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Annual conference offers tips for home gardening

WAUSAU, Wis., (WSAW)– Don’t’ let winter keep you indoors. For another year, Wausau will host the largest Central Wisconsin’s largest gardening conference.

Garden Visions 2018, hosted by UW Extension’s Master Gardener program, offers two days of learning and exploration for gardeners of all ages and skill levels.

The conference takes place January 19-20 at North Central Wisconsin Technical College in Wausau.

Friday night sit around the ‘Farm Table’ to learn about farming landscape Midwestern farmers and artisan food producers.

The Slow food Dinner will be catered by Clint Schultz and Urban Street Bistro. Speaker is Inga Witscher of Wisconsin Public Television’s “Around the Farm Table” – Inga owns and operates an organic dairy farm near Osseo MN. She will be conducting a cooking demonstration after the dinner.

Saturday’s main conference features keynote speaker, Ellen Ecker Ogden. She is from Vermont – she is a food and garden author and kitchen garden designer.

There are 3 breakout sessions with 5 topics to choose from during each break out. Great raffle prizes and vendors for shopping! And a great lunch!

A bonus presentation by Paul Whitaker, Professor of Biological Sciences at UW-Marathon County. Paul’s presentation is titled “Taming the Savage Beast”: Invasive Plants That Might Be Calling Your Current or Future Garden Home.

Anyone and everyone is invited to attend the event. Anyone interested in gardening, regardless of experience, will enjoy this conference.

“It’s a fun and happy day to think about gardening as we look outside at the cold snow! We have attendees from all over Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois,” explained committee member Jane Olson.

For more information visit; For a paper copy call Carol at 715-693-6446.

Deadline for registration is January 15th. Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the conference, but sessions may be limited and lunch will not be available to walk-ins.

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