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Sow & Grow: Gardening Programs

Lakeview Garden

Gardening can grow more than plants - gardens help sustain our communities, well-being, health, and environment.

Learn some tips and tricks to making your garden flourish, and techniques you may want to try in your own backyard.


Upcoming Events

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs: Friends and Foes in the Garden
Tuesday, June 19 | 7:00pm | Pinney Library

In addition to providing food and flowers, gardens can serve as habitat for an abundance of insect life. Some of these insects provide critical services to the garden such as pollination and pest control, while other insects damage the very plants we try to grow. In this lecture we'll survey the commonest insect friends and foes of our gardens.

Square-Foot and Raised Bed Gardening
Tuesday, June 19 | 6:00-7:00pm | Goodman South Madison Library

Learn how to create a square-foot garden bed with tips and techniques on soil improvement and plant selection. A certified Master Gardener Volunteer from the Dane Co. UW-Extension will give you ideas for creating your own square-foot gardening beds, a recipe for square-foot garden soil, selecting and growing your plants and successfully harvesting your crops. You will also hear techniques for raised bed gardening and types of raised bed gardens, like the pizza garden, that is popular with kids.

Requires registration online, by phone, or in person

Garden Party
June 23 | 10:00am-12:00pm | Lakeview Library

Join us for iced tea, lemonade and cookies in the lovely Lakeview Garden. The Lakeview Garden is made possible and maintained by the Friends of the Lakeview Library.

Community Garden Organic Techniques for Gardeners
July 10 | 6:00-7:00pm | Goodman South Madison Library

Learn about organic techniques for compost, pest control, weed ID and control to maintain a successful garden plot. Community Gardens are unique shared spaces that if organically managed, need cooperation and proactive monitoring by everyone to be really successful. Like in nature, everything is connected, and using a variety of techniques together produces the best results.

A certified Master Gardener Volunteer will take you through the organic techniques you will need to use to be a successful organic gardener. Techniques include: soils and composting, pest control, organic treatments, best garden practices, and disease resistant plants Weed ID and control.

Requires registration - online, by phone, or in person.

Compost: Making and Using Compost in Your Back Yard
July 24 | 6:00-7:00pm | Goodman South Madison Library

What is compost and how can I use it in my yard? Why compost? What are the benefits of composting? Can I make my own compost?

A certified Master Gardener Volunteer will answer these questions and many more during this talk. You will learn the role that oxygen, food and water play in the composting process. You will also learn what materials should never go in a compost pile. Speakers are graduates of the Dane County UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program which trains community volunteers in a broad range of horticultural subjects so they can bring this knowledge to the public.

Requires registration - online, by phone, or in person.

The Basics of Canning with Holly & Joey Baird
August 7 | 6:30-7:30pm | Lakeview Library

Join Joey and multi award wining Wisconsin State Fair canner a Holly Baird of https://thewisconsinvegetablegardener.com as they show you the tools and steps that are needed in order for you to can your harvest successfully and safely. No registration required.​


Dane County Seed Library

Seed LibraryWant an excuse to do some at-home gardening? Thanks to a 2014 $5,000 grant provided by the John A. Johnson Fund and an anonymous donor through the Madison Community Foundation, five Dane County libraries have started a self-sustaining seed exchange program.

Much like checking out a book at the library, this program allows community members to “check out” seed packets of 15 different vegetable varieties for at-home gardening. After growing the vegetables, participants are then asked to return the harvested seeds back to the library offering the program.

Participants are encouraged to return the seeds to keep the program running smoothly and effectively.

The five locations participating in this program include:  

ED Locke Public Library  
Fitchburg Public Library
Goodman South Madison Library
Lakeview Library
Oregon Public Library
Dane County Bookmobile

June 22, 2018