Friday, February 28, 2014

Save the Date WIMGA Annual conference-March 28-29, 2014

Last day for $70 registration for 2014 Wisconsin Master Gardener Conference to be held in Appleton, Wisconsin, one month from today March 28-29.
Keynote Presenter
DAN HEIMS President of Terra Nova Nurseries
Dan is known worldwide for helping bring many new introductions to horticulture. His work and gardens have been featured in USA Today, Better Homes & Gardens, HGTV, Organic Gardening and The Martha Stewart Show. He speaks & travels throughout the world, seeking new perennial varieties and gardening innovations. (
“A delightful and knowledgeable speaker with a wealth of information and a contagious sense of humor.”
ROB ZIMMER Combining & Designing with Hostas, Rob is your YARD MD , Garden & Outdoors writer for several Gannet Wisconsin Newspapers. He’ll share tips and ideas for using the many colors, shapes, sizes, growth forms and textures of hosta.
BILL & BECKY WILSON Permaculture—Self Sufficient Gardening Founders of Midwest Permaculture, Bill & Becky offer design services and train others on the importance and ease of creating your own sustainable living space.
DONNA VANBUECKEN Why Natives? Executive Director of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes. Donna will share the beauty of natives, how to use them in our landscapes, and the importance of including them in our plantings.
BRITT BUNYARD Become a Fungi Forager, Britt is Publisher & Editor in Chief of Fungi Magazine and shares the fascinating world of hunting mushrooms, what to look for, and what not to touch!
ALEX TYINK Innovations for a Healthy Food System, Alex is Program Leader of the Community Garden Partnership. Learn about indoor agriculture systems, community garden co-ops, institutional collaboration and neighborhood initiatives.
GAILCLEARWATER Let’sTalkTrash—Trash to Treasure Garden Art, Gail’s not only a Master Gardener but a master at manipulating what others consider junk into beautiful and useful garden accessories and garden art.
MARY LEARMAN A Simple Kitchen Garden, Mary is an Herbarist and Master Gardener who takes a light-hearted and knowledgeable look at all things herbal: medicinal, spiritual, decorative, for beauty and aroma, and of course culinary.
CINDY CHITWOOD Beekeeping for Beginners, Cindy is an avid gardener and beekeeper and is ready to share her tips for getting started with basic instructions, equipment, anatomy of a hive, and needed resources.

You will not want to miss out on an opportunity to win this stunning “Wildflowers” quilt hand-crafted by one of our own Master Gardeners, featuring Trillium, Coneflower, Aster, Indian Blanket, Jack in
the Pulpit, Canadian Lily and other natives. It took hundreds of hours to create with fabrics collected from around the country. It truly is an incredible and beautiful one-of-a-kind piece of art you have to see to fully appreciate.
TICKETS: 1 for $5 or 3 for $10
Available at the event or contact: (920)740-9420

May 17 8am
Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale
UW-Outagamie Extension Grounds 3365 W. Brewster St. • Appleton, WI

6:00PM Registration & Social Hour • Vendors Open! 7:00—8:30PM Welcome & Introduction
Featured Keynote Speaker, Dan Heims—Terra Nova Make good choices for problem spaces! Dry, wet, shady,
sunny, rocky... Dan will present plants as problem solvers and offer good advice on how to keep them thriving.
8:30—9:30PM WI Master Gardener Annual Business Meeting
(Closed Session—Master Gardener Members Only) Vendors remain open for general public until 9:30PM
8:00—9:00AM 9:00AM
10:30AM 11:00—12:00PM
12:00—1:00PM 1:00—2:00PM
2:00—2:30PM 2:30—3:30PM
Late Registration • Vendors Open all Day!
Featured Keynote Speaker, Dan Heims—Terra Nova
Perennials for Containers Explore an array of stunning, colorful perennials and how to care for them with tips on maintaining fertility and winterizing pots. Walk away with some great "recipes."
Breakout Session One

A. Permaculture—Self Sufficient Gardening Pt. 1 Bill & Becky Wilson
Closing Remarks • Prize Drawings • Raffle Winner Announced
B. Why Natives? Donna VanBuecken
C. Herbs—A Simple Kitchen Garden Mary Learman
Lunch Buffet Provided with Registration Breakout Session Two
Or send in completed form
A. Permaculture—Self Sufficient Gardening Pt. 2 Bill & Becky Wilson B. Combining and Designing with Hostas Rob Zimmer
C. Beekeeping for Beginners Cindy Chitwood
Breakout Session Three

A. Let’s Talk Trash—Trash to Treasure Gail Clearwater
B. Innovations for a Healthy Food System Alex Tyink
C. Foraging for Fungi—Mushroom Hunting Britt Bunyard
Ask the Expert—A panel of experts participate in this popular and lively interactive question and answer time. Submit your gardening dilemma and get expert advice.
Before Feb. 1.......................... $65 Between Feb. 1—Feb. 28...... $70 After Feb. 28 .......................... $75
Conference Fee Includes:
All sessions, conference materials, buffet lunch, evening reception & refreshments.
Registration fees are non-refundable. For questions, contact:
Mary Learman (920)739-9496
Kathy Baum (920)731-9385 

Special rates for conference attendees!
$95 / night
Discounted rate available through 2/27/14
333 W. College Ave Appleton, WI
Stay right at the conference center, just steps away from all the sessions. Conveniently located within walking distance of downtown restaurants and shops.
Call (920)733-8000 to request special rates.

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