We are currently setting the meetings for this year. Please check back soon to find out the great activities and speakers we will have.


March 17th

Saturday March 17th at 1 pm


Speaker - Dr. Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, Director UW Botany Greenhouse

West Agriculture Research Station

8502 Mineral Point Rd

Madison WI 53593

A number of you met Dr. Jordon-Thaden at Garden Expo this year - she's personable, well-spoken, and has a great interest in alpine and arctic botany. She'll speak about her research on Draba - a genus which it turns out has lots to tell us about adaptation to high arctic and alpine environments.


We have a number of items to discuss, including meeting subjects and locations for  the year, and the list of plants which we will get for Flower Factory to propagate. This last item is fairly urgent: online ordering has started for the nurseries we'll be using, so we should get our orders in soon to improve our chances of getting what we want. If you've been thinking of suggesting something, even if you don't know whether its available, this is the time to do it!



Saturday April 14th 

Early Season Purchasing & Propagation planning

The Flower Factory 

4062 County Rd. A

Stoughton, WI 53589


April, 2018  Welcome to spring!  Hopefully we all have early spring plants blooming.  Our April meeting will Saturday April 14 at Flower Factory.  Bring a bag lunch at noon for socializing, followed by our meeting at 1.  After the meeting, we can shop to replenish whatever didn’t survive winter and find new treasures that need a home!


A few notes from our March meeting.


·       Flower Factory will be propagating a few plants that we suggest.  This will be an ongoing project so please consider what hard to get plants you would like to suggest.  You can send the suggestions to jahalve123@gmail.com and they will be posted on our website.  Please include a source for plants and/or seeds.  A short note on why you think the plant should be included would be helpful as well.  These need to be plants suitable for a rock garden.  David and Nancy would decide which of our suggestions could be propagated.  Once that is done, our chapter would have the first opportunity to purchase them. We will be maintaining a separate "wish list" of plants which members are interested in acquiring but which don't necessarily have a current supplier.




Sunday May 20th 

Garden Tour & Nursery Visit



Heritage Flower Farm 

33725 County Road L (Janesville Dr.)

Mukwonago WI 53149



Tom Horner Garden

Waterford WI


Visit to Adelman's Heritage Flower Farm (with a tour by owner Betty Adelman) and Tom Horner's garden - with any luck it will be the right time to see some of his numerous Rhododendrons and Azaleas in flower in his woodland type garden.



Saturday June 9th (Time TBA)

Garden Work Party


Rotary Botanical Gardens

1455 Palmer Drive


Janesville, WI 53545

The chapter will visit the Rotary gardens to help with work in the rock garden there. Normally we gather in the am. There will plenty of time to wander the gardens and see what director Mark Dwyer has planned for the ever changing garden. We adjourn at noon to a local restaurant where lunch is provided by the chapter.  And we can socialize!



Saturday July 21st (Time TBA)

Nursery Visit and Purchasing Opportunity


Landscape Designs Nursery

3290 Elvehjem Rd

McFarland, WI 53558

Steve Lesch owner & chapter member owns a nursery and landscape business east of Madison. The main feature of the nursery is an extensive collection of uncommon woody plants. There are loads of perennials as well.



Saturday August 18th (Time TBA)



Come back later for more details


50 years, many members, meetings, and trips later, the time has flown by. Gardening as a way of making time move fast. And there is always something new to learn about and new plants our gardens need. Oh there's sure to be cake.



Saturday September 18th (Time TBA)

Activity day


either a tour of Kettle Moraine State Park




a work day at Allen Centennial Gardens 

come back later for more details



Wednesday October 24th evening (Time & Location TBA)

National Speaker (NARGS speaker tour)

Marcia Tatroe

Marcia gardens on the high plains of Colorado and squeezes in an ever changing palette of over 2,000 plants into a small suburban lot. Her gardens are featured in numerous books, magazines, and nationally televised  programs. A strong advocate of xeriscaping and native plants, she is interested in all facets of gardening and garden design. She designed several gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens including Woodland Mosaic and Shady Lane. Marcia's best selling book was Cutting Edge Gardening in the Intermountain West She also writes regularly for the Denver Post.



Annual Business Meeting




Saturday TBD, 9AM to 4PM




May 20


Nursery Tour and Garden visit.



Special Note:

Hi Jean,

I don't know if it's possible to send out a brief message to the membership.


1. The main street of Waterford is torn up/closed.  There is a very short detour through the backstreets of Waterford going east to Hwy 36.


2. Parking: For those who don't mind walking about 60 yds., there is plenty of space back in the orchard past my garage.

    If walking that distance is a problem for anyone, they are welcome to park near the house.


Looking forward to a great day.