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March

March 1
“Composting with Worms”
A family workshop. How to make a home worm bin and brew compost tea. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $12 per individual; $25 per family. Info and registration: 414-525-5656 or jschmitz@fbbg.org.

March 8
20th Annual Spring Symposium of the Wisconsin Unit of the Herb Society of America
Celebrate French tarragon, the culinary form of Artemisia, the International Herb Society’s Herb of the Year for 2014. Presentation by Carrie Hennessy, landscape designer and writer for Wisconsin Gardening. Also: herbal continental breakfast and gourmet luncheon. Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, 823 Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. Breakfast at 9 a.m. Info and registration: 262-377-1461 or 414-617-1461 or djamuna@mac.com.

March 12
“Gardening with Flowers for Drying”
Perennial flowers that are good for drying, general drying techniques and the basics of dried floral design. Presented by horticulturist Zannah Crowe of Monches Farm. At Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $19. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or www.olbrich.org.

March 13
“Hot Plants for 2014”
Michael Yanny of Johnson’s Nursery will discuss shrub and tree introductions. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 414-525-5656 or jschmitz@fbbg.org.

March 20
“Top 50 Plants for Birds in Wisconsin”
Preferred habitats, planting tips and desirable birds. For ages 14 and up. Presented by Mariette Nowak, author of Birdscaping in the Midwest. Olbrich Botanical Garden, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or  www.olbrich.org.

March 27 to 30
Art in Bloom
The annual tribute to art and flowers at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This year’s theme is “Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art.” Exhibits by more than 40 floral and landscape designers. Lectures, seminars, and activities for both experienced and novice gardeners. Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee. Info: www.man.org.

March 27
“Creating a Garden of Four Season Interest.”
Smart plant choices for four-season interest. Taught by Paul Drobot of Perennial Landscapes. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners, 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 414-525-5656 or jschmitz@fbbg.org.

March 28
Landscape Professional Conference
(sponsored by Univ. of Illinois Extension and Univ. of Wisconsin Extension) At University of Wisconsin, Rock County. In Williams Hall, Lecture Room 130 (2909 Kellogg Ave., Janesville. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $10. Register at web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.

March 29
“Making Your Own Garden Markers”
A family workshop. Identify your plants using crop markers made from spoons. All materials provided. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $12 per individual. $25 per family. Info and registration: 414-525-5656 or jschmitz@fbbg.org.

April

April 5
“Vegetable Garden Design Workshop: Create a Garden that Feeds Your Body & Soul”
Design a beautiful vegetable garden for lots of food with less work. Also: step-by-step installation. Some pre-class work required. Bring a sack lunch. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $97. Info: 608-246-4550 or www.olbrich.org.

April 6
“Plant Identification 101”
A hands-on class taught by horticulturist Michael Jesiolowski. Look at leaves and flowers for spring identification and stem and/or bud characteristics for woody plants in winter. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30  to 8 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4550 or  www.olbrich.org.

April 12
8th Annual Wisconsin Gourd Festival
Gourd growing, gourd art, classes, kids corner, vendors, sponsored by the Wisconsin Gourd Society. Olbrich Botanical Garden, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Free. Info: thegourdgirl@thegourdgirl.com or www.wisconsingourdsociety.org.

April 12 through May 26
Irish Spring
The spring show at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes). Spring flowers with a magical theme. Fairies, leprechauns and more. At The Domes, 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee. Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6.50. Info: 414-257-5611.

April 19
“From the Ground Up: Herb Gardening 101”
Learn about the top 12 culinary herbs. Handouts, charts and other useful information. Taught by Lauri Lee of Herb ‘n Gardener. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $35. Info: 608-246-4550 or www.olbrich.org.

April 26
“Herb Gardening: Beyond the Basics”
Learn about lesser known culinary and tea herbs. Taught by Lauri Lee of Herb ’n Gardener. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1:30 to 4 p.m. $40. Info: 608-246-4550 or www.olbrich.org. NOTE: Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers many classes and activities for small children. Info: www.olbrich.org/education/classes.cfm.