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Neil Diboll, Prairie Nursery, to be keynote speaker at Master Gardener Conference in Oshkosh on Feb. 1
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 4:58 AM

Once the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, there is still a long stretch of winter ahead in Northeast Wisconsin. The Winnebago County Master Gardener Association offers a great opportunity for gardeners to escape the winter cold for a day and prepare for the coming spring at its annual Winter Escape~Summer Dreams conference on Saturday, Feb. 1.  The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Reeve Memorial Union, Oshkosh.

Neil Diboll, owner of Prairie Nursery, Westfield, an international expert in ecological and natural landscape design, will be the keynote speaker. His lead presentation will be “Prairie Plants for Pollinator Gardens” in which he will offer advice on the best plants to attract the pollinators that are so important to the health of gardens and the planet. His second topic is “Strategies for Controlling Invasive Plants.” Neil’s tips will be helpful to any gardener who has ever gone “mano-a-mano” with fast-spreading invasives that can overrun a garden or the landscape.

The second speaker of the day is Kimberly Miller, Horticulture Educator for UW-Extension, Winnebago County, and an Urban Forestry Assistant for the Wisconsin DNR. Her topic will be “It’s Here: The Emerald Ash Borer in Wisconsin.” This pest is now threatening the survival of our ash trees. She will discuss what can be done to slow the spread or perhaps save a special tree.

The Winter Escape-Summer Dreams conference is open to the public. There is a registration fee that includes free parking, a continental breakfast, time with vendors, a Q&A session with the speakers and lunch.

For more information or to register, go to www.winnebagomastergardeners.org or contact Audrey Ruedinger at 920-231-5745.  Conference tickets make a great Christmas gift.

 

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