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

Events Sponsored by Other Groups

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.

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.

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.

Golden Sands RC&D and Central Wisconsin Invasives Partnership (CWIP)

Saturday, September 11Praire Invasives Plant Workshop, in-person, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oxford, WI (all
   outdoors). Golden Sands RC&D and the Central Wisconsin Invasives Partnership (CWIP) are teaming up with The
   Prairie Enthusiasts Prairie Sands Chapter to hold a Prairie Invasive Plant Workshop near Oxford. Speakers include
   Robert Baller, longtime Prairie Enthusiasts member, and Asa Plonsky, CWIP coordinator. Robert is highly experienced
   in small-scale invasive plant removal using hand tools. Asa has coordinated CWIP for two years and has a special
   interest in plant identification. To register or get additional information, please follow the link above or
   call 715-343-6215, Ext. 707.

Saturday, October 2Muir Park Invasive Plant Field Day, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sponsored by Golden Sands
   RC&D, Central Wisconsin Invasive Partnership, and Prairie Enthusiasts. Live, free—John Muir Memorial Park,
   Montello, WI.

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

Thursday, September 9Soil, Climate, and Carbon, 1 p.m. Carbon storage is a hot topic these days. Some soils
   contain huge amounts of carbon, mostly in the form of organic matter. Soils also have the ability to store additional
   amounts of carbon quickly, but can just as easily lose it. Join us to learn about why Midwest soils contain large
   amounts of organic matter, changes that have occurred over the last 150 years, and ways that carbon, in the form
   of organic matter, can be increased in these soils. Presenter: Duane Friend. Free but registration required.

October 14Planning for Pollinators this Fall, 1 p.m. Caring for pollinators doesn't stop in the fall. After taking
   steps this spring and summer to promote pollinators in your yard and garden, learn what actions you can take this
   fall to continue supporting pollinating insects. Join Extension educator Erin Garrett to learn about pollinator friendly
   garden cleanup, fall planting of bareroot plants, and winter planting of native seeds. We’ll also cover what fall-
   blooming plants to add to your garden to provide food and habitat for pollinators after the spring and summer
   seasons. Free but registration required.

Four Seasons Gardening Webinar Series by the Illinois Extension Horticulture team. On select Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. Free but registration required by clicking on the link for each webinar. Space is limited.
  August 17End of Summer Planted Fall Vegetables, Fall harvested vegetables tend to be sweeter as they
   finish growing as the temperatures are cooling and fall approaches. Join University of Illinois Extension Horticulture
   Educator Bruce J. Black as he shares some tips for planting fall vegetables, which vegetables are better suited for a
   late summer planting, and some information about how to store fall harvested vegetables for their longest shelf or
   storage life.
  September 14Garden Tool Maintenance, Make gardening less of a chore by maintaining your equipment. Sharp,
   rust-free tools are easier on the body and make whatever task is at hand quicker to finish. Horticulture Educator
   Richard Hentschel will cover care for hand tools and small engine equipment commonly used in the garden and home
  October 19The Nuts and Boles of Tree Identification, Illinois is home to hundreds of native and non-native tree
   species, but identifying them isn’t always easy. Besides leaves, bark, twigs, buds, flowers, boles, and fruit can also
   be helpful in identification. Gain confidence in your tree ID abilities by joining Horticulture Educator Sarah Vogel to
   learn how to recognize tree species based on the size, shape, and appearance of tree parts and their scientific
  November 30Tree Root Collar Disorders, A root collar is an important area of a tree where root tissue shifts to
   trunk tissue. Impacts to this part of the tree can have a variety of symptoms from yellow foliage and early fall color
   to dieback in the upper canopy, and even tree death. Horticulture Educator Ryan Pankau will explore how to
   prevent, identify, and treat common tree root collar disorders.
NOTE:  Each program is recorded and available to watch on the Illinois Extension Horticulture YouTube channel. Videos are available about two weeks after the live program.

Melinda Myers Virtual Gardening Workshops

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

Thursday, September 30Shade Gardening for Beauty and Pollinator Appeal, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 27Pruning Tips for Shrubs, 6:30 p.m.

Be a Part of the Solution--Plant a Landscape that Makes a Difference
Creative Container Gardening
Gardening During the Summer Months 
Growing Nutritious and Flavorful Edibles Indoors
Helpful Ideas for New Plant Parents
Low Maintenance Gardening for Beauty and Health Benefit
Planting Your Rain Garden 
Pollinator-Friendly Perennials for Difficult Situations
Rain Garden Maintenance
Sustainable Lawn and Landscape Care 
Tomatoes: Maximize Your Harvest & Minimize Insect & Disease Problems 
Top Plants for Rain Gardens, Water Gardens, Shoreline Gardens & Those to Avoid
Well Loved Wisconsin Garden Plants  

UW-Madison Arboretum Virtual Lecture Series—Exploring the Future of Ecosystem Restoration

For the 2021 fall lecture series, we explore the global movement to restore ecosystems. We will learn about international and local efforts and how environmental health and social justice intersect with restoration projects and community well-being. Held Tuesdays in October from 7–8:30 p.m. All virtual lectures are free. Advance registration is required.
  October 5The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Speaker: Hazel Thornton, Programme
   Officer for the United Nations (UN) Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
  October 12 Building an Ecosystem of Equity: Advancing Climate Justice to Protect People and Create a
   Prosperous Planet
. Speaker: Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, founder of Empowering a Green Environment and
   Economy, LLC.
  October 19Lindsay Heights: An Urban Restoration Story. Speaker: Francesca Dawson, community advocate
   and mentor.
  October 26Re-Indigenizing the UW–Madison Campus. Speaker: Daniel Cornelius, outreach specialist and
   deputy director, Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center, UW–Madison Law School.

UW-Madison Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic

Tuesday, September 28Ten Plant Diseases NOT to Compost!!!  6-7:30 p.m. with Brian Hudelson,
   UW-Madison Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic. Certain plant diseases are so horrible or so deadly that composting is
   not an appropriate way to get rid of affected plants. Come learn about some of these diseases and their proper

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
Supporting Pollinators Over Time:  How to Maintain Wildlife Diversity