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2019 OCMGA Annual Garden Conference

Outagamie County Master Gardener Association

Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM (CDT)

2019 OCMGA Annual Garden Conference

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General Admission Apr 4, 2019 $45.00 $3.30

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The Outagamie County Master Gardeners Association invite you to their annual garden conference where you can fuel your anticipation of Spring, while engaging in meaningful interaction with other garden enthusiasts.


Mark Konlock, Director of Horticulture at the Green Bay Botanical Gardens, Keynote

Mark is engineer turned horticulturalist. With a passion for horticulture, he has done seed germination evaluation, worked on a fruit research farm and now is Director of Horticulture at Green Bay Botanical Gardens. He is a judge for All-America Selections ornamental plants from seed, has judged the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association awards, and writes one of the Hot Plant features for Wisconsin Gardening magazine.

•Bill Heipp, Moonlight Honey

A glass of Mead, honey wine, sparked the beekeeping interest in early 2011. Having learned from a commercial beekeeper, Bill now breeds and raises queen bees so to keep Moonlight Honey a sustainable business. Former Vice-President of the Central Wisconsin Beekeepers Association, Bill has mentored beginning beekeepers and continues to lecture and teach about bees as well as maintaining bee yards in both Lincoln and Marathon Counties. 

•Ann Shebesta, The Butterfly Lady of Mishicot

Monarch Butterfly gardening & rearing has been a lifelong passion that Ann has shared with many for more than 30 years in schools and civic groups, including the NEW Audubon Society, Kohler-Andre, Master Gardeners Seminars, and Woodland Dunes Nature Center.  She has consulted with experts as well as new enthusiasts to help expand the dwindling habitat of monarchs and polinators. Her personal butterfly garden was certified as a Monarch Waystation in 2007. 

•Tammy Borden, OCMGA’s Hosta Queen

Tammy has taught educational gardening classes and given inspirational presentations for nearly 20 years. Her specialty is shade gardening, which is demonstrated through her collection of 600 named varieties of hosta throughout her yard. She is also a published author and enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially visiting garden centers throughout Wisconsin.


In addition to great speakers, enjoy a buffet lunch, snacks, and vendors to help usher in the promise of Spring.



8 - 8:45 am Registration with Continental Breakfast - Vendors Open

8:45 - 9 am Welcome and Opening Remarks


9 - 9:45 am Bill Heipp - The Joy of Beekeeping

Bees are fascinating creatures and can quickly become a passion. Being a beekeeper in one of the top honey producing states presents some challenges and rewards beekeepers in other states don’t get to experience. This presentation will cover topics such as equipment, honey production, overwintering, and some interesting factoids. 


9:45 - 10 am Break


10 - 11 am Mark Konlock - Holistic Landscape Design - Considering Nature When Choosing Plants

When designing our home landscapes, we can and should consider the larger ecosystem of our neighborhood and community.  Animals and plants in an ecosystem have evolved to be dependent on each other.  Learn how to blend native plants into your home garden to create not only beauty, but also a sustainable habitat.


11 - 11:15 am Break


11:15 am - 12 pm Ann Shebesta - Monarch Butterfly Gardening

Participants of the class will gain knowledge of the Monarch Butterfly's habitat requirements, and learn basic rearing and butterfly gardening techniques. Because the absence of milkweed is one of the main reasons for the Monarch's population decline, participants will receive milkweed seeds as well as information on proper milkweed seed collection and germination techniques.




1 - 1:45 pm Mark Konlock - Bulbalicious

Green Bay Botanical Garden has over 300,000 spring blooming bulbs!  Be inspired and learn how to add these blossoming beauties to your garden with Director of Horticulture, Mark A. Konlock.


1:45 - 2:15 pm Break


2:15 - 3:15 pm Tammy Borden - Designing with Hosta

Gone are the days of having to choose between the green hostas and the ones with white edges. Today, there are thousands of named varieties in every shape and size — from minis to monsters, and a host of colors from bright yellow to green to blue to white, and even red. And yes, there are many that can be grown in sun, too. Get great design tips and see many new must-have varieties.


3:15 pm Closing Remarks

Have questions about 2019 OCMGA Annual Garden Conference? Contact Outagamie County Master Gardener Association

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Liberty Hall Banquet and Conference Center
800 Eisenhower Drive
Kimberly, WI 54136

Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM (CDT)

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Outagamie County Master Gardener Association

We are one of 53 chapters of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program. Master Gardener Volunteers are trained volunteers who assist staff at the University of Wisconsin-Extension by helping the community understand horticulture and its significance to the environment. Master Gardener Volunteers are involved in a variety of community activities, including youth and adult education projects. Visit our blog at

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