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Sudbury Garden Club to host vertical gardening presentation

SUDBURY — The Sudbury Garden Club will host Maria von Brincken for her presentation of “Vines that Flower Up and Around” at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Goodnow Library, 21 Concord Road.

Von Brincken’s slides will highlight both contemporary and historic examples of classical vertical gardening and feature specially selected plants that are hardy in living green walls.

As principal of Maria von Brincken Landscape Garden Design, she is an award-winning certified designer celebrating her 20th year in professional practice. Von Brincken specializes in creating colorful flower gardens using native and ornamental plants. She creates custom design plans and offers project management, including design layout and installation. For her design portfolio, blog and services, visit mariavonbrincken.com.

Refreshments will be served prior to the business meeting which starts at 10:15 a.m; the presentation begins at 10:30 a.m.

For information: sudburygardenclub.org.

Article source: http://stow.wickedlocal.com/news/20170202/sudbury-garden-club-to-host-vertical-gardening-presentation

Design gardens for success | Close To Home | lmtribune.com

A well-designed vegetable garden is a wonderful source of fresh produce for the chef, but it can also be a favorite garden destination, a place to retreat to and relax. If you plan it right, a kitchen garden can be the prettiest planting on your property.

Start by choosing a site that meets the requirements of the plants. Vegetables of all kinds flourish in sun, so find a spot that gets a good eight hours of direct sunlight. Your site should be level, on a part of your property that you walk past every day, and convenient to the kitchen. It’s important to have a nearby source of water so you don’t have to drag a hose or carry watering cans too far. These are the basics. After that, let your imagination go.

“Design is often what is missing from the vegetable garden, yet it is the most important element to enjoying the garden,” says Ellen Ecker Ogden, who recommends including a bench, table, pergola or arbor in the design to make it more inviting. “It’s a nice way to say, ‘I like it here. I don’t just come here to work and pull weeds,’ ” she says.

Ogden, the author of “The Complete Kitchen Garden,” went to art school, but “then I turned into a gardener,” she says. She balanced her interests by becoming a kitchen-garden designer. Her four-square garden in Vermont is as pretty as it is productive, with lettuce and greens growing in sweeping curves, lozenges and circles instead of traditional rows. “It’s really a visual thing for me as much as it is a food thing,” she says.

Most people start with a space that’s too big. “They have an appetite to grow everything,” Ogden says. Instead, pick and choose your crops just as you would at a market. The selection of fresh produce at local markets expands every year, so maybe you don’t need to grow your own eggplant or zucchini. Instead, you might want to concentrate on salad greens, Ogden says, especially if you’re a new gardener. “They grow fast, there are not many pests and they have really high nutrition per square foot,” she says.

Instead of growing six tomato plants, you might decide to make room for just one or two, perhaps a cherry tomato and one other. That leaves room for herbs, such as basil and oregano, to help those tomatoes taste even better.

Color should also play a role in your choices, just as it does in flower beds. Plant a mixture of red and green lettuces, or train golden wax beans up a tepee. Flowers grown right alongside your vegetables not only fill the garden with bright colors, but also attract pollinators and beneficial insects that help manage pests in your vegetable beds. Ogden loves to plant nasturtiums in her kitchen garden. She likes calendulas and marigolds, especially the little signet marigolds called “Lemon Gem.” She also relies on the flowers of some vegetable crops to add a flourish. Scarlet runner beans have bright red blooms that attract hummingbirds. Okra flowers look like sunny yellow hibiscus.

Texture is a big element in interesting gardens, too. Frilly lettuces look like a luxurious ruffled petticoat around the edge of a vegetable garden. Shiny red and green peppers sparkle among the foliage. The feathery tops of carrots and the spiky foliage of onions and leeks give the eye a lot of contrast to enjoy. Herbs of all kinds add still more texture, as well as fragrance.

To give a vegetable garden even more character, build upward. In Ogden’s garden, an arbor lifts pole beans up into the light. Peas, cucumbers and even melons can be grown on a sturdy trellis. Just remember, tall elements should be placed toward the back of the garden (which should be on the north side) so they do not shade out crops in front.

Sprawling plants may need a place of their own. Especially if you have a small garden, pots are a great way to grow more crops without giving up much space in the ground. Ogden plants pumpkins in half a whiskey barrel near her driveway instead of giving them space in her kitchen garden. Last year, she also grew tomatoes, summer squash and potatoes in pots.

Vegetable gardening doesn’t have to be hard or expensive, Ogden says. Start small, with beds no more than 4 feet wide. Sketch out a pretty planting plan on paper, and leave plenty of room for generous paths. Make liberal use of steppingstones so you don’t compact your soil while working in your beds. Sow seeds or plant transplants of a good variety of crops you can harvest over a long season. Then, look forward to spending some time in your garden every day, inspecting its progress, thinning and weeding if necessary, and harvesting a few leaves of lettuce or fresh tomatoes for your dinner salad. And don’t forget that garden bench. “Food is important and functional, but it’s important to me to have the garden look nice, too,” Ogden says.

In a well-designed kitchen garden, you can count on a bumper crop of satisfaction.

Getting it right

A great design is just about all that separates a vegetable garden that’s a chore from one that is a pleasure, says Ellen Ecker Ogden. Here are a few of her tips:

  • Don’t overwhelm yourself. Start small. A 4-by-4-foot or 4-by-8-foot bed may be just right.
  • Look for ideas everywhere, then come up with a design that works in your space.
  • Don’t plant in rows: Embellish the layout by making a big “X” with lettuce plants, or plant a checkerboard pattern of greens and flowers. Try planting radishes in a diamond shape. “It’s a lot more fun,” Ogden says.
  • Make wide paths. The main path through your garden should be 4 feet wide, Ogden says. Secondary paths can be narrower, but they need not be.
  • Make room for garden furniture or art. “Put some personality” out there, Ogden says. “I love art in the garden.”
  • Choose plants wisely. Ogden advocates what she calls her “80-20 rule.” Plant 80 percent of the garden with things you can’t do without, and 20 percent with crops you haven’t tried before. This may be your summer to try artichokes, for example, or cinnamon basil. “You should always be learning,” she says.
  • Place the garden close to the house. “People say they have a problem with deer, or with groundhogs,” she says. “It’s usually because the garden is too far away.”
  • Go up: A trellis for crops or flowers will make the garden more interesting, and it will use the available space and light more efficiently.
  • Ogden considers color, texture and height when she makes her designs. “One of my favorite combinations is artichokes with Empress of India nasturtiums and purple basil,” she says.
  • Spend time in your garden every day, but don’t call it work. “Tell yourself, ‘I’m going to go out and play in the garden,’ ” Ogden says. “It will give you some light-heartedness.”

Sources

Books, magazines and garden websites are full of inspiration to help you design a pretty, successful vegetable garden.

  • Ellen Ecker Ogden’s book, “The Complete Kitchen Garden,” includes recipes for kitchen gardens with different themes. You don’t have to choose just one; flip through, pick out elements you like and combine them in your own design, she suggests. Website: ellenogden.com.
  • Gardener’s Supply Co. (gardeners.com) has a free online planning tool to help customers design their own vegetable gardens. The tool is especially helpful for raised-bed gardens and square-foot gardening, which concentrate on making efficient use of space. The company also has several preplanned designs and sells the seeds to help you turn the plan into reality.
  • Mother Earth News (motherearthnews.com) has a vegetable-garden planning app to help readers design, plant and maintain a vegetable garden. You can experiment with designs, generate a planting guide and make notes to remind yourself to rotate crops from year to year.

Ross is a free-lance garden writer who lives in Kansas City, Mo. She writes a monthly gardening column for Universal Press Syndicate, and is a regional editor and garden scout for Better Homes and Gardens, Country Gardens, and Nature’s Garden magazines.

Article source: http://lmtribune.com/close_to_home/design-gardens-for-success/article_7f0eebf4-5dda-53da-893d-6d081847b957.html

Audubon Program garden design

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The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s monthly program for February will feature a presentation entitled “Design Considerations: Functionality of Plants in a Garden.”

The program will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 8 at the at the Hospice of the Panhandle facility in Kearneysville.

Admission will be free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The speaker will be James Dillon, a certified Horticulturalist who owns and operates Native Havens LLC, a landscaping and gardening firm in Kearneysville.

Dillon has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from East Carolina University and has been working in the field for more than 13 years, most notably at the Delaware Center for Horticulture.

His landscape and garden designs emphasize native plant selections, environmental benefits and low maintenance.

He has designed several rain gardens in the region and volunteers for the Monarch Alliance, designing butterfly way stations for them.

The Hospice facility’s address is 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville. The Audubon events will be held in the main meeting room of the facility’s Main Office building.

There is plenty of parking at the facility.

For more information go to www.potomacaudubon.org or contact Krista Hawley at 703- 303-1026.

Article source: http://www.morganmessenger.com/news/2017-02-01/News/Audubon_Program_garden_design.html

Historical Society seeks landscaping plan

Andover Historical invites entries for a landscape plan for the grounds around 97 Main St. 

The intent of the contest is a plan for an attractive and low-maintenance landscape that includes salt and drought resistant plants in areas that abut the street, walkways, and driveway. Ideas to consider include pollinator gardens, local and native species, and educational opportunities. 

The Blanchard House at 97 Main St. has a long history of residents and uses from 1820 to today. The intent is to create a landscape that honors the history of the property while reflecting current use as a busy open downtown space.

Design must include a planting layout, list of plant materials, estimated cost of material, and cost of labor. Presentations must be submitted mounted on poster board and electronically as a PDF. The contest is open to all, including students. There is no fee to enter. The winner will receive a beautiful, native New England plant. The winning design will become the property of Andover Historical Society.

The deadline for entries is March 10, with notification by March 17.

Submit entry form via snail mail to: Elaine Clements, Andover Historical Society, 97 Main St., Andover; or by email to info@andoverhistorical.org.

Contacts for the contest are: Elaine Clements, executive director, Andover Historical Society, eclements@andoverhistorical.org; and, Marc Fournier, board of directors, Andover Historical Society, r_marc26@hotmail.com. For more information visit www.andoverhistorical.org/landscape contest.

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Article source: http://www.andovertownsman.com/news/historical-society-seeks-landscaping-plan/article_9cb14043-9a0d-5d31-9430-91d9c4cd2a3f.html

County conservation district announces seedling sale

MERCER – It’s that time of year again to start thinking about new and innovative landscaping ideas for your home and surrounding property. So says the Mercer County Conservation District.

Benefits from a yard properly landscaped include increasing the property value by up to 10 percent. Planting trees that increase shade, such as various hardwoods and conifers, lowers the temperature of the surrounding area, eventually leading to a lower electric bill if the air conditioner is not running as much. And trees, especially conifers, can actually lower the cost of heating in the winter. If you plant these trees close to or adjacent to your house, it acts as a windbreak. Cutting winds from penetrating your home can help limit turning up your heat to combat the cold.

Not only does landscaping help out economically, it’s also very important for surrounding wildlife. You can plant native species that are flower- or seed-producing to attract wildlife and provide food for birds and animals – not to mention that many produce nuts and fruit enjoyed by people, too. 

This year’s seedling sale has a lineup of new seedlings and plants. New this year are shadblow serviceberry, American plum and fraser fir, along with two flowers of the year – joe pye weed and wild bergamot. Also available is a polylumber bird feeder. For a complete listing of plants and descriptions, visit mercercountycd.com or call 724-662-2242 to request a copy. The deadline for orders and prepayment is March 24.

Lakeview High School wood shop students constructed the polylumber bird feeders. Polylumber is a material that was developed and crafted by the Amish that utilizes recycled milk cartons. It is very durable and splinter-free. Supplies are limited.

The conservation district also is offering rain barrels again for $65; use rain water from gutters.  

To orders by March 24, make checks payable to Mercer County Conservation District, 24 Avalon Court, Suite 300, Mercer, PA 16137.

Article source: http://www.sharonherald.com/community/county-conservation-district-announces-seedling-sale/article_e16f59bc-9ecb-5a6b-bbd6-593f5d85940c.html

Welcome to Vannie


Van Cortlandt Park may see some big changes coming—$4.2 million worth of landscaping and design changes, to be precise.  

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is forging ahead with its plan to spend the millions in budget funding on redesigning a 3.5-acre area of the park near its W. 242nd Street entrance and along Broadway. After gathering community suggestions last year, the Parks Department presented its preliminary plan at a meeting of Community Board 8’s parks and recreation committee last week. 

The goals of the design project so far include making the entrance more inviting and visible, replacing the current slanting chain-link fence along the edge of the park with a better-designed barrier, creating a welcoming plaza and a gathering place for visitors, opening up views into the park, planting more greenery, installing brighter lamps and putting up signs to designate paths and trails. In essence, the intention is to make the area a more pleasing place to look at and stroll in, and also to improve safety with brighter lights and new security cameras. 

“I’m perfectly happy to say I’m pleased with what they’ve done so far,” Bob Bender, the chair of the parks and recreation committee told The Press. 

New features

One of the projected gathering places would replace the concrete expanse of the current little-used tennis courts along the edge of the park, between its stadium and Broadway. Another expanse of concrete would stay, however—the paved-over ball courts along the same edge. 

“That’s a functional thing that people enjoy,” Will Harris, a landscape architect with the Parks Department, told the community board meeting on Jan. 25. “It has to stay.” 

Another gathering place envisaged in the design would be set further into the park, near the edge of the swimming pool and “away from the hustle and bustle” of Broadway, Harris said. Both the pool and the stadium—the park’s popular, if less than exquisitely landscaped areas—would be shielded from view by new “buffer plantings,” according to the draft design. The smaller plaza may also be outfitted with a new “water feature,” such as a small pond, he said. 

When Harris and his fellow designers from the Parks Department met with local residents to gather their suggestions last November, the most popular proposal was for more amenities, he said. Those include benches surrounded by more plantings, a new fence, a plaza, or possibly a farmer’s market or a cafe. 

More benches may also appear near the bus stops on Broadway. 

“We have lots of bus stops and no place to sit, no place to wait really,” Harris told the meeting. “We would really like to address that.” 

Landscaping ideas local residents proposed at the Nov. 10 meeting mostly involved calls for more plants and shrubs. The Parks Department would heed those, Harris told the meeting in January. More ambitious ideas called for an “edible orchard,” but that has a slimmer chance of happening, he said. 

“Edible orchard? Maybe. Maybe not,” Harris said with a grin. 

Based on another popular suggestion, the Parks Department is looking to design a plan that would make the park easier to navigate. This would mean adding new signs designating the park’s paths or directing to its facilities. 

Bob Bender, the chairman of the community board’s parks and recreation committee, told Parks Department officials at the January meeting they could also consider adding a few more signs to offer a glimpse into the rich history of Van Cortlandt Park—a former estate and home to the oldest surviving building in the Bronx. 

“There’s a tremendous amount of history in this park,” Bender said. 

Security

Along with brighter lighting in the park, the project envisages installing a few security cameras—an aspect of the design that has drawn keen interest from the police. The NYPD may like to incorporate the park’s cameras into the police system of Argus security cameras that is being installed around the city, Deputy Inspector Terence O’Toole, the commanding officer of the 50th precinct, told the meeting. 

Although the project is a long way from being complete, a likely location for a camera would be at the park’s entrance at W. 242nd Street, according to the meeting. 

Another aspect of the design that has drawn interest from the NYPD is the new fence with which the Parks Department wants to replace the current chain-link structure. The Parks Department wants to make the fence low. The NYPD wants to make sure it is not so low that skateboarders would be able to roll over it—and into the car traffic on Broadway. 

“Please don’t put the fences too low, because these fences would be skated on,” Capt. O’Toole told the meeting. “They’re very wild and thrill-seeking young people.”

Schedule

The Parks Department is still gathering information for its project. It is expected to present a more detailed plan to the parks and recreation committee in March and then offer it for approval to the full community board, Bender said. 

Then, the project is scheduled to go for approval to the city’s Public Design Commission, the drafting of contract documents will begin, bids will be solicited and reviewed, contracts will be awarded and approved by the comptroller—and finally, construction will begin in the fall of 2018. After a further series of reviews, approvals, changes and inspections, the project is scheduled to open in winter 2020. 

The $4.2 million allocated for the design project seems like a large chunk of money, but it may not stretch far enough to cover all aspects of the plan—especially if designers throw in some of the more ambitious features, like a new water feature, Harris said. 

“We all know that [the money] could get eaten up quickly, especially when spread over 3.5 acres,” he said. 

Article source: http://www.riverdalepress.com/stories/Welcome-to-Vannie,61673

Trucker driver shifts gears to start his washing businesss

After 15 years of being a truck driver, Trevor Shamblin wanted to do something different.
So he did what everybody wishes they could do at some point in the middle of what looks like will become a lifetime career – he cashed in all his chips, he figured out a niche in his local market he thought he could fill, and he went into business for himself.
And he’s been a lot happier every day since making that decision.
In August, Shamblin – a 2000 graduate of Manteca High School – launched Shamblin Softwash and Pressure Washing to both fulfill a longtime desire to be his own boss and to follow up on the idea of launching his own pressure washing businesses that took root shortly after graduating from high school.
While he wishes he would have gotten an early jump on fulfilling his dream, Shamblin said that he’s glad in some respects that he waited, researched what he needed to do in order to be successful, and avoided many of the mistakes he’s sure he would have mounted up while trying to find his footing in unfamiliar territory.
“You look at it and you say that you wish you would have done this five years ago, but at the same time there would have been a lot of mistakes that would have added up to a lot of money,” he said. “I took my time and made sure I knew what I wanted and what my goal was and with the support of my wife I finally stepped up and went for it. I pride myself in the quality of work I provide because my name is on it.”
And putting together a business in California that uses chemicals and water isn’t exactly something that you can do overnight.
Unlike standard pressure washing – which uses a pump to force out water at high speeds – Shamblin’s business specializes in softwashing, which uses surfactants and detergents to strip away dirt, grime and buildup without adversely affecting the surface in which he is cleaning. When cleaning stucco, wood siding, certain rooftops and even certain finishes, he said, require an approach different than just blasting water against it because of the damage that can be done.
And he specializes in a lot more than just cleaning the outside of buildings and businesses.
Windows, gutters, sidewalks, driveway and even concrete flooring are all things that Shamblin’s business focuses on with specialized equipment that he hand-selected – and in some instances, designed himself – to do the best job possible with the smallest ecological footprint.
Unlike pressure washing, softwashing uses a very small amount of water – nearly all of which is captured before it hits storm drains so that it doesn’t adversely impact the environment when it flows out to nearby creeks or rivers. The rest of the chemicals that Shamblin uses are eco-friendly enough to wash into gardens or landscaping with no adverse effects.
While he sometimes misses the solitude of being on the road, he said he doesn’t miss the long hours and the lack of freedom that came from working for somebody else.
“There’s nothing like being your own boss and building something for yourself,” he said. “That’s a completely unique thing and I’m happy I took a chance and have the flexibility to be there for my kids and wife and do something I’m passionate about.”
The business also provides pressure washing for jobs that require high pressure – stripping curbs or other related jobs – and that services also features the same specialized equipment that Shamblin had assembled in Milwaukee and drove back to California himself.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/shamblinsoftwash or www.shamblinsoftwash.com or call 209.923.1770.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com or call 209.249.3544.

Article source: http://www.mantecabulletin.com/section/1/article/141411/

Landscaping tips do-it-yourself desert gardener

Carefree-Desert-Garden

If you are planning to landscape your property or just have a corner that needs a “WOW” make-over into a more natural, appealing space, we have just the person for you.

Carefree Desert Gardens invites you to meet Tom Gatz. Tom, a retired wildlife biologist, horticultural aide in the education department at the Desert Botanical Garden and certified desert landscaper, will share his knowledge gained over the past 20 years.

His emphasis will be on landscaping smaller areas to provide that “WOW” factor by planting with year-round color and contrast. Tom writes monthly articles with topics varying from landscaping, cactus, succulents, to birds and bonsai. His garden has been featured in Phoenix Home Garden magazine, The Sonoran Quarterly, magazine of the Desert Botanical Garden, and other wildlife and urban publications.

Join us Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. The program, usually including a plant raffle, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run approximately until noon at our new location in the same building. The Speakeasy On Easy Street, Jazz Supper Club, is located on the northwest corner of the U.S. Post Office building, 100 Easy Street, Carefree. A $5.00 (or more) donation is suggested to support these programs. For information call 480-488-3686. Come early. Seating is limited.

Article source: http://sonorannews.com/new/2017/02/03/landscaping-tips-desert-gardener/

Home and Garden events

GARDEN

Boerner Botanical Gardens: Valentine’s 2nd Chance Prom, 7-11 p.m. Feb. 11. $25 per person/ $40 couple. 1960s attire encouraged. Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. Information: (414) 525-5661; www.boernerbotanicalgardens.org

Burlington Garden Center: Gardening, planting and lawn care workshops and seminars; prices vary. 5205 Mormon Road, Burlington, (262) 763-2153; burlingtongardencenter.com

  • Spring Fever Gardeners’ Retreat, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 11.

The Elegant Farmer: Farm Kitchen Bakery, Deli Market, open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Highway ES and J, Mukwonago. (262) 363-6770; www.elegantfarmer.com

Elmbrook Garden Club: Meeting and program “Endangered Bats of Wisconsin” with speaker William Mueller, 6:30 p.m. March 2. Club meets first Thursday of the month. Public welcome. Brookfield Library, 1900 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield. Laura Skoff, (414) 614-6489.

Growing Power: Winter Market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive.

Kettle Moraine Chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes presents “The Curtis Prairies, Then Now,” 10 a.m. Feb. 11. South Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters, S91-W39091 Highway 59, one mile west of Eagle.

Lynden Sculpture Garden: Family Day Fiber Fest Finale. Feb. 26. Experience art in nature through its collection of more than 50 monumental sculptures sited across 40 acres of park, lake and woodland. Tours and classes are available. 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. (414) 446-8794; lyndensculpturegarden.org

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory: “The Great Train Robbery” Garden Train Show, open daily, (through April 2). G-scale trains crisscross a landscape of canyons, small towns and miniature plants. 524 S. Layton Blvd., (414) 257-5600.

  • Bonsai Society “Winter Silhouettes” Exhibit, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 5. www.milwaukeebonsai.org

Orchid Growers Guild of Madison: Orchid Quest 2017 features orchids on display and over 3,000 orchid plants for sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 5. Admission and parking are free. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. Information: Terri Jozwiak, (608) 592-7906.

REALTORS Home Garden Show: Indoor and outdoor home improvement tips, gardening advice and cooking demonstrations, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 24-25; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 26; 4-8 p.m. March 29-30; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 31-April 1; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 2. Admission $8. Wisconsin Exposition Center, State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis. (414) 778-4929; www.mkehgs.com

Rotary Botanical Gardens: A 20-acre nonprofit botanic garden open year-round, with a visitor center and meeting facility offering classes and workshops. 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. Information: (608) 752-3885; www.rotarybotanicalgardens.org

Urban Ecology Centers: Provide year-round educational programs for kids, families and adults of all ages that foster ecological understanding and provide outdoor science education at three locations: Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, (414) 964-8505; Washington Park, 1859 N. 40th St., (414) 344-5460; and Menomonee Valley, 3700 W. Pierce St., (414) 431-2940.

Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo: Gardening and landscaping exhibitors, seminar and demonstrations, with guest speakers and farmers market, 2-8 p.m. Feb. 10; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 11; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 12. $8 advance/ $10 at the door. Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison. wigardenexpo.com

Zoological Society of Milwaukee: Conservation Education department offers environmental education classes for children and families. Information: (414) 258-5058; www.zoosociety.org/Education/

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Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion: Guided and self-guided tours of Flemish Renaissance revival mansion are available year round, featuring handcrafted woodwork, original wall coverings and 19th-century artwork. 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 931-0808; www.pabstmansion.com

Charles Allis Art Museum: The mansion holds Charles and Sarah Allis’ collection featuring 19th-century French and American Paintings, original and antique furnishings. 1801 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 278-8295; www.cavtmuseums.org

Hales Corners Library: What’s It Worth? Antique Appraisal event with author and expert Mark Moran, 1:30-4:30 p.m. March 4. Free. Register for appraisal by Feb. 20. Hunt Room, 5885 S. 116th St., Hales Corners, (414) 529-6150.

Historic Milwaukee Inc.: Nonprofit educational organization provides walking tours, guided bus tours, slide shows and lectures. (414) 277-7795; www.historicmilwaukee.org

  • Remarkable Milwaukee 2017 Event. Feb. 23. The Best Place, Historic Pabst Brewery.

Kenosha History Center: “Brass Treasures” exhibit explores the domestic side of brass and its importance to Kenosha manufacturing, featuring everyday items like urns, bells and candlesticks. Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 220 51st Place, Kenosha, (262) 654-5770.

Kenosha Public Museum: National Quilt Day features demonstrations and activities, March 18. 5500 First Ave., Kenosha, (262) 653-4140.

Lowell Damon House: Colonial home open for visitors and tour groups throughout the year. 2107 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa. (414) 273-8288; www.milwaukeehistory.net

Milwaukee NARI: “Remodeling Done Right” Home Improvement Show, noon-8 p.m. Feb. 16; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 17-18; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 19. Daily presentations and demonstrations by home improvement specialists. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Wisconsin Exposition Center, State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis. (414) 771-4071; www.milwaukeenari.org

Old Courthouse Museum: Delayed Desires: America’s Post-War Consumer Boom Exhibit, showcases artifacts and advertising from the West Bend Company and Regal Ware Inc., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 320 S. 5th Ave., West Bend. (262) 335-4678; www.HistoryIsFun.com

RAM Wustum Museum of Fine Arts: Classes for adults and children. 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine, (262) 636-9177; www.ramart.org

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum: Italian Renaissance-style villa features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries, and a formal garden. General admission to the museum and grounds is $7 adults, $5 students, seniors, and veterans. 2220 N. Terrace Ave. (414) 271-3656; www.cavtmuseums.org

Waukesha County Technical College: Hands-on noncredit personal enrichment courses. Classes held at 327 E. Broadway, Waukesha. (262) 691-5578; www.wctc.edu/non-credit

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts Fiber Arts: Classes, lectures and special events with visiting artists. N50-W5050 Portland Road, Cedarburg, (262) 546-0300.

The Woodworker’s Gym: Fully staffed, public-access woodworking shop offering classes and access to professional grade tools. 3220 N. 126th St., Brookfield. (262) 373-9411; www.thewoodworkersgym.com

To submit calendar information, please send information about your event three weeks before the event or the registration deadline. Please include a daytime phone number in case of questions.

Send information to Fresh calendar, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, P.O. Box 371, Milwaukee WI 53201 or email to jsfeat@journalsentinel.com, with “Attention Fresh calendar” in the subject line.

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