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This month in the garden...


"The best way to make sure you're removing a weed and not a valuable plant? If it comes out of the ground easily it's a valuable plant."



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Green Up Your Winter Blues

Get an early start on the gardening season in 2019!  The Port Washington Garden Club is holding the one-day "Green Up Your Winter Blues" gardening seminar on Saturday, February 23.  Experienced gardeners will present talks on a wide variety of subjects at the historic Wilson House at 200 N. Franklin Street in beautiful downtown Port Washington.

Generously supported by:

Port Washington State Bank    BMO Harris Bank


8:30 - 9:00: Check-in

9:00 - 10:30

Flowering shrubs for Year ’Round Interest

David Stevens
Longnecker Horticultural Gardens Curator

Learn about the UW-Madison Arboretum’s favorite flowering shrubs and how to best maintain them.


10:45 - 11:35

Alex, Ill have Shade Plants that start with H for $500

Dave Wanninger

Lets play Jeopardy! We will work from a list of answers about Shade Plants that Start with the Letter H, and see if we can figure out the questions.

Stained-glass Accent Trellis*

Elizabeth O'Connell

Build a 6-foot cedar trellis with a beautiful stained-glass accent to take home and use in your garden!


*Space is limited for this workshop.


11:35 - 1:00 Break for Lunch
(Guide to Dining Spots in Historic Downtown Port Washington Provided)

1:00 - 1:50
Pecans in Wisconsin? Dave is Nuts about Nuts!

Dave Wanninger

Whoda thunk that we have pecan trees growing at Boerner Botanical Gardens? When we remapped our long neglected Nut Tree collection, we discovered not only pecans but hicans, a tasty cross between hickory nuts and pecans, and other hardy nut trees. We will explore the history of these unusual trees, look into the life of Wisconsin nut tree pioneer Carl Weschke, and eat a few nuts!

Take and Make a Better Flower Photo*

Yvonne Brault

Hear, see and learn about taking a better flower photo. How to take and compose a better photo, using correct light levels, focusing, post production techniques to make a better photo, etc. Attendees may bring one 8x10 enlargement and receive live suggestions for improvement.

*Space is limited for this workshop.
Additional fee $5.

2:00 - 2:50

Gardening for a Healthier You: Tricks and Tips for Safe Gardening

Dr. Kathy Lemley

Does your body hurt after gardening? Learn some tips and tricks for avoiding those aches and pains while enjoying all of the benefits gardening provides. This session will include simple stretches to help you prepare for working in the garden, proper lifting and management of heavy items, and tools to help lessen the stress on your joints. Whether novice or experienced, this session can help you stay safe and pain free.

Pesto Should Not be Cooked Never!*

Glenyss Gilliam

Pesto Genovese, like French Bordeaux, is regulated by the Italians who consider it part of their national heritage. They will go to great lengths to explain what pesto is, isn't, and how it should be prepared (their words: should not be cooked never). But as with all foods and language, pesto has been altered by regions and countries with their own ingredients and dishes. Let's explore some of the options.

*Space is limited for this workshop.
Additional fee $10.

About the Presenters

David Stevens

Dave Wanninger

Dr. Kathy Lemley

Elizabeth O'Connell

Glenyss Gilliam

Yvonne Brault


Registration for the seminar is now closed.

You will receive email confirmation of your registration.

All session material will be available for download (to avoid wasting paper) between Monday, Feb. 18 and Monday, March 4.

If you have any questions, please call 708-227-1329 and leave a message.


Port Washington Garden Club, PO Box 492, Port Washington, Wisconsin 53074
Registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization