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 UW-Extension from which we are founded.
Officers and Directors:
President – Carolyn Swanberg
Vice President – Hali Dessecker
Secretary – Geri Nedland
Treasurer – Millie Seabold
Directors: Cindy Giguere, Marilyn Saffert, Gene Nelson
Historian – Carolyn Swanberg
Record Keeper – Laura Cutsforth
Newsletter – Carol Kettner
Advisor – Becky Schley, UW-Extension Agricultural Agent, (715) 5378-6252
Sunshine – Jill Keefer
Publicity – Hali Dessecker
WIGMA State Board Rep: Hali Dessecker
Master Gardener Program Schedule for 2019
Unless otherwise noted, monthly meetings are held at the Barron County Government Center, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
January 2019- (no membership meeting) Barron County Master Gardener Officers and Directors Meeting
February 7, 2019 – Kevin Schoessow of Spooner, “Talking about General Pruning of our Trees and Shrubs”
Kevin Schoessow is the Advisor of the North Country Master Gardeners in Spooner will present a program on, “General Pruning of our Trees and Shrubs.”
March 1 – Jay and Leah Margan, owners of the Blueview Greenhouse in Rice Lake. This meeting will be held in the afternoon at 1:00 pm at Jay and Leah Margan’s greenhouse.
Jay and Leah were Barron County Master Gardener Volunteers for a few years. Jay will give us a tour of the greenhouses and then demonstrate the techniques that they use when they put together their handing baskets of annual flowers. We will have a short business meeting at the greenhouse.
April 4 – Jerry Clark, UW Extension Crops and Soils Educator from Chippewa County will present, “Weather and Climate Determines What We Can Grow and How Well it Grows.” This session will look at changes in weather and climate and how it affects us as gardeners.
April 6 – Spring Garden Expo- Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Conference Center, Rice Lake, WI 54868.
- Keynote Speaker: Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI. Mark has a landscape designer, has a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Illinois. His first presentation is, “Basics of Landscape Design.” Landscapes, while focusing on beautiful appropriate plants, should also consider form and function in regards to the basics of layout, the anticipated use of the landscape plant placement. This presentation will address the basic considerations regarding assessing the landscape, identifying goals, addressing needs and make some decisions prior to even selecting plants. Advice will consist of design ideas that will create beautiful setting that coincides with available maintenance and the expectations of the landscape itself.
- Keynote Speaker: Mark Dwyer, his second program will be, “Sensational Seasonals.” This presentation will cover many of the wonderful new annual flowering plants that are available at the garden centers. Each year brings in new exciting annuals to plant in either containers or directly into the garden. He’ll share information on shade annuals and also those that thrive in the sun.
- Our Second Speaker: Mike Racette, A Farmer’s Market and CSA Gardener from Prairie Farm, will present, “Vegetable Gardening.” He will explore many vegetables that he has found to be great ones in his Northern Wisconsin garden.
- Our Third Speaker: Tim Fehr from Eau Claire, a Hybridizer of Daylilies, will present, “What’s New in Daylilies.” Tim is a member of the American Hemerocallis Society and was awarded the Helen Field Society’s highest honor. Tim will speak about the emerging trends in daylilies. He’ll explore patterns, edges, unusual forms, spiders, minis, and giants. He’ll talk a bit about prices and availability of the newer daylilies, but also talk about some wonderful varieties that are not brand new, yet are stunning and available.
May 2 – Board of Director’s Meeting at 6:00 pm
May 2 – Carrie Larson will present a program, “New and Exiting Annuals for Your Garden in 2019.” She will give us a look at the new annuals for containers that will be available for 2019. Carrie works with McHutchinson Horticultural Distributors out of River Falls, and specializes in annuals. She travels around the U.S. to conventions learning about those new plants; for example Proven Winners. She’ll share ideas for successful containers and which annuals will thrive in sun and which ones do best in the shade.
May 17 – Friday – Set up for the plant sale at the fairgrounds.
May 18 – Annual Plant Sale at the fairgrounds in Rice Lake, Start time is 8:00 am. (Date is tentative, depending on the spring weather.)
June 6 – 6:00 p.m. Potluck picnic and garden tour at Carol Kettner and John Peter’s Rice Lake home.
July 11 – 6:00 p.m. Potluck picnic and garden tour at Gene Nelson’s Rice Lake/Canton home.
July 15-21 – Barron County Fair
15 – Monday – Set up
16 – Tuesday – Jr. Class Judging
17 – Wednesday – Open Class Judging
18-21 – Staff the Master Gardener Booth
21 – Sunday – Clean up
August 1 – 6:00 pm. Potluck picnic at Linda Mullikin’s Rice Lake home.
August 21 – Wednesday, 6:00 pm, We will carpool to a Prairie Farm cut flower farm, Green Light Farms. Maggie Sheehan and her husband, Ben, will give us a tour of their flower farm. They grow only flowers that they cut, sell, and deliver to local florists in Eau Claire, Stillwater and the Twin Cities Metro area. They also supply cut flowers for weddings and also flowers for parties. They “flower farm” some acres of annual and perennial flowers, along with ornamental grasses and other plants used in bouquets.
September 5 – Sue Reinardy, A Master Gardener from Hayward, will present, “Summer Bulbs.” This program will focus on the many bulbs that grow well in our gardens such as alliums, caladiums, calla lilies, cannas, dahlias, glads, lilies irises and tuberous begonias.
October 1 – VOLUNTEER HOURS AND CLUB DUES OF $20.00 ARE BOTH DUE ON THIS DAY. VOLUNTEER HOURS SHOULD BE SENT TO LAURA CUTSFORTH AND DUES SHOULD BE PAID TO CLUB TREASURER, MILLIE SEABOLD.
October 3 – We will hold this meeting at DragSmith Farms, which is a local CSA business outside of Barron. Gail Smith, A Master Gardener for many year’s, and her husband, Maurice will give us a tour of their business and greenhouse. They operate this organic family farm that they started in 1988. They have 30 acres of certified organic produce, greens and micro greens that they market. They are a local CSA farm. Each week from June to November, a CSA members will receive a box that contains salad greens and 6 to 8 organic vegetable items.
November 7 – Marilyn Saffert, Barron County Maser Gardener, will present, “Herbs That Really Rock.” She will talk about common and unique types of herbs: Cooking, medicinal, and herbs that have unusual uses. Hints will be given on how to easily use them and harvest them for later use.
December 5 – 6:00 pm – Christmas Party, at the Barron County Government Center. Potluck and garden gift exchange.
Advisor: Becky Schley, UW-Extension, 715-537-6252
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