Deadline nears for spring garden conference

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Monday, March 18, is the registration deadline for the 24th annual Spring Garden Conference sponsored by Northern Lights Master Gardeners Association, scheduled for March 30 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Marinette Campus. The event offers attendees a choice between two highly qualified UW-Madison keynote speakers and a choice of three sessions from 16 being offered.

Featured keynote speakers include Dr. Brian Hudelson, director of the Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, who will cover common methods for disease control, their pros and cons, and how those techniques can be adapted for use in the home garden; and Dr. Laura Jull, associate professor and Extension specialist for woody ornamental horticulture, who will share her experiences with good replacements for invasive trees and shrubs in Wisconsin.

This year’s conference will provide a wide range of educational sessions, many of which are taught by trained Master Gardener volunteers, keynote speakers, and area professionals. Hands-on workshops continue to be popular sessions and will again be offered. Attendees should plan on a full day event starting with registration at 8 a.m. that includes continental breakfast; a soup, salad and sandwich buffet; a full day of sessions, displays, raffle, and sale of garden-related items. The all-inclusive registration fee for this event is $40. Workshops will have an additional fee to cover materials.

Brochures covering the sessions and registration are available at local libraries, partnering businesses and the UW-Extension office. A printable version, registration, and more information can be found online at and on Facebook. Registrations must be received with payment prior to March 18. Early registration is recommended, as many sessions and workshops fill rapidly.

For more information, contact the Marinette UW-Extension office at 715-732-7510 or visit online