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 UW-Manitowoc’s Office of Continuing Education,  in collaboration with the UW-Extension Master Gardeners, present the fourth annual garden event now called.....

Garden Talk
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Doors open at 8:30 a.m., presentations from 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


$5 in advance and at the door. Tickets are available by contacting the UW-Manitowoc
Office of Continuing Education at 920-683-4702 or online at the Continuing Education website.


9 a.m. - Introductions and Welcome

9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Presentation: Gardening Simplified by Kerry Ann Mendez

10:30 - 11 a.m. - Break

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Presentation: The Budget Wise Gardener by Kerry Ann Mendez

The presentations will be held in the University Theatre


Gardening Simplified: Plants and Design Solutions for Time-Pressed and Maturing Gardeners
Change happens. Job demands, kids, hectic schedules, aging bodies, and changing interests have led to gardens that are not in balance with our lifestyle. Time for some 'editing.' This inspiring lecture provides easy-to-follow right-sizing strategies, recommended no-fuss plant material, and design tips for stunning year-round gardens that will be as close to ‘autopilot’ as you can get. The lecture is based on my book The Right-Size Flower Garden.


The Budget-Wise Gardener: Plant the Best for Less! Money-Saving Tips for Purchasing Plants Plus Cost-Saving Garden Designs
Discover a wealth of ideas for getting the best price and value for exceptional plants. The plant sources and strategies will surprise you! Also covered are striking design concepts for eye-popping, pollinator-friendly landscapes requiring less maintenance and water. And container gardening takes on a whole new spin with these cost-effective, creative ideas! This lecture is based on my newest book, The Budget-Wise Gardener: With Hundreds of Money-Saving Buying & Design Tips for Planting the Best for Less.



Kerry Anne Mendez

Kerry Ann Mendez is an award-winning garden educator, author and design consultant based in southern Maine. Since 2015 she has presented over 300 lectures to more than 30,000 gardeners in 17 states and Canada. As an exceptionally popular educator and communicator she has received over 400 five-star reviews from her lecture audiences, which are available for review on the independent national website In 2014 she received the Gold Medal award from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for “Exceptional teaching and writing that increases public enjoyment and appreciation of horticulture.” Kerry Ann has been a featured speaker at botanical gardens, arboretums and horticultural societies in 16 states, including the U.S. Botanic Gardens, U.S. National Arboretum, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Wave Hill, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Longwood Gardens and many more. She has been a presenter and keynote speaker at Master Gardener conferences in 15 states plus dozens of flower shows including Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In addition, she has been a frequent presenter at nursery and landscaping professional organizations and Green Industry events as well as many leading nurseries and garden centers. Kerry Ann has written three gardening books. Her fourth book, The Budget-Wise Gardener, will be released in February 2018. In 2015 Kerry Ann was a Region I representative for the Garden Writers Association of America. In 2016 Kerry Ann started producing international gardening Webinars that have been enjoyed by thousands. For more info visit


For more information contact Suzanne Lawrence, MA, Regional Director of Continuing Education, N.E. Region, at 920-683-4702 or


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