Barron County Master Gardeners
The goal of this organization shall be to encourage, foster, support and promote Horticulture
for all Master Gardener Volunteers and residents of Barron County
and to promote the UW-Extension from which we are founded
Master Gardener Program Schedule for 2013:
January 2013 – No scheduled meeting.
February 7, 2013 - Kevin Schoessow – “What’s All the Hoopla Over Heirloom Tomatoes?”
Kevin is the Spooner Area UW-Extension Ag Agent, and he will share with us which tomatoes, in his opinion, are the real winners. Kevin, along with the North Country Master Gardeners, test tomatoes and many other plants at the Spooner Research Station.
March 7, 2013 - Marilyn Saffert – “Vines of All Kinds.”
Marilyn will discuss growing flowering vines, both annual and perennials. She will cover selection, flower colors and hardy choices. She will also touch on vines that are grown for berries, fruit or just for their beautitul foliage.
April 4, 2013 - Sue Reinardy – “Debunking the Myths.”
Sue is a member of the North Country Master Gardeners, and will speak about myths, old-wives-tales, and advice that is often passed on from gardener to gardener. Some of it is true and based on science, some not. Find out whether the advice on when to plant or how to plant is fact or f iction. Also, do you think that using organic substances as fertilizer is best? Sue teaches garden classes at the local Wisconsin Indianhead Tech College. Originally from the Madison area, she is enjoying the Northwoods and gardening in Zone 3.
April 6, 2013 - Barron County Master Gardeners Spring Expo at WITC Conference Center in Rice Lake.
Dave Wanninger, our keynote speaker, is a horticulturist from Janesville who received his hortitculture degree from the University of Minnesota. He had worked at Klehm’s Song Sparrow Nursery and Beaver Creek Nursery. He has owned a landscaping company and has been a nursery manager at a large independent garden center. He also was a horticulturist and landscaping instructor at the Blackhawk Tech College in Janesville. He is currently the horticulturist in charge of plants at the Boerner Botanic Gardens in Milwaukee. His first program will be “Plants for Success in the Shade Garden.” His second program will be aimed at the shade garden using hardy woody shurbs and small trees. Dave embraces a large plant palette, but particularly favors hostas, lilies, peonies, and dward conifers in his home garden.
Mike Racette – Owner of Spring Hill Community Farm outside of Prairie Farm. He will present a program on how to be successful when growing great onions, leeks, and shallots.
May 3, 2013 – Susan Mahr, Wisconsin’s Master Gardener Coordinator, will present a program on, “Insects in the Garden.”
May 17, 2013 - Setup for plant sale at the Barron County Fairgrounds.
May 18, 2013 - Annual plant sale at the fairgrounds in Rice Lake. Start time for the sale is 8:00 AM.
June 6, 2013 - Potluck and garden tour at Wendy Kolzow’s at Cumberland, 6:00 p.m.
June 27, 2013 – Potluck and garden tour at Carol Kettner’s home in Rice Lake. This will be counted as our “July” picnic due to a busy July for the Master Gardeners.
July 9, 10 , 11 – Farm Technology Days 2013 – Breezy Hill Dairy, Dallas, WI 54733
July 17 – 21, 2013 - Barron County Fair
August 7, 2013 - Potluck and garden tour at Kay Curtin’s house in Prairie Farm, 6:00 p.m.
September 5, 2013 – Jill Keefer will present a demonstration called,”Harvest Arrangements.” She will be using plants and natural materials.
October 3, 2013 - Vickie Pondell will present a program on “Hydrangeas.”
Vickie had been employed by Bailey’sNursery for 13 years. Bailey’s is the largest wholesale nursery in the U.S. with 2500 acres of farms in Minnesota. She is the foreman of the Bare Root Inventory Department. Her responsibility is ensuring that the plants are true to variety. She works with trees, shrubs, vines, fruits, evergreens and roses. Vickie received her Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from UW-River Falls. She has been published in many gardening magazines.
November 7, 2013 - Dick Lienhardt, a Master Gardener from Eau Claire, will present a program called, “Vegetable Gardening from Seed to Harvest.” Dick a retired truck driver, who has a passion for vegetable gardening. He has presented a number of training sessions on that subject to many groups.
December 4, 2013 – Christmas Party, 6:00 p.m., at the Barron County Government Center. Potluck and gift exchange.
Master Gardeners Newsletters:
Below are a few interesting and hopefully helpful articles
Anthracnose on oak Creeping Charlie Bronze Birch Borer Gevens Late Blight Tomato 2010 pdf
Cedar Apple Rust Grub Control in lawn Care Sap-sucker Damage
Common Veggie Insects Homeowner Guide to EAB InsecticideTreatments Aug2008
Imprelis Damage to Conifers insectides for ash borer Pruning Evergreens
Japanese Beetle – Lab note Japanese Beetle Organic tomato Late Blight
Larder Beetle fact sheet Lawn Weed Control Spruce Gall Fact Sheet Ohio State University Extension