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Garden & Landscape Expo features more than 150 educational seminars and stage demonstrations.

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Garden Expo Sunday Seminars and Demonstrations
Sunday, February 9, 2020
10:15 Edibles in Every Garden: Incorporating Herbs, Fruits and Vegetables in Your Garden
Erin Presley, Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Mendota 1-2
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Session Description
What's better than juicy tomatoes and aromatic herbs, spicy peppers and greens of all kinds, fresh from the outdoors? Gone are the days when these plants are relegated only to grandma's sprawling backyard vegetable garden, as modern life puts more constraints on our time, space and attention. Erin Presley will cover easy design, planting, and recipe ideas for the melding of beauty and funtion by incorporating edibles into our ornamental and container gardens.
Best Plants to Grow to Combat Carbon Emissions*
Scott Johnson, Low Technology Institute
Mendota 5
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Session Description
In this presentation, Scott will discuss the carbon footprint of industrially grown crops and how we can help cut down on emissions by growing the most carbon-intensive plants in our own gardens. He will start with crops with short shelf life that are difficult to harvest with machines before moving on to other plants and growing methods.
Native American Foodways*
Laura Manthe and Lea Zeise, Ohe*láku

Mendota 8
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Also scheduled: Sat. 2:30 PM
Session Description
Most of our produce has its roots in food cultivated by Native Americans. As the continent's first farmers, Native peoples developed advanced agricultural systems for self-sufficiency and trade. Learn about these foods and world views.
Everything You Need to Know About Horticultural Lighting*
Victor Zaderej, Happy Leaf LED
Waubesa/Kegonsa
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Session Description
Learn about horticultural lighting from light designer Victor Zaderej. Recent university research findings will be covered along with an overview of lighting options for growing all types of plants.
10:30 Rain Gardens: Design and Plant Recommendations*
Lisa Johnson, Extension Dane County
Mendota 3
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Session Description
African Violets: Care & Cultivation*
Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, The Houseplant Guru
Mendota 4
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Session Description
African violets aren't as fussy as we have been led to believe. This presentation will dispel this myth and help keep your violets happy, healthy and blooming. Learn the best time to re-pot them, trim them and grow them under lights.
Choosing Non-Invasive Plants for Your Yard*
Anne Pearce, UW-Madison and Invasive Plants Assoc. of Wisconsin
Mendota 6-7
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Session Description
Several commonly used ornamental plants add color and variety to our gardens, but can be detrimental to wildlife and nearby natural areas. Become familiar with common invasive ornamental plants and how to know if a plant is invasive. Learn how you can choose non-invasive plants that fit your landscaping goals and support healthier ecosystems.
Beyond Coneflowers: How to Diversify Your Prairie Planting*
Scott Weber, The Prairie Enthusiasts
Monona/Wingra
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Session Description
Learn how to add interest and diversity to your prairie planting. Materials and methods for increasing diversity in existing or new plantings will be discussed.
11:30 Color in the Shade Garden: 9 Months of Natives in Bloom*
Gene Bush,
Mendota 1-2
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session Description
Achieve plenty of bloom and color in shade gardens from March through November using what grows all around us. Native plants can provide the loveliest, easiest path to gardening success but they're often ignored in favor of finicky foreign plants. This presentation will change how you see our native woodland perennials.
Fertility and Health of Soils
Thomas Parslow, Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens Inc.
Mendota 5
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session Description
Learn the basics of soil health and fertility. We will examine the structure and composition of soils along with techniques on maintaining soil health and fertility. Participants will receive instruction and materials on soil testing, sampling and interpreting results.
Season Extension: Hoop Houses, Low Tunnels and Cold Frames*
Martin Bailkey, Sarah Karlson and Nick de Marsh, School for Urban Agriculture
Mendota 8
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session Description
Learn the concepts behind season-extending methods and their practical applications to determine their appropriateness to specific garden situations, as well as relatively affordable techniques to extend the growing season.
Easy Mushroom Gardening in Small Spaces*
Lindsey Bender, Field and Forest Products
Waubesa/Kegonsa
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Session Description
Fascinate yourself with fungi! Learn how these delicious mushrooms can be planted alongside your garden veggies, in planter pots, or in underutilized spaces in your landscape. The presentation focuses on simple, easy-to-grow mushrooms and how to adapt any area, no matter how small, into a fantastic mushroom oasis.
11:45 Cranes: Ambassadors for Healthy Landscapes*
Richard Beilfuss, International Crane Foundation
Mendota 3
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Session Description
Cranes are cultural icons as well as indicators for healthy wetlands, grasslands and their watersheds. Join Richard Beilfuss of the International Crane Foundation as he shares stories about efforts to secure cranes by saving the landscapes on which they depend through a focus on sustainable water, land and livelihoods.
Beyond the Herb Rack: Using Herbs Creatively in the Vegetable Garden
Megan Cain, The Creative Vegetable Gardener
Mendota 4
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Session Description
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.
Kids + Gardening + You
Amy Freidig, UW-Madison
Division of Extension Master Gardener Program
Mendota 6-7
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Session Description
Do you want to help guide the next generation of gardeners? Learn how to authentically garden with young children and why it is important to engage them in nature.
The Grass Isn't Always Greener*
Laurie Robertson and Errin Schlapbach, Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes
Monona/Wingra
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Session Description
In this seminar you will learn lawn alternatives from "low" to "no-mow" groundcovers and more.
12:45 Flowers from Spring Through Frost with Melinda Myers*
Melinda Myers, sponsored by American Transmission Company,
Mendota 1-2
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Also scheduled: Sat. 12:00 PM
Session Description
You don't need a huge yard to enjoy flowers from early spring through the end of fall. Just pick a few key flowers that peak at different times, design for maximum impact and enjoy the many benefits including the birds, butterflies and bees they attract. Be sure to incorporate perennials, including some natives, with multiple seasons of interest even in fall and winter.
Indoor Gardening Tips and Tricks*
B.J. Miller,
Mendota 5
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Session Description
Don't let the short growing season stop you from cultivating your own beautiful plants year-round. Horticulturalist B.J. Miller will discuss how to optimize plant health indoors with a focus on food crops.
Homesteading — How We Did It and How You Can Too*
Dan Small, Outdoor Wisconsin
Mendota 8
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Also scheduled: Fri. 12:30 PM
Session Description
Dan Small explains how and why he and his wife moved to Vernon County in 2012. Learn the challenges they faced and how they overcame them. Dan will give advice for those thinking about moving to a rural, more sustainable lifestyle.
Take Better Photos of Your Garden with Your Mobile Phone*
Joshua Feyen,
Waubesa/Kegonsa
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Session Description
You've been taking photos with your smartphone since the moment you got it, but are you using it to its fullest potential? Whether you carry an iPhone or Android device, this seminar will teach basic photo techniques to yield great images of your garden. Taught by Josh Feyen, a life-long photo enthusiast, gardener and trainer. Bring your phone because you're going to use it throughout the seminar!
1:00 Fantastic Ferns and How to Grow Them*
Dan Schuknecht, Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Mendota 3
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Also scheduled: Fri. 12:30 PM
Session Description
Ferns are an ancient plant lineage, with many contemporary garden uses. In this seminar, Olbrich horticulturist, Dan Schuknecht, will discuss the biology and culture of this large and varied group, and how to use and care for them in the garden. We'll cover some fern allies and discuss the wide range of plants in this fantastic family.
Amazing Annuals*
Mark Dwyer, Landscape Prescriptions by MD
Mendota 4
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Session Description
With such a wide range of offerings for beautiful flowers and foliage, it can be daunting to even know where to begin when selecting annuals. This presentation will cover many of the most popular and impactful annuals including old favorites and brand new varieties.
The Land Still Lives: Restoration of an Old Farm*
Jerry Apps,
Mendota 6-7
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Also scheduled: Sat. 2:15 PM
Session Description
Drawing on his books, The Land Still Lives, Old Farm: A History and Roshara Journal, Jerry will show how he and his family have restored an old, abandoned farm. Over the past 50 years, projects at the farm have included an annual vegetable garden, tree planting and other forestry work, prairie restoration, habitat development for Karner Blue and Monarch butterflies and more.
Welcome Life into Your Landscape with Native Plants and No Chemicals!*
Sue Scott, The Back Ten Feet With Sue Scott
Monona/Wingra
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Session Description
The back ten feet of any site is a starting point for converting water-wasteful, boring, unproductive turf grass yards into drought-tolerant, wildlife-friendly, interesting and storm-protective landscapes.
2:00 Perennials for a Changing Climate*
Nancy Nedveck, The Flower Factory
Mendota 1-2
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Session Description
Learn what plants are able to adapt to the crazy weather we are and will be getting.
Lyme Disease Prevention and Infection*
Jean Schneider, Nativa Medica
Mendota 5
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Session Description
What is Lyme Disease and why is it such a problem? Learn how to prevent bites, identify signs of an infection and explore the variety of testing methods.
Impact of the Master Gardener Program
Mike Maddox and Amy Freidig, UW-Madison
Mendota 8
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Session Description
Master Gardener Program statewide staff will provide an overview of the program and how volutneers use gardening to make a difference in the places we live, work and play.
Water Features for Your Lifestyle
Shane Wagner, The Bruce Co.
Waubesa/Kegonsa
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Session Description
Shane will discuss different types of water features including ponds and pondless waterfalls, as well as bubbling stones and urns. He will also talk about installation tips and maintenance.
2:15 Straw Bale Gardening
Joel Karsten, Straw Bale Gardens
Mendota 3
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Also scheduled: Fri. 5:15 PM and Sat. 9:15 AM
Session Description
Learn the basics of setting up a straw bale garden for growing vegetables, herbs or flowers in our northern climate. Joel will discuss why and how it works, while diving into the biology that makes the concept work so well. Hear some of the mistakes new straw bale gardeners often make and how they can easily be avoided. If traditional gardening is getting too physical for you, learn this method and you will be gardening much later in life. Learn how straw bale gardening is providing a simple, sustainable and practical solution for world hunger.
Landscaping With Native Plants for Bees, Butterflies and Birds*
Kaitlyn O'Connor, Prairie Moon Nursery
Mendota 4
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Session Description
Adding native plants to your garden is a great way to attract bees, butterflies and birds, but not all native plants are suitable for landscape settings. In this seminar, you will learn how to choose the best native plants for gardening, planting design tricks with examples from other gardeners and management tips to keep your garden looking beautiful all year long.
Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
10:30 Pruning Primer
Mike Maddox, UW-Extension
Demo Stage A
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Also scheduled: Sat. 3:30 PM
Session Description
A few simple hand tools and a little bit of knowledge are all you need to keep shrubs in good form.
Build a Self-Heating "April Greenhouse" for Under $100
Joel Karsten, Straw Bale Gardens
Demo Stage B
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Also scheduled: Fri. 2:30 PM and Sat. 3:30 PM
Session Description
Learn to build a 7 ft. x 9 ft. "April Greenhouse" to start 360 plants. You will walk away after this demo feeling confident enough to build your own amazing greenhouse with items you can purchase at your local store. See how this simple greenhouse will save every gardener hundreds on spring bedding plants, transplants and flowers. You'll also discover how it will add a beautiful architectural element to your garden during the summer growing season! Based on Straw Bale Gardening.
11:30 Beekeeping 101*
David Meuer, Meuer Farm LLC
Demo Stage A
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Also scheduled: Sat. 9:30 AM
Session Description
In this demonstration you will learn the simple basics of becoming a beekeeper. Learn what equipment is needed, where to locate a hive and basic beekeeping techniques for beginners.
Life Friendly Worm Composting*
Joe Theisen,
Demo Stage B
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Session Description
Learn how to compost food scraps year round with a simple form of worm composting. All the steps will be demonstrated.
12:30 Preparing Mushrooms for Nourishment and Health*
Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs
Demo Stage A
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Session Description
In many cultures mushrooms have long been applied for food and medicine. Westerners are beginning to awaken to the healing potential of mushrooms. This demonstration will show attendees unique ways of preparing mushrooms for food and medicine. We will make a mushroom pate, pickled mushrooms and a tonic that boosts the immune system.
Food Preservation Inspiration
Becky Gutzman,
Demo Stage B
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Session Description
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!
1:30 Preserving the Harvest with Fermentation*
Laura Mathes
Demo Stage A
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Also scheduled: Sat. 12:30 PM
Session Description
Attendees willl learn all about how to preserve the harvest from their gardens with fermentation. We will also explore the health benefits of fermented foods and how to incorporate these foods into your diet.
Garden to Table Meals
Brianne Thornton and Amanda Beaver, UW-Health, The American Center
Demo Stage A
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Session Description
Learn new ways to use those garden-fresh vegetables and herbs you've worked so hard to grow.
2:30 Miniature Container Gardening*
Pam O'Neall, Red Shed Garden & Gifts
Demo Stage A
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Session Description
Learn a fun way to create a tiny landscape utilizing unique containers, small plants, fairy garden pieces, natural elements and items from one's own personal collection. Container choice, layering of support material, design elements and more will be discussed!
Vita-Flex and Essential Oils to Revitalize the Gardener*
Kim Crooks, Crooks and Thieves
Demo Stage B
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Session Description
After a long, hot day in the garden, it's time to take care of you. Discover the powerful benefits of essential oils combined with the Vita-Flex technique.
Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.

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