between them, Jerry Apps and his daughter-in-law, Natasha Kassulke, share how involving family in gardening — selecting seeds, planning the garden plot, discouraging hungry critters and trying something new — can bring family together, along with creating an abundance of fresh vegetables.

1-2:00 PM

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Indigenous Research Garden and Land Education at UW-Madison

Dan Cornelius and Claire Luby, UW-Madison

Dan Cornelius and Claire Luby share their work at the UW-Madison Arboretum to create an Indigenous research garden focusing uses of the land by Indigenous peoples prior to European colonization. They also discuss their projects with the three sisters (corn, beans and squash) as well as their work studying and tapping maple trees for syrup and sugar production.

2-3:30 PM

Ask The Experts

Virtual Q&A Booth

UW-Madison, Extension Horticulture Program

Join us for an interactive, drop-in Q&A session with experts from UW-Madison’s Extension Horticulture Program. This session will focus on questions related to “growing healthy fruits and vegetables.” You'll be joined by knowledgeable UW-Madison experts such as Brian Hudelson (Plant Pathology), PJ Liesch (Insects), Julie Dawson (Vegetables), Leslie Holland (Fruit Disease) and Christelle Guedot (Fruit Insects). Bring your own questions and listen in on gardening advice during this open forum. This session has limited capacity. The Zoom link will be available Feb. 21.

3:30-4:00 PM

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Screening

Let’s Grow Stuff

Ben Futa, Lets Grow Stuff

Explore a curated selection of episodes from the first season of PBS Wisconsin's digital series, Let's Grow Stuff. Hosted by horticulturist Ben Futa, the series is designed to help the beginning gardener learn the tools of successful vegetable and herb gardening. Each episode provides quick and easy techniques to make growing fun!

4-5:00 PM

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Lecture

Cranes on the Landscape

George Archibald and Rich Beilfuss, International Crane Foundation

Cranes are among the most loved and revered birds on earth — and the most endangered. Dr. Archibald describes his firsthand experiences from decades of effort to save the endangered Whooping Crane. Dr. Beilfuss then shares lessons from Africa, where work is being done to save the rare Wattled Crane and the Kafue Flats, one of the most important wetlands on Earth for people and wildlife.

5-6:00 PM

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How to Create a Rain Garden

Lisa Johnson, UW-Madison, Dane County Extension

This presentation will explain the benefits of rain gardens and tell you where and how to build them. You will get advice on sizing your rain garden according to the amount of runoff and how to calculate that runoff. You will also leave with ideas of suitable plants that work well in rain garden settings.

6-7:00 PM

Exhibitor Mall

Exhibitor Booth Live Streaming

From 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. each day, participating exhibitors will stream video content from their profile pages. You can move from one exhibitor’s stream to the next, much like booth-hopping at a physical exhibitor mall! Exhibitors will provide product demonstrations, store tours, how-to tutorials and more. You are also welcome to browse the exhibitor profiles and shop anytime!

7-8:00 PM

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Screening

Wisconsin Gardener

Host Shelley Ryan travels throughout Wisconsin with her hands-in-the-dirt approach to growing plants, flowers and vegetables, contributing beauty and sustainability to everyday life in Wisconsin.

8-9:00 PM

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Screening

University Place: Invasive Jumping Worms

Brad Herrick, an ecologist at the UW-Madison Arboretum, explains the basic biology of earthworms and how to identify different kinds. Herrick focuses on non-native, invasive species of jumping worms and discusses ways to prevent them from spreading from one environment to another.