'Gardening Day': new season, fresh ideas

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CSI Media staff | March 14, 2014

Gardeners as well as non-gardeners will find something of interest at Walworth County's eighth annual Smart Gardening Day held Saturday, March 22. The event will be held at the Walworth County Government Center in Elkhorn.

Those attending can choose up to four classes from the 12 planned for the day. The cost is $7 per class or $25 for four classes. Registrations will be accepted until March 20, or when the classes are full. Registration forms are available from the Walworth County UW-Extension office at (262) 741-4951 or online at Walworth.UWEX.edu.

Classes include: “New Plants for Your Landscape” and “Butterfly Friendly Landscaping,” both taught by Walworth County UW-Extension horticulture educator Chrissy Wen.   Learn all about “Saving Seeds in the Home Garden” presented by Rock County UW-Extension horticulture educator Christy Marsden, and “Food Dehydrating Basics” with Walworth County master food preserver Jenny Wehmeier.

Chef Tyler Sailsbery of The Black Sheep Restaurant in Whitewater will demonstrate recipes for “Italian Flavors With an Abundance of Tomatoes.” Chef Mike Lavin of Gooseberries Fresh Food Market in Burlington will share “New Favorites From Old Foods.”

With all that food, make sure to check out “Tai Chi — A New Twist on an Old Exercise,” presented by Tai Chi instructor Mike Wisniewski.

If flower arranging is more your style, come check out “Simple, Smart Flower Arranging for the Table” with Joanne Wright, owner of Lilypots Fresh Flowers in Lake Geneva. Or “Design a Fresh Floral Arrangement” with Jerry Rahn, the owner of Wishing Well Florist in Elkhorn.

If you are looking to update your outdoor garden space, make sure to attend “Tool Time” with Walt Uebele, owner of Burlington Garden Center.

Do you have plenty of shade? Find out “What's New in the Perennial Hosta” with Allen Ritchey, owner of Al's Auto Body and Arboretum in Walworth.

Feel a bit whimsical? Learn about the new trend of “Miniature Gardens & Fairy Gardens” with Brenda Williams of Pesche's Greenhouse in Lake Geneva.

Smart Gardening Day is sponsored by Walworth County Home & Community Education, Master Gardeners and UW-Extension. A raffle of garden-related items will be held to benefit the HCE Wisconsin Bookworms program. Lunch and beverages will be available for purchase.

Register at (262) 741-4951.

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