Were you ever driving along Hwy 51 towards Arlington, Interstate 39 towards Hancock, up in Door County on Hwy 42 or right here in Madison on Mineral Point Road and saw the sign at the road that says, “College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Agricultural Research Station,” and wondered exactly what that was? Well, it’s not just a bunch of corn plots (not that I have anything against corn!), but each station has an area of focus that can be vegetables, flowers- native and non-native, fruits, forage crops, field crops, forestry, turfgrass or all of the above!
When I was in first grade, I lived two
houses down from the Rowe family. They had 2 boys about my age and their father worked at the Peninsular Research Station in Door County, so each year they would move up there for the summer. At the time, I didn’t know what a research station was, nor did I care. I was six! But once I became a teenager and we would travel into Door County each summer, I always had to take a long look when we went by that Station, just to see what was happening. Working there, even as an intern, was pretty appealing to me.
Well, I never got the opportunity to work there, as my life went in a different direction. But I have always had a place in my heart for the dedicated, hardworking staff that run these research facilities. I’m fortunate in that I got to work with the former Assistant Superintendent of the West Madison Ag Research facility, Judy Reith Rozelle, on a couple
of projects they were doing at the Station several years ago. We crossed paths when I worked at a former employer and I was able to donate native plants for the Station’s rain garden and native plant garden. Judy is now “retired”, but she did so much to make the Research Station what it is today. Now she is recognized as an expert in cold-hardy wine grapes.
West Madison Research Station, August 2, 2018, Commercial Flower Growers of WI


It’s been probably ten years since I have been to the West Madison Station, but last Thursday, the Commercial Flower Growers of Wisconsin held their annual field day out there. This year our organization trialed 344 different varieties of Petunias. If you like Petunias, you have to make the trip to see these! It’s something to see every variety laid
out next to each other, so you can see performance not only on its own, but against all the other varieties.
There’s more than Petunias though. There are many different annuals- Salvia, Celosia, Coleus, Gomphrena and more. Dozens of varieties of daylilies and many other perennials. Vegetables of all sorts. Lots of Hydrangea. Native plants. Ornamental grasses of every type. There are benches to sit on and just enjoy nature. There’s no pressure for you to hurry through and see everything. Things are not crammed into tight rows. It’s just a nice peaceful place to go and look at plants and if you’re a plant geek, you’ll love it! Oh yeah, did I mention they have corn? They do and lots of it…
~ Betty

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Magnolias, Redvein Enkianthus,
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Coop Poop® is a slow-release, organic certified fertilizer for your lawn, vegetables, annuals and perennials. Worried about the smell? Don’t be! Coop Poop® is aerobically composted chicken manure, which means the stink virtually has been manufactured out of the product.
Coop Poop® is high in calcium, which aids in strong tissue development and disease resistance in plants. It also helps to improve photosynthesis and nutrient uptake by the plant. It’s easy to use, can be applied any time and it will not burn your plants.
Fall is a perfect time to apply Coop Poop® to your annual or perennial garden. A thick layer of Coop Poop® tilled in with your shredded fall leaves and other organic matter prepares your garden for success the following spring!

The best part is, it’s an easy to use, long lasting fertilizer that will give you up to 12 weeks of feed, without burning your lawn or plants! If you haven’t tried Coop Poop®, why not give this organic fertilizer a shot? I promise, it’s really not as disgusting as it sounds!

What has a head, a tail but no body?
A coin

Most people recognize this popular houseplant, known as Snake Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, but did you know it’s in the same family as Asparagus? If you are looking for a nearly indestructible houseplant, this one is it!
Low maintenance is what it’s all about with Snake Plants. They are very long-lived, so
when you make an investment in one, you can be confident that with proper care, you’ll have it for a long time.
Their bold, pointed leaves are striking and give your home and garden a modern, edgy feel. There are many different varieties available and there are more being developed all of the time. Leaves are variegated with yellow, white or silver and can be light or dark green. They  can be flat or concave, short or tall.
Care of Snake Plants are relatively easy. They tolerate a wide range of light conditions from low light to a sunny window, as long as they are located out of direct sunlight. Overwatering a Snake Plant is a sure way to kill it. The soil should be completely dry before watering it. Take it easy with the fertilizer, using it only sparingly. Two times per year with Miracle Gro All Purpose should suffice.
Plants can be moved outdoors in the summer,
but need to be in a warm environment in winter. However, they will tolerate a wide range of indoor temperatures, making them perfect for just about any room in your home.
One of the best things about Sansevieria is that they purify the air. They are on NASA’s list of top air-filtering plants, known to remove formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, xylene and trichloroethylene from the air.
If you are looking for a low maintenance, virtually indestructible plant with a bold, beautiful look, why not give Snake Plant a spot in your home?  


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Floral Notes

Tips to Keep Your Fresh Flower Arrangements Fresh Longer


Have you ever wished your Fresh Flower Arrangements would last longer?  While fresh cut flowers will only last so long, there are a few things you can do to get the longest life possible out of your arrangement.  
Choice of flowers: Certain flowers such as carnations, alstromeria and mums tend to last longer than roses.
Fresh Cut: Before putting your flowers in a vase, cut the stems at an angle with a sharp, non serrated knife. Scissors and pruners can crush the stems and prevent the flowers from taking up water. Every other day you should re-cut the stems and change the water in the vase with warm water, not hot or cold.
Floral preservative: Use commercially made floral preservatives in the vase water.  Pennies, aspirin, and soda really don’t add any life to your flowers.  Packets of floral preservative are available from your local florist.
Refrigeration: If there is room, you may want to put your vase in your refrigerator while you are at work or sleeping. We, as florists, store everything in our coolers to maximize the life of the flowers. This is a great way to help you enjoy your flowers for as long as possible.
Cottage Grove

Employment Opportunities
Do you enjoy helping people? How about working with flowers and in the dirt?
If so, we may have the perfect job for you.
We are looking for a few good people to join our team.
Lead Maintenance Technician: Cottage Grove Location


Are you gifted with the ability to fix almost anything?
Do you love the challenge of problem-solving? Like working outdoors?
We are looking for a Lead Maintenance Technician to handle the maintenance and repairs of our greenhouse systems, buildings, vehicles and equipment. This person is also in charge of all grounds maintenance, as well as assisting with greenhouse production. If you like diversity in your day-to-day and are mechanically gifted, this job is for you!


Part-time Floral Designer 
Edgerton Location
We’re looking for a Part-time floral designer with strong customer service skills and a willingness to learn. Use your artistic abilities and knowledge of design to create floral arrangements for various occasions.
 A minimum of four years previous floral design experience is required.
Position includes some customer service, watering and plant maintenance.
Why can’t your nose be 12″ long?

Because then it would be a foot!  🙂
Mark your Calendars!!!
2018 is full of new workshops and informational classes for you to attend. 
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest!
Create A Delicious Smoothie
Saturday, August 11, 2018
10 am – 11 am


Cooking With Herbs
Saturday, August 18, 2018
10 am – 11 am


Perennials on Parade: Rudbeckia
Saturday, August 25, 2018
10 am – 11 am


Pick Your Own Mum from our mum field
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10 am – 12 pm
Fall Container Porch Pot Workshop
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10 am – 2 pm
Winterize Your Garden 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10 am – 11 am
Art In The Garden
Saturday. September 22, 2018
9 am – 3 pm 
All classes are only available at our Cottage Grove location.
To reserve your spot please call (608) 222-2269 to register.
If you are in Cottage Grove this Saturday, make sure to stop by this great event! 
It’s a Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce Event, which we are a proud member of.
While you’re there, help us “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies for families in need.


Did you know it is cherry season?!
Anyone heading to Door County and picking cherries?
To celebrate the cherry season we thought we’d share a little recipe with you from Inspired by Charm. This looks so good!!!
Cherry Cream Cheese Bars



Here’s what you will need for ingredients:


1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cans (21 ounce each) cherry pie filling


Cheesecake Layer:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg


1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 – 3 tablespoons milk


Want the directions? Let’s head over to Michael’s Blog, Inspired by Charm and
see how everything comes together.