June 21st - August 16th, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Green Thumb Gardening series will give you the practical knowledge to keep your home garden thriving! University of Wisconsin Extension educators and local horticulture experts will provide in-depth and accessible information for everyone from the novice to the experienced gardener. In 2020-2021, our class offerings have been expanded, including a Fall, Winter, Early Spring, Late Spring, Mid-summer and Late Summer series of classes.
For the safety of all participants, classes will be held online. Blended (in-person/online) classes may be available later in the year as conditions permit. Class registrations are open now.
Mid-Summer Series 2021 Online Mondays 6:00-8:00 pm
*Attracting and Managing Wildlife in the Garden June 21: Learn how to attract desirable wildlife in your yard while discouraging and managing species that like to feed on your plants. Dr. David Drake of the UW-Madison Wildlife Ecology Department will present an engaging look at wildlife in garden situations and also cover some local research projects and resources on urban wildlife. (Speaker David Drake)
*Weed ID and Management June 28: We will talk about using various techniques to manage weeds in the garden and landscape and spend some time reviewing a rogues gallery of common weeds, both grassy and broadleaf types. You will get an electronic copy of a handout that walks you through a taxonomic key for identifying grasses as well as other resources. We encourage you to send in photos of weeds from your yard ahead of time (Speaker Lisa Johnson)
*Shade Perennials July 12 (Optional Outdoor Lab July 15 6:30-7:30 at the Dane County Extension Office Teaching Garden pending COVID developments. Registration required, space is limited): (Speaker Lisa Johnson) Learn about how to select perennials for your garden as well as general care, propagation and maintenance. Find out about herbaceous perennial plants (native and non-native) that will thrive in light, medium and deep shade. We will also discuss plants that tolerate dry shade and wet shade.
*Perennials for Sun July 19 (Outdoor Lab July 22 at the Dane County Extension Office Teaching Garden pending COVID developments. Registration required, space is limited): Learn about how to select perennials for your garden as well as general care, propagation and maintenance. We will discuss a wide variety of native and non-native species that will do well in full, hot sun in dry areas all the way to half-sun locations. (Speaker Lisa Johnson)
*Growing and Designing With Annuals August 9 (Optional Outdoor Lab at the at the Dane County Extension Office Teaching Garden pending COVID developments. Registration required, space is limited): (Speaker Lisa Johnson, TBA speaker) Learn about growing healthy annuals for pots, windowboxes and bedding situations. We will cover species selection, siting, growing in containers vs bedding situations, watering, and fertilizing. We will also talk about designing with annuals in-ground and in containers.
*Lawn Care August 16: Dr. Doug Soldat of the UW-Madison Department of Soil Science will discuss various facets of lawn care, including learning about grass species, seed selection and sowing, watering, fertilizing, aerating and mowing.