Get a jump on spring, whether you are a seasoned gardener, novice, green thumber or brown, you are invited to join us at the Lake of the Torches Convention Center. Located at 510 Old Abe Road (Hwy. 47), Lac du Flambeau March 22. The conference runs from 7:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.
Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and begin with a morning snack, chance to check-in and peruse our vendors. Vendors exhibit a variety of metal art, gardening and fairy garden supplies as well as fresh flowers. A “complementary goodie bag” is given to the first 250 registrants. Vendors exhibit a variety of metal art, gardening and fairy garden supplies as well as fresh flowers. Enjoy our morning snack and buffet luncheon (included) as well as speakers, door prizes and raffles.
Speakers for the series include:
• Debbie Lonnee Manager of Bailey Nurseries Inc., and co-author of “Growing Perennials in Cold Climates.” For the last 20 years she has worked as a production coordinator at Bailey Nurseries, working primarily with the perennial and bedding plant crops, as well as roses and woody plants. She was promoted to manager of the planning and administration department in 2006 and is actively involved in new plant introductions. Debbie is an avid gardener, and has a collector’s garden filled with hostas, daylilies and perennials, as well as many new annuals.
Debbie is a member of the Perennial Plant Association, the Ohio Florists Association and is the president of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. Garden writing is her second job; she is the horticultural editor for Northern Gardener magazine, and also writes the ‘Plant to Pick’ article for each edition.
Debbie will discuss “Perennials for the Northwoods” and “Colorful Shrubs for the Northern landscape.”
• Brent Hanson is co-owner (with wife Susan) of Hanson’s Garden Village in Rhinelander. Hanson’s Garden Village is a full service garden center and nursery, and is especially known for a wide assortment of plant material.
In addition to ornamental plants of all types, Hanson’s is known as a leading producer of local-ecotype natives and of a broad range of edibles. They are also active in recycling, energy conservation, and agricultural sustainability.
Brent will be presenting “Growing Fruit in the Northwoods” and he will demonstrate “Grafting Techniques.”
• Kathy Baum has been gardening for more than 35 years and a Wisconsin Master Gardener volunteer for 15 years. Over the last several years, she has collected and grown 600-plus hosta varieties and hundreds of shade-loving companion plants. As a result of this experience she knows that not all hostas are created equal.
Discussing “Hostas and Friends” find out which hostas to avoid and which ones you can’t live without. Hostas combine beautifully with other shade-loving plants to create color and texture in the garden.
Pre-registration fee is $40. Registration closes March 18 with no refunds, but transferable.
Registration forms may be found
at www.gardeningnorthwoodsstyle.com; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or
call 715-588-3043 for more information.