Rotary Gardens plans spring symposium
JANESVILLE Everything from heirloom gardening to plant diseases will be discussed as topics of Rotary Botanical Gardens' Spring Symposium titled, "Our Gardening Heritage."
The symposium is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive.
Featured will be these topics and speakers:
-- Preserving Our Heritage Through Heirloom Gardening: Led by Diane OttWhealy, an expert gardener and co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, the nation's premiere nonprofit seed-saving organization. OttWhealy will discuss heirloom gardening, self-seeding annuals, seed saving and creating a sustainable and edible landscape.
-- Gardening Insights and Inspiration From Wisconsin's Early Settlers: Led by Marcia Carmichael, historic gardens coordinator and author. Carmichael will speak of the ethnic diversity of Wisconsin's early settlers, their treasured plants and their favorite culinary and gardening traditions.
-- Midwest Victory Gardens: Potatoes, Petunias and Patriotism: Led by Lee Somerville, landscape historian, master gardener and author. Somerville will discuss lessons learned from history of victory gardens and government gardening propaganda.
-- Plant Diseases That Have Changed History: Led by Dr. Brian D. Hudelson, plant pathologist and senior outreach specialist and director of Diagnostic Services at the UW-Madison/Extension Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic. Hudelson will share stories about far-reaching plant diseases and their impacts.
Admission to the symposium is $65 for gardens' friends members and $75 for the general public. This includes resource materials, a box lunch and light refreshments.
For more information or to make a special food request, visit rotarybotanicalgardens.org, call 608-752-3885 or email email@example.com.