Hosta and Fern Combination

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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Poison Ivy

Summer is the time to enjoy outdoor family activities with no regrets.   Poison ivy can put a damper on the fun if accidental exposure occurs. The rash from poison ivy, oak, and sumac is due to an allergic reaction to urushiol, a sticky oil produced by these plants. All parts of both living and dead […]

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The Tamarack Tree

The Tamarack Tree Because of the expected demise of the ash trees, many home owners are investigating different options for landscape trees. Wisconsin has a variety of both deciduous and coniferous trees. Deciduous trees are hardwoods that lose their leaves seasonally. Conifers are soft wood trees that keep their needles, with one mighty exception: the […]

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Dodge County Administration Building Educational Display

The Educational Display Garden at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau is looking good. Interested in what’s blooming? All plants are labeled with a plant marker and information about each plant can be found at http://dodge.uwex.edu/…/Administration-Building-Gardens-Plant-Descriptions.pdf

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Dodge County Highway Department Building Educational Gardens

The Educational Display Garden at the Dodge County Highway Department is progressing nicely (it was planted last year). All plants are identified with a plant marker and more information on the individual plants can be found at: http://dodge.uwex.edu/files/2010/06/Highway-Department-Building-Landscaping.pdf

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The Perennial Garden

The Perennial Garden Master Gardener Volunteers are often called upon for landscaping advice. Invariably the preference is for a “no maintenance” perennial garden. Unfortunately that type of garden does not exist in the real world. Low maintenance, yes. No maintenance, no. The use of perennials will substantially decrease the amount of time, labor, and long-term […]

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Virginia Bluebells

I have to admit, when it comes to spring flowers for the garden, my go-to choices are the crocus, daffodil, and tulip. A couple years ago, after doing some research, I decided to incorporate a few native spring wildflowers, including Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) into a small shade garden. It took a little time, but […]

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Monarch Butterflies and Milkweed

Over the last few years, you may have seen on TV or read an article about the decline of the monarch butterfly population. Researchers believe the population has decreased 80% in the last 20 years and is at a dangerously low level. In fact, 3 of the lowest overwintering populations have been recorded within the […]

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