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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, September 14, 2017

Field trip to West Ag a real treat

For those who didn't get a chance to join us for our trip to the University of Wisconsin West Agricultural Station - it was a real treat.  We received a guided tour, but you don't need to use a guide to tour the grounds. You can walk the gardens without a guide since all exhibits have signs telling what each plant is and in many cases when the plant was first included in the gardens.

A raised bed of ever-bearing strawberries.
I would highly encourage everyone interested in new plant varieties as well as old favorites to drive up and wander the test plots to see what is still available.  Many of the plots are currently in full bloom, apple trees are heavy with fruit, grapevines are filled with grapes.  The test gardens include annuals, perennials, landscaping trees and shrubs, fruit trees and grape vines, herbs and vegetables.  Many of them are AAS (All American Selection) winners - plants that are evaluated by a panel of 80 judges from around the country.  AAS is the oldest independent testing organization of flowers and edible varieties of plants in North America.

Mounds of New Guinea Impatiens.

The station is located at 8502 Mineral Point Road.  Office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  The grounds are open to the public from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

Whenever we have a field trip like this if you don't understand directions to the site, the time and place of the event or any other facts, please contact the UWEX office at 608-757-5696 for clarification.

Beds of petunias.

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