Seminars/Demos

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Seminars / Demos

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.

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FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
Garden Expo Friday Seminars and Demonstrations
Friday, February 10, 2017
Time Mendota 1-2
2:00

2:15 Learn to Grow a Straw Bale Garden
Joel Karsten
Straw Bale Gardens

Grow a garden without weeding, "heavy lifting" or getting down on your hands and knees. Learn about the advantages of using the SBG method to grow a bountiful garden without using herbicides or insecticides. Any backyard, concrete patio, rooftop or driveway can become a productive garden space.
2:30
2:45
3:00
3:15

3:30 Super Duper Annuals
Mark Dwyer
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Mark will take you through a wide range of seasonal plants with exceptional flavor and/or foliage coloration.
3:45
4:00
4:15
4:30

4:45 Innovations for Indoor Gardens
Alex Tyink
Feeding America Eastern WI

Alex Tyink, Director of Innovation for Feeding America Eastern WI, will reveal their latest indoor agriculture system while discussing tips and tricks to grow food quickly and easily in a number of indoor settings.
5:00
5:15
5:30
5:45

6:00 Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home
Catherine Zimmerman
The Meadow Project

Catherine Zimmerman, an award-winning director of photography and documentary filmmaker, will share her latest film release, "Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home," followed by a panel discussion. The documentary explores how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local eco-systems.
6:15
6:30
6:45
7:00
7:15
7:30
7:45
8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 3
2:00

2:15

2:30 Growing Garlic in Wisconsin
Noel Valdes
CobraHead LLC

Garlic is a healthy and essential cooking ingredient. It's easy to grow, but best yields require good timing. Learn how to grow, harvest and store garlic.
2:45
3:00
3:15
3:30

3:45 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. Let's make it so.
4:00
4:15
4:30
4:45

5:00 Monarch Butterflies
Gae Bergmann


This presentation is an overview of the iconic monarch butterflies, their amazing life cycle and how to raise them successfully.
5:15
5:30
5:45
6:00

6:15 Pathway Options
Paul Ganshert
Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes

Love to garden but having a hard time getting into your garden? Tired of stepping through the mud to go out to plant? Learn ways and materials to increase the functional and aesthetic effects of pathways.
6:30
6:45
7:00
7:15

7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 4
2:00

2:15

2:30 Seed to Kitchen: Developing Vegetable Varieties With Flavor
Julie Dawson
UW-Madison

The Seed to Kitchen Collaborative is a partnership of farmers, gardeners, chefs and plant breeders to evaluate vegetable varieties for Wisconsin's climate and to identify and develop varieites with exceptional flavor. Come learn about the project and how you can get involved!
2:45
3:00
3:15
3:30

3:45 Color Theory in Garden Design
Benjamin Futa
Allen Centennial Garden

Use of color can make or break a successful garden design. Learn the basics of color theory and planting designs, and explore successful examples of plant combinations perfect for Wisconsin gardens.
4:00
4:15
4:30
4:45

5:00 Design Inspiration for a Creative Vegetable Garden
Megan Cain
The Creative Vegetable Gardener

Your garden should be a source of beauty in your life, not something shoved away in the corner of your yard. This presentation will showcase fresh ideas to elevate an ordinary garden to an extraordinary one with plenty of photos to get the juices flowing. Learn how to design a garden that inspires joy, tips for adding colorful and artistic touches, a list of fun and unique vegetables to grow, and favorite places to continually find inspiration.
5:15
5:30
5:45
6:00

6:15 Invasive Plant Identification and Control for Gardeners
Kelly Kearns
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

This seminar provides an overview of invasive plants and their impacts. A brief identification and control methods of plants that invade gardens and garden plants that go rogue will be discussed.
6:30
6:45
7:00
7:15

7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 5
2:00

2:15 Improving Success With Seed Starting
Allen R. Pyle
Jung Seed Co.

Learn the "whys" behind the "hows" of seed germination to improve seed starting success. Allen will cover tips and techniques to help gardeners of all skill levels.
2:30
2:45
3:00
3:15

3:30 Landscaping Tips for Elderly Living
Paul Ganshert
Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes

Stay in your home longer by gardening raised beds and container gardening. Learn how to make maintenance easier.
3:45
4:00
4:15
4:30

4:45 Accessible Indoor Gardening for Health and Happiness
Hedi Baxter Lauffer
LED Habitats

Gardening is accessible to all, even without a yard. Learn about ways to bring the joys of gardening back into the lives of seniors who have downsized or moved into assisted living facilities and how to introduce youngsters to plants and gardening through indoor gardening. Learn a variety of options for successfully planting fast-growing miniature gardens that can capitivate both novice and master gardeners.
5:00
5:15
5:30
5:45

6:00 Wildlife Damage Management: Tips, Tools and Techniques
Jamie Nack
UW-Madison Dept. of Forest and Wildlife Ecology

While attracting wildlife to your backyard can provide great satisfaction and enjoyment, sometimes wildlife can become a nuisance, or even cause property damage. Particpants will learn the keys to a successful wildlife damage management program.
6:15
6:30
6:45
7:00

7:15

7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 6-7
2:00

2:15

2:30 Birdscaping in the Midwest
Mariette Nowak
Presentation Notes

Learn how to increase the variety of birds in your yard by growing native plants, offer birds their natural habitat and a yearlong smorgasbord of berries, nuts,seeds and insects. Gardeners and native plant enthusiasts can play a vital role in restoring and preserving native communities that support not only birds, but also other wildlife including butterflies, bees and bats.
2:45
3:00
3:15
3:30

3:45 Bring the Beauty Inside: Developing a Garden Oasis With Cut Flowers in Mind
Erin Clark
Schönheit Gardens

Your beautiful flower beds can be a bountiful oasis brimming with flowers to cut. Learn which plants to choose for a productive harvest as well as how to get the most out of your cut stems.
4:00
4:15
4:30
4:45

5:00 Mexican Vegetables: ¬°Fiesta in the Olbrich Herb Garden!
Erin Presley
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Presentation Notes
Many of our most beloved vegetables and flowers - including tomatoes and peppers, zinnias and dahlias trace their domestic origins back to Mexico and Central America. Join Olbrich horticulturist Erin Presley on a culinary expedition to explore the flavors of Mexican vegetables and herbs, addressing both regional varieties and some selected expecially for Wisconsin. Erin will cover growing tips, history and easy recipes to spice up your kitchen and garden routine.
5:15
5:30
5:45
6:00

6:15 Everything You Wanted to Know About Beets
Amy Freidag
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.
6:30
6:45
7:00
7:15

7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Mendota 8
2:00

2:15 Shady Characters
Errin Schlapbach and Bonnie Reichert
Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes
Presentation Notes
Many gardeners struggle with shady areas of their yards. It's time to look at that shade as an opportunity! Errin Schlapbach and Bonnie Reichert will discuss trees, shrubs and perennials that will bring these spaces into a new light.
2:30
2:45
3:00
3:15

3:30 Are Your Weeds Laughing at You?
Paul Drobot
plantstogrow.com

After a few decades of being a professional weeder (gardener), Paul Drobot has developed some strategies and skills that can help make this job a little easier. Silence their laughter and win back your garden.
3:45
4:00
4:15
4:30

4:45 Growing Potatoes in Containers and the Ground
Joey and Holly Baird
The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener

Learn potato growing techniques. Growing possibilities include containers, grow bags and raised beds.
5:00
5:15
5:30
5:45

6:00 Rock Solid Plants
Paul Drobot
plantstogrow.com

After 20-plus years of gardening on a 1.5 acre lot a certain group of plants (perennials, trees and shrubs) has proven to be "rock solid." These plants will be highlighted commenting on maintenance, use, ornamental features and more.
6:15
6:30
6:45
7:00

7:15

7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Demo Stage A
2:00

2:15

2:30 Passive Hydroponics: The Anywhere, Any Time Garden
Victor Zaderej
Happy Leaf LED

Learn how easy it is to set up an indoor garden using passive hydroponics. Enjoy gardening year-round.
2:45
3:00
3:15

3:30 Sunken Gardens
Karen Randall
Representing the Madison Area Aquatic Hobbyists

Learn the basics of of planted aquariums with Karen Randall, author of Sunken Gardens: A Step by Step Guide to Planting Freshwater Aquariums. Karen takes the mystery out of designing, planting and maintaining a beautiful aquarium garden, making this beautiful hobby accessible to everyone.
3:45
4:00
4:15

4:30 Bokashi Year-Round Indoor Composting
Dawn Koopmann
Presentation Notes

Bokashi is a safe, non-toxic composting method used in conjunction with an indoor composter to recycle food waste right in your kitchen. The end result is a nutrient-rich fermented product that does not release greenhouse gases and can be added directly to your gardens. Learn how to process your kitchen excess, decrease your landfill waste and provide an exceptional boost to your garden using Bokashi's effective microorganism cold composting.
4:45
5:00
5:15

5:30 Create Unique, Easy-Care Succulent Planters
Erin Clark
Schonheit Gardens

Join Erin for an enjoyable demo on creating one-of-a-kind succulent planters. These little guys are a ton of fun to make and super easy to care for.
5:45
6:00
6:15

6:30 How to Grow Giant Pumpkins
John Barlow
Wisconsin Giant Pumpkin Growers

One-ton pumpkins can be grown in Wisconsin. Learn about techniques that maximize the plants' potential.
6:45
7:00
7:15

7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.
Time Demo Stage B
2:00

2:15

2:30 Grow Oyster Mushrooms Wth Kids
Laura Kahles
Field and Forest Products Inc.

Growing mushrooms can be fun, easy and interesting. Oyster mushrooms, in particular, can grow on many materials including wood, straw, cardboard and even toilet paper. You will learn the skills needed to enjoy this fun hobby at home or at school with the little ones.
2:45
3:00
3:15

3:30 Eating Pure in a Processed Foods World
Joyce Kaping and Colleen Anderson
Farm Girl Fresh LLC

From apples to zucchini, authors Joyce Kaping and Colleen Anderson guide you through the basics of growing, preserving and preparing pure food.
3:45
4:00
4:15

4:30 Under Pressure: Using a Pressure Canner Safely
Becky Gutzman


Who hasn't heard a family legend of the time grandmother's pressure canner blew up and shot green bean all over the ceiling? Pressure canners are feared by many, but they offer the only safe way to can meats and vegetables. Overcome the fear factor by learning from Food Preservation Educator Becky Gutzman, who shares when and how to use pressure canners.
4:45
5:00
5:15

5:30 Building a Straw Bale Garden, Starting With the Bales
Joel Karsten
Straw Bale Gardens

In this demo you will learn a quick overview of the method, and more detailed information about the placement, installation and conditioning process required to set up a straw bale garden from scratch. See a demonstration of the BaleMaker 3000 machine and an in-depth look at the biology of a straw bale garden.
5:45
6:00
6:15

6:30 The Technology Inside Your Lawn-Care/Garden Hand Tools
Dan Cunningham
Fiskars

Fiskars, the leading garden and lawn-care hand tool company, will explain what makes your tools work, how to choose the right tool for a job and how to keep them working their best from year to year. This demonstration will cover basics and the specifics of cutting tools (loppers, pruners), chopping tools (axes, machetes) stand-up weeders and more. Finally, it will end with a Q&A session with a Fiskars R&D Engineer!
6:45
7:00
7:15

7:30

7:45

8:00

Seminar and demonstration topics and times are subject to change. For updated seminar/demonstration information go to wigardenexpo.com.

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