Just in time for spring - Garden Expo on March 11

By UW-Manitowoc

The University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc’s Office of Continuing Education, in collaboration with the UW-Extension Master Gardeners, present their third annual educational Garden Expo on Saturday, March 11, 9: a.m.– 2:30 p.m. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.

The Garden Expo will feature different course options addressing various landscaping needs including: Hot New Plants and Garden Trends for 2017, Perennials in Containers, A Short History of West of the Lake Gardens, Building a Bulb Lawn, and Landscape Design Like a Pro. Presenters are local and state garden experts. Each course is 50 minutes in length.

The keynote speaker for the event is Benjamin Futa, Garden Director at The Allen Centennial Garden, presenting “Brown is a Color Too.” Benjamin Futa is a life-long gardener from South Bend, Indiana. Above all, Ben is passionate for connecting people to plants through public gardens. He was featured as an emerging leader in American horticulture in the April 2014 issue of Organic Gardening magazine. Ben recently accepted the position as Garden Director of the Allen Centennial Garden at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (May 2015). The Allen Centennial Garden is the artful living laboratory of the Horticulture department at UW-Madison providing authentic and meaningful learning experiences for the entire University of Wisconsin and surrounding communities. Prior to this role, Ben worked at Fernwood Botanical Garden in Southwest Michigan as the Head of Horticulture and Manager of Member and Donor Relations.

Area garden and home vendors will also be available for your garden and home needs. Food and refreshments will available for purchase. Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased online.


Suzanne Lawrence