Our Mission:

The Rock Prairie Master Gardener Association, located in Rock County, Wisconsin, is the 42nd association of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program.

This blog is used to distribute timely information to association members regarding volunteer opportunities, MGV highlights, and other social tid bits.

Horticulture related information is to be directed to the Horticulture Educator or the Plant Health Advisors.

This blog is not for garden related questions.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Need hours? Continuing Ed Op at RBG

Botanic Talk: A Closer Look at Lilies
June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Botanic Talk – A Closer Look at Lilies

Friday, June 21, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

David Whaley a lilium enthusiast and backyard hybridizer, will share his expertise and experiences on growing and propagating lilies.

Free for members, $3 for non-members
About David…

David is a Lillium enthusiast, and has been a backyard hybridizer since 2016. He got interested in gardening in 2015 when he did the landscaping at his house. He was especially intrigued by lilies once he started learning more about them. The numerous colors and shapes and patterns available just captured his attention.

He started meeting people involved with the North American Lily Society, which in turn gained him friendships with people all over the world with a passion for lilies.

In 2016 he was a part of a recovery team that dug up Dr. Robert Griesbach’s 5 acre lily hybridizing property in Delavan, Wisconsin. Dr. Griesbach had been hybridizing lilies for over 30 years. His material is garden hardy and one of a kind.

Also, David is the chairman for the North American Lily Society seed exchange, which entails receiving the seed donations from members around the world, cleaning the seed and individually packaging the seed. He then makes a list available for the NALS website for members to order the seed, along with gathering photos as well.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

REMINDER - February Meeting, Thursday, February 7 at 5:30 pm

Photo Courtesy of UWEX
Invasive Plants
Thursday, Feb. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Premier Bank in the basement conference room. (Please arrive early as the doors will be closed and locked at 5:30 pm.)

A short meeting will begin at 5:30 pm. Agendas will be available in the meeting room. 

After the meeting we'll be turning to the state Master Gardener Program for some Level 2 training videos on Invasive Plants (like the Canada thistle shown at right). You’ll get an hour of  Continuing Education Units (CEUs)  if you come watch the videos and join the discussion.

The first video features Anne Pierce, Coordinator of the WI First Detector Network. It's a general introduction to invasives and the problems they create.

Three shorter videos feature UW or UWEX experts on specific types of invasive plants. One talks about callery pear. The other two talk about aquatic and terrestrial invasive plants.

If you’d like to get another hour of education credit, we’ll show you how to do that at home by reading 3 fact sheets on specific types of terrestrial invasive plants and completing a short quiz. (Fact sheets are 4-6 pages each. The quiz is only 6 questions.)

This evening will give you a good introduction to the location and format of Level 2 training, so it will be easy to find other topics of interest that you’ll feel comfortable pursuing on your own.

The meeting and program will take place in the basement of Premier Bank, 1400 Black Bridge Road, Janesville. It’s just off Milton Ave. (Hwy 26) behind McDonalds. Enter through the front doors, go down the stairs on the left and the conference room doors will be open for you in the basement. There is an elevator which we will be using to transport equipment, but if you need to use it we'll have a key to make it accessible.
Remember: Be sure to arrive a little early, as the doors will be locked at 5:30 p.m. and bank staff will leave the building!
ALL MGVs are welcome, not just RPMGA members.