APRIL

Saturday 12th, 1:00PM (date may change)

The Flower Factory Nursery

4062 County Road A, Stoughton WI

MEMBERS ONLY - Pre-Season Shopping Opportunity

Nancy & David Nedvek have once again generously invited our chapter to visit  The Flower Factory nursery prior to the annual opening date. Please respect the starting time as already busy staff have to be on hand for checkout. Please this a MEMBER ONLY event.

MAY

Saturday 3rd, Noon

Tom Horner's

25706 Malchine Road, Waterford WI

Garden Tour

The chapter will gather at the home and garden of longtime member Tom Horner. The garden features a number of areas including a pond, a rock garden (of course) and woodland plantings. Tom has been growing Magnolias for a long time and starting them from seed. One of his seedlings turned out to so wonderful that it is now been named "Crescendo" and is being sold by Klehm's Song Sparrow Farm & Nursery.

Members can bring a bag lunch and come early to enjoy this lovely setting.

 

You will find a map to Tom's on our map page at the bottom.

Saturday 10th, Noon

-volunteer opportunity-

Allen Centennial Gardens

University of Wisconsin-Madison campus

UW Family Gardening Day

UW Family Gardening Day is an event for families to visit the facilities of College of Agricultural & Life Sciences to learn about plants & gardening in a hands-on experience. The Rock Garden of the Allen Centennial Gardens needs volunteers to talk with adults & children about rock gardening. Kids will be able to take home a plant. Contact Ed Glover for more information.

JUNE

Saturday 7th, 9:00 AM to Noon (rain date 6/14)

Rotary Botanical Gardens

1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville WI

Rock Garden Work Party

lunch provided

Shopping trip to Alpine Gardens, Monroe WI

The WI-IL NARGS chapter supports area rock gardens by providing volunteer work parties to tackle labor intensive tasks. No experience is necessary. Come, get dirty, socialize, and learn a bit about the plants.

 

After a provided lunch a caravan will head west to Alpine Gardens just outside Monroe WI. This tiny nursery specializes in succulents and especially Sempervivums. The owner, Charlotte Nelson, is an enthusiatic & knowledge plantswoman. And the plants are very affordable.

 

A map is located on our map page

 

Saturday 21th, 1:00PM

LDI Nursery

3290 Elvehjem Road

McFarland  WI 53558

608-209-3436

Nursery Tour & Chapter Benefit sale & member discount

Once again Steve Lesch is generously offering a special sale at his nursery in McFarland, south east of Madison. Members will receive a 20% discount and the chapter will receive 10% of the actual sale price.

 

LDI has a wide range of woody plants including some plants that are not found locally except through Steve. He's a wealth of information and can help anyone with questions about a potential purchase.

 

A map is located at the bottom of our map page.

 

September

Saturday 20th, 10:00AM

Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

Visitors Center

W4279 Headquaters Road, Mayville WI

 

Annual Chapter Plant Sale

Dave and Joy Collura's cottage

23mi east of Horicon

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1941 to provide an undisturbed sanctuary for a number of migratory birds and waterfowl including the redhead duck as well as to provide opportunities for people to connect with nature through many wildlife dependent recreational activities such as wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation, fishing and hunting.

 

The Annual Fall Member Plant Sale is one of the highlights of the year. Members provide the plants so you know that the plants offered are not only tried-and true but all proceeds go to the chapter.

October

Wednesday 15th, 7:00PM

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Visitors Center

3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison WI

joint meeting with WI Hardy Plant Society

Mark Kintgen, Senior Horticulturalist

Denver Botanic Gardens

topic to be announced

Mike Kintgen oversees the Alpine Collection and nine gardens including the Rock Alpine Garden, and South African Plaza at the Denver Botanic Gardens. He currently gardens in both Denver and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The two different climates allow him to experiment with a wide range of plant material. Mike is a popular speaker in areas around Colorado on the topic of rock gardening, and botanic travel. He has lectured as far away as Sweden and Argentina on Denver Botanic Gardens and its current focus on steppe and high elevation floras found in semi-arid regions around the world.

November

Saturday 15th, 1:00PM

Dane County Extension

1 Fen Court, Monona WI

Annual Chapter Meeting

Travels with Steve

Steve Lesch, owner Landscape Design

Each year the chapter gathers in November to review the previous year, elect new officers, plan of the following year, and socialize while sharing a potluck lunch.

 

Following the business, Steve Lesch shares a presentation about the travels his extended family make each year. These are always unusual places that contain interesting plants and geography. Always fun.

December

Saturday 6th, 9AM to 4PM

Dane County Extension

1 Fen Court, Monona WI

Annual Seed Sorting & Packing for NARGS

pizza lunch and beverages

The gathering of the chapter to help the NARGS sort, package, and distribute seeds of plants both wild and cultivated, both common and rare. And pizza too.