Education / Events

2020 Educational Opportunities

Educational Webinars

Growing & Harvesting Sweet Potatoes

Join us for this virtual presentation on how to grow and harvest sweet potatoes in your garden!

Join Carolyn and Rich from the Waukesha County Green Team’s Permaculture and Gardening Group as we go back into Rich’s garden and learn how to grow, harvest, and store sweet potatoes!

If you’ve never grown sweet potatoes, you may find that it is one of the most rewarding crops to grow and store. Learn about varieties, when to plant, preparing the soil, harvesting, and storage.

This is a 30-minute presentation followed by time for Q&A.

Watch: Sweet Potatoes

Food Preservation 101

Master Gardener Presents the basics of food preservation. Learn about the current recommendations for safe food preservation, where to find the most current food preservation resources, and get your questions answered! Recipes and techniques to use your bountiful harvest will be shared in this webinar event.

Watch: Food Preservation 101

Growing Healthy Plants: Basics in Plant Disease Management

Dr. Brian Hudelson, Director of the UW Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic will share tips that will help you take care of your plants for the remainder of this growing season, and also help you be better equipped for next growing season!

Watch: Growing Healthy Plants


Master Gardener, Kathy Baum, shares things that will make our gardening life easier. Watch the presentation she gave at the OCMGA August member meeting.

Watch: Tips, Tricks & Hacks


An In-Depth Look at a Top Yard & Garden Pest

Japanese Beetles are the number one pest plaguing yards and gardens across Wisconsin right now!  P.J. Liesch, Director of the UW Madison Insect Diagnostics Lab, will present everything homeowners need to know about this pest via YouTube.

Join us as we take an in-depth look at Japanese beetles—a major yard and garden pest in the Midwest. The history of this insect and its biology and life cycle will be discussed as well as management approaches to help protect plants in your own yard and garden.



Upgrade your tomato skills beyond sticking plants in the ground and hoping for the best. Tips and tricks for warding off disease, dealing with pests, trellising, and saving seeds for next year. This presentation was led by Debra Schneider, a Southeastern Wisconsin Master Gardener. 

Watch Here: Tomato Growing Tips

Resources: (They are listed under the heading:  Permaculture and Gardening Group Handouts and Resources, about half-way down the page)


Miss the garden walks that happen in summer? Here’s a germ-free version. Our Virtual Garden Walk tours the gardens of three local Master Gardeners. See breathtaking gardens, get inspired, and learn some tricks.

Watch Here: Virtual Garden Walk


Tammy's Hostas

The American Hosta Society held its first-ever virtual event, Hosta Talk. Tammy Borden presented “Designing with Hosta” and shared about some design challenges such as using hosta in sun or dealing with root competition, along with design principles that could help you create a show-stopping garden.

Watch now:
Designing with Hosta


In this presentation you’ll learn about the importance of pollinators. First we’ll learn about Wisconsin bee species and their important ecological role, then we’ll learn about strategies on how to protect them, and then we’ll wrap up with a discussion on selecting trees that bees and other pollinators love.

🐞 PJ Liesch, Director, UW-Madison, Insect Diagnostics Laboratory
🐝 Christelle Guedot, Associate Professor, UW-Madison Department of Entomology
🌿 Laura Jull, Associate Professor, UW-Madison Horticulture Department

Watch this interesting webinar: POLLINATORS


Identify common weeds in your lawn and garden and get some tips for controlling them with Master Gardener Tom Wentzel.

Watch: WEEDS: Identify and Control


Shady spots in your yard, such as under a tree or on the north side of a building, can be a challenge. Master Gardener Kathy Baum explains how you can best utilize these spaces and explore plants that will thrive.



For those of you who were unable to watch the Jumping Worm webinar live, see below for the link to the recording. Thanks to Steve Lankton with the Manitowoc Master Gardeners and Brad Herrick, presenter, for sharing with us.

Duration 1 hr 28 min 13 sec • Recording password: cDN8US4m

Watch: Jumping Worm Webinar

These videos are referenced in the webinar. Two show movement of the jumping worms when disturbed. The other shows a jumping worm dropping its tail.


Wiggle Worms!

Tail Drop


Dr. Shannon Davis-Foust presented “Pollinators in the Coal Mine” back in April 2020.
Pollinator decline is a complicated story. Factors that affect honey bees also have an impact on native pollinators, possibly even to a greater extent. Shannon will discuss what these factors are and what we can do in our own gardens to boost the pollinator population.
Shannon is an active member of Wild ones and additionally has over 15 years of experience teaching environmental topics. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Shannon is an avid gardener, wildlife watcher, and beekeeper, and has a Ph.D. in Ecology emphasizing Natural Resource Management from UW Milwaukee.

If you missed the original presentation, you can find it on Kimberly/Little Chute Libraries’ YouTube Channel – here:

Watch: Pollinators in the Coal Mine Presentation

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