2018 Green Thumb Gardening Classes

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


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In Spring 2018, classes will be held Thursday evenings,  Feb. 22nd – April 26th from 6:30-9:00pm at the Dane County UW-Extension office. Register for the complete class series at a discounted price ($160.00) or individual classes ($20.00) according to your interests.

2018 CLASS TOPICS 

  • February 22 – Native Plants for Gardens & Pollinators
  • March 1        – Wisconsin Wildlife in the Home Garden
  • March 8        – Vegetable Garden Planning & Techniques
  • March 15      – Vegetable Families, Pests & Diseases
  • March 22      – Garden Landscape Design
  • March 29      – Composting & Soil Composition
  • April 5           – Diseases in the Home Garden
  • April 12         – Growing Berries
  • April 19         – Weeds & Invasive Plant Management
  • April 26         – Annual & Perennial Flowers

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Class Descriptions

  • 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 other pollinators.
  • Wisconsin Wildlife in the Garden: David Drake, UW-Madison Wildlife Ecologist, will discuss desirable and non-desirable wildlife in the garden. He will focus on creating wildlife habitat, pest exclusion, and control strategies.
  • 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 a successful 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.
  • Garden Landscape Design: Ben Futa, Director at Allen Centennial Garden, will cover fundamentals and elements of landscape design for your annual or perennial home garden.
  • Soils and Composting: This class covers soil types, nutrients, pH, organic matter, fertilizers, improving soil fertility, art & science of composting, and best composting practices. Taught by Joe Muellenberg & Lisa Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension Horticulture Program.
  • Diseases in the Home Garden: Learn how to prevent and manage diseases that afflict a variety of plants in the home garden. Taught by Lisa Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension Horticulture Educator.
  • Growing Berries: Learn how to propagate and cultivate a variety of berry fruits in the your home garden. Taught by Lisa Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension Horticulture Educator.
  • Weeds & Invasive Plant Management: Learn how to prevent and manage common weeds in the home garden as well as identification and control of terrestrial invasive species in Wisconsin. Taught by Lisa Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension Horticulture Program.
  • Annuals and Perennial Flowers: Learn general techniques for selecting, planting, and caring for annuals and perennials. The session will also highlight new and recommended varieties. Taught by Lisa Johnson, Dane County UW-Extension Horticulture Program.