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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. Presentations denoted by an asterisk are new for 2018. Below is the full schedule with session descriptions. A link for a printable schedule-at-a-glance is also below.

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FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
Garden Expo Sunday Seminars and Demonstrations
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Time Mendota 1-2
10:00

10:15 Trendy Perennials for Your Hip Garden*
Nancy Nedveck
The Flower Factory
Presentation Notes

In this presentation Nancy will discuss new perennials that thrive in this area. Some may be older, but still remain new to you.
Also: Fri. 1:45 p.m. in Mendota 4 and Sat. at 4:45 p.m. in Mendota 1-2.
10:30
10:45
11:00
11:15

11:30 Sensational Seasonals*
Mark Dwyer
Rotary Botanical Gardens

With so many wonderful annuals available, it's tough to choose! This presentation will focus on some of the best annuals for a wide range of gardening situations.
11:45
12:00
12:15
12:30

12:45 Small Space Gardens - Create Big Impact in Any Small Space*
Melinda Myers

Make every square inch of your landscape count. Melinda will share design ideas, plant combinations and maintenance techniques that will help you design and maintain a small space garden or intimate outdoor living space with the amount of time and money that you have available.
1:00
1:15
1:30
1:45

2:00 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 Friday at 12:30 p.m. in Mendota 4.
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 Is Beekeeping for Me?
Richard Schneider
Capital Bee Supply

Beekeeping can be an enlightening and fulfilling hobby. Rich will discuss why people choose to keep honey bees and the historic connection between humans and honeybees, the risks of beekeeping, and many other important things to consider prior to committing to keeping bees.
10:45
11:00
11:15
11:30

11:45 Good Bugs in the Backyard
PJ Liesch
UW-Extension Dept. of Entomology

For many reasons, most of our attention is focused on the "bad" bugs in the garden. However, an army of underappreciated beneficial insects exist, which can help humans in a multitude of ways. Come explore the many beneficial insects in your own backyard.
12:00
12:15
12:30
12:45

1:00 Coping With Sloping
Paul Ganshert
Nursery & Landscapes

Do you have a challenging yard that is better suited for goats than humans? Is your lawn unsafe to mow due to the steep slope? Do you have unhappy neighbors due to part of your yard ending up in their yard every time it rains? In this presentation, you will learn many options and materials to solve difficult slope problems.
1:15
1:30
1:45
2:00

2:15 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 flora, IPM and tips on how to begin.
Also: Saturday at 12 p.m. in Mendota 6-7.
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 Weeds Feed Me - A Sustainable Approach to Gardening*
Noel Valdes
CobraHead LLC
Presentation Notes

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: Fri. 4:15 p.m. in Mendota 6-7.
10:45
11:00
11:15
11:30

11:45 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.
Also: Friday at 12:15 p.m. in Mendota 1-2 and Saturday at 9:15 a.m. in Mendota 8.
12:00
12:15
12:30
12:45

1:00 Old Farm Country Cookbook*
Jerry Apps and Susan Apps-Bodilly
Representing the Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Listen to rural storyteller Jerry Apps tell stories of farm life during the 1930s-1950s. Jerry talks about how farm families depended on their gardens for food. Jerry's daughter, Susan, will discuss recipes from the old, white, wooden recipe box that her grandmother followed when there was no electricity or indoor plumbing and all the cooking and baking was done using a wood-burning cook stove.
Also: Saturday at 2:15 p.m. in Mendota 1-2.
1:15
1:30
1:45
2:00

2:15 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!
Also: Saturday 1 p.m. in Mendota 8.
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 What Came First, the Chicken or the Garden?*
Susan Troller Cosgrove
CLUCK the Chicken Store

This presentation will provide an overview of the backyard chicken movement in our area and look at how chicken keeping fits in as part of a worldwide movement toward urban and sustainable agriculture. This presentation will offer practical advice to gardeners or homeowners who are considering keeping chickens, including how to manage chickens in combination with a garden. Coop requirements, chicken breeds, predator protection, winter considerations and how to be a good chicken-keeping neighbor will also be discussed.
10:30
10:45
11:00
11:15

11:30 Saving Seeds of Your Favorite Vegetables and Flowers*
Julie Dawson
UW-Madison
Learn the basics of seed saving for different types of vegetables and ornamental plants. This presentation will introduce the concepts you need to know to maintain your favorite variety or create a new one specifically for your garden. You will also learn practical tips and tricks for saving and storing healthy seeds.
11:45
12:00
12:15
12:30

12:45 Everything You Need to Know About Worms and Jumping Worms*
Bernie Williams
Wisconsin DNR - Forest Health

This presentation will discuss everything you probably never wanted to know about worms.
Also: Saturday at 1 p.m. in Mendota 5.
1:00
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 6-7
10:00

10:15

10:30 From Puebla to Madison: The Story of a Vegetable Farmer*
Juan Gonzalez-Torres
Los Abuelos Farley Farm/Los Jalapenos CSA

Juan Gonzalez began his farming career in Puebla, Mexico, learning how to cultivate traditional crops such as epazote and papalo. After relocation to Wisconsin, his farm business, Los Abuelos Farley, has grown to be an integral piece of the local food movement. This session will be presented in Spanish and translated into English.
10:45
11:00
11:15
11:30

11:45 Fungi: The Unseen Superhero*
Lindsey Bender
Field and Forest Products

Fungi are the decayers of the world. Learn how to harness their power to prepare new, fertile garden spaces, improve the health of your soil and crops, and utilize readily available resources to grow gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. Bender will discuss exciting new research on the applications and benefits of growing mushrooms, and how they make our world a better place.
12:00
12:15
12:30
12:45

1:00 Wild Harvest: Useful and Edible Plants*
David Eagan

Learn ways to harvest and prepare wild (and garden) plants for food, fiber, fire, magic, crafts, lore and more. We'll explore plants from Wisconsin's forests, prairies and wetlands and their many interesting and unusual uses by native peoples, wildcrafters and outdoor enthusiasts.
Also: Sat. at 10:45 a.m. in Mendota 6-7.
1:15
1:30
1:45
2:00

2:15 40 Years of Gardening: A Madison Gardener's Reminiscences*
Frank Greer
Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society

Frank will discuss his favorite plants, people, places, recommendations for gardening success and what he might design. More importantly, He will discuss thoughts for preparing garden enjoyment in the final years and simplifying a gardener's world.
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 Gardening for Pollinators*
Frank Hassler
Good Oak LLC

Butterflies, bees and many other pollinators provide critical ecosystem services, pollinating both food crops and wildflowers alike. Unfortunately, these creatures are under threat from a variety of human impacts. Learn what you can do to make your yard a haven for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and the many other "little things that run the world."
10:30
10:45
11:00
11:15

11:30 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: Friday at 4:15 in Mendota 3.
11:45
12:00
12:15
12:30

12:45 Bumble Bees in Your Garden*
Susan Carpenter
UW-Madison Arboretum

Learn all about bumble bees: why they are important, which plants they need, where they nest, and how to protect them. Discover, through photography and participation in Bumble Bee Watch, which bumble bees live in your garden.
1:00
1:15
1:30
1:45

2:00 Rain Gardens
Frank Hassler
Good Oak LLC

Rain gardens help us control runoff and clean up our lakes and streams. They do, however, present many design challenges and many early rain gardens are wild, weedy and don't live up to their full potential. Learn why we need rain gardens, how they work and how we can make the next generation better.
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 Hydroponic Basics*
Dennis Anderson
Paradigm Gardens

Learn all about the different hydroponic methods and the benefits of hydroponic gardening. It's easier than you may think.
10:45
11:00
11:15
11:30

11:45 How to Attract 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 type and methods that will help you attract bluebird or other cavity nesters.
Also: Sat. at 12 p.m. in Monona/Wingra.
12:00
12:15
12:30
12:45

1:00 Growing Sweet Potatoes in Wisconsin
Noel Valdes
CobraHead LLC
Presentation Notes

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.
1:15
1:30
1:45
2:00

2:15 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: Friday at 12:15 p.m. in Mendota 5.
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 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: Friday at 2:45 p.m. in Waubesa/Kegonsa.
10:30
10:45
11:00
11:15

11:30 Planning for Your Perfect Outdoor Space*
Sean Pratt
Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes

Ever struggle with making the ideas in your head come to life? This presentation will help you take your vision and make it into an executable plan. Topics include site analysis, conceptual layouts and creating a scaled plan.
Also: Saturday at 1:15 p.m. in Monona/Wingra.
11:45
12:00
12:15
12:30

12:45 Landscape Your Way to a Dry Basement*
John Gishnock
Formecology LLC

This presentation will show you how creative and functional landscape solutions are key to keeping your basement dry. Starting with our outside/in and top/down approach, we will leave you with long-term solutions to a potentially "kneedeep"' problem!
1:00
1:15
1:30
1:45

2:00 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: Friday at 12:30 p.m. in Mendota 6-7.
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 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: Friday at 6:30 on Stage A.
10:45
11:00
11:15

11:30 Baking With Wisconsin-Grown Ancient Grain Flours*
David Meuer, Meuer Farm LLC
Michael MacReady, MacReady Artisan Bread

In this demo, learn how Meuer Farm in Chilton, Wis. is growing and milling ancient grains. And then listen and learn from Door County's best artisan baker on how you can use these amazing flours at home.
Also: Sat. at 11:30 a.m. on Stage B.
11:45
12:00
12:15

12:30 The Art of Wabi-Kusa*
Bailin Shaw
Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists

Wabi-Kusa is the art of growing aquatic plants in their emergent form. Bailin Shaw will tell us the basics of how to get started with wabi-kusa.
12:45
1:00
1:15

1:30 Cooking From The Garden With Starla
Starla Batzko
Starla's Seasonings & Mixes
Presentation Notes

Come discover some tasty new recipes to use your fruit and vegetable harvest. Watch as Starla teaches you to prepare easy grilled fruit, healthy homemade yogurt, Grandma's Potato Soup, Citrus Dill Cucumber Salad, Avocado Salsa and more!
Also: Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on Stage A.
1:45
2:00
2:15

2:30 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: Friday at 1:30 p.m. on Stage B and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on Stage A.
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 From the Garden: Fermenting Vegetables*
Linda Conroy
Moonwise Herbs

Learn how to transform vegetables into delicious kraut and pickles.
Also: Saturday at 1:30 on Stage B.
10:45
11:00
11:15

11:30 Floral Bouquets for Your Home or Garden Party*
Kathy Hartmann-Breunig and BJ Chrisler Rainbow Floral

You can grow your beautiful flowers, but you aren't sure how to display them? Let Kathy and BJ help you with simple, quick and complex cut flower arrangements for your home or garden party.
11:45
12:00
12:15

12:30 Food Preservation Inspiration*
Becky Gutzman

New equipment, new recipes and new ideas are making food preservation more popular than ever. Join Food Preservation Educator Becky Gutzman for updates on methods and tips for success that will inspire you to head for the kitchen!
12:45
1:00
1:15

1:30 Setting up a Straw Bale Garden to Ensure Success*
Joel Karsten
Straw Bale Gardens

Learn the specific details for setting up a new successful 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 effort 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: Friday at 3:30 p.m. on Stage B and Saturday at 2:30 on Stage B.
1:45
2:00
2:15

2:30 MycoRecycle: Transform Everyday Items Into Mushroom Gardens*
Laura Kahles
Field and Forest Products

Mushrooms don't just grow in the forests. These fascinating organisms can be planted in coffee cans, egg cartons, flower pots and more! They can also grow on materials we often throw out, such as paper, cardboard and coffee grounds. These smiple mushroom gardens make perfect projects for at home and at school; and best of all, they are easy!
Also: Saturday at 9:30 on Stage B.
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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