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The 2015 Garden Expo featured the following highlights:
Join 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 his latest book, Straw Bale Gardens. Joel’s technique shows how to grow a garden without weeding, heavy lifting, getting down on your hands and knees, herbicides or insecticides. He will also show 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 4:30 p.m. on Friday, 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, and 10:15 a.m. on Sunday. Joel will also present the demonstration stage presentation “Building a Straw Bale Garden, Starting With the Bales” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

 /wp-content/uploads/2010/08/demo_divider.pngMelinda with shovel in gardenLearn 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 over 20 gardening books. She also hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments that air on over 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, Melinda will offer two seminars at Garden Expo: “Create a Colorful Garden Filled with Birds, Butterflies, and Blossoms” at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday and “Shade Gardening Beyond Hostas” at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.


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, “Gathering in the Garden: Ideas and Recipes for Your Next Garden Party” at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday style=Larry MeillerGarden 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./wp-content/uploads/2010/08/demo_divider.png

 Homemade honey on the street market in Zakopane mountains, PolanGarden Expo Farmers’ Market - Join us for the inaugural Farmers’ Market at Garden Expo on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Atrium. The farmers’ market will feature farmers, food artisans and local food retailers. For a list of confirmed vendors, please visit the Farmers’ Market page.
/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/demo_divider.pngPrintGarden Expo T-Shirt – Display your love of gardening in a 2015 Garden Expo t-shirt. This year’s shirt features a unique design on a chocolate brown color, 100-percent, preshrunk cotton. Purchase yours online or at the WPT booth during Garden Expo. All proceeds support Wisconsin Public Television.