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SEPTEMBER

September 5
Annual Art Fair.
Jewelers, painters, photographers, potters and other talented artists will be in the gardens. Northwind Perennial Farm, 7047 Hospital Road, Burlington. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date Sept. 13. Info: northwindperennialfarm.com.

September 5, 6, 7
Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival.
More than 70 fiber arts classes, sheep shows, shearing demonstrations, the Crook & Whistle Stock Dog Trial and more. Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson. Free parking. Free to children 8 and under. For complete details and hours: wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com.

September 6 and 7
Fall Plant Sale.
Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: rotarybotanicalgardens.org.

September 6
Art Harvest featuring Fall Family Festival.
Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Road, Green Bay. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: 920-490-9457.

September 8
“Wisconsin’s Aquatic Plants: Identification and Ecology.”
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4719 or olbrich.org.

September 10
“A Healthy Lawn for a Healthy Community.”
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4719 or olbrich.org.

September 17
Monthly Meeting of the Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society.
Pat Hayward from Plant Select in Denver will discuss the Plant Select Program. At Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Annual membership: $10. Info: wisconsinhardyplantsociety.com.

September 19
Night Garden Walk.
Jeff Epping, director of horticulture, leads an after-hours walk through the spectacularly illuminated outdoor gardens. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4719 or olbrich.org.

September 21
“Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future.”
The Native Gardening Conference. Keynote address by Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home. University of Wisconsin Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison. 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $60. Info and registration: 608-263-788 or uwarboretum.org/ education/native_gardening_conference.

September 23
“Putting Your Garden To Bed.”
Learn what needs to be pruned, mulched, rodent-proofed and more. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4719 or olbrich.org.

September 26 to October 26
Fall Festival.
Hayrides, games, sweet treats and more. Ebert’s Greenhouse Village, W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia. Info: ebertsgreenhouse.com.


OCTOBER

October 7
“Restoring Your Woodland to Health.”
Learn how to restore various types of sites to stable and healthy natural communities. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4719 or olbrich.org.

October 8
“Landscape & Architectural Lighting Design.”
A lecture and walk. Learn about lighting design and mechanics for residential owners. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $15. Info and registration: 608-246-4719 or olbrich.org.

October 15
Monthly Meeting of the Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society.
Mike Kintgen, senior horticulturist at the Denver Botanic Garden, will discuss plant exploration on four continents. At Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Annual membership: $10. Info: wisconsinhardyplantsociety.com.

October 22
Great Plants for the Autumn Garden Walk.
See Olbtich’s gardens in full autumn splendor and get tips for incorporating late-season plants into your home garden. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison. 5 to 6:30 p.m. $15. Info: 608-246-4719 or olbrich.org.