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Gardening and Greenery Classes

Jan 12, 2023
Free Gardening and Greenery classes at Madison Public Library for spring

Spring may not quite be in the air yet, but we're thinking ahead to offer a series of classes and workshops on gardening and greenery. Whether you're gardening in containers, starting your own seeds or in a battle to keep your houseplants alive, these classes will help you feel more confident in your gardening skills!

If you're interested in starting your own garden, you can use Madison Public Library's Seed Library to get started. In April of each year, we restock our 5 participating libraries with FREE herb, flower and produce seeds. LEARN MORE

Upcoming Classes: 

Seed Starting

February 16, 6:30-7:30PM | Lakeview Library

Starting garden plants from seed can be a rewarding activity. In this talk you will hear from a certified Master Gardener Volunteer from Dane Co. Extension who will give you a solid foundation for growing your own garden plants from seeds.

Included in this talk are tips on factors that make for successful seed starting. You will learn how to purchase seeds, and plant and care for them until they are ready to be planted outdoors. A planting demonstration will be included in the talk. You will leave this talk feeling confident in your abilities to start seeds right in your own home.

Space is limited for this event; registration is required. SIGN UP ONLINE or call (608) 246-4547 to register. Registration opens on February 2 at 10 a.m., two weeks prior to program date.

This program is supported by the Friends of Lakeview Library. 

Mini Succulent Garden Workshop

February 25, 3-4PM | Goodman South Madison Library

The Mini Succulent Garden workshop is taught by Naomi Richardson, owner of The Glitter Workshop, who will help you choose from a collection of vintage or recycled containers, pick out your favorite succulent, and guide you through creating your magical garden. Numerous goodies including  gnomes, animals, and stones (to name just a few!) help make each garden truly unique.  REGISTER

Seed Starting

March 4, 10-11:30AM | Goodman South Madison Library

Starting garden plants from seed can be a rewarding activity. In this talk you will hear from a certified Master Gardener Volunteer from Dane Co. Extension who will give you a solid foundation for growing your own garden plants from seeds.

Included in this talk are tips on factors that make for successful seed starting. You will learn how to purchase seeds, and plant and care for them until they are ready to be planted outdoors. A planting demonstration will be included in the talk. You will leave this talk feeling confident in your abilities to start seeds right in your own home. Don't forget to pick up seeds from Madison Public Library's Seed Library to use after the program! Space is limited for this event; registration is required. SIGN UP ONLINE or call (608) 266-6395 to register. Registration opens on February 13 at 10AM, two weeks prior to program date.

Healthy Houseplants

March 16, 6:30-7:30PM

This talk is the consumer guide to buying, growing and enjoying healthy houseplants. You will leave this talk with guidelines for potting and repotting houseplants, watering them, identifying and controlling insects, and maintaining them so they thrive in your home. In addition, the certified Master Gardener Volunteer who gives this presentation will give you names and characteristics of plants that will thrive in the home environment.

Space is limited for this event; registration is required. SIGN UP ONLINE or call (608) 246-4547 to register. Registration opens on March 2 at 10 a.m., two weeks prior to program date.

This program is supported by the Friends of Lakeview Library. 

Container Gardening

April 15, 2-3PM | Pinney Library

Container gardening has become a hot topic in recent years as more of us are living in condos and apartments and would like to garden. Also, as people age, gardening with containers allows us to garden with less bending and kneeling. To be a successful container gardener, you need to know not only about the plants that grow in containers but also how growing in containers affect plants. A certified Master Gardener Volunteer from Dane County UW-Extension will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of different container types, container soils and their characteristics, watering and fertilizing schedules, plants that are well suited for containers and container design.

No registration required. 

Container Gardening

April 27, 6:30-7:30PM | Lakeview Library

Container gardening has become a hot topic in recent years as more of us are living in condos and apartments and would like to garden. Also, as we age, gardening with containers allows us to garden with less bending and kneeling. To be a successful container gardener, you need to know not only about the plants that grow in containers but also how growing in containers affect plants. A certified Master Gardener Volunteer from Dane County UW-Extension will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of different container types, container soils and their characteristics, watering and fertilizing schedules, plants that are well suited for containers and container design.

Space is limited for this event; registration is required. SIGN UP ONLINE or call (608) 246-4547 to register. Registration opens on April 13 at 10 a.m., two weeks prior to program date.

This program is supported by the Friends of Lakeview Library.