Door County Master Gardeners Begin Fall Seminar Series with “Sustainable Gardens”

Door County Master Gardeners Association (DCMGA) announces its 2016 Fall Garden Seminar is “Sustainable Gardens: Designs and Plants for ‘Greener’ Gardens and Inspirations from Olbrich Gardens and Beyond” with Jeff Epping, director of horticulture, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison. The seminar is scheduled for Nov. 5, 9 am – 2 pm, at the Paul J. Bertschinger Center in Egg Harbor. The seminar is open to the public, but pre-registration and payment are required.

Epping will present two programs. The first is “Sustainable Gardens: Designs and Plants for ‘Greener’ Gardens.” Green or sustainable gardens make sense for many reasons – they’re good for the environment and they’re good for us. When resources are tight, people still want beautiful gardens, but also gardens that require less time, water and chemical inputs to grow. Epping will present greener garden ideas that he and his staff have created at Olbrich, as well as from gardens across the country.

His second program is “Inspirations from Olbrich Gardens and Beyond.” After another growing season and facing a long, cold Door County winter, we’re all ready to glean a little inspiration from books, journals, etc. To share some inspiration, Epping will explore some of the finest public gardens in the U.S., from the High Line and Battery Park in New York City to the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Gorgeous gardens in the Netherlands, France and England are also on the docket. He will illustrate how innovative designers and gardeners have showcased great plants and garden elements in public gardens across the globe.

The cost for the public is $36 and includes a box lunch. Fees are due Oct. 28. To register, contact Bill and Sarah Freyman at 920.868.1749 or [email protected]. Complete details are available at

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