Musclewood Tree

The Musclewood Tree

There is no question that landscapes are enhanced by the addition of trees. Certified Master Gardener Chris Jacobs addressed these assets in an excellent article, The Many Benefits of Trees, available at . One thing to keep in mind when selecting a tree is diversity. When planting the same thing as all the neighbors, […]

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Pretty Penstemon

Pretty Penstemon In 2002, the Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association (WNLA) began a “Plant of the Year” program to promote “quality and underused plants to the public.” They established two categories: a woody ornamental category, which includes deciduous trees and shrubs, evergreens and vines; and a perennial category which includes herbaceous perennials, subshrubs, grasses, and […]


Naked Ladies

One of the joys of being a Master Gardener is that friends and family come to you for advice about their landscapes. Such was the case late this summer when my older brother called and asked if it was a good time to transplant some “naked ladies” from a neighbor’s garden to his. I must […]

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Norfolk Island Pine

Norfolk Island Pine Looking for something a little different this year from the customary poinsettia to decorate your home or give as a gift? Try the Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla). This formal looking plant is readily found at big box stores and local florists this time of year in various sizes and prices. These […]


Master Gardeners 2015 Meetings

The Dodge County Master Gardener Association does not have regularly scheduled meetings in November or December. However, there is a new slate of exciting meetings on tap for 2015. From tree care to heirloom tomatoes to landscaping with natives and everything in between! Included in 2015 will be an on-farm tour of Bryn Teg Farm, a […]

Ornamental Grass in the Winter Landscape (Large)

Ornamental Grasses

Although the calendar indicates it is still autumn, looking out the window, it appears to be winter. The landscape is filled with snow and has a beauty all of its own. If your landscape is flat and boring, perhaps some additions of ornamental grasses would be just the ticket. Ornamental grasses add stunning backdrops, height, […]

Committee members: Lois Livens, Chris Jacobs, Carol Shirk, Wendy King, Judy Ann Studer and Sharon Fielder

Gardening for Gold – A Success!

The Dodge County Master Gardener Association hosted their first Gardening for Gold Fall Symposium on November 1st. The day-long event was held at the Horicon Marsh Education Center and was attended by gardening enthusiasts from all over Wisconsin. Those in attendance heard three informative and entertaining speakers: Rob Zimmer – A Garden for the Senses, […]

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It’s Pumpkin Time

It’s Pumpkin Time ‘Tis the season when tables are heavily laden, groaning with the blessings from garden bounty. Inevitably a pumpkin pie will make its way to the table and rave reviews will follow. Pumpkins originated in Central America. They range in size from the tiny, less than one pound, decorative ones to the giant […]