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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.

This blog is not for garden related questions.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Upcoming Opportunity

Although our spring symposium is full, we still have room at the Friday night (March 25th) "Meet & Greet" event. Held at the BASICS Cooperative in Janesville (6 pm - 8 pm), this event will feature a talk on "Heirloom Vegetables" by Doreen Howard, one of our symposium speakers. Doreen has a new book coming out this year on this topic and is very well known for her writing and photography. Jeff Epping from Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Ed Lyon from Allen Centennial Gardens (UW-Madison) will also be on hand. There will be all sorts of snacks, beverages and wine! The fee is $10 and any one interested can RSVP with me (Mark Dwyer) at (608) 754-1779. Hope to see you there. Shot above is of 'Silverado' Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris).
Details for our fall symposium on November 5th (8 am - 4 pm) will be on our website soon. Speakers will include Dr. Laura Jull (UW-Madison Horticulture Dept.), Roy Klehm (Song Sparrow Farm & Beaver Creek Nursery), Jim Nau (Ball Seed Trial Gardens Manager) and Richard Hawke (Chicago Botanic Garden Plant Evaluation Manager). The event is focused on cool plants and there will be the usual yummy lunch and plant freebies! Limited to 180! Nice shot below of the fall color on the fullmoon maple (Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium') in the RBG Japanese garden.

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