OUR SPEAKERS

Friday Keynote Speaker

Mark Dwyer: Woody Plants for Fantastic Foliage

Trees and shrubs, while forming the “bones” and framework of the garden, can also be valuable ornamental assets.  While many selections offer interesting flowers, fragrance, wildlife value, etc., many opportunities exist for woody plants with colorful foliage that can contribute over a long season.  Woody plants with fantastic foliage can have long-lasting and significant value in the landscape and we’ll examine lots of considerations.

Mark is Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens (Janesville, WI). Along with a talented grounds staff and dedicated volunteers, I enjoy being involved with this wonderful botanical resource. My educational background is in landscape architecture and urban forestry but it didn’t take long to become a plant enthusiast and find a lifelong career.

Saturday Keynote Speaker

Ben Futa: Principals of Planting Design with Perennials

The eternal quest in garden design is to create a garden with consistent interest year-round, and perennials can play that role. This presentation will demystify the design process, empowering you to create your mostcaptivating garden.

 

Ben, Executive Director of Allen Centennial Gardens at UW-Madison is passionate for connecting people to plants, and one another, through public gardens. With a background in landscape architecture and sustainability studies from Purdue University and Indiana University South Bend, Ben directs the operations of the Garden and its programs. https://www.botanyorbust.com/

Mark Dwyer:

Incorporating Bulbs

into Your Garden

Including spring blooming bulbs in the landscape allows for an early jump on spring with wide ranging color and fragrance.  With such a wide selection of spring blooming bulbs available, we’ll cover the spectrum of exciting opportunities for your spring landscape and talk about their use in design as well as some tips on installation.

Erin LaFaive:

Harvesting & Drying

Herbs

Erin will discuss how and when to harvest herbs as well as specific information on how to dry each kind of herb.

Erin LaFaive is an herbalist and owner of Full Circle Herbals. She's been growing herbs for over 20 years. Erin has over 10 years experience teaching from college classrooms to one-to-one consultations sessions.  Erin has a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus.

Kristina Beuning:

Sustainable

Vegetable Gardening

Conserve and preserve your vegetable garden ecosystem by focusing on not just what you grow, but how you grow it.  Topics will include: water conservation, building your soil, plantings to support pollinators, and permaculture principles as applied to vegetable gardens.

Kristina has owned and operated an organic fruit and vegetable farm in Eau Claire, WI since 2003.  She holds a M.S. in teaching biology and a Ph.D. in plant ecology. 

Tim Fehr:

What's New in Daylillies

Learn about emerging trends in

hybridizer's gardens. We'll explore patterns, edges, unusual forms, spiders, minis and giants. We'll also look at plants from hybridizers in this or with similar climates.

Tim is a member of the American Hemerocallis Society and a daylily hybridizer who lives in Eau Claire. Tim was awarded the Helen Field Fischer Gold Medal by the AHS in 2013, the Daylily Society's highest honor. He has been the AHS webmaster since 1996.

Brian Hudelson:

 History of Plant Diseases

Brian Hudelson is affectionately known

as “Dr. Death” because of his love of

plant diseases.  Brian received his BS in Botany, Bacteriology and Molecular Biology, MS in Biometry and PhD in Plant Pathology from the UW-Madison, and in 1998, became the director of the Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic (PDDC).  The PDDC provides expertise in diagnosing plant disease problems, and information on plant diseases and their control to a wide range of clientele throughout Wisconsin.  For more information on Brian and the PDDC go to http://pddc.wisc.edu.   Follow the PDDC on Facebook and Twitter @UWPDDC. 

Trent Kowalchyk:

 GMOs: The Good, the                        Bad & the Ugly

Trent, a Master Gardener from the Saint Croix Valley is a UW Eau Claire graduate with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and has worked in cancer research and medical diagnostics for the last 20 years.  Trent will be discussing the potential benefits and harms of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and why it is so important to understand what GMOs are and where they come from.

Diana Alfuth:

 "Hooking Kids and Reeling

Them Into Gardening".

Gardening is GREAT for kids, but getting them to put down the touch screen and pick up a garden tool can be a challenge!   Diana has been the UW-Extension Horticulture Educator for Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties for 18 years, and has worked with many projects involving kids and gardening.  She has a BS and MS in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota, where she focused on Plant Pathology and Landscape Design.  This session will explore fun ways to get kids interested and involved in gardening, plants and nature.

Tim Fehr:

Tips on Photographing

your Garden

 Tim will discuss lighting, tools, getting the most from your camera as well as pos-processing, composition, balance and garden ettiquette as you photograph. Tim is a member of the American Hemerocallis Society and a daylily hybridizer who lives in Eau Claire. Time was awarded the Helen Field Fischer Gold Medal by the AHS in 2013, tje Daylily Society's highes honor. He has been the AHS webmaster since 1996.

Ben Futa:

Gardens Will Save the

World

 

There’s a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose eternal hope.” Luckily for us, gardens offer a wealth of eternal hope.

Public gardens in particular take this one step further: they offer spaces where it’s possible for all kinds of people to come together. We need spaces and invitations to rediscover our humanity and our connection to nature, and public gardens can play this important role in our communities. Public gardens can break down barriers between people and plants.

Brian Hudelson:

Basics of Plant Diseases & Management

Brian Hudelson is affectionately known

as “Dr. Death” because of his love of

plant diseases.  Brian received his BS in Botany, Bacteriology and Molecular Biology, MS in Biometry and PhD in Plant Pathology from the UW-Madison, and in 1998, became the director of the Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic (PDDC).  The PDDC provides expertise in diagnosing plant disease problems, and information on plant diseases and their control to a wide range of clientele throughout Wisconsin.  For more information on Brian and the PDDC go to http://pddc.wisc.edu.   Follow the PDDC on Facebook and Twitter @UWPDDC. 

Jerry Clark:

 Home Berry Production

& Disease Resistant Varieties

Learn foundations of blueberry,

raspberry, grape, and strawberry

production to get the most out of small fruits in your garden.  We will discuss disease resistant varieties to improve  success. Jerry has been the Crops and Soils/Agriculture Agent for the UW- Extension in Chippewa County since 1998.  He received a B.S in 1989 & M.S. in 2001 in Agriculture Education from the UW-River Falls.  Primary educational programs include nutrient and manure management, forage production, grain marketing, and commercial fruit production.  Jerry is the advisor for the Chippewa Valley Master Gardener Volunteer Association.

Joni Garbe:

The Basics of Mycology  &

the Fun of Mushroom Hunting


I love mushrooms!  Hunting and eating mushrooms has never been more popular.  Gratefully, we can get many varieties in the grocery store, but its more fun to hunt them.
Joni will share her knowledge gained over 25+ years of experience and study so you will learn the basics.  You will get insider tips on finding the elusive morel and also learn 
to identify a few other “can’t miss” varieties.

Joni Garbe is a Master Gardener Volunteer and Passionate Amateur Mycologist

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