Presentations will be streamed here at wigardenexpo.com, and also on Facebook and YouTube per the schedule below.

The video will appear on this website at the time each presentation begins. Live presenter Q&A will follow each lecture. Watch archived videos after the live event.

All times are Central Daylight Time / UTC-5
8:30-9:00 AM

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Demo

Quick Fit with Cassy – Stretches for Gardeners: Upper Body

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. Led by Cassy Vieth, a professional fitness trainer and instructor from Wisconsin, Quick Fit focuses on gentle, zero-impact stretching and strengthening performed in short workouts.

9-10:00 AM

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Lecture

Reduced Impact Pest Management for Home Gardens

PJ Liesch, UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab

This presentation provides an overview of different techniques to help manage insect pests in gardens while also reducing impacts to beneficial organisms such as pollinators. Strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of the techniques will be discussed to help gardeners determine which approaches might best align with their own gardening situation. This presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session.

10-11:00 AM

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Lecture

Bumble Bee Conservation in Your Garden

Susan Carpenter , UW-Madison Arboretum

Discover native plants for your garden that bumble bees will visit throughout the season. Learn about bumble bee life history and observe their colonies. Participate in a community science project like the statewide Bumble Bee Brigade to identify and monitor which bees are in your garden and share your findings. This presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session.

11-12:00 PM

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Screening

Introduction to Foraging: 15 Common Edibles

Sam Thayer, The Forager's Harvest

How do you get the world's most delicious and nutritious food for free, and have fun doing it? Foraging, of course. Listen in as Sam simplifies the art of gathering wild edible plants for beginners, focusing on fifteen plants that are not only widespread and common in Wisconsin, but easy to identify, practical to harvest and use, and delicious to eat.

Noon-1:00 PM

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The Indigenous Garden Project at Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Rita Peters & Erin Presley, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Join Rita Peters (Ho-Chunk) and Erin Presley, Olbrich Botanical Gardens horticulturist, as they recount their experience growing Olbrich's Indigenous Garden in 2021, highlighting food plants important in Midwestern Indigenous culture. Follow the Garden's development from the seed of an idea to an inspirational garden space where various community activities were hosted, like sweetgrass braiding and milkweed soup tasting. Help us celebrate the Indigenous Garden's first year and get a sneak peek for the year ahead!

1-2:00 PM

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Lecture

Reimagining an Urban Frank Lloyd Wright Landscape

Tony Gomez-Phillips , Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

Monona Terrace horticulturist Tony Gomez-Phillips discusses the process of redesigning Madison’s downtown convention center’s landscape. Partnering sustainable plantings with Frank Lloyd Wright’s design principles, learn how designed lines and forms engage the prairie plant palette to connect people with what the architect envisioned as an inviting and beautiful community destination. This presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session.

2-3:15 PM

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Lecture

Design Inspiration for a Creative Vegetable Garden

Megan Cain, The Creative Vegetable Gardener

Discover how to showcase your garden’s beauty with fresh ideas to elevate an ordinary garden to an extraordinary one with plenty of photos to get your creativity flowing. Learn how to design a garden that inspires joy, tips for adding artistic touches and favorite colorful varieties to grow. This presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session.

3:15-4:30 PM

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Ask The Experts / Q&A

Panel Discussion and Q&A | UW-Madison Extension Horticulture

Wisconsin Horticulture Division of Extension, Wisconsin Horticulture

Join us for an interactive, drop-in Q&A session with experts from Wisconsin Horticulture Division of Extension. Bring your questions and listen in on gardening advice during this open forum. No advance registration is required.

4:30-5:00 PM

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Screening

The Wisconsin Gardener – Problem Solvers

Shelley Ryan, The Wisconsin Gardener

Explore a hands-in-the-dirt approach to growing plants, flowers and vegetables, contributing beauty and sustainability to everyday life in Wisconsin. In this episode of The Wisconsin Gardener, host Shelley Ryan shows how to work with any garden space, including narrow or steep, with examples across the state of Wisconsin.

5-6:00 PM

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Screening

Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Indoor Growing

B.J. Miller, Happy Leaf LED

Horticulturist B.J. Miller will discuss proper all-around plant care, touching on nutrients, water, growing conditions, lighting, troubleshooting issues with houseplants and food crops.