2016 Green Thumb Gardening Series

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The 2016 Green Thumb Gardening Series will give you the practical knowledge to keep your home garden thriving! University of Wisconsin Extension educators, specialists, and local horticulture experts will provide in depth and accessible information for everyone from the novice to the experienced gardener.

Classes will be held Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, February 25-April 14, 2016 at the Dane County UW-Extension office.


  • February 25 – Soils & Composting (Joe Muellenberg & Lisa Johnson)
  • March 3        –  Vegetable Garden Planning & Techniques (Claire Strader)
  • March 10      –  Vegetables Families, Pests & Diseases (Joe Muellenberg & Lisa Johnson)
  • March 17      –  Native Plants for Gardens & Pollinators (Frank Hassler)
  • March 24      –  Shrub Selection & Care (Lisa Johnson)
  • March 31      –  Wildlife in the Garden (David Drake)
  • April 7          –  Annuals & Perennials (Lisa Johnson)
  • April 14        –  Landscape Design (Ben Futa)

Online Registration 

Mail In Registration Form

 – Includes a set of handout materials to accompany each class –

 Sign up for individual classes at $25.00 each OR the complete class series at $150.00


 Class Series Details:

Soils and composting: This class covers soil types, nutrients, pH (a measure of soil acidity/alkalinity), organic matter, fertilizers, how to improve your soil, how to make compost and a variety of composting techniques. Taught by Joe Muellenberg & Lisa Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension Horticulture Program.

Vegetable Garden Planning & Techniques: Dane County UWEX Small-Scale and Organic Produce Educator Claire Strader will cover organic techniques for growing vegetables, with an emphasis on practical strategies for getting a good harvest.

Vegetables Families, Pests & Diseases: Learn about common vegetable families, best growing practices, and how to prevent common pests and diseases. Taught by Joe Muellenberg & Lisa Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension Horticulture Program.

Native Plants for Gardens and Pollinators: Frank Hassler of Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss native prairie plants for gardens and some of the best plants to choose to attract butterflies and pollinator insects.

Shrub Selection and Care: Learn how to choose the right shrub for the right place, use proper pruning techniques, choose the right tools for the job and timing of pruning as well as proper planting and shrub care techniques. Taught by Lisa Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension Horticulture Program.

Weeds and Wildlife: David Drake, UW-Madison Wildlife Ecologist, will discuss desirable and non-desirable wildlife in the garden. He will concentrate on pest exclusion and control strategies.

Annuals and Perennials: Learn general techniques for selecting, planting, and caring for annuals and perennials as well as covering some new and recommended varieties.  Taught by Lisa Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension Horticulture Program.

Landscape Design: Ben Futa, Director at Allen Centennial Garden, will cover fundamentals and elements of landscape design for your annual or perennial home garden.