Megan Cain to speak at spring garden conference

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Spring Garden Conference 2018 registrations are now being accepted by the Northern Lights Master Gardeners Association. This event, now in its 23rd year, will take place at the University of Wisconsin-Marinette campus on March 24.

The keynote speaker is Megan Cain, founder of The Creative Vegetable Gardener and the Flavorful Life Garden Club, who is an educator, author and speaker. Cain has a love of gardening and shares what works and what doesn’t with youth, homeowners and attendees at various speaker forums.

This conference will provide a wide range of educational sessions covering topics such as vegetable gardening, seasonal garden beds — including miniature, native, willows and perennial — and practical sessions for low-input lawn care, soil considerations, fruit tree pruning and basics before purchasing an apple tree for your yard. Several hands-on workshops are also offered.

The conference is a full-day event starting with registration at 8 a.m. and includes continental breakfast, a soup, salad and sandwich buffet, Cain’s keynote presentation “Design Inspiration for a Creative Vegetable Garden,” a full day of sessions, displays, raffles and sale of garden-related items. The all-inclusive registration fee is $40. Workshops will have an additional fee to cover materials. Books authored by Cain will also be available for purchase.

Brochures are available at local libraries, partnering businesses and the UW-Extension office. A printable version and information can be found at or on Facebook. Registrations must be received with payment by Monday. Early registration is recommended as many sessions and workshops fill rapidly.

Northern Lights Master Gardener volunteers and the UW-Extension provide learning opportunities by helping communities better understand horticulture and the environment. Proceeds from this event are used for educational events, Harmony Arboretum Demonstration Garden maintenance and other educational programming in our communities. Contact the Marinette UW-Extension office at 715-732-7510 or visit for information.