Garden Calendar

Wisconsin State Farmer
Talya Loken of Fond du Lac in a line of about 75 people who took part in a snow shoeing event and tour of the winter side of the prairie at UW-Fond du Lac.

Jan. 21 and 28

Eagle Days Along the Fox River. Various locations. Eagle watching and public programs on bald eagles along the Fox River. For complete details on each day’s events, 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. 26

Growing a Living Mulch in Your Garden. Qualheim’s True Value. 6 – 7 p.m. Tired of weeding? Want to attract pollinators to your garden? Want to build soil health while retaining moisture and adding nitrogen to your garden? Then a living mulch may be for you! We will discuss the benefits and challenges of using a living mulch in your garden, as well as explore the various plant species that can be used. 1345 E. Green Bay St. Shawano,

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.

Feb. 18

Winnebago County Master Gardeners presents Winter Escapes, Summer Dreams. 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Their annual winter gardening conference. LaSure’s Banquet Hall, 3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh. Visit for registration information.

March 11

Spring Into Gardening. Racine and Kenosha County Master Gardeners. 9:00 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. This one day event offers a variety of sessions on gardening, plants, and horticulture related activities. Westosha Central High School, 24617 75th St., Paddock Lake.