Garden Calendar

Wisconsin State Farmer


Qrchid Quest 2017 at Olbrich Gardens in Madison is just one of many plant shows in Wisconsin for local garden enthusiasts.

Now to April 2017

Fondy Winter Farmers’ Market, Mitchell Park Domes. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a weekly Saturday morning Farmers Market showcasing 50-plus local farmers and vendors providing locally grown and sourced food and products. For more information, visit

Jan. 21

Garden Dreams conference. 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Portage County Master Gardeners. Lettie W. Jensen Community Center, 487 Main St., Amherst.

Garden Visions conference. Central Wisconsin's largest garden conference. Northcentral Technical College, 1000 Campus Dr., Wausau.

Jan. 27

Snowshoe Walk, Monk Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Avenue, Wausau. 6 to 8 p.m., Experience an evening candlelit snowshoe walk. A limited number of snowshoes will be available ($2 donation) at the Gardens or BYO. Watch Facebook page for weather conditions., 715-261-6309.

Jan. 28

Toward Harmony With Nature conference. Wild Ones. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Native plant and landscaping conference. Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 N. Main St., Oshkosh.

Ready, Set, Grow! Winter Garden Seminar 2017, 8 a.m. Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire. The day-long event will feature keynote speaker Tim Johnson of Seed Savers Exchange, along with three breakout sessions on roses, bats, invasive plants, rare edibles for the garden, water features and wise water use in the garden, wildflower plots, and a stained glass wind chime workshop.Registration costs $35/person before Jan. 15 and $40 thereafter. The make-and-take garden art workshop is an additional $15. visit or call Erin LaFaive at 715-839-4712 or

Snowshoe the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum, UW Fond du Lac. 1 to 3 p.m. Look for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife in winter. Learn about some of the plants of the prairie and dormant trees in the arboretum. Snowshoes will be provided. Pre-registration required, 920-940-8869.

Feb. 4

Winter Family Festival, Green Bay Botanical Gardens, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., free. Features free games, crafts and activities of the winter season., 920-490-9457.

Feb. 4-5

Orchid Quest 2017, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 5. This free event will let you visit the beautiful tropics in the middle of Wisconsin’s winter. Enjoy over 2,000 orchids in displays and over 3,000 orchid plants for sale. Enjoy seminars, raffles, silent auctions, vendors of orchids and orchid related material. For more information contact Terri Jozwiak (608) 592-7906.

Feb. 10

Soup with Substance, Green Bay Botanical Gardens. Hike, snowshoe, or blaze your own skiing trail. Indoors, enjoy homemade soup, bread, dessert, and a garden-related presentation. Finish out the evening with live musical entertainment. Includes free admission to the Garden and snowshoe rental. Advanced tickets, $10, members; $15, nonmembers. At door, $12, members; $17, nonmembers. Limited seats, advance purchase recommended., 920-490-9457.


Wisconsin Public Television's Garden Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison. A midwinter oasis for people ready to venture out and dig their hands in the dirt. For ticket info visit or call 608-262-5256.