Learn pruning, garden design at Master Gardener seminar Feb. 24

Wausau Pilot & Review

Learn from experts about pruning, designing specialty gardens and choosing spectacular shrubs at a half-day seminar Saturday, Feb. 24. Hosted by the Portage County Master Gardener Association, it will be held at Mid-State Technical College in Stevens Point.

“What Should I Cut? Understanding and Establishing Good Pruning Practices for your Landscape,” will be presented by certified arborist Bob Koca and Jason Ciesielski, owner of Sara’s Gardens LLC. Koca, a retired instructor of horticulture and landscape classes at MSTC, continues to provide professional consultation and education. Ciesielski has more than 20 years of landscaping experience, including design, cleanup and tree trimming.

Rob Zimmer, a nature and gardening author, award-winning columnist and photographer, will lead two sessions:

  • “Specialty Garden Planning and Design” – Gardens with a theme or purpose, such as attracting pollinators, hummingbirds and songbirds, or creating a foraging landscape are popular among Wisconsin gardeners. Zimmer will cover considerations and design elements for each of these. With fun and inspiration, he provides tips and ideas for new ways to grow.
  • “Spectacular Shrubs for Wisconsin Gardens” — In addition to popular choices such as hydrangeas and roses, this program explores many other beautiful shrubs that add beauty, color, texture and four seasons of interest in the landscape

Zimmer, Appleton, hosts two radio programs, Outdoors with Rob Zimmer and In the Midwest Garden, both on WHBY Radio. He has written more than 100 books on nature and plants of Wisconsin. His feature articles and photos have appeared in regional, national and international magazines.

Garden Dreams is offered in-person or virtually. Register online at: https://bit.ly/3vH09kA  or in-person Feb. 24 when doors open at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 for either option. MSTC is at 1001 CenterPoint Drive, Stevens Point.

Sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

For questions, contact Mid-State Continuing Education at [email protected] or 715-422-5488.