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August 2015 Dodge County Master Gardener Meeting Recap

2015 August DCMGV Meeting Recap 8/27/15 The August Master Gardener Meeting featured Donna VanBuecken, charter president of Wild Ones of Fox Valley and Outagamie County. She spoke on the topic of “Landscaping with Native Plants.” Native plants are those that grew before European settlements took place. Native plants have evolved over thousands of years and […]

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Hardy Ferns

Looking for a plant that will add beauty, texture, and structure to your shade garden, is deer resistant and easy to care for? Hardy ferns may be the answer. Hardy ferns are those that tolerate our cold winter temperatures and can be grown outdoors year-round. Native and non-native ferns come in a variety of textures, […]

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Zinnia

Zinnia – A Happy Little Face in the Garden

Perennials are plants that persist for multiple seasons. Generally the top part of the plant will die back in the fall or winter, but the root will remain and new plant growth will appear the following spring. Many gardeners prefer perennials since they do not have to be planted every year. Annuals on the other […]

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Monarda

  You probably know this popular perennial as bee balm, Oswego tea or bergamot. Monarda is a member of the mint family – with the characteristic square stems, opposite leaves and fragrant foliage. The genus name Monarda honors a 16th century Spanish physician and botanist, Nicholas Monardes. The common name bee balm refers to the […]

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July 2015 Dodge County Master Gardener Meeting Recap

2015 July DCMGV Meeting Recap 7/23/15 The July program was a tour of the BrynTeg Farm by Gary and Caryl Watterson. The acreage of BrynTeg Farm has been in the same family since 1963. They use all-natural, time-tested growing processes: vegetables, herbs, and most fruits are grown free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and the […]

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June 2015 Dodge County Master Gardener Meeting Recap

2015 June DCMGV Meeting Recap 6/25/15 The June Master Gardener Meeting featured veterinarian Dr. Vicky Smith. Her practice is at Wyllow Pet Hospital in Beaver Dam. Dr. Smith’s topic was “Pets and the Garden.” In her PowerPoint presentation and accompanying handout, she focused on three areas: safety, environmental enrichment and coexistence of pets and plants. […]

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