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Local Master Gardener Symposium to be held March 7th


February 20, 2020

The Green County Master Gardeners Association (GCMGA) is excited to present their 13th Annual Gardening Symposium. “Garden Inspirations for All Seasons –Birds, Bees and Backyards!” will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Turner Hall, 1217 17th Avenue, Monroe.

Both experienced and novice gardeners are encouraged to attend this public seminar. Participants will receive lunch, refreshments and resource materials with their paid registration.

Have you often wondered about bumble bees? Do you like to attract different birds to your yard? Do you have questions about shrubs in your yard and what can you add to your soil to make it more plant friendly? Do you often wonder if you garden properly for your body muscles and mechanics?

For the answers to these and other gardening questions, plan to attend our symposium! Our key note speaker will be Naturalist Bill Volkert. Bill has many years of experience exploring and traveling in the wild areas of distant lands, in search of wildlife and spectacular landscapes. He regularly conducts public presentations about his adventures and shares his insights as a naturalist into the places he has traveled. Bill will focus his program on experiences in natural landscaping and land management, and provides a range of examples for using native plants for both small gardens and managing larger areas of land while attracting birds. Bill worked as the naturalist and wildlife educator for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at Horicon Marsh for 27 years.

In addition to Bill, the other speakers and topics for the symposium include Susan Carpenter, UW Arboretum, who will discuss Wisconsin’s Bumble Bee Brigade including bumble bee history, ID, habitat, and monitoring programs. Mike Davis, Green County Master Gardeners Association, will be presenting on Soil Amendments. Mike Korelsky, of Winterland Nursery, will be recommending various shrubs for your backyard including the very popular Hydrangeas. South East Wisconsin Master Gardener Volunteers will share their expertise on Lifelong Gardening, including adaptive tools and hints on proper body mechanics.

Early registration for the Annual Gardening Symposium is $35.00 and closes on March 1, 2020. After March 1st, the price goes up to $40.00 for late registration and walk-ins. More information for this day of gardening tips is available through the Extension Green County by calling (608) 328-9440 or check the website at


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