Green County Master Gardeners Host 13th Annual Symposium

The Green County Master Gardeners Association is hosting their 13th Annual Garden Inspirations for All Seasons with this year’s theme being ‘Bees, Birds and Backyards”.  The event will be held on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 from 8:00am-3:30pm.  This year, the event will be held at a NEW LOCATION, Turner Hall,  1217-17th Ave, Monroe, WI.

Registration fees of $35 are due by March 1st (or $40 if after March 1st). Fees include morning beverages, rolls, lunch, afternoon break and resource materials. Checks should be made payable to GCMGA and sent to Extension Green County, Garden Inspirations, 2841-6th Street, Monroe, WI  53566. Print the attached Bees, Birds and Backyards Symposium Brochure for registration information.

This years speakers include:

  • Susan Carpenter— A native plant gardener at the UW-Arboretum and promotes the statewide monitoring project Bumble Bee Brigade!  Learn about bumble bee life history, ID, habitat, and monitoring. The federally endangered rusty-patched bumble bee, lives in at the Arboretum and you may find it in your own garden as well!
  • Bill Volkert –– Keynote speaker, will focus his program on experiences in natural landscaping and land management and provides a range of examples for using native plants for both small gardens and managing larger areas of land, while attracting birds. Bill worked as the naturalist and wildlife educator for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at Horicon Marsh for 27 years.
  • TBD — Soil amending– learn about the science of soils to help us discover better ways to grow our plants.
  • Mike Korelsky — Assistant Manager at Winterland Nursery, Oregon, WI, has 30 years experience in the lawn and garden industry. Winterland Nursery is a season retail garden center and a division of McKay Nurseries.
  • The Southeast Wisconsin Master Gardeners Volunteers will be presenting on “Lifelong Gardening”. Their presentation will include adaptive tools along with giving hints on proper body mechanics.