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Visit our 2014 Garden Walks section for more events.

JULY

Every Wednesday Evening
Evening Garden Walks.
Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corner. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Suggested $5 donation. Meet at the Gift Shop. Info: 414-525-5653 or www.boernerbotanicalgardens.org.
July 2: “Garden Fireworks,” led by Zannah Crowe of Monches Farm.
July 9: “Made for the Shade,” led by Nick Ternes of Botanophilia.
July 16: “Conserving Rain Water and its Uses around the Home,” led by Alex Hoefs, Boerner horticulturist.
July 23:“All About Shrubs,” led by Matt Singer of Four Season Landscapes.

July 20
Color Strategies.
Understanding basic color theory will make you a better designer of a room or a garden. Taught by professional artist Kay Brathol-Hostvet. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. $91. Info and registration: 608-246-4550  or www.olbrich.org.

July 24
Hostas and Companion Plants.
Learn to use color, texture and height to get the most out of your shade garden. Taught by Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or www.olbrich.org.

July 30
Hydrangeas and Summer-Flowering Shrubs Walk.
Take an evening walk through Olbrich’s extensive collection of hydrangeas and other late-blooming shrubs. Led by horticulturist Christian Harper. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550  or www.olbrich.org.

July 31
Gardening for Pollinators.
Frank Hassler from Good Oak Ecological Services will discuss how to make your yard a haven for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and others.  Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or www.olbrich.org.


AUGUST

Every Wednesday Evening
Evening Garden Walks.
Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Suggested $5 donation. Meet at the Gift Shop. Info: 414-525-5653 or www.boernerbotanicalgardens.org.
August 6: “Ornamental Grasses” led by Heidi Hornung of Shady Lane Greenhouses.
August 13: “The Trial Garden in Bloom” led by Jessica Cloninger, Boerner horticulturist.
August 20: “Never Fail Perennials” led by Laurie Weiss, MATC instructor in landscape horticulture.
August 27: “Super Survivors: Meet the Succulents Cactus and Sedum” led by Margaret Dranzik of the Wisconsin Cactus and Succulent Society

August 13
Water Systems and Techniques in Permaculture.
Learn about the many techniques of water capturing, water directing and holding (earthworks) and water catchment devices you can install in your landscape. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or www.olbrich.org.

August 16 and 17
Annual Plant Sale of the Wisconsin Daylily Society.
At Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Info: www.wisconsindaylilysociety.org.

August 19
Fine Pruning the Landscape.
Professional author and gardener Janet Macunovich will discuss proven techniques for keeping plants within the bounds you set. Clip a branch from a plant you want to prune and bring it to class. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $38. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or www.olbrich.org.

August 21
Vertical Vines in the Garden.
Dane County UWEX Horticulture Educator Lisa Johnson will discuss outstanding perennial, annual and woody ornamental vines for sun and shade. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550 or www.olbrich.org.

August 24
Boerner’s Hike and Bike Tour.
Tour the Gardens to learn about late summer blooms and explore the natural features in the park landscape, its historic trees, wildlife and surrounding Root River Parkway. Bike rentals provided for a fee or bring your own. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $20. Info: 414-525-5653 or www.boernerbotanicalgardens.org.

August 26
Creating and Maintaining a Gravel Garden: Lecture and Walk.
See how Olbrich’s gravel gardens can be easily incorporated into home landscapes. Led by Jeff Epping, director of horticulture. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4550  or www.olbrich.org.