OSHKOSH/FOND DU LAC
While winter continues to assert its grip, Master Gardener chapters in east central Wisconsin are completing plans for conferences to be held in the coming months.
On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Winnebago County Master Gardeners will host a conference titled "Winter Escapes...Summer Dreams." It will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Reeve Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus.
Featured speaker Neil Diboll of Prairie Nursery at Westfield will give presentations on prairie plants for pollinator gardens and on strategies for controlling invasive plants in gardens. Winnebago County Extension Service horticulture educator Kimberly Miller will discuss the implications of the increasingly frequent discoveries of emerald ash borer infestations in Wisconsin.
The reservation fee is $40 until Jan. 20 ($45 thereafter). To register, call Audrey Ruedinger at 920-231-5745.
In Fond du Lac County, the Master Gardeners chapter will hold its annual "Day in the Garden" conference on Saturday, March 1. It will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac campus.
Announced topics for the day are birdscaping, ornamental grasses, floral arranging, and the Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. The conference will also have product vendors, a silent auction, and a raffle.
To register, call the Fond du Lac County Extension Service office at 920-929-3172.
In addition to those events, the Wisconsin Master Gardener annual conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, at the Radisson Paper Valley Conference Center in Appleton with Outagamie County as the major host.