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.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

October 6 field day far better than anticipated

This month's field day on Thursday, Oct. 6 turned out to be far more exciting and informative than anticipated.

We started at Al's Auto Body and Arboretum and learned a good deal about the history of the operation and his plans for the future.  Although the plants weren't at their peak because the season is late, Al was a gracious host who helped us understand his focus on the humble hosta.  A number of us came home with plants in the trunk.

Al in his Arboretum

After leaving Al's we headed south to just outside Harvard, Illinois to Royal Oak Orchard Farm where we had a covered wagon tour of the orchard and a highly informative and very unexpected impromptu lecture on biodiversity and IPM in their orchard by Dennis M. Norton the orchard keeper at Royal Oak.  He has a blog (The Orchardkeeper/) with articles going back to 2006.  This was the original blog and contains a link to a newer version.

We were all very impressed with Dennis's range of knowledge.  We are hoping to invite him to visit Janesville sometime over the winter to give us his 2 hour presentation on fruit tree care and maintenance.  Below is 4 generations of this orchard family which began with Peter and Gloria Bianchi.  Dennis is shown at the far left.

The Royal Oak family.

No comments:

Post a Comment