Think spring! Try horticulture therapy with the CALS Wellness Team

Are the winter doldrums getting you down? Looking for a little color to perk you up? How about getting your hands dirty and creating something you’ll be able to enjoy throughout the coming spring and summer? Consider joining the CALS and OHR Wellness Teams in a horticulture therapy activity!

Mike Maddox, director of the Master Gardener Program, is offering a two-part workshop that will bring you to the D.C. Smith Greenhouse to get your spring planting juices flowing. Participants will make their own cuttings of coleus plants and root them, and then return a month later to plant their cutting to take home and enjoy throughout the season.

Coleus is a very popular container plant for home gardens and is available in a variety of dazzling colors and textures. It’s a great plant for beginning gardeners, yet still offers plenty of visual appeal used by more experienced gardens, too.

The workshop will consist of two one-hour meetings. For the first, participants will select their plants from the D.C. Smith Greenhouse collection and make their own cuttings of the plant to root. A few weeks later, the second meeting will have participants lift and replant their new plants to take home for enjoyment in their own home garden. In addition to demonstrating these gardening techniques, Maddox will also share information about horticulture therapy and can answer your gardening questions.

Coleus Cutting Workshop details: 

  • Part 1: Noon to 1pm, Friday, March 18, 2016
  • Part 2: Noon to 1pm, Friday, April 22, 2016
  • Location: D.C. Smith Greenhouse (see
  • Register online. Space is limited to a first come basis. You will be notified confirming your sign-up.
  • A $5 suggested donation to cover materials would be appreciated.

The workshop will be facilitated by Mike Maddox. Maddox has been a UW-Extension horticulture educator since 2001 and is the Master Gardener Program director. He has an AHTA accredited certificate in horticultural therapy and has facilitated numerous gardening programs for all ages and abilities. Additional information available at