Gardening Calendar

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What's going on in a garden near you?

Sept. 16 – 18

American Rose Society North Central District Convention. Holiday Inn, Pewaukee-Milwaukee West. The event includes a Rose Show, welcoming first time exhibitors who are registered, and which is open free to the public for viewing on Saturday, 1-4, a presentation by Dr. Baldo Villegas, an internationally renowned entomologist, who will be speaking on “What’s Bugging My Roses?”, and a Garden Tour by motor coach on Sunday morning. Cost $50 – 60. Holiday Inn, N14 W24140 Tower Place, Pewaukee. To register, contact Diane Sommers, (414) 687-9641.

Sept. 18

Native Gardening Conference. UW- Madison Arboretum. The UW–Madison Arboretum’s annual Native Gardening Conference, “Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future,” teaches and promotes the use of native plants in home landscapes for biodiversity, habitat, beauty and sustainability. Cost $65. Preregister by Sept. 8. Event website and online registration: 1207 Seminole Hwy, Madison.

Sept. 24

Fall in the Native Plant Garden, UW Madison Arboretum, Madison. Color, fruits, seeds, late blooming plants, late-season insects. Susan Carpenterwill lead this tour. 1 to 3 p.m.,, (608) 263-7888.

Harvest Happenings, Bookworm Gardens, Sheboygan. Farm, food, and festivities to learn about local food culture with heirloom seed demonstration, apple tastings, hands-on activities. Fee: $3 per person, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,, (920) 287-7895.

Autumn Fest, Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau. Second annual Autumn Fest, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pumpkin decorating, bingo, food, drinks, a bake sale, letter-boxing, tours, storytime, reading in the tree house, math, and face painting. Each child will receive a free pumpkin;  $1 per person., (715) 261-6309.

End of the Season Tea, Hoard Historical Museum, Fort Atkinson. Jefferson County Master Gardener Volunteers teach what to do at the end of the gardening season: cleanup, seed collection, late season products. Part of the museum’s education series. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., free, but registration required. (920) 563-7769,

Sept. 24 to Nov. 6

Fall Harvest Fest Floral Show, Mitchell Park Domes, Milwaukee. Bring in the autumn harvest of fall flowers at the Domes, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,  Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and major holidays; $3 per person. Free for children age 5 and under. For details,, (414) 257-5611.

Sept. 28

Bulb Planting, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville. Director of Horticulture Mark Dwyer will discuss the proper siting of bulbs, tips on selection, installation, repelling unwanted critters, and nurturing these colorful and diverse plants, 6:30 to 8 p.m., $3, members; $5 nonmembers, (608) 754-1779,