Saturday:West Madison Display Gardens hold open house

On Sat. Aug 17, 2013, from 10am-2pm the the West Madison Ag Research Station Display Gardens will be holding their annual summer event in which the public is invited to tour the outstanding collections of flowers, vegetables, and fruit. This year’s trials and demonstrations include nearly 400 cultivars of annual flowers and nearly 130 different cultivars of vegetables.

University experts including Phil Pellitteri from the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab, Brian Hudelson Senior Outreach Specialist and director of the Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic, David Drake from Wildlife Ecology and Johanne Brunet from USDA-ARS will be on hand to answer questions on insects, disease and animals that may affect your garden. Master Gardeners and garden staff will also be available to field general garden questions on growing techniques and variety selection.

Highlights will include a tasting of the gardens fruit and vegetables, activity booklets for the kids, as well as displays on pollinators, and farm equipment. This event is FREE and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras.

The open house will be held at University Display Gardens, located at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station approximately 0.5 miles west of the Hwy 12/14 beltline at 8502 Mineral Point Road.