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 2022/2023 trips and training opportunities!

Events Sponsored by Other Master Gardener Groups

Saturday, March 25 - Let's Get Green and Growing!, Columbia County Master Gardener Association,
   8:45 a.m.–2:45 p.m., at Rio High School, 411 Church Street, Rio, WI 53960. Keynote and numerous breakout
   sessions. All sessions will count for MG continuing education except F, G & W. Cost: $20 in advance, $30 at the
   door. Registration closes March 13.

Saturday, March 252023 Garden Conference, Outagamie Master Gardener Assoc., The Grand Meridian,
   2621 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 1Day in the Garden with Fond du Lac Master Gardeners, Fond du Lac Public Library,
   32 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac, WI, 9:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Registration required. Day in the Garden (aka DIG)
   is designed to provide both Master Gardeners and the general public gardening information. Presenters include
   Marilyn Cech & Ann Loper, members of the SEW (Southeast Wisconsin) Master Gardeners Association, and
   Kathy Baum of the Outagamie Master Gardeners Association.

Outagamie County Master Gardener Association and the Kimberly Public Library
More information Registration is not yet open for all presentations)

   Monday March 27 - Seed Starting Workshop, live presentation by Peg Ebben and Tom Wentzel, 7 p.m. Free.
     Call 920-788-7515 to register. Limited to 25 participants.
   Monday, April 10 - Peonies, webinar with Michelle Ovans of the Wisconsin Peony society and owner of
     Ovans Peony Farm, 7 p.m. Free.
   Monday, April 24 - Perennials, webinar with Kathy Baum, 7 p.m. Free.

YouTube Videos of Previous Outagamie County Master Gardener Presentations (view any time)

Hosta Companions with Tammy Borden, Master Gardener and Vice President, American Hosta Society
Perennials with Kathy Baum, Outagamie County Master Gardeners
Permaculture – What the Heck Is It? Presentation Materials
Raised Beds with Lisa Johnson, Extension Dane County Horticulture Instructor
Wisconsin's Native Orchids with Nancy and Richard Baehnman, Northeast Wisconsin Orchid Society

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.

2022 PBS Wisconsin Garden Expo

PBS Wisconsin Garden & Landscape Expo Online Virtual Event - View the archived sessions free.
Either register or login with your previous Expo login. Once in, click on the schedule link at the top of the web page. The sessions will appear. Just follow the link to the session you want to view, there is now an archived link for each session. All sessions should qualify for master gardener continuing education except the fitness and foraging topics.

2023 PBS Wisconsin Garden Expo

Saturday-Sunday, February 10–12PBS Wisconsin Garden & Landscape Expo, live event at the Alliant Energy
   Center in Madison, as in past years, not all presentations will be eligible for Master Gardening continuing education
   hours. Below is a listing from the Education Team (Valerie Stabenow and Linda Werner) for the
   programs/presentations that meet State Standards for Educational Credit on the ORS.

Allowed for Friday:
   Perennial Garden Design
   Growing Rhubarb and Asparagus
   Tree and Shrub Pruning in Wisconsin
   New and Emerging Plant Diseases
   Wildlife Damage, Tips, tools techniques
   Growing your own cut flower bouquet
   Donuts or Volcanoes (Mulching)
   Attracting Eastern Bluebirds
   Bearded Iris Primer
   Inside Look at Ohlbrich Gardens bug scouts
   Companion Planting
   Pre-Vegetated Blankets

Allowed for Saturday:
   A Guide to Pollinator Awareness
   Garden Talk with Larry Meiller/Lisa Johnson/Brian Hudelson
   Bearded Iris Troubles
   Hydrangeas Demystified
   Salvias, Hidden Treasures
   The "Art in Garden Design (our own Sheila Glaske from the Paine!!)
   Tips and Tricks for Herbs
   Common Landscaping Mistakes
   Learn When and How to properly Dig and divide Peonies
   Vegetable Seed Germination
   Seed Saving for Novices
   A Calendar of Perennial Garden Care
   Cheap tricks Gardening
   Navigating People and Plant Places
   Vegetable Diseases
   Vertical Agriculture
   Learn how to create new varieties of Peonies
   Using Environmentally Friendly growing containers
   Intro to Bonsai

Allowed For Sunday:
   Bees, Birds, Bats and Butterflies
   Winter Sowing
   Fragrant Plants for Gardens and Containers
   Gardening for Hummingbirds
   Growing Raspberries in Wisconsin
   Growing Healthy Plants

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

Winter 2022-2023 - Gardeners' Corner, this link accesses an informative set of Winter Gardening Guidelines from
   our colleagues at Illinois Extension. Topics include protecting trees, giving a green gift, planning for your 2023 garden
   and adding tree bark to landscapes."

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.

  Deep Bark Secrets of Tree Selection
  End of Summer Planted Fall Vegetables
  Garden Tool Maintenance
  Introduction to Fruit Tree Pruning
  Jumping Worms:  a New Invader in Illinois
  Organic Gardening
  Pelleted Seed
  Planning for Pollinators this Fall
  Shade Gardening
  Soil, Climate, and Carbon
  Spring Ephemerals
  The Nuts and Boles of Tree Identification
  Tree Root Collar Disorders

Melinda Myers Virtual Gardening Workshops

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

Wednesday, March 15 - Create an Oasis on Deck, Patio or Balcony, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Tuesdsay, March 21 - Planning, Planting and Caring for Your Rain Garden, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday, March 22 - In a Pot You Can Grow a Lot, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday, March 29 - Understanding Gardening Basics to Boost Your Garden Success, 6:30 p.m. Free.


10 Tips for Growing Better Dahlias
All About House Plants
Be a Part of the Solution--Plant a Landscape that Makes a Difference
Boosting the Beauty of and Propagating Houseplants
Colorful Houseplants
Creating a Pollinator Paradise
Creative Container Gardening
Food Gardening in Containers
Fragrant Plants Sure to Elevate Your Mood and Garden Enjoyment
Gardening During the Summer Months 
Gardening for Wildlife
Gardening to Attract Birds
Grow Beautiful Water Gardens Free of Invasive Plants
Grow Your Own Flowers for Bouquets, Containers and Gardens
Growing Nutritious and Flavorful Edibles Indoors
Helpful Ideas for New Plant Parents
How to Plan Your Rain Garden
How to Plant a Rain Garden
How to Select Rain Garden Plants
Indoor Container Garden Design & Display Ideas
Jump Start Your Season and Protect Your Plants
Learn the Basics of How & When to Prune Shrubs
Low Maintenance Gardening for Beauty and Health Benefit
Maintaining Your Landscape with Pollinators in Mind
Managing Water on Your Property
Organic Pest Management for Vegetable and Flower Gardens
Planting Your Rain Garden 
Pollinator-Friendly Perennials for Difficult Situations
Pruning Tips for Shrubs
Rain Garden Maintenance
Shade Gardening for Beauty and Pollinator Appeal
Small Space Gardening
Supporting Native Bees
Sustainable Lawn and Landscape Care
Taking Your Veggie Garden to the Next Level
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
Year-Round Perennial Garden Maintenance

Olbrich Gardens Webinars

Thursday, April 27 - Attracting Bees and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants, by biologist Heather Holm,
   7-8:30 p.m. Cost $15 non-members.

Thursday, May 25 - In Nature at Olbrich Gardens, by Olbrich Hort staff, 7-8:30 p.m. Cost $15 non-members.

Southeastern Wiscsonsin Invasive Species Consortium (SEWISC)

Saturday, June 3 - 2023 Spring Invasive Plant Management Workshop at Ellwood H. May Environmental Park,
   Sheboygan, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost $60. Registration opens May 1. Limited to 20 participants.

Saturday, September 9 - 2023 Fall Invasive Plant Management Workshop at the Kenosha County Center,
   Bristol, WI, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost $60. Registration opens August 6. Limited to 20 participants.

UW Extension Horticulture

For a listing of upcoming webinars go to the UW-Extension Hort Calendar. It lists all of the upcoming webniars including the winter vegetable series that starts in January as well as other topics going into spring and summer.

Wild Ones Fox Valley Area Chapter

June 2022–March 2023Wisconsin Native Plant Certification Program, this program meets all state
   requirements for topics and presenters.

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, must register)

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

Archived Webinars:
Bring Back the Pollinators--Priority Nesting Habitat for Bees Getting to Know the "Good Bugs"- Scouting for Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects
Habitat for Pollinators--Success, Next Steps, Ready for Winter
Supporting Biodiversity Through Pollinator Plantings and Avoiding Pesticide Exposure
Supporting Pollinators Over Time:  How to Maintain Wildlife Diversity