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Garden Talk with Kerry Ann Mendez

Saturday, March 10

UW-Manitowoc, 705 Viebahn St, Manitowoc, WI

Doors open at 8:30am

9:00am –   Introductions and Welcome

9:15am – 10:30am Gardening Simplified presentation, Kerry Ann Mendez

10:30am – 11:00am Break

11:00am – 12:15pm The Budget Wise Gardener

Sponsored by the Manitowoc County Master Gardeners and Office of Continuing Education at UW-Manitowoc. Tickets available in advance by calling 683-4702 or going online at: Tickets will also be available at the door.

Gardening Simplified: Plants and Design Solutions for Time-Pressed and Maturing Gardeners. Change happens. Job demands, kids, hectic schedules, aging bodies, and changing interests have led to gardens that are not in balance with our lifestyle. Time for some ‘editing.’ This inspiring lecture provides easy-to-follow right-sizing strategies, recommended no-fuss plant material, and design tips for stunning year-round gardens that will be as close to ‘autopilot’ as you can get. The lecture is based on my book The Right-Size Flower Garden. 

The Budget-Wise Gardener: Plant the Best for Less! Money-Saving Tips for Purchasing Plants Plus Cost-Saving Garden Designs. Discover a wealth of ideas for getting the best price and value for exceptional plants. The plant sources and strategies will surprise you! Also covered are striking design concepts for eye-popping, pollinator-friendly landscapes requiring less maintenance and water. And container gardening takes on a whole new spin with these cost-effective, creative ideas! This lecture is based on my newest book, The Budget-Wise Gardener: With Hundreds of Money-Saving Buying & Design Tips for Planting the Best for Less.

Kerry Ann Mendez is an award-winning garden educator, author and design consultant based in southern Maine. Since 2015 she has presented over 300 lectures to more than 30,000 gardeners in 17 states and Canada. As an exceptionally popular educator and communicator she has received over 400 five-star reviews from her lecture audiences, which are available for review on the independent national website In 2014 she received the Gold Medal award from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for “Exceptional teaching and writing that increases public enjoyment and appreciation of horticulture.” Kerry Ann has been a featured speaker at botanical gardens, arboretums and horticultural societies in 16 states, including the U.S. Botanic Gardens, U.S. National Arboretum, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Wave Hill, Chicago Botanic Gardens, Longwood Gardens and many more. She has been a presenter and keynote speaker at Master Gardener conferences in 15 states plus dozens of flower shows including Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In addition, she has been a frequent presenter at nursery and landscaping professional organizations and Green Industry events as well as many leading nurseries and garden centers. Kerry Ann has written three gardening books. Her fourth book, The Budget-Wise Gardener, will be released in February 2018. In 2015 Kerry Ann was a Region I representative for the Garden Writers Association of America. In 2016 Kerry Ann started producing international gardening Webinars that have been enjoyed by thousands. For more info visit .

Master Gardener Level 1 Training

The Office of Continuing Education in collaboration with the UW-Extension Master Gardeners present – Level 1 Training. The mission of the Manitowoc County Master Gardener Association is to provide horticulture education, community service and environmental stewardship for our community and affiliation with the University of Wisconsin Extension. Level 1 Training will be hosted in Manitowoc County from April 4 through early October. Course fee includes 36 hours of training, training manual and a 1-year membership at the state and local level. Classes will meet every other Wednesday night from 6:00 pm to 7:30 p.m. at UW-Manitowoc. There will be some variations due to field trips and hands-on training at different gardens. To successfully earn your Master Gardener Volunteer status, participants must complete a minimum of 36-hours of the initial training, pass the final exam and complete a minimum of 24-hours volunteer service by September 30, 2018. Registration materials (application form, volunteer service agreement and background check form) along with the $175 registration fee, payable to UW-Manitowoc are due to the UWManitowoc Continuing Education Office by March 15, 2018.

Dates: April 4 – October 3, 2018

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Location: UW-Manitowoc (to include various sites for field trips)

Fee: $175

Instructor: UW-Extension Master Gardeners and area/state content experts

Showcase Your Garden at the 2019 Garden Walk!

Manitowoc County Master Gardener Volunteers are looking for gardens to showcase in our July 20, 2019 Garden Walk. We will be including gardens throughout Manitowoc County for this event.  If you would like to have your garden considered for inclusion in our 2019 Garden Walk, or if you have any questions, please contact Linda Gratz at or Sue Elliott at We are open to all kinds of gardens no matter how small or elaborate.  It is a great opportunity for sharing your gardening skills with others!

Master Gardeners Help Woodland Dunes With Outdoor Education

Wendy Lutzke (from left), Environmental Educator and Butterfly Garden Coordinator, and Jim Knickelbine, Executive Director of Woodland Dunes Nature Center, and Linda Brandel from the Manitowoc County Master Gardener Volunteers. The Master Gardener Volunteers donated $500 to Woodland Dunes.

Woodland Dunes Nature Center received a $500 donation from the Master Gardener Volunteers of Manitowoc County to be used for environmental education programs for children. “We are grateful for this donation,” stated Wendy Lutzke, Environmental Educator and Butterfly Garden Coordinator at the Dunes. “It allows us to provide opportunities for local youth to participate in hands-on activities that encourage a sense of pride and stewardship of our natural resources.”  According to Jim Knickelbine, Executive Director of Woodland Dunes, the gift will be used for instruction regarding habitat restoration, butterflies and other pollinating insects in the Dorothy Star Bee and Butterfly Garden at Woodland Dunes. Proceeds from the annual Garden Walk held by the Master Gardeners financed the educational grant.

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