Garden Basics

Wisconsin Gardener Segments tagged as Garden Basics

How to Save Your Own Seeds

Save your heirloom seeds and self-perpetuate your garden. Kent Whealy of Seed Savers Exchange demonstrates how.


Tour the Fields of Greystone, a daylily farm near Muscoda where Bill and Linda Lehman grow over 500 varieties of daylilies.

Caring for Holiday Plants

Join Dane County Extension Master Gardener Ann Munson as she shares tips for growing paper whites, Christmas cactus, and what to do with used Christmas trees.

Preventative Pruning for Young Trees

Learn why pruning a small, young tree is better than pruning a larger, mature tree with Dane County Horticulturist Mike Maddux.

Great Peonies For Fall Planting

Join Shelley Ryan and Roy Klehm at Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery near Janesville. Roy explains that peonies are long-lived and well-suited to our region. He shares proper planting methods for both herbaceous and woody peonies.  Herbaceous peonies in this program include Coral Charm, Chiffon Clouds, Little Song, Scarlet O'Hara and Sweet Shelley. Shelley also looks at Nike, a woody peony.

Weeping Trees

Join Ed Lyon, co-owner of the Stonewall Nursery in Oregon and the Director of Education for Olbrich Botanical Gardens as he introduces weeping trees that aren't willows.

Staking Perennials

Learn how perennials are staked in Great Britain.  Jeff Eppings demonstrates the pea staking method at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison.

Pruning Grapes

Prune grapevines in early spring with and Phillipe Coquard at Wollersheim Winery in Sauk City.   Wine growers prune vines to maintain grape quality, to lengthen the vine’s life and to control the crop size. Coquard also shares planting and pruning tips for gardeners planting grapes at home.

Ornamental Willows

Join Olbrich Botanical Garden Director of Horticulture, Jeff Epping, as he shows off a collection of smaller willows.  He offers tips on how to prune the trees so they can be grown in small yards.

Plant Sex 101

Join Patti Nagai, the horticulture educator for Racine County Extension, as she reveals the basics of plant sex. Patti explains the difference between male and female flowers on cucurbits such as cucumbers, melons, pumpkins and squash.


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