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The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s West Madison Agricultural Research Station (ARS) will be hosting a field day for the general public on Saturday, Aug. 12. The station, located in Verona, 1/4 mile west of the Beltline on Mineral Point Road, has 535 tillable acres on which UW-Madison researchers evaluate field crops, vegetables and fruit crops. The station also maintains an extensive horticultural display garden featuring both annual and perennial ornamental plants and various fruit crops that grow well in the area.

Event information:

West Madison ARS Open House/Horticulture Field Day
Aug. 12, 2017, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

At this family-friendly field day, visitors can tour the station’s vineyard, vegetable garden and extensive flowerbeds, and participate in a taste evaluation of tomatoes, peppers and other station-grown produce. On display will be more than 175 cultivars of New Guinea Impatiens and SunPatiens being evaluated in full sun this year, as well as 100 other soon-to-be-released cultivars of bedding plants. Visitors can also see All-America Selections vegetables and nearly 1000 perennial ornamentals. UW-Madison and UW-Extension experts will share information and answer questions about pollinators and beneficial insects, insect pests, plant diseases, turfgrass, ways to extend the growing season for vegetables and general gardening.

West Madison Agricultural Research Station is located at 8502 Mineral Point Road, Verona, Wisconsin.

For more information, contact Janet Hedtcke at janet.hedtck@wisc.edu or (608) 262-2257.

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