Spring Into Gardening

Spring into Gardening 2022 Virtual Workshop Series

Date: March 5th, March 12th, March 19th, and March 26th 2022

Time: Two session per day, 9.30 A.M. – 11.45 A.M.

Where: Zoom Webinar

Registration: $25 per person (Opens on January 3rd, 2022)

Questions: Contact Extension Kenosha County at 262-857-1945 or email

Program Details:

Date Time Speaker Presentation Title & Handouts (PDF Download)
March 5 9.30 A.M. Roy Diblik, Northwind Perennial Farm

The Know Maintenance Approach

Roy’s thoughtful way to design perennial plantings welcomes fresh contemporary styles and plant diversity integrated with responsible stewardship concerns.   By using a selection of regionally dependable perennials and native plants, endless nature inspired plant patterns can be created, each relating to time and cost to nurture and care for.  He will discuss the developing partnership between the gardener, the plants and nature, always knowing the beauty is in the doing.

March 5 10.35 A.M. PJ Liesch, UW Madison Extension Entomology Specialist

Attracting Monarchs and Other Butterflies to Your Yard and Garden

Monarchs and other butterflies are admired for their beauty, cultural significance, and role in the ecosystem.  In this talk, we’ll discuss ways to attract monarchs and other butterflies to your yard and garden and how to best provide for them.

March 12 9.30 A.M. Vijai Pandian, Horticulture Extension Educator Overview on how to design your vegetable garden, schedule your seeding and planting time, prep your garden beds and post care planting.
March 12 10.35 A.M. Andrew Stammer, UW Soil and Forage Lab Director

Knowing & Amending Your Soil

For homeowners, gardeners and others interested in growing healthy, productive plants. Starting with favorable soil conditions is essential to promote good plant growth. You can improve plant growth by properly amending soil. In this presentation Andrew Stammer from the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene Soil and Forage Analysis Lab will discuss what makes a productive soil, how to evaluate soil conditions and diagnose common plant problems, and what amendments and composts can be helpful to ensure productive plant growth. Andrew has over seven years’ experience working with homeowners to diagnose common problems in their lawns and gardens and is excited to share this experience.

March 19 9.30 A.M. Johanna Oosterwyk, DC Smith Greenhouse Manager

Low Maintenance House Plants

We love our houseplants, but we don’t always have time to pamper them. We’ll take a look at some of the most rewarding houseplants. The ones that almost seem to thrive on neglect and give years of joy for not too much effort.

March 19 10.35 A.M.  Janet Kosut, Greenhouse Manager, Burlington Garden Center

Successful Container Gardening for Flowering Annuals

Tips and tricks in designing your containers with best annual flowers, containers and proper media

March 26 9.30 A.M. Aaron Schauer, Instructor/ Program Director, Urban Forestry Program, Gateway Technical College

Pruning Shrubs

Have you considered pruning your shrubs, but felt like you just didn’t know where to start?  Or, even more challenging, started and not been happy with the results?  Aaron will provide some ideas to help you out, including discussion and videos showing various methods to prune your shrubs.  We will also discuss the best time of year to prune shrubs.  See you online!

March 26 10.35 A.M. Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture, Oblrich Botanical Gardens

Small Trees with Big Impact

Small-scale trees are key players in any well-designed garden for their year-round beauty and structure. Whether you’re after beautiful flowers, fruit, bark, form or fall color, there is a tree to fit your needs. The list of trees is large and keen horticulturists are creating and discovering new cultivars and species every year. Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, will sort through the top performing small-scaled ornamental trees for Midwestern gardens. Jeff will also illustrate great plant combinations that you can emulate in your own gardens.


When and how do you receive the zoom webinar link? 

Participants will receive a unique zoom link through their registered email address. All participants must register individually with their email address. Click on the link to fill out the google registration form in the next section and fill in with correct email address.  Please note that the unique Zoom link sent to the individual participant cannot be shared with other people and can be accessed on any one device during the live session.  Participants will receive the zoom link only two days prior to the start of each session.

Online Registration: (Opens on January 3rd, 2022): 

Click here for the Eventbrite online registration and payment for Spring into Gardening workshop.

If you like to register via check, download the brochure PDF and fill out the registration form in the brochure.