Wisconsin Garden Expo

Ten Common Landscape Mistakes

Jeff Moyer, Owner of Moyer's Inc., explores ten of the most common mistakes people make when creating their landscaping and offers solutions to the problems. Moyer recommends focusing on the big picture, taking the topography of the site into account, and connecting the indoors to the outdoors.

Three-Season Mushroom Garden

Lindsey Bender, Mycologist at Field and Forest Products, provides a basic introduction to different types of mushrooms and discusses how to cultivate fungi indoors, in a compost pile and underneath garden vegetables.

Invasive Plant Identification and Control

Kelly Kearns, Invasive Plant Coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, focuses on plants that were originally planted as ornamentals, but which took over in their new environment. Kearns discusses how to identify and control these invasive plants in gardens and natural areas.

The Beekeeper’s Year

Richard Schneider, Owner of Capital Bee Supply, follows the cycle of beekeepers and their bees through a typical year. Schneider discusses how bees survive in the winter, follows their journey through the spring, summer and fall, and explains what the beekeeper does throughout the year to keep them healthy.

The Ecological Garden

Benjamin Futa, Director of the Allen Centennial Gardens at UW-Madison, explores the concept of ecological gardens and emphasizes relationship within the garden. Futa defines ecological gardening as “recognizing and harnessing natural systems and synergies in garden design and maintenance.”

Developing a Pollinator's Paradise

Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture, Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville, explains how to create a garden that will attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Marvelous Monarch Butterflies

Judith Kesser, Member, Wild Ones, Milwaukee SW Wehr Chapter, explores the life cycle of monarch butterflies, their migration to Mexico and how to create desirable habitats.

Hard Cider: America's First Fermented Beverage

Deirdre Birmingham, Co-Founder and Proprietor, The Cider Farm, explains the history of hard cider, how it’s made, which apples are the best to use, types of cider and which food pairs best.

Grow Sweet Potatoes in Wisconsin

Noel Valdes, Owner, CobraHead LLC, demonstrates how easy it is to plant, grow, and store sweet potatoes. Sweet potato plants can produce large yields and these nutritious potatoes can be used in a wide variety of recipes.

Simple Steps to Eating Local

Jasia Steinmetz, Professor, Food and Nutrition, UW-Stevens Point, explores ways to support and maintain family food traditions, energize youth and create jobs focusing on local foods.


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