Garden Expo: A great place to go for gardening classes is the Midwest Garden Expo at the Alliant Energy Center February 9-11, which is hosted by Wisconsin Public Television. Seeing and smelling all the green plants at the show will help you deal with this gloomy low-snow winter, as well! Get inspiration for the upcoming gardening season by visiting with garden center and landscaping vendors at the show, and visit the UW-Extension booth for answers to gardening questions provided by UW experts and Master Gardener volunteers. I’ll be there on and off all three days and will be giving presentations on growing tomatoes (Feb. 9 at 1:45 p.m.), and Container Gardening (Feb. 10 3:30-4:30 p.m.). I’ll also be sharing the stage with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Garden Talk’s Larry Meiller and UW-Extension’s own Dr. Death (Brian Hudelson of the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic) on Saturday morning at 9:30. There are many other educational seminars presented by local experts and workshops where you can learn new skills — everything from pruning and prairies to straw bale gardening and garden design. Do an internet search for “Garden Expo 2018” for a full listing of the seminars, demonstrations and workshops offered. There is an enormous list of topics covered and something for everyone to enjoy.

More gardening classes: Dane County UW-Extension will also be offering our Green Thumb Gardening Series again on Thursday evenings Feb. 22 through April 26 at the Dane County UW-Extension office, 5201 Fen Oak Dr. Suite 138, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. You can take selected classes priced per class, or the whole series for a reduced price. Topics will include Native plants and pollinators, Wildlife in the Garden, Planning the Organic Vegetable Garden, Vegetable Plant Families, Diseases and Pests, Landscape Design, Soil Composition and Composting, Diseases in the Landscape, Growing Berries, Weeds and Invasive Plants and Annuals/Perennials. Visit the Dane County UW-Extension website https://dane.uwex.edu for more information.

Lisa Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension horticulture educator

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