Midwest Garden Expo Offers Spring-like Respite in February

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January 27, 2011

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Erik Ernst, publicist, 608-265-3853, erik.ernst@wpt.org

As winter settles over Wisconsin, the 18th-annual Garden Expo brings a bit of spring-like warmth to the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison Feb. 11-13. Event hours are: 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13.

Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and UW-Extension/Cooperative Extension Horticulture Team host the community educational event, and fundraiser based on WPT's The Wisconsin Gardener program. Proceeds support WPT’s quality programming and events that serve to enrich the Wisconsin community. Advance tickets are available now online at wigardenexpo.com.

This year’s event features the newest innovations in lawn and garden tools, gadgets, information and advice spread among the green plants, colorful flowers and vibrant designs of spring, which will bloom all around the Exhibition Hall.

Highlights from this year’s event include:
• Hundreds of exhibitor booths selling seeds, plants, books, tools, lawn equipment and other exciting merchandise for gardens and yards of all sizes.
• More than 100 free educational seminars and demonstrations on topics including lawns, gardens, landscape design and more.
• Hands-on workshops that allow gardeners to take home a finished garden decoration, craft or other project.
• A 1,200 square-foot central garden display sponsored by the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association (WLCA).
• A chance to meet Master Gardener Shelley Ryan, producer and host of WPT’s The Wisconsin Gardener.
• An opportunity to interact with WPT staff and purchase exclusive The Wisconsin Gardener apparel.
• UW-Extension horticulture experts will be available to offer insight, plant identification and tips to gardeners and amateur landscapers of all levels.
• Nonprofit groups specializing in mulching various plant species, rain gardens, rock gardens, conservation efforts and more will have booths to share their information.
• An exciting Garden Expo raffle for prizes including landscape packages, equipment, decorations, tools and more.

Tickets for Garden Expo cost $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Two-day passes are available for $11 both in advance and at the door. Three-day passes are available online or at the door.

Advance ticket vendor outlets are located conveniently around the state in various supporting businesses. A complete list is available at wigardenexpo.com. Visitors also can purchase advance tickets at the website. There is an additional charge for parking at the Alliant Energy Center.

Garden Expo Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the WPT Booth. Tickets are priced at $2 each or 3 for $5. Winners don’t need to be present to win the prizes that will be drawn on the Sunday of the event. Event information and details can be found at wigardenexpo.com or by calling 800-422-9707.

All proceeds from Garden Expo support quality public broadcasting in Wisconsin. It is an event presented by WPT, Friends of WPT and UW-Extension/Cooperative Extension Horticulture Team.

Garden Expo is generously supported by Blain’s Farm & Fleet, Green Power Tomorrow From Madison Gas and Electric, and WLCA.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension. 

Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA-TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.