Classes, Seminars, and Trips

Basic Master Gardener Training

Continuing Education

Events Sponsored by Winnebago County Master Gardeners

Watch for more details and registration forms for 2020/2021 trips and training opportunities!

Events Sponsored by Other Master Gardener Groups

See "Spring into Gardening" Webinar Series sponsored by Kenosha and Racine Master Gardener Associations below.

Events Sponsored by Other Groups

Monday, March 22–Wednesday, May 26 – Native Plant, Pollinator and Insect Gardening daily virtual webinars
   by the Ohio State Bee Lab. Presented by the biggest name authors in native plant, pollinator and insect gardening.
   Doug Tallamy, author of "Nature's Best Hope" and Bringing Nature Home" is the speaker for the first webinar. These
   webinars have been recorded for later viewing. Registration is required. Free.

Breeding Root Vegetables for Wisconsin with UW-Madison Professor of Horticulture Irwin Goldman. Available
   anytime on YouTube on Badger Talks Live 

Confessions of a Black Thumb: Plants That I Have Killed or at Least Seriously Maimed, by Brian Huddleson, now
   available on YouTube.

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Ouldolf, film is available online for individual screening, cost $15.

2021 PBS Wisconsin Garden Expo

These UW Extension approved continuing education seminars are now available on YouTube Free.

  1. Indigenous AgriCulture, Laura Manthe, Coordinator for White Corn Growers, Oneida Nation and Lea Zeise, Agriculture Program Manager, United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc. Great Lakes tribal agriculture from historical and modern perspectives.
  2. Sensational Seasonal Plants, Mark Dwyer, former Director of Horticulture at Rotary Gardens, Janesville, WI.
  3. Let’s Grow Stuff” a screening of curated episodes, from PBS, hosted by horticulturist Ben Futa. The series is designed to help the beginning gardener learn the tools of successful vegetable and herb gardening.
  4. Growing Potatoes in Your Home Garden, Dr. Yi Wang, assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture at the UW-Madison and a state Extension specialist.
  5. Wisconsin Gardener, Host Shelley Ryan travels throughout Wisconsin with her hands-in-the-dirt approach to growing plants, flowers and vegetables.
  6. Old Fashioned Favorites You and the Pollinators Will Enjoy, Melinda Myers, Horticulturist
  7. Big Gardening in Small Spaces, Michelle Dobbs, Victory Garden Initiative. Discover how to grow three seasons of fresh food in your backyard.
  8. Setting the Stage for Successful Gardening, Jerry Apps & Natasha Kassulke. Jerry is Professor Emeritus and former Ag Extension Agent for Green Lake and Brown Counties. Natasha is the former editor of the Natural Resources Magazine. They share how involving family in gardening can bring family together, along with creating an abundance of fresh vegetables.
  9. UW-Madison Indigenous Research Garden & Land Education, Dan Cornelius is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and an outreach specialist at the Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center in the UW-Madison Law School. Claire Luby, is a faculty associate at UW-Madison.

How to Create a Rain Garden, Lisa Johnson, horticulture educator for UW-Madison, Dane County Extension.

Invasive Jumping Worms on University Place, screening with Brad Herrick, Ecologist and Research Program Manager, UW-Arboretum.

Horticulture Information Articles by the Master Gardener Program

Articles — Most of the horticulture information articles posted on the Master Gardener Program site can be read for CE credit (0.5 hours each) if approved by the local County Coordinator. Articles that cannot be used for CE include articles about botanic gardens and All-America Selections winners.

Illinois Extension

Get Growing Webinar Series with Grant McCarthy, Thursdays, 6–7 p.m., free but registration required. Donations accepted.

April 29Raspberry and Blackberry Production for the Backyard
May 6Raised Bed and Container Vegetable Gardening
May 13Weed Management in the Vegetable Garden

Melinda Myers Virtual Gardening Workshops

No cost, but registration required using the link provided. Archived workshops also available.

Wedneday, May 12Top Plants for Rain Gardens, Water Gardens, Shoreline Gardens & Those to Avoid,
   6:30-7:30 p.m. 
Thursday, May 13Planting Your Rain Garden, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

This webinar has a cost but the proceeds go to "The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns."

Sunday, May 16Perennials for Challenging Growing Conditions, 1 p.m.
   Cost: Members $10/Non-members $20.

Growing Nutritious and Flavorful Edibles Indoors
Low Maintenance Gardening for Beauty and Health Benefit
Helpful Ideas for New Plant Parents
Be a Part of the Solution--Plant a Landscape that Makes a Difference
Well Loved Wisconsin Garden Plants  

UW Arboretum

Classes are $10 each

Thursday, April 8 – Climate Change, Reality vs. Development:  Global South and Worldwide Perspective,
   10 a.m.

UW Extension

Common Tree Diseases with Brian Hudelson of UW-Ext
Thursday, April 29, 2021Common Vegetable Diseases with Brian Hudelson of UW-Ext, 6:30-8 p.m. 

UW Madison

Classes are $10 each

Tuesday, May 18 – Testing, Amending, and Managing Gardens for Soil Health, by Dr. Doug Soldat, UW—Madison,6:00-7:00 p.m. (CST) Via Zoom, free but registration required.   Learn how to create and maintain healthy soil in your landscape and gardens.

Wisconsin First Detector Network (WIFDN)—Protect Wisconsin Trees--Monitoring for Invasive Insects

Wednesday, April 14 – Spotted Lanternfly—On it's Way to Wisconsin, 6-7 p.m. Free but must register.
Wednesday, April 28 – Wasp Watchers—How a Wasp Helps Us Track Emerald Ash Borers, 6-7 p.m. Free but
   must register. 

Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitor Network Webinar Series

Follow the link below for access to all of the approved webinars. Those not listed here are not eligible for MG continuing education. Free but registration is required. Link for Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitor Network Webinars.

Archived Webinars:
Wetlands in Wisconsin
Shoreline Gardening for Healthy Lakes and Rivers
Bogs and Fens: Peatlands of Wisconsin
Groundwater and Lakes
Wild Rice in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Public Radio Events/Opportunities

WPR Garden Talk with Larry Meiller, Fridays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays at 6 a.m. on 88.1 FM or 90.3 FM
Archived Shows

Xerces Society (all free)

All Xerces Society programs are available after the original date on YouTube.

Getting to Know the "Good Bugs"- Scouting for Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects
Thursday, May 6Supporting Pollinators Over Time:  How to Maintain Wildlife Diversity, noon-1:30 p.m.