Webinars for WI Gardeners

Join us for our FREE webinar series! These engaging mini-webinars are 30 minutes including Q&A. Mini-webinars are free, but registration is required. Please click on the topics below to register. Webinars will be recorded for later viewing.


2023 SERIES 1:  Get Ready to Garden Again!

Indoor Plant Care During Winter

Two aphids on a leaf
Photo: Susan Mahr

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 8, 12:00 p.m.

Presented by: Johanna Oosterwyk, DC Smith Greenhouse Manager, UW-Madison

Description: Join us to learn how you can keep your indoor plants thriving through late winter. You will learn how to recognize common pests on indoor plants and management options. We will also discuss maintenance practices that you can use to minimize indoor plant problems and keep your plants growing healthy. 

Registration link: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9YSYwk1IS56sA9xUKqI2UQ

Rejuvenating Neglected Apple Trees

Photo: Susan Mahr

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 15, 12:00 p.m.

Presented by: Darrin Kimbler, Agriculture Educator, UW-Madison Division of Extension Iron County

Description: Do you have old and overgrown apple trees that need some attention? Then make sure to join us to learn about how to properly prune these neglected apple trees to support fruit production and prevent diseases. We will discuss correct pruning techniques including timing and encouraging proper tree structure.

Registration Link: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lzav64T8Q2OHcALwvBci5w

Planning for a Seed Saving Vegetable Garden

Photo: Darrin Kimbler

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 22, 12:00 p.m.

Presented by: Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Division of Extension Dane County

Description: Saving seeds is a great way to keep your favorite garden vegetables for next year, but there are some things you need to know before you plant. You will learn about the different plant life cycles, preventing cross pollination, and which crops are the best for home gardeners to grow for seed saving. 

Registration Link: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O4PQVZQlTOWZZoc3T8AFxQ 

Archived 2022 Webinar Videos

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Pruning Apple Trees to Maximize Healthy Fruit Production

Apple Tree

Presented by: Amaya Atucha, Associate Professor/Fruit Crop  Specialist, UW-Madison

Description: Late winter is an excellent time to prune your backyard apple trees and proper pruning helps your trees to produce high-quality apples!  Join us and learn about proper pruning techniques and how the structure of your apple tree supports healthy fruit production.
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Identification, Management and Control of Major Apple Pests

Insect hole in apple

Presented by: Diana Alfuth, Horticulture Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Division of Extension

Description: Be prepared to combat common pests on your backyard apple trees! Join us to learn about the major insect and fungal pests that can cause damage to your apples and the timing of different management strategies to help you be successful this season!
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Growing Strawberries in Containers

Presented by: Darrin Kimbler, Agriculture Educator, UW-Madison Division of Extension Iron County

Description: Did you know that you can grow your own fresh strawberries in containers? Join us to learn how! We will talk about what you need to know to successfully grow strawberries in containers, including selecting the right variety, soil, watering and fertilizer and how to overwinter them.

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Best Practices for Watering Yards and Gardens

image of woman watering plants

Presented by: Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Division of Extension

Description: Do you know that there is a right way and a wrong way to water your plants? Join us to learn about the water requirements for most plants, how proper watering practices can prevent plant diseases, and different ways to conserve water for your yards and gardens. 

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Strategies for Identifying and Managing Insect Pests

An image of Japanese Beetles on a flower

Presented by: PJ Liesch, Assistant Faculty Associate & Extension Entomologist. UW-Madison Department of Entomology

Description: Even though insects can cause damage to our plants, not all of them are bad! Learn how to look for signs of insects, why identification is required to know if an insect is beneficial or a pest, and what you can do about it! We will also talk about different control methods and options. 

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Strategies for Identifying and Managing Plant Diseases

blossom end rot on tomatoes

Presented by: Amanda Gevens, Chair, Professor & Integrated Extension Specialist, UW-Madison Plant Pathology Department

Description: Plants can be affected by fungus, bacteria, viruses and other factors. Join us to learn about how to look for symptoms of plant disease and what you can do. We will also talk about different control methods and options. 

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Yard and Garden Cleanup with Diseases and Insects in Mind

Image of rake with fallen leaves

Presented by: Andrea Ackerman,  Horticulture Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Division of Extension Brown County

Description: Be prepared to approach your garden and yard cleanup with a better understanding of  strategies you can use to benefit your yard, keeping in mind plant diseases, insects, winter interest and wildlife food.

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Fall “Lawndry” List

Image of turfgrass with a few dandelions

Presented by: Paul Koch, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison

Description: Fall is a good time of year to give your lawn some TLC. Join us to learn more about lawn fertilizer requirements and recommendations for this time of year, aeration and overseeding, and the basics of weed control.

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Bringing the Garden Inside

Image of top down view of gardening tools on burlap

Presented by: Darrin Kimbler, Agriculture Educator, UW-Madison Division of Extension Iron County

Description: Get ready to continue enjoying your garden by bringing your plants indoors. You’ll learn about which plants can come in, the requirements for growing plants indoors after they have been outside all summer, and how to properly transition them to their new indoor home.

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Links to resources mentioned in the webinar, “Bringing the Garden Inside:”

https://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/houseplants/light-for-houseplants.html

https://extension.missouri.edu/publications/g6515

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/bring_plants_indoors_now_but_leave_the_pests_behind

https://extension.illinois.edu/news-releases/bring-houseplants-indoors-first-frost

Tips for Getting Landscape Plants Ready for Winter

Presented by: Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Division of Extension, Dane County

Description: Even though the days are getting shorter and winter is around the corner, your gardening tasks are not done yet! Join us to learn about how to protect susceptible plants from snow and cold damage. We will also talk about proper mulching and watering to help your plants through the fall and survive the winter.

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Protecting Young Trees from Animal and Other Damage Over Winter

Presented by: Diana Alfuth, Horticulture Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Division of Extension Pierce and St. Croix Counties

Description: In winter, young trees are prone to a variety of hazards. Be prepared to mitigate that damage by learning how to protect young trees from potential wildlife damage and how to effectively protect trunks from winter sunscald damage. 

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Maintaining Your Festive Houseplants

Presented by: Janell Wehr, Horticulture Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Division of Extension Wood and Marathon Counties 

Description: Festive houseplants are common gifts that you may give or receive. Learn how to keep a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, Norfolk Island Pine and other favorite gift plants thriving. We’ll cover requirements including light, watering, fertilizer, and humidity.

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View/download resource handout for “Maintaining Your Festive Houseplants”

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