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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.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Symposium Is Filling Up Quickly

I just wanted to mention that registrations for our spring symposium (March 26th) are filling up very quickly. We are "capping" this event at 175 registrants and currently have 110! This event will probably fill up within the next two weeks!!! "Your Garden - Maximized!" focuses on gardening in a small spaces. We'll have Jeff Epping (Olbrich Botanical Gardens) talking about Small Trees With Big Impact, Doreen Howard (author, garden writer, photographer) addressing Heirloom Edibles for Containers & Small Spaces, Ed Lyon (Allen Centennial Gardens - UW-Madison) talking about Stunning Plants for Dazzling Effects in Limited-Space Gardens and I'll finish up the day presenting Landscape Design Tips for the Smaller Garden. This event is $50 for the public and $40 for RBG members and any MGVs. Check out our website ( for the more detailed brochure and registration details. Check out the yummy lunch menu too. There will be a silent auction (plants from Song Sparrow Nursery), freebies and all sorts of neat things going on.

There is also a Friday night (March 25) component for an additional $10 that will be held at Basics Cooperative in Janesville from 6 pm until 8 pm. This event is a "Meet and Greet" with all four speakers and Doreen Howard will be doing a short presentation on Heirloom Vegetables. Snacks, beverages (wine) and other goodies will be provided. Participants for this "pre-event" can register early too and pick up all their materials for the next day.

Don't miss out on this opportunity! As a side note, we will be having a fall symposium on November 5th (mark it down) that will feature Roy Klehm of Song Sparrow Farm & Beaver Creek Nursery (peonies), Dr. Laura Jull from UW-Madison (woody plants with fall & winter interest), Jim Nau from Ball Seed Company (plants you must have) and one other TBA speaker. More information soon.

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