Classes, Seminars, and Trips

Basic Master Gardener Training

Continuing Education

Events Sponsored by Winnebago County Master Gardeners

Watch for more details and registration forms for 2020/2021 trips and training opportunities!

Events Sponsored by Other Master Gardener Groups

Events Sponsored by Other Groups

Saturday, January 29 - Toward Harmony with Nature sponsored by the WildOnes—Fox Valley, Oshkosh
  Convention Center, Oshkosh, WI, 8 a.m.—4:15 p.m. This conference is also being offered virtually in real time.

Breeding Root Vegetables for Wisconsin with UW-Madison Professor of Horticulture Irwin Goldman. Available
   anytime on YouTube on Badger Talks Live 

Confessions of a Black Thumb: Plants That I Have Killed or at Least Seriously Maimed, by Brian Huddleson, now
   available on YouTube.

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Ouldolf, film is available online for individual screening, cost $15.

How to Create a Rain Garden, Lisa Johnson, horticulture educator for UW-Madison, Dane County Extension.

Invasive Jumping Worms on University Place, screening with Brad Herrick, Ecologist and Research Program Manager, UW-Arboretum.

2021 PBS Wisconsin Garden Expo

These UW Extension approved continuing education seminars are now available on YouTube Free.

  1. Indigenous AgriCulture, Laura Manthe, Coordinator for White Corn Growers, Oneida Nation and Lea Zeise, Agriculture Program Manager, United South & Eastern Tribes, Inc. Great Lakes tribal agriculture from historical and modern perspectives.
  2. Sensational Seasonal Plants, Mark Dwyer, former Director of Horticulture at Rotary Gardens, Janesville, WI.
  3. Let’s Grow Stuff” a screening of curated episodes, from PBS, hosted by horticulturist Ben Futa. The series is designed to help the beginning gardener learn the tools of successful vegetable and herb gardening.
  4. Growing Potatoes in Your Home Garden, Dr. Yi Wang, assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture at the UW-Madison and a state Extension specialist.
  5. Wisconsin Gardener, Host Shelley Ryan travels throughout Wisconsin with her hands-in-the-dirt approach to growing plants, flowers and vegetables.
  6. Old Fashioned Favorites You and the Pollinators Will Enjoy, Melinda Myers, Horticulturist
  7. Big Gardening in Small Spaces, Michelle Dobbs, Victory Garden Initiative. Discover how to grow three seasons of fresh food in your backyard.
  8. Setting the Stage for Successful Gardening, Jerry Apps & Natasha Kassulke. Jerry is Professor Emeritus and former Ag Extension Agent for Green Lake and Brown Counties. Natasha is the former editor of the Natural Resources Magazine. They share how involving family in gardening can bring family together, along with creating an abundance of fresh vegetables.
  9. UW-Madison Indigenous Research Garden & Land Education, Dan Cornelius is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and an outreach specialist at the Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center in the UW-Madison Law School. Claire Luby, is a faculty associate at UW-Madison.

Horticulture Information Articles by the Master Gardener Program

Articles — Most of the horticulture information articles posted on the Master Gardener Program site can be read for CE credit (0.5 hours each) if approved by the local County Coordinator. Articles that cannot be used for CE include articles about botanic gardens and All-America Selections winners.

Illinois Extension

Four Seasons Gardening Webinar Series by the Illinois Extension Horticulture team. On select Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. Free but registration required by clicking on the link for each webinar. Space is limited.
  August 17 – End of Summer Planted Fall Vegetables, Fall harvested vegetables tend to be sweeter as they
   finish growing as the temperatures are cooling and fall approaches. Join University of Illinois Extension Horticulture
   Educator Bruce J. Black as he shares some tips for planting fall vegetables, which vegetables are better suited for a
   late summer planting, and some information about how to store fall harvested vegetables for their longest shelf or
   storage life.
  September 14 – Garden Tool Maintenance, Make gardening less of a chore by maintaining your equipment. Sharp,
   rust-free tools are easier on the body and make whatever task is at hand quicker to finish. Horticulture Educator
   Richard Hentschel will cover care for hand tools and small engine equipment commonly used in the garden and home
  October 19 – The Nuts and Boles of Tree Identification, Illinois is home to hundreds of native and non-native tree
   species, but identifying them isn’t always easy. Besides leaves, bark, twigs, buds, flowers, boles, and fruit can also
   be helpful in identification. Gain confidence in your tree ID abilities by joining Horticulture Educator Sarah Vogel to
   learn how to recognize tree species based on the size, shape, and appearance of tree parts and their scientific
  November 30Tree Root Collar Disorders, A root collar is an important area of a tree where root tissue shifts to
   trunk tissue. Impacts to this part of the tree can have a variety of symptoms from yellow foliage and early fall color
   to dieback in the upper canopy, and even tree death. Horticulture Educator Ryan Pankau will explore how to
   prevent, identify, and treat common tree root collar disorders.

NOTE:  Each program is recorded and available to watch on the Illinois Extension Horticulture YouTube Channel. Videos are available about two weeks after the live program.

  Soil, Climate, and Carbon
  Planning for Pollinators this Fall
  End of Summer Planted Fall Vegetables
  Garden Tool Maintenance
  The Nuts and Boles of Tree Identification

Melinda Myers Virtual Gardening Workshops

No cost, but registration required using the link provided. Archived workshops also available.

Be a Part of the Solution--Plant a Landscape that Makes a Difference
Creative Container Gardening
Gardening During the Summer Months 
Growing Nutritious and Flavorful Edibles Indoors
Helpful Ideas for New Plant Parents
Low Maintenance Gardening for Beauty and Health Benefit
Planting Your Rain Garden 
Pollinator-Friendly Perennials for Difficult Situations
Pruning Tips for Shrubs
Rain Garden Maintenance
Shade Gardening for Beauty and Pollinator Appeal
Sustainable Lawn and Landscape Care 
Tomatoes: Maximize Your Harvest & Minimize Insect & Disease Problems 
Top Plants for Rain Gardens, Water Gardens, Shoreline Gardens & Those to Avoid
Well Loved Wisconsin Garden Plants

UW-Extension Master Gareners Webinars

UW-Extension Master Gardener Webinars to register and for more information about each session.
    Monday, December 6 – Care for Common December Plants, 6:30 p.m. or Monday, December 13, 11 a.m.

Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitor Network Webinar Series

Follow the link below for access to all of the approved webinars. Those not listed here are not eligible for MG continuing education. Free but registration is required. Link for Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitor Network Webinars.

Archived Webinars:
Wetlands in Wisconsin
Shoreline Gardening for Healthy Lakes and Rivers
Bogs and Fens: Peatlands of Wisconsin
Groundwater and Lakes
Wild Rice in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Public Radio Events/Opportunities

WPR Garden Talk with Larry Meiller, Fridays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays at 6 a.m. on 88.1 FM or 90.3 FM
Archived Shows

Xerces Society (all free)

All Xerces Society programs are available after the original date on YouTube.

Getting to Know the "Good Bugs"- Scouting for Pollinators and Other Beneficial Insects
Supporting Pollinators Over Time:  How to Maintain Wildlife Diversity