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Get ready for spring: Garden Expo is coming up March 22

                Get ready to garden. The second annual “Garden Expo” is coming up from 9am – 4pm Saturday, March 22. Register now and the program, including lunch, is $10. It will be $12 at the door.

                Four presentations are planned to help gardeners prepare.

                “Native Plant Gardening,” a 9:30am program by botanist David Kopitzke, will look at Midwest wildflowers, shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants are well adapted to the soils and climate of the region and provide homes for desirable songbirds, beneficial insects and wildlife. This richly illustrated presentation offers growing tips to insure success.

                “Backyard Wildlife,” scheduled for 11am, features wildlife specialist Scott Craven discussing the pros and cons of wildlife around homes and gardens, ways to minimize problems, and how to enhance populations of species such as songbirds.

                “Invasive Plants” is to be the topic at 1pm when invasive plant and earthworms specialist Bernadette Williams presents information on ways to identify, control and dispose of intrusive plants in the garden.

                “Lasagna Gardening” will be the subject of a 2:30pm presentation by Tish Duffey, an expert on the method. Learn how to use this no-dig, no-till method of organic gardening that results in rich, fluffy soil with little work by the gardener. This environmentally friendly method can be used to create easy-care gardens.

                In addition to the expert and vendor booths, the price includes materials, lunch (a wrap, soup, dessert and beverage), parking. Snacks will also be available for purchase. Register now or find out more by calling UW-Richland Continuing Education at (608) 647-6186, Ext. 227; by sending an email to; online at; or in person at the Continuing Education Office in Melvill Hall Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm. UW-Richland is located at 1200 Highway 14 West in Richland Center. The Garden Expo is sponsored by UW-Richland Continuing Education and Richland County Master Gardeners. ###


Dorothy Thompson
608.647.6186, ext. 231