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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, May 18, 2017

Continuing Ed Event, Thursday, June 22, 2017

On Thursday, June 22 the RPMGA will host two events, a tour of Redtail Ridge Lavender & Herbs, followed by lunch in Oregon and then on to one of four shopping venues.

The Tour - Redtail Ridge Lavender & Herbs is owned by Cheryl Rebazek, Green County MGV and former director of Rotary Gardens.  She has welcomed us for a tour of her lavender farm near Brooklyn, WI. The property is also an Alternative Energy Demonstration Home, operating on electricity from the sun and wind for more than 20 years.  Cheryl will show us how the photovoltaic panels, windmill, solar hot water system, propane, batteries and rainwater collection system all work together to create a comfortable, energy efficient life.

Lunch - Following the tour, we’ll head over to Oregon for lunch at either Firefly Coffee House or BrouxNellie’s Diner.

After lunch - You can choose how much garden shopping you want to do: There are four outstanding nurseries within a ten-minute drive of Oregon, including the Flower Factory (perennials), Stone Wall Nursery: (exotic and dwarf varieties of trees and shrubs), Fitchburg Farms (annuals and perennials) and Kopke’s Fruit of the Bloom (annuals and perennials).

Meeting Time/Place - We will meet at the Janesville Community Gardens, near the Sheriff’s office (Corner of Hwys 14 and 51) at 9:00 a.m.  We’ll have maps and you can safely leave your car if you ride with someone else.

This is an approved MGV education opportunity.  You will receive 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for every hour of participation.

Hope to see you there!!


  1. K&A nursery on Fish Hatchery Rd @ Irish Lane is also an excellent greenhouse. About the same distance as Fitchburg Farms from Oregon, just a little further off the highway :)

    1. Thanks!! Good to know. We'll be offering options for those who want to make it a full day, and that will be a good addition. Hey - is it true that you may be heading for the high country?