Garden Visions 2018 | Northcentral Technical College

Garden Visions 2018

Friday, January 19 - Saturday, January 20 Northcentral Technical College Main Building (Room E101/E102)
Listen to national and regional speakers, view educational exhibits, take a chance on our raffle, meet and greet our speakers, authors, vendors and shop. The conference is open to the public and you do not have to be a Master Gardener to attend; we welcome anyone with an interest and curiosity in gardening!

Friday January 19, 2018 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm 

Northcentral Technical College Main Building (1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401)
Slow Food Dinner presented by Urban Street Bistro. 
Keynote Speaker: Inga Witscher
Around the Farm Table takes viewers through our farming landscape to shine a spotlight on Midwestern farmers and artisan food producers. The show is designed to uplift our understanding of sustainable farming practices through stories, recipes and information all delivered with a dose of fun, entertainment and original music. Our host, Inga Witscher, is a fourth-generation organic dairy farmer whose knowledge and disarming charm gets even the most quiet farmers to join in the conversation. Driven to seek out the best ingredients our region has to offer, each episode follows Inga as she gathers what she needs to produce a meal that celebrates our landscape and our appetites, Around the Farm Table.

Saturday January 20, 2018 - 8:00am - 4:00pm 

Northcentral Technical College Main Building (1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401)
Keynote Speaker: Ellen Ecker Ogden
Ellen Ecker Ogden is a Vermont-based food and garden writer, and a kitchen garden designer who is known for her informative and fun-loving garden talks. Her kitchen garden designs combine artistic elements with classic garden design techniques that elevate a backyard vegetable garden into a European-inspired kitchen garden, based on her book, The Complete Kitchen Garden.
Presentation: Paul Whitaker - Taming the Savage Beast, Invasive Plants

Breakout Session 1

Amy Jo Dusick: The Living Soil
Rob Zimmer: Easy & Fun Landscaping Ideas
Brian Smith: Growing the Best Blueberries
Alan Branhagen: Native Flowering Shrubs
Bill Heipp: The Joy of Beekeeping

Breakout Session 2

Ellen Ecker Odgen: The New Heirloom Garden
Stan Tekiela: Hummingbird Nesting
Brian Smith: Growing the Best Strawberries
Alan Branhagen: Natives in the Shade Garden
Paul Whitaker: Weeds - Identification, Life Histories, and Control

Breakout Session 3

Sandy Lotto: How to Make a Freeform Twig Trellis
Heather Schlesser: Vertical Gardening
Rob Zimmer: Out of the Shadows
Paul Whitaker: Pest Insects - Identification, Life Histories, and Control
Billie Olds: Meet and Eat - Wild Edibles
Registration will close on Monday January 15.  We welcome walk in registrations, however breakout session options will be limited, and lunch will not be provided.


Friday Night Slow Food Dinner - $37.50 / Saturday all day - $45.00 / Saturday half day - $25.00 / Saturday lunch - $12.00

CEU Information

Landscape CEUs are available upon request.

Location Information

Northcentral Technical College Main Building (Room E101/E102) 1000 W Campus Dr, Wausau WI