Spring Into Gardening Workshop 2013

 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday, March 2, 2013

Lunda Center, Western Technical College, 319 North 7th St., La Crosse, WI

Registration Details:

  • Cost for the workshop is $30.00.  Your registration entitles you to attendance to the workshop, all program materials, refreshments and lunch.
  • Registrations post-marked by February 22, 2013 will receive lunch.  We do accept late registrations and walk-ins the day of the event, but they will not get a lunch.
  • All registrations are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  Confirmations will be sent out via email prior to the workshop.  Please include your email address on the registration form.  We plan to have online registration available next year and will announce through our email list of past attendees.
  • Change in plans?  If you are not able to attend you may send someone in your place.  Please inform us at registration check-in.  Sorry, no refunds.
  • Print the registration form, complete and mail with your payment.  Form is ….

Parking is available in any of the WTC Parking Lots.  Lot B is just across the street from the Lunda Center.        


Master Gardeners earn 5.5 hours of continuing education for attendance at all sessions.


   7:45 – 8:30           Registration and Coffee (vendor area and silent auction open)

8:30 – 10:00         Keynote Presenter – Jeff Gillman, The Truth About Gardening Remedies

10:00 – 10:30       Break          Be sure to check out our vendors and silent auction

10:30 – 12:00       Keynote Presenter – Diane Ott Whealy, Growing Heirlooms in Your Garden

12:00 – 1:00         LUNCH    Another great chance to visit our vendors and silent auction.  Silent auction ends at 1:00 pm 

1:00 – 2:15           Breakout Session #1

  • Gary Whittenbaugh,  Gardening With Conifers
  • Heidi Doering,  Introducing…New Garden Annuals for 2013

2:15 – 2:45           BREAK   Last opportunity to visit our vendors. Pay for your silent auction purchases.

2:45 – 4:00          Breakout Session #2

  • Mark Swart,   Designing With Ornamental Grasses and Perennials
  • Scott Parker, What’s New With Peonies?



Jeff Gillman, The Truth About Gardening Remedies

Can beer make plants grow? How about buttermilk? Or music — classical or rock? Is it true about planting trees in deep holes? And how about chasing insects with hot sauce and stopping slugs with eggshells? Remedies for all garden woes are there for the taking: the challenge is to know what will work and what won’t. Fearlessly conducting original experiments and harvesting wisdom from the scientific literature, horticulturist Jeff Gillman assesses new and historic advice and reveals the how and why — and sometimes the why not — for more than 100 common and uncommon gardening practices. The results will surprise even experienced gardeners.

Diane Ott Whealy, Growing Heirlooms in Your Garden

Diane Ott Whealy discusses the history and growth of Seed Savers Exchange, the nation’s premier nonprofit seed-saving organization. Audiences new to heirloom gardening will learn basic seed saving techniques and the importance of preserving our plant biodiversity.photos taken at Seed Savers Heritage Farm demonstrate garden designs byvegetables, herbs and flowerscreate beautiful edible landscapes that can be applied to large gardens, small beds, borders and containers.  

Gary Whittenbaugh
, Gardening With Conifers: Conifers come in a wide range of colors, shapes, and textures. Gary will discuss how conifers can be used in the garden to provide balance and structure, along with year-round visual interest.  He will also share some of his favorites.

Heidi Doering, Introducing…New Garden Annuals For 2013: Ready, Set, Go! We all spend time looking through garden catalogs over winter. Winter’s the time to discover what new plant varieties you want to search out in spring to accent your garden planters and landscapes.  Heidi travels throughout the Midwest during  the summer months to determine which new varieties will perform best in Midwest gardens. See the best of the best new seed and vegetative annuals coming to a garden center or home improvement center near you in 2013.  


Mark Swart, Designing with Ornamental Grasses and Perennials: Ornamental grasses and perennials  provide a full palette of color during the growing season, brilliant fall colors and unique seed pods and textures during the winter months  in addition to attracting many varieties of birds, bees and butterflies. Participants will be guided through the selection of low maintenance grasses and perennials using texture, form, and composition for maximum effect throughout the year.  

Scott Parker, What’s New with Peonies? : Peonies are perennial favorites in the flower garden. Their exquisite, large blossoms make excellent cut flowers and the foliage provides a background for annuals or other perennials. Learn about the history of Peonies , including a discussion about new varieties that stand without extra support and exhibit showy and sustained flowers, disease resistance and foliage durability and learn  what and what not to do to help them thrive;soils, sun and moisture requirements of this backyard favorite.

SPEAKER INFORMATION  (in order of their presentations)

Jeff Gillman  is an associate professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota where he teaches courses on plant propagation and plant production as well as conducting research on healthy nursery and landscape practices. He is also the author of five books on a variety of topics related to gardening and the environment.

Diane Ott Wheally  is a Co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange (SSE). Founded in 1975 as a non-profit organization, SSE has more than 13,000 members, made up of gardeners, orchardists, chefs and plant collectors—all dedicated to the preservation and distribution of heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers and herbs. Diane currently serves as the organization’s Vice President. Regarded by many as the “Mother of the Heirloom Seed Movement,” Diane has been a national leader and strong advocate for the protection of the earth’s rare genetic food stocks for over 37 years. Her recently-released memoir, “Gathering,” is available in book stores throughout North America.

Gary Whittenbaugh has been gardening for over 38 years with an emphasis on dwarf, slow growing and unusual conifers plus trough and rock gardening. He became an Iowa Master Gardener in 1998 and received the Lifetime Master Gardener award in 2005. He is a member of the American Conifer Society, the North American Rock Garden Society and Roots Board Member of Bickelhaupt Arboretum.

Heidi Doering has been a horticultural professional for 25 years.   As Product Manager  for Syngenta Flowers, she managed product life cycles of market with specific focus on product trials, new product introductions, marketing and sales support, technical growing support, and sales forecasting.  She carries on with plant trial visits and evaluations in an effort to help gardeners navigate through the large number of annual plant varieties available to gardeners—finding those which will perform best for gardeners in Midwestern gardens. 

MARK SWART has worked in Winona since 1977 and is currently the owner of both Sundance Grasses and Perennials and Architectural Stone and Glass. He is a member of the Perennial Plant Association and Association of Professional Landscape Designers. Notable works include the Performing Arts Building, Phelps Hall, Center Plaza at Winona State University and The Minnesota Marine Art Museum , Signatures Restaurant and Unity Park– Winona, MN

SCOTT PARKER has been an avid gardener for over 35 years in the Tomah area. He has  a wide range of gardening interests including: beekeeping, fruit trees, vegetables and his No. 1 passion,  peonies: tree peonies, herbaceous peonies and intersectional peonies., He promotes the many attributes of peonies and new developments through his role as  President of the Wisconsin Peony Society.

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