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
Click on the below link for more information on tips and tricks with growing dahlias.
How to Grow Dahlias - Floret Flower Farm
The NCMG have a Dahlia garden starting to sprout.. come and visit the
Her presentation included the herb gardens at Old World Wisconsin, the Schulz Farm located at Eagle, WI. The
history began with the European settlers arriving in the mid 1800’s, and the herbs they brought with them. Note the German immigrants migrating to Wisconsin in 1900 was equivalent to 34% of the population. The herbs were for medicinal purposes as well as culinary additives for their sustenance with a well rounded German garden containing 34 herbs.
If your organization would be interested in this hour long herb presentation, contact the Spooner Agriculture Research Station.
Article/Photos submitted by Katie Childs
During our North Country Master Gardener Membership Meeting on February 28th, Mark Nupren of the Friends of Namekagon Barrens gave a presentation.
Mark shared the beauty of the unique flowers, animals and birds that live in the Barrens.
Taking time to be with nature, looking close for new plants to identify and watching Sharp-tail grouse all can be enjoyed hiking in the Barrens.
Click on the above link for more information regarding Northwest Wisconsin Barrens.
Maps, photos and stories about the Barrens can be found on the Friends of the Namekagon Barrens web page.
Thank you Mark for your presentation. We look forward to having the Friends of the Namekagon Barrens at the Annual Twilight Tour in the Teaching and Display Garden, Tuesday, August 13, 4:00 to Twilight, Features guest speakers, demonstrations, displays, vegetable tastings.
Carla TePaske, North Country MGV
Burnett County - Fort Folle Avoine
MGVs are involved with several garden projects at the Burnett County Historical Society Forts Folle Avoine. This included a plant sale along with education with customers as they tried to pick out plants to buy. The MGVs planted and maintained raised beds, a perennial bed with mostly native plants, and an "heirloom" flower bed. In addition we planted containers with flowers for the visitor center. Some of the vegetables and herbs were available for the Forts special events like their gourmet dinner. There is no designated funding for the garden projects from the Forts so the MGVs contribute not only their time but the funds for the garden plants and maintenance needs.
This is a 2018 success story from Burnett County.
This is an other entry for activities in 2018 , this one in Sawyer County
This year six new raised bed gardens were created at the LCO Ojibwe Elders Center. Along with creating the beds, Master GardenVolunteers worked cooperatively with UW-Extension FoodWise Nutrition Educators on teaching children in a summer LCO Boys and Girls Club program on how to care for the plants in the beds.
This project provided an educational opportunity for both the elders and the children along with food used in meals at the Elder Center.
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