2015 Outagamie County Master Gardener Conference

March 28, 2015 • Liberty Hall • 800 Eisenhower Dr. • Kimberly, WI
Speakers • Breakout Sessions • Door Prizes • Vendors • Food

The Outagamie County Master Gardener Association is a group of volunteers dedicated to education, volunteerism, and promoting a sustainable and healthy environment.

Each year they present their garden conference, an educational, idea-inspiring, and entertaining event where you can fuel your anticipation for spring while engaging in meaningful interaction with other garden enthusiasts.

Keynote Presenter:

GENE BUSH Shade Garden Expert
Gene has been giving talks on shade gardening for more than
15 years. Using personal experience gained from his midwestern garden, and his own photography, he “speaks shade gardening,” a much-needed niche that is often neglected. Gardening in shade is the only thing he does. He has presented at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Morton Arboretum in Ill., as well as the Perennial Plant Association, Kentucky Landscape Industries winter conference, Indiana Nursery & Landscape Assoc. and many others. More information at shadegardenexpert.com.

Collecting is much like dating. You become aware: something in your peripheral vision, a mention in a casual conversation, or perhaps a photo. Best yet an actual sighting. One good look and you’re hooked. The chase is on. You pester your friends for an introduction. Finally you meet and a new relationship forms. Gene tells about the loves of his life as a collector in his shade garden. He specializes in the not-so-well known, rare, and unusual.


KATHY BAUM Perennial Report Card 2015, Kathy has a passion for perennials that is contagious. As a Master Gardener, she has a vast knowledge and painstakingly researches and tests many cultivars. Glean from her successes… and mistakes!
TAMMY BORDEN The Big Deal about Miniature Gardens, Tammy is an avid gardener with more than 20 years experience. Though her landscape is quite large, she has come to delight in miniature landscapes within her garden and home.
GAILCLEARWATERLet’sTalkTrash—TrashtoTreasureGardenArt, Gail’s not only a Master Gardener but a master at manipulating what others consider junk into beautiful and useful garden accessories and garden art.


8:00—8:45AM     Registration • Vendors Open! 8:45AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:00AM                Presenter, Kathy Baum “Perennial Report Card 2015”
With so many perennial cultivars hitting the market in the last few years, how do you know which are gardenworthy? Kathy has been trialing many of them. She will tell you about some she can’t live without and some that have hit the compost bin.
10:15—10:30AM Break
10:30—12:00PM  Featured Keynote Speaker, Gene Bush — “Chasing the Rare and Unusual in Shade Gardens” Explore an array of stunning and colorful plants specifically selected for their ability to give the
“wow” factor in your shade garden. There are more than hostas to brighten up the shadows. Gene will present this fun and fascinating look at cultivars you may not have considered before.
12:00PM               Buffet lunch provided with your registration!
12:45—1:45PM    Presenter, Tammy Borden — “The Big Deal about Miniature Gardens”
Small spaces can make a big impact! Miniature gardens are all the rage, whether tucked into an outdoor garden space or featured in a fun and funky container. Fairies and gnomes not your thing? No worries, there are plenty of design ideas to delight any gardener.
1:45—2:00PM      Break
2:00—3:30PM      Presenter, Gail Clearwater — “Let’s Talk Trash—Trash to Treasure Garden Art”
Back by popular demand! Last year, Gail’s presentation received rave reviews for her ability to turn what looks like junk to most people, into beautiful garden art that transforms a landscape. She’ll bring in dozens of her pieces and share her tips to help you create them on your own. So many ideas!
3:30PM                 Closing Remarks • Final Prize Drawings
Register by March 20—Limited to 200 registrants.
Conference Fee Includes:
Continental breakfast, buffet lunch, snacks, and refreshments.
Registration fees are nonrefundable. For questions, contact: Mary Learman • [email protected]oo.com • (920)7399496 Kathy Baum • [email protected] • (920)7319385