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A Sure Sign of Spring...Spring Thaw Symposium: Luscious Landscapes! - Mar 3, 2011

by Sharon Vaughan, Educator, Green Bay Botanical Garden

I’m looking out the window at gray skies and the mountains of snow even though the calendar says spring is just a few short weeks away. With anticipation and excitement, the seed catalogs and nursery magazines have been arriving signaling spring’s impending arrival! Nature is awakening! Another sign is that our Spring Thaw Symposium is just around the corner.

This year’s Spring Thaw Symposium - Luscious Landscapes - is sponsored by Mayflower Greenhouse and will be held Saturday, April 9, from 9am- 3pm at Tundra Lodge Resort in Green Bay, WI. Join our Keynote Speaker, Lee Reich, PhD, author and avid farmdener, as he provides his own rating system for selecting landscape fruits that combine flavor, ease of care, and beauty to create what he calls "luscious landscaping". Any gardener interested in harvesting the literal fruits of their labor will enjoy his talk. What could be more pleasant that picking luscious fruits from a tree, shrub or vines that you also admire for its beauty? Other speakers include Mark Dwyer and Steven Ziegler. Mark Dwyer, Director of Horticulture at Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Garden, who will share a wide range of plants that do “double duty” and are perfect for ornamental edible containers. Add the beauty of fruits and vegetables to your landscape plants. It’s not only beautiful to look at but wonderful to eat. It’s difficult to find food that’s more local than one’s own backyard! Steven Ziegler, a Registered Landscape Architect from Madison and also a member of the Urban Open Space Foundation (now Center for Resilient Cities) discusses public & private sector landscapes that were created to embrace edibility, food production and community building, Landscapes and how people use them change over time. Jan Wos, our sponsor and owner of Mayflower Greenhouse will finish our day by providing us with the 2011 Plant Preview.

It promises to be an exciting day! Hang onto your seed catalogs and nursery magazines; you may want to add to your orders!

Keep thinking spring!

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