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Class & Event Schedule February-April 2013


For more information on events and classes at Green Bay Botanical Garden, call us at (920) 490-9457.

Children's Garden Story Hour – Monday, February 4; 10–10:30 am

Story Hour moves indoors for the winter. Take a break in the Children’s Corner for nature themed stories and activities. Story Hours are FREE during the winter season.

A Little Bit of Old and a Little Bit of New…Plants that is! – Tuesday, February 5; 1-2:30 pm

Instructor: Sarah Pingel – GBBG Horticulture & Education Specialist

Tired of using the same old annual plants in your garden? Are you looking to recreate something you saw at your local botanical garden? Want to spice things up with some new varieties, but don’t know where to start? Join Sarah as she explores some of the newer varieties of annuals along with some of the tried and true favorites from years past. GBBG Members: $7; Non-Members: $14; Pre-registration required – Limit 30

Indoor Gardening in Winter – Tuesday, February 5; 6-7:30 pm

Instructor: Chad Knight – Garden Supply Guys

Salad and salsa vegetables fresh from the garden…in February? This class will show how to plan a gardening space and introduce lighting technologies that make indoor gardening a fun and cost-efficient way to grow vegetables over winter and transplants for spring. Participants leave with their own lettuce plants. Class will be held at Garden Supply Guys, Green Bay. GBBG Members: $7; Non-Members: $14; Pre-registration required – Limit 30

Soup with Substance –­­ Friday, February 8; 5:30–8 pm

Bruce Dethelfsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate “The Nature of Poetry”

Jukebox Quartet (Barbershop Quartet)

Escape to the Garden for an afternoon of snowshoeing, skiing or hiking. At 5:30 pm come inside where it’s warm to enjoy homemade soups, breads and desserts from local restaurants and businesses. A short garden-related lecture will be featured. The evening will end with live musical entertainment performed by local musicians. Advanced tickets: GBBG Members: $10; Non-Members: $15; At the Door: GBBG Members: $12; Non-Members: $17 Limit 150 per evening.

NEW Family Event Winter Family Festival Saturday, February 9; 10 am-2 pm

Celebrate winter at this new event, featuring games and activities of the winter season. Prepare your yard for the spring arrival of bluebirds, learn winter animal tracks, try a winter garden scavenger hunt, run in a teddy bear sled race, feed the birds and more. Treat the snow-people in your family to some indoor/outdoor fun! Admission: Special Family Rate: $10; Adults: $7; Seniors (65+) & AAA: $5; Children (5-12): $2; 4 and under & GBBG Members FREE

Children's Garden Story Hour – Monday, February 11; 10–10:30 am

Story Hour moves indoors for the winter. Take a break in the Children’s Corner for nature themed stories and activities. Story Hours are FREE during the winter season.

Travelogue – England – Tradition and History; Wednesday, February 13; Noon-1 pm

Presenter: Jackie Johnson – GBBG Member

From High Tea at Harrods, palaces and cathedrals in London, to the 5,000 year old stone circles and the original grave site of Arthur and Guinevere, join us as we tour magical England. Bring a bag lunch and join us for this FREE program.

Red Shouldered Hawk – Threatened Species – Saturday, February 16; 9:30-11 am

Instructor: John Jacobs – Red Shouldered Hawk Researcher

John will take you on a journey deep into the forests of Wisconsin to intimately explore the lives of red-shouldered hawks. Discover where these hawks live, what they eat, what environmental hazards threaten them, how they choose mates and protect their territory and their young as you learn about this state threatened species. GBBG Members & Non-Members: FREE; Pre-registration required – Limit 40

Children's Garden Story Hour – Monday, February 18; 10–10:30 am

Story Hour moves indoors for the winter. Take a break in the Children’s Corner for nature themed stories and activities. Story Hours are FREE during the winter season.

Basic Concepts of Ikebana Arrangements – Tuesday, February 19; 6-7:30 pm

Instructor: Kazuko Bressler – Instructor, Ikenobo School

Ikebana is the Japanese art of arranging flowers using natural materials. The class will introduce the basic concept of Ikebana arrangement. Class will be taught by Kaz, an instructor from the Ikenobo Ikebana School, which was established in the 1500s, and was the first Ikebana school in Japan. Please bring a 10-12 in., shallow (1.5-2 in.), flat bottomed, colored container, scissors and a 2 inch kensan, commonly known as a frog. Frogs can be purchased separately in the WPS Trellis Gift Shop prior to the day of class for about $18. Minimum of 15 needed to hold this class. GBBG Members: $32; Non-Members: $39; Pre-registration required – Limit 24

Stretching Fresh Mozzarella – Thursday, February 21; 6-7:30 pm

Instructors: Cindy Schmidt – Festival Foods Deli Supervisor, Wayne Spurlock – Belgioioso Cheese Regional Sales Manager

What’s better than your own fresh mozzarella? Learn how to take curd, stretch it, and create hand pulled fresh mozzarella balls. GBBG Members: $7; Non-Members: $14; Pre-registration required – Limit 24

Soup with Substance –­­ Friday, February 22; 5:30–8 pm

Barb Brebner, For the Birds “Enjoy the Nature of Your Backyard”

Recorders by the Bay (Renaissance)

Escape to the Garden for an afternoon of snowshoeing, skiing or hiking. At 5:30 pm come inside where it’s warm to enjoy homemade soups, breads and desserts from local restaurants and businesses. A short garden-related lecture will be featured. The evening will end with live musical entertainment performed by local musicians. Advanced tickets: GBBG Members: $10; Non-Members: $15; At the Door: GBBG Members: $12; Non-Members: $17 Limit 150 per evening.

Children's Garden Story Hour – Monday, February 25; 10–10:30 am

Story Hour moves indoors for the winter. Take a break in the Children’s Corner for nature themed stories and activities. Story Hours are FREE during the winter season.

The Colorful Truth about Fruits & Vegetables – Tuesday, February 26; 6-7:30 pm

Instructor: Dr. Debra Pearson, PhD – UWGB Nutrition Sciences

What makes the deep blue of blueberries, or the vibrant yellow-orange-red of marigold flowers? The numerous phytochemicals in fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers create the vibrant rainbow of colors in our gardens and on our dinner plates. These phytochemicals play critical roles in the life cycle of plants and when we eat phytochemical-laden fruits and vegetables, they provide many health benefits, such as improving brain function and eye sight and decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. Join us for a beautiful look at the color palette of fruits and vegetables. GBBG Members: $7; Non-Members: $14; Pre-registration required – Limit 20

Travelogue – A Journey through Spain – Wednesday, February 27; Noon-1 pm

Presenters: Kathy & Doug Hartman – GBBG Members

Join Kathy and Doug as they share their experiences of traveling through Madrid, Barcelona, Granada and Seville. Bring a bag lunch and join us for this FREE program.

Pruning Grapevines – Saturday, March 2; 9-10:30 am

Instructor: Tim Abel – LedgeStone Vineyard Owner

Join Tim for a discussion on how to prune cold climate grapevines in northeast Wisconsin, then head out to the vineyard where participants will have an opportunity for hands-on pruning. Bring your hand pruners and dress for the weather. Class will be held at LedgeStone Vineyard in Greenleaf. GBBG Members: $7; Non-Members: $14; Pre-registration required – Limit 24

Children's Garden Story Hour – Monday, March 4; 10–10:30 am

Story Hour moves indoors for the winter. Take a break in the Children’s Corner for nature themed stories and activities. Story Hours are FREE during the winter season.

Coffee: From Tree to Cup – Tuesday, March 5; 6:30-8 pm

Instructor: Mark Patel – Luna Cafe

Join us for a hands-on look at what it takes to brew a great cup of coffee. From the tree on which the coffee cherries are grown, all the way to the cup of coffee in your kitchen, we will trace every step in the journey of a coffee bean. Each participant will leave with a ½ pound of coffee best suited to their tastes and favorite brewing method. Class will be held at Luna Café in De Pere. GBBG Members: $12; Non-Members: $19; Pre-registration required – Limit 30

Soup with Substance –­­ Friday, March 8; 5:30–8 pm

John & Liz Katalinich, Yardening by Nature “A Few More of Our Favorite Things”

Christine Granatella & Noah Harmon (vocals & piano - Blues, Jazz, Classical)

Escape to the Garden for an afternoon of snowshoeing, skiing or hiking. At 5:30 pm come inside where it’s warm to enjoy homemade soups, breads and desserts from local restaurants and businesses. A short garden-related lecture will be featured. The evening will end with live musical entertainment performed by local musicians. Advanced tickets: GBBG Members: $10; Non-Members: $15; At the Door: GBBG Members: $12; Non-Members: $17 Limit 150 per evening.

Worm Your Way to Castings! – Saturday, March 9; 10-11:30 am

Instructor: Mandy Peterson – IntelliGrowth Industries Soil Scientist

Repurpose 800 pounds of kitchen scraps a year, turning them into nutrient-rich fertilizer, excellent for growing gardens, house plants, vegetables and much more. Learn how you can build a very efficient worm farm that will keep on giving! You will be introduced to the amazing biology that makes this such a valuable product in soil. Class includes a tour and will be held at IntelliGrowth Industries, LLC of Appleton. GBBG Members & Non-Members: FREE; Pre-registration required – Limit 30

Children's Garden Story Hour – Monday, March 11; 10–10:30 am

Story Hour moves indoors for the winter. Take a break in the Children’s Corner for nature themed stories and activities. Story Hours are FREE during the winter season.

Introduction to Bonsai Demo – Tuesday, March 12; 6-7:30 pm

Instructor: Sandra Keller – Bay Area Bonsai Society Founder & Program Chair

Sandra will help you develop an appreciation for the ancient art of dwarfing trees. Increase your success with bonsai by learning the origins, differences between Bonsai and Ikebana, deciduous vs evergreen dwarfs, indoor and outdoor styles and the equipment needed for year–round care of these miniature works of art. Minimum of 8 needed to hold this class. GBBG Members: $10; Non-Members: $17; Pre-registration required – Limit 25

Travelogue – Australia & New Zealand – Wednesday, March 13; Noon-1 pm

Presenters: Betty & Gene Arendt – GBBG Members

Join us for gardens, glow worms and geothermal landscapes. See koalas, kangaroos and kiwis. Visit aquariums, aborigines and an opera house. Bring a bag lunch and join us for this FREE program.

Children's Garden Story Hour – Monday, March 18; 10–10:30 am

Story Hour moves indoors for the winter. Take a break in the Children’s Corner for nature themed stories and activities. Story Hours are FREE during the winter season.

Soup with Substance –­­ Friday, March 22; 5:30–8 pm

Gerry Andrews, Landscape Associates, “Designing for Effective Landscape Lighting”

KG & The Ranger (Acoustic 30s & 40s Country Duo)

Escape to the Garden for an afternoon of snowshoeing, skiing or hiking. At 5:30 pm come inside where it’s warm to enjoy homemade soups, breads and desserts from local restaurants and businesses. A short garden-related lecture will be featured. The evening will end with live musical entertainment performed by local musicians. Advanced tickets: GBBG Members: $10; Non-Members: $15; At the Door: GBBG Members: $12; Non-Members: $17 Limit 150 per evening.

Children's Garden Story Hour – Monday, March 25; 10–10:30 am

Story Hour moves indoors for the winter. Take a break in the Children’s Corner for nature themed stories and activities. Story Hours are FREE during the winter season.

Intro to Gardening – Tuesday, March 26; 6-7:30 pm

Instructor: Chad Knight – Garden Supply Guys

Chad will introduce the garden calendar for this region and offer guidelines for what you will need to do, and when, in order to be an effective grower in the Northern Midwest. Participants will leave with their own heirloom tomato starters for spring transplant or indoor growing. GBBG Members: $7; Non-Members: $14; Pre-registration required – Limit 30

Travelogue – Adventuring in Costa Rica – Wednesday, March 27; Noon-1 pm

Presenters: Bruce & Jan LaSota – GBBG Members

Traveling to Costa Rica included a Rhodes Scholar photography program taking Bruce and Jan to coastal, mountainous,

volcanic and rainforest locales. They will share flora and fauna photos, as well as lifestyle pictures from this tropical Costa Rican environment. Bring a bag lunch and join us for this FREE program.

Children's Garden Story Hour – Monday, April 1; 10–10:30 am

Story Hour moves indoors for the winter. Take a break in the Children’s Corner for nature themed stories and activities. Story Hours are FREE during the winter season.

Mushroom Cultivation 101 – Thursday, April 4; 6-7:30 pm

Instructor: Joe Krawczyk – Field and Forest Products, Inc., Owner

Put a mushroom garden in your wooded landscape and enjoy the beauty and delight of growing your own gourmet mushrooms. Learn essential cultivation steps, the basics of mushroom I.D. and harvest tips. GBBG Members: $7; Non-Members: $14; Pre-registration required – Limit 20

Children's Garden Story Hour – Monday, April 8; 10–10:30 am

Story Hour moves indoors for the winter. Take a break in the Children’s Corner for nature themed stories and activities. Story Hours are FREE during the winter season.

Mead Making 101 Turn Honey into Wine – Monday, April 8; 6-7:30 pm

Instructors: Randy Ness, John Parsons,& Rick Buss - GB Rackers Members

Discover the art of transforming honey into a delectable wine and learn the necessary information to make mead at home. Topics will include types of mead, equipment, ingredients and procedures from initial mixing to bottling. Various samples will be provided for tasting. Learn how the term “Honeymoon” got its name! Must be 21 years old to attend. Minimum of 8 needed to run this class. GBBG Members: $10; Non-Members: $17; Pre-registration required – Limit 20

Aquaponics Farming in the Future – Thursday, April 11; 6-7:30 pm

Instructor: Tom Sebranek – Green Bay Southwest Agriscience Staff and Students

Green Bay Southwest students will lead a tour of the aquaponics facility followed by a Q&A session and a smoked trout treat. Learn how raising perch, blue gill, trout and prawn are connected to growing food. Appropriate for those who want to learn more about aquaponics and the future of raising your own food products. Class will meet at Green Bay Southwest High School Greenhouse. Must be high school age or older to attend. GBBG Members & Non-Members: FREE; Pre-registration required – Limit 30

Children's Garden Story Hour – Monday, April 15; 10–10:30 am

Story Hour moves indoors for the winter. Take a break in the Children’s Corner for nature themed stories and activities. Story Hours are FREE during the winter season.

Cooking with Gourmet Mushrooms – Monday, April 15; 6-7:30 pm

Instructor: Mary Ellen Kozak - Field & Forest Products, Inc., Owner

Discover the special culinary characteristics of gourmet mushrooms and learn how to incorporate them into your cooking to make every day meals unique! Gather tips for making mushroom trail mixes, butters and easy but elegant mushroom dishes along with plenty of samples! GBBG Members: $12; Non-Members: $19; Pre-registration required – Limit 20

Wake Up Your Garden – Tuesday, April 16; 6-7:30 pm

Instructor: Lisa Stubbe – Landscape Artisans

The gardening season is here again, how will you be getting your garden ready for spring planting and summer beauty? Lisa Stubbe of Landscape Artisans has been prepping gardens for years and would love to share her suggestions. Join her for discussions and demonstrations of the methods including pruning that will bring your garden up to speed for the growing season. Please dress appropriately for outdoor demonstrations. GBBG Members: $7; Non-Members: $14; Pre-registration required – Limit 25

Children's Garden Story Hour – Monday, April 22; 10–10:30 am

Story Hour moves indoors for the winter. Take a break in the Children’s Corner for nature themed stories and activities. Story Hours are FREE during the winter season.

Watercolor in Bloom – Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, April 22, 23 & 24; 9:30 am-4 pm

Instructor: Bridget Austin – Professional Watercolor Artist

Enjoy painting flowers, gardens, and landscapes using different approaches. This three day class will explore techniques of wet-on-wet, dry and textured paper incorporating fresh brushwork, negative painting, and creative color with daily demonstrations and personal help. Some watercolor experience is necessary. Bring your favorite subjects or use Bridget’s. Bring a bag lunch. Materials not included. For supply list, visit www.gbbg.org. Minimum of 11 needed to run this class. GBBG Members: $150; Non-Members: $171; Pre-registration required – Limit 18

Hypertufa – Monday, April 22 AND May 20; 6-7:30 pm

Instructor: David Wright – NWTC Landscape/ Horticulture Instructor

This is a 2 part class. You must attend part 1 to attend part 2.

First Class – Create a unique, portable, garden container using cement, perlite, peat and water. Forms will be provided. Be prepared to push up your sleeves and get dirty. David will also discuss appropriate plants to use. Return on May 20 to plant.

Second Class – Unmold your creation! A variety of plants will be available to plant in your hypertufa and David will discuss care of your container. Both classes will be held at the NWTC Hort. Construction Building.GBBG Members: $21; Non-Members: $28; Pre-registration required – Limit 12

Cocoa Bean Mulch & Potting Soil Sale

Members Only Pick-Up – Friday, April 26; 3-7 pm

General Pick-Up – Saturday, April 27; 9 am-Noon

Stock up for the gardening season during this once-a year advanced order sale. Newly featured this year are unique crocosmia and eucomis bulbs along with cocoa bean mulch and mulch mixes, potting soil and a variety of organic gardening products. Limited quantities will be available for sale the days of the event, so please pre-order. Order forms are available at www.gbbg.org.

Children's Garden Story Hour – Monday, April 29; 10–10:30 am

Story Hour moves indoors for the winter. Take a break in the Children’s Corner for nature themed stories and activities. Story Hours are FREE during the winter season.

For more information on events and classes at Green Bay Botanical Garden, visit our website at www.gbbg.org or call us at 920.490.9457.

About Green Bay Botanical Garden

Green Bay Botanical Garden, located at 2600 Larsen Road behind Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), opened in 1996 and sits on 47 lush acres. The organization enriches the region by providing educational and recreational opportunities that focus on the beauty and utility of plants within an environment that inspires and refreshes.

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