Learn From Gardening Expert Melinda Myers – Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Melinda is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and has written more than 20 gardening books. She also hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments that air on more than 130 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. Melinda previously hosted seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS.
Thanks to support from the American Transmission Corporation/Grow Smart, Melinda will offer two seminars at Garden Expo: “Creating a Pollinator’s Garden” at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday and “Small Scale Plants with Big Impact” at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Meet Around the Farm Table’s Inga Witscher – Meet Inga Witscher, fourth generation organic dairy farmer and host of Around the Farm Table, the popular series on Wisconsin Public Television. The show offers viewers an intimate look at Wisconsin’s farmers and artisan food producers.
Inga will greet visitors and distribute recipe cards during Garden Expo at the Wisconsin Public Television booth 4-6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. She will also host a stage demonstration, “From Garden to Glass: Add a Garden-Fresh Twist to Your Cocktails and Mocktails” at 12:30 p.m. on SaturdayGarden Talk With WPR’s Larry Meiller – Here’s your chance to get all your gardening questions answered! Join Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Garden Talk” host Larry Meiller and horticulture experts Lisa Johnson and Brian Hudelson at 9:30 a.m. Saturday as they talk about the coming planting season and take questions about your garden.
Join Award-Winning Garden Author Helen Yoest
– Helen Yoest is an award-winning freelance garden writer, scout and stylist for magazines like Country Gardens
, Better Homes and Gardens
and Martha Stewart Living
. Helen is also the author of Gardening with Confidence: 50 Ways to Add Style for Personal Creativity
, and the newly released Good Berry Bad Berry: Who’s Edible, Who’s Toxic, and How to Tell the Difference
Helen will talk about identifying edible wild and cultivated berries, and her latest book, during presentations at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Listen to Celebrated Rural Storyteller, Gardener and Land Steward Jerry Apps
– Jerry Apps will present “Wildflowers, Butterflies and Other Stories From The Land With Jerry Apps
” at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday. During this presentation, Jerry will share stories of how he has observed, connected to, and preserved, nature in and around his farm in Waushara County, including his work to protect the farm’s wetlands, prairies and endangered Karner blue butterflies. The presentation will draw from his newly-released book Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalist’s Memoir
, which was the inspiration for the Wisconsin Public Television documentary, The Land With Jerry Apps
A screening of The Land With Jerry Apps will be offered at 1 p.m. on Sunday, followed by audience questions and answers, and further stories and insights from Jerry about his lifelong connection to the natural world.
Learn New Gardening Techniques from Best-Selling Author Joel Karsten
– Joel Karsten is the author of two best-selling books on straw bale gardening. In March 2013, The New York Times
called his method “revolutionary” in a full-page feature article that helped launch Joel’s latest book, Straw Bale Gardens
. Joel demonstrates how to garden without weeding, heavy lifting, getting down on your hands and knees, herbicides or insecticides. He also shows how any backyard, concrete patio, rooftop or driveway can become a productive garden space.
Joel will present the seminar “Learn How to Grow a Straw Bale Garden” at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and 10:15 a.m. on Sunday. Joel will also present the stage demonstrations presentation at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Garden Expo Farmers’ Market
– Back by popular demand, the Farmers’ Market will return to Garden Expo on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Atrium. Featuring farmers, food artisans and local food retailers, you’ll be able to purchase fresh greens, pickles and preserves, farm-fresh eggs, artisan cheeses, hot sauces, urban honey and more. For a list of confirmed vendors, please visit the Farmers’ Market page