Gardening and Landscaping

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

Herb Gardening

Take a close look at favorite culinary herbs and discover what they look, taste and smell like, plus how to grow, harvest and preserve them. We’ll review cooking tips and how to pair herbs with foods and with each other. You'll take home some great recipes, an herbal plant (if in season), and handouts. Herbs covered include anise hyssop, basil, bay laurel, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, lavender, lemon balm, lemon verbena, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, rose scented geranium, sage, stevia, tarragon and thyme.

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Edible Native Plants

Many native plants make excellent garden plants with beauty and variety. Native plants are adapted to local conditions and are easier to grow and maintain. The first session will focus on the basic identification, ecology, plant community function and ethical harvest/care, while the second session will focus on ways to prepare edible native plants and tips and tools for integrating edible native plants into yards and garden spaces.

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Designing the Portable Garden

Turn your yard or porch into an edible ecotopia with a container garden. Covers tips and tools for getting started, growing organically, soil building, multiple functions for your plants, design tips and selecting the right plants for the right spaces.

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Landscaping and Design

A registered Landscape Architect will guide you through the design process and help apply it to your own property. Homework consisting of measuring, taking photos and recording your site's existing conditions, then learn to prepare material list.

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Sustainable Beekeeping for Beginners

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

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Permaculture Basics

Permaculture is a wholistic systems design process of working with nature. It is protracted and thoughtful observation, looking at plants and animals in all their functions. Learn the ethics, principles and methodologies of permaculture design.

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Permaculture Forest Gardening

Learn about plant communities, soil health, observation, edible trees, shrubs, plants (mostly perennial) and plant functionality.

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Permaculture Plant Guilds

This class will focus on plant guilds for a wide variety of trees, both edible and not. You will learn about the functionality of the plants in a system that supports the health of the tree.

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To register, use the course links above to locate an upcoming section and login to add to cart, or note the 5-digit class number and phone (608) 258-2301, ext 2, for registration assistance.

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