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2020 Garden Expo Lecture Handouts

Fantastic ferns and how to grow them

FRIDAY, 12:30 p.m. & Sunday, 1 p.m.

Erin, Horticulturist
Dan Schuknecht , Horticulturist, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Fantastic Ferns Handout (PDF)

Ferns are an ancient plant lineage, with many contemporary garden uses. In this seminar, Olbrich horticulturist, Dan Schuknecht, will discuss the biology and culture of this large and varied group, and how to use and care for them in the garden. We'll cover some fern allies and discuss the wide range of plants in this fantastic family.


Bee-utiful design

Katey - HorticulturistSaturday, 3:30 p.m.

Katey Pratt, Horticulturist, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Bee-utiful Design Handout (PDF)

What does your garden look like from a bee's perspective? In this presentation, you will learn basic bee garden design and understand how bees see flowers. Katey will discuss interesting facts about a few particular bee species, including Bombus affinis aka the endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. Learn about Olbrich Botanical Gardens and our environmentally friendly practices that make the gardens a haven for bees.This lecture will leave you buzzing with excitement!


edibles in every garden: incorporating herbs, fruits, and vegetables in your garden

Sunday, 10:15 a.m.

Erin, Horticulturist
Erin Presley, Horticulturist, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Edibles in Every Garden Handout (PDF)

What's better than juicy tomatoes and aromatic herbs, spicy peppers and greens of all kinds, fresh from the outdoors? Gone are the days when these plants are relegated only to grandma's sprawling backyard vegetable garden, as modern life puts more constraints on our time, space and attention. Erin Presley will cover easy design, planting, and recipe ideas for the melding of beauty and funtion by incorporating edibles into our ornamental and container gardens.


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