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NOVEMBER

November 6
Holiday Bulbs Workshop. Learn to brighten your home with two easy-to-force bulbs: amaryllis and fragrant paperwhites. Plant and take home two containers guaranteed to bloom the following month, plus tips on how to plant more. Taught by Olbrich horticulturist Christian Harper. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $55. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

November 6
“Permaculture Systems Designed Gardens.” Learn the basics of permaculture design and how to apply it to develop a sustainable and self-sufficient ecosystem in your yard.  Presented by Madison area Permaculture Guild founder Kate Heiber. Resource list included. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

November 15
Behind-the-Scences Greenhouse Holiday Tour. Visit Olbrich’s greenhouses full of exotic tropical plants, orchids and hundreds of pointsettias. Limited space; register early. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1 to 2:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

November 19
Teaming with Microbes author Jeff Lowenfels will speak to the monthly meeting of the Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society. At Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Info: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

November 22
“Herbal Infused Oils, Salves and Lotions.” Learn how to make herbal-infused oils with plants from your garden and other simple ingredients. Taught by Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs. After making infused oils, you will learn how to transform them into salves and lotions. Take home an infused oil, a salve, and a lotion sample that are made in class, as well as recipes to use at home. Olbrich Botanical Garden, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1 to 5 p.m. $43. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

November 22
“Growing ‘Super Fruits’ in Wisconsin.” In recent years, modern science has found a wide variety of plant nutrients in select plants. Those deemed “super” by nutrition scientists are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Fruit afficionado John Holzwart will discuss superfruits such as aronia, elderberry, sea buckthorn, cornelian cherry dogwood and how to grow them in Wisconsin. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1 to 3 p.m. $19. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

November 28, 29, 30
Garden of Lights. Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay. 5 to 9 p.m. Info: 920-490-9457 or gbbg.org.

DECEMBER

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout December; also December 29 and 30
Garden of Lights. Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay. 5 to 9 p.m. Info: 920-490-9457 or gbbg.org.

December 3
“Herbs for Healthy Metabolism.” Herbalist  Kathleen Wildwood, founder and director of Wildwood Institute in Madison, will discuss how to use herbs wisely within a larger program of diet and exercise. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $22. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

December 6
“Basic Flower Arranging with Native Plants and How to Grow Them.” Mariette Nowak, author of Birdscaping in the Midwest, will discuss some of the best native plants to include in your landscape for cut flowers, foliage and indoor arrangements. A variety of native plant bouquets will be illustrated as inspiration. For adults and youth (ages 14 and up with an adult). Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

December 13
" Herbal Gift Making.” Herbalist Linda Conroy will teach how to make approximately 10 herbal gift items. Everyone will make lip balm, body spray, felted soap, herbal condiments, herbal salts for foot and bath, a lotion bar, a dream pillow, an herbal tea blend and more. All supplies provided; decorative packaging provided as well. For adults and children (ages 8 and up with an adult). Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 1 to 5 p.m. $68. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or olbrich.org.

December 13 to 15, 19 to 23, 26 to 29
Holiday Light Show. 330,000 lights. Live reindeer. Santa. Live music. Pizza, cocoa and cookies. Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 4:30 to 9 p.m. $5 adults. $3 children over 3. Info:
rotarybotanicalgardens.org.