2019 is the year of the Dahlia!
Picking a favorite dahlia is like going through a button box. As well as coming in a rainbow of colors, dahlia flowers can range in size from petite 2-inch lollipop-style pompoms to giant 15-inch “dinner plate” blooms. Most varieties grow 4 to 5 feet tall.
They are considered a tender perennial in cold regions North America. They are only winter hardy in planting zones 8 to 11. Gardeners in zones 2 to 7 can simply plant dahlia tubers in the spring and either treat them as annuals or dig them up and store for winter.
Celebrating the 2019 Flower of the Year the North Country Master Gardener's have a garden that is dedicated to dahlias. Printouts with dahlia information are available at the garden.
Visit the Teaching & Display Gardens
The Teaching and Display Gardens are a joint effort between the Spooner Agriculture Research Station, operated by the University of Wisconsin - Madison College of Agriculture and Life Science, the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension and area UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteers.
Open to the public for self-guided tours during day light hours seven days a week mid-May through mid-September.
Carla TePaske ~ UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer
Learn more about cover crops and alternative mulches at our upcoming Meet Me in the Garden on July 16 at 6:00 pm at the Spooner Agriculture Research Station Teaching and Display garden.
Do you know the difference between a ground cover and a cover crop? Do you have bare ground that it weed prone?
Consider getting covered! Bare soil is a magnet for weeds and the new trend is to cover with living plants. Mulch has been the cover of choice in both the vegetable garden and perennial beds for years but there are many other options. When referring to covers that use actual plants you will see terms such as green manure (for vegetable and annual areas) or green mulch (ground covers for perennials beds).
In the Teaching and Display Garden we have examples of many different mulches and the use of living plants.
We all love to be out in the garden. But there are some hazards in the garden that we should keep in mind while we work.
Gardening is a labor of love even with the hazards!
Gardening around bees
Safe Chemical Use
Ergonomic gardening tools
Poisonous plants in Wisconsin
Washing Off Urushiol Allergen
Article submitted by Pamela Davies MGV
The Spooner Agriculture Research Station Teaching and Display Garden will host visitors for a relaxing program in the garden on Tuesday, July 16 starting at 6:00 pm. This garden session will focus on reusing found objects, recycle, and re-imagining our gardens. UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be on hand to share tips on small scale gardening including square foot and straw bale gardens. A tour of the gardens will highlight All America Selections annuals within this theme as well as demonstrate the gardening techniques being used in the garden.
This year’s theme “Re-use, recycle, and re-imagine” comes from the All America Selections . The displays have been created with this theme in mind. The Teaching and Display Garden is one of eight in Wisconsin that display vegetable and flower varieties who have been awarded this designation as an outstanding cultivar.
Save these dates for upcoming programs at the garden: the Twilight Garden Tour on August 13 at 4:00 pm, on August 29 at 6:00 pm a program on cut flower gardens, and on September 7 at 10:00 am the program will focus on harvest, seed savings and what was learned during this garden season.
Remember to bring your own lawn chair for the Meet Me in the Garden Seminar. The session is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine – please dress accordingly. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at the Station Building at 1035 E Maple Street (Hwy 70), Spooner. The garden is located at 780 Orchard Lane, 1.5 miles east of Spooner on Highway 70 or 1/2 mile west of the Hwy 70/53 interchange. Watch for garden meeting signs.
Yoga in the Garden with a therapeutic dog and baby goat will be presented on Monday, July 8th from 4-5:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday, July 9th from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Spooner Display Gardens on Orchard Lane just off HWY 70. Instructor is Deb Nebel. Please bring a towel for your child.
Kids yoga may help your child keep focused, build comprehension, and problem-solve effectively. Many of our "Little Learners" face extreme challenges. We hope to see great results from our students in the classroom and in their personal relations.
Kids In the Garden is a free program sponsored by North Country Master Gardeners as part of our educational offerings to the public. Yoga in the Garden is the third in a five series Summer program that was started in 2018. Please see our full schedule for Kids in the Garden.
Fruit and Herb Infused Water
For a fun way to stay hydrated, try infused water. It is easy to do.
Here are a few fun ideas.
Blueberry and Lemon Verbena
Strawberry and Chocolate Mint
Cucumber and Peppermint
Orange and Basil
Just add the fruit and herb to your water, let it sit for a few hours or press the leaves for more flavor.
Add ice cubes and enjoy.
Join us at the Annual Twilight Tour to see our herb garden.
We will be sharing recipes, giving out samples and much more.
Annual Twilight Tour in the Teaching and Display Garden
Tuesday, August 13, 4:00 to Twilight
Featuring guest speakers, demonstrations, displays, vegetable tastings
Carla TePaske ~ UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer
The vegetable beds have been planted and the display beds are beginning to show evidence of the creativity intended by the gardeners. The vegetables are doing well in colorful grow bags and the straw bale bed.
The All-America Selection display beds have been completed by the trainees in the just completed Master Gardener Level 1 training. In a few weeks you will be able to see what is intended with the Recycle, Repurpose, and Re-imagine theme for 2019.
The Teaching and Display Garden is open for self-guided tours during day light hours daily from mid-May through mid-September. Meet Me in the Garden series starts on July 16 at 6:00 pm - we hope you plan on attending.
Author and photos by Sue Reinardy, UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer
It is always great to get plants at reduced prices at yard sales, flea markets and the local garden club plant sales. It's even better to get them free from friends and neighbors but there are a few things you should know to protect your gardens, ensure success and avoid wasting your time and money.
Helpful guide in diagnosing plant health
Invasives in Wisconsin
Where to find free and cheap plants
Article and photos by Pam Davies, North Country Master Gardener Volunteer.
If you are traveling in the Philadelphia area I highly recommend this list of gardens, all quite different. Seeing woodland spring ephemerals in different settings taught me a new appreciation for what I tend to take for granted here at home. Anytime during their long growing season these gardens will teach, display and provide pleasure to their visitors.
Morris Arboretum – As the name implies the arboretum is a teaching and research facility of the University of Pennsylvania. It is set on the historic grounds of the summer home of John and Lydia Morris. They have informative displays of trees, shrubs, and woodland perennials.
Longwood Gardens – One of many du Pont family gardens in the area. The gardens are spread about on 1,100 acres of highly manicured display gardens. We were there for six hours, more than enough time to see almost everything and spend time in their excellent garden shop. According to their website they raise 75 percent of the plants used in their displays onsite producing about 110,000 plants of 1,000 different varieties. Nearby is Kennett Square, a tidy small town with many retail shops and restaurants.
Mt. Cuba Center – The Center is set in the rolling hills of the Delaware Piedmont near Wilmington. The property was developed by Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland. Mrs. Copeland is quoted in their intention for the property: “I want this to be a place where people will learn to appreciate our native plants and to see how these plants can enrich their lives so that they, in turn, will become conservators of our natural habitats.”. If you go, I recommend scheduling a tour by one of their very knowledgeable tour guides. If you can’t go to Mt. Cuba Center, you can still learn much by going to their website. I have bookmarked as one of my favorites the native plant finder.
Winterthur – The home of Henry Francis du Pont, the 1,000 acres near Wilmington, DE includes 60 acres naturalist gardens, a research library, shops, museum, and the mansion chock full of American textiles and furniture. The gardens are more in the background of Winterthur given all the other attractions of this property.
Chanticleer - This garden was the last we visited, and I think the best. Chanticleer is set on 47 acres of the former home of the Rosengarten family, members of the family still guide the foundation that manages the property. This unique property employs seven Horticulturists who are each responsible for an area of the grounds. Chanticleer advertises itself as a pleasure garden and definitely lives up to that name. We felt as if we were invited guests, the horticulturists and grounds staff were about the grounds ready to answer our questions.
What a treat to have visited these gardens, each one unique in its own way. And the Winnebago Master Gardener Volunteers are wonderful traveling companions.
Author: Sue Reinardy, UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer
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