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October 2015 – Master Gardener Meeting Recap

The October Dodge County Master Gardener Association meeting featured Gretchen Meyer, manager of the University of Wisconsin – Field Station, located at the Cedarburg Bog in Ozaukee County. She is an ecologist who studies the interactions between insects and their host plants. Meyer’s presentation covered links between plants and insects that included pollination, herbivory, and […]

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Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens – More Than Just a Pretty Place Millions of people visit botanical gardens across the world each year. The people that visit, and the reasons for visiting, are as diverse as the plants in the gardens. Botanic gardens (or botanical – the words are interchangeable) offer a way to connect with nature, provide […]


The Changing Leaves of Fall

Fall in Wisconsin means football, apple pie, pumpkin stands lining the roads, and a beautiful display of tree foliage. In fact, one of the many benefits of living in Wisconsin is the changing seasons and for a few weeks of fall, the trees put on a final glorious show of color before the growing season […]

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Goldenrod vs. Ragweed

Did you have fall allergies? Did you blame goldenrod? Goldenrod usually gets blamed for fall allergies because it is highly visible compared to the true culprit, ragweed. Goldenrod (Solidago) and ragweed (Ambrosia) are both native plants which support native wildlife by providing food and cover for wildlife. Goldenrod is a perennial herb while ragweed is […]

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Lasagna Garden being built

Lasagna gardening, despite the name, does not involve pasta, Italian cuisine, or cheese. It is a method of gardening that requires layering, like its namesake, and is a cost-effective, no-till, labor-saving method of establishing a garden from a patch of sod or weeds. Although this method can be used any time of year, fall is […]


September 2015 Master Gardener Meeting Recap

2015 September DCMGV Meeting Recap 9/24/15 The September Master Gardener meeting featured Dr. Patti Nagai, a horticultural educator for Racine County UW-Extension. She spoke on the topic, “Brighten Your Indoor Space with Living Plants.” In her presentation she spoke about the selection and care of houseplants – tropical foliage, flowering plants, citrus and herbs.   Plants […]

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Frogs, Toads, and the Garden

Frogs, Toads, and the Garden According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 was the year of the sheep. According to my garden, it was the year of the amphibian. There were more frogs and toads than I have ever seen in all my time gardening at this location. Good or bad? Let’s take a look. Frogs […]