Gardening and Landscaping

Make the most out of Wisconsin's glorious summers with a little help from our experts.

Herb Gardening

We'll take a close look at 20 favorite culinary herbs (with a focus on what's in season) and discover what they look, taste and smell like, plus how to grow, harvest and preserve them. Some of the herbs covered include basil, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, rose scented geranium, sage, tarragon and thyme. Recipes, handouts and an herbal plant provided for our in-class project.

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Container Gardening

Discover the potential of portable gardens while learning how to enhance your yard, porch and the overall environment. This course will present tips and tools for getting started with container gardening and emphasize organic growing, soil building, multiple plant functions, design tips and selecting the right plants for the right spaces.

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Create your own Fairy Garden

Join us for a fun make and take workshop to design and create your own fairy garden. Course fee includes a plant, an accessory, and planting materials for a container up to 10" wide, 10" long, and 4" deep. You should either bring a planter within those dimensions or be prepared to purchase one onsite. You are welcome to bring or purchase additional accessories onsite to incorporate into your project. This workshop is appropriate for either adults or children age 12 and up; children age 12-15 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian (who doesn't necessarily need to enroll but is welcome to do so!)

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Sustainable Beekeeping for Beginners

This course will cover what you must know to keep bees for the first two years, with an emphasis on sustainable apiculture. Topics include purchasing and assembling equipment, ordering bees and queens, installing packages, preparing the colony for winter, spring management, and producing and harvesting honey. You also will learn basic bee biology, as well as disease and mite control.

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Landscaping and Design

Learn landscape design principles from a registered landscape architect, who will guide you through the design process and then help you apply it to your own property. Homework will include measuring, taking photos and recording your site's existing conditions. Once the design is complete, you will learn how to prepare a material list of plants and landscape products or, if you prefer, how to bid out your project. Options for construction products and plant materials will be introduced, and installation tips and techniques will be presented.

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To register, use the course links above to locate an upcoming section or phone (608) 258-2301, ext 2, for registration assistance.