Spring into gardening 2019

Originally published in the Kenosha News

By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen

Despite winter’s grasp, spring will soon arrive! Prepare for it by attending the 13th annual “Spring into Gardening” conference hosted by Racine County and Kenosha County Division of Extension.

Registration is open through Feb. 23 for this event, which will be held on Saturday, March 9, at Westosha Central High School in Paddock Lake. The day will begin with a keynote presentation, “Garden Trends,” by speaker Melinda Myers, followed by 15 sessions related to plants, gardens and landscapes, with attendees selecting three of his or her choice.

The line-up of speakers includes local plant experts, University of Wisconsin specialists and Master Gardeners. Sessions and speakers include:

Creating and Maintaining the Lawn You Want: Melinda Myers, nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author, columnist and speaker.

The Charms of Spring: Beth Goeppinger, naturalist, Richard Bong State Recreation Area

Biting Bugs: What to Know About Mosquitoes and Ticks: PJ Liesch, Extension entomologist

Invasive Jumping Worms: The Impact of a New Soil Invader: Brad Herrick, ecologist, UW-Madison Arboretum

Yes, You Can Grow Rhododendrons in Wisconsin: Tom Horner, member of the Midwest Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society

Growing Micro-Greens: Tim Wiercinski, herb gardener and prep cook at The Red Oak

Perennial Perennials: Paul S. Drobot, horticulture instructor, landscaper and garden photographer of Plants to Grow

Growing and Cooking with Herbs: Melody Orban, Master Gardener Volunteer and member of the Herb Society

Good Bugs: The Under-Appreciated Beneficial Arthropods in Your Yard: PJ Liesch, Extension entomologist

Raising Monarchs and Growing Pollinator Plants: Diane Battisti, Nicole Riendeau and Sharon Tilton, Master Gardener Volunteers

Top Ten Diseases of 2018: Dr. Brian Hudelson, director of the Plant Diagnostic Clinic at UW-Madison

Top Ten Tree and Shrub Diseases: Dr. Brian Hudelson, director of the Plant Diagnostic Clinic at UW-Madison

Growing the Best Tomatoes: Joey and Holly Baird, The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener.

Preserving the Harvest: Becky Gutzman, Master Gardener Volunteer and food preservation educator

The cost of this event is $40 (includes lunch) through Feb. 23. After Feb. 23, the fee increases to $45 and lunch is not guaranteed.

The event brochure and information on registration can be found on the Racine County Division of Extension website: https://racine.uwex.edu, the Kenosha County Division of Extension website: https://kenosha.uwex.edu, or by contacting the Kenosha County Extension office at 262-857-1945.