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Posted on: March 1, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Spring Gardening Workshops


Presented by Johnson’s Nursery, Inc.


(Waukesha, WI) – Waukesha County and Johnson’s Nursery, Inc. invite residents and visitors to a series of workshops dedicated to popular springtime topics on Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Retzer Nature Center. Attendees can learn about soils, native plants and worms from local subject matter experts. Retzer Nature Center is located at S14 W28167 Madison St. in Waukesha.


“Spring Workshop Day has sessions that are ideal for learning in-depth information to help you garden successfully this spring,” said Janet Barthel, Nature Center Supervisor. “Join us for one or all sessions and learn some of the latest new practices for home gardens and lawns.”


Each seminar will be led by a local professional and will cover a range of information on the topics. Recommended for ages 15 and up. Detailed workshop schedule available below.

  • 9 a.m.        Understanding Soils - Jayne Jenks, Waukesha County Conservation Specialist
                       Learn about soil formation, the textural triangle and the importance of organic 
                       matter in soils in this hands-on class. Expect to get your hands dirty!
  • 10 a.m.      No Brainer Native: Easy Ways to Incorporate Native Plants in Your      
    - Carrie Hennessy, Horticulturist & Landscape Designer

Anyone can make a difference in supporting local pollinators and wildlife in your yard, without doing a complete overhaul. Learn alternatives to a traditional lawn, that won’t alienate your neighbors.

  • 11 a.m.      Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Worms But Were
                       Afraid To Ask
     - Bernie Williams, WI DNR Plant Pest and Disease Specialist
                     Earthworms are global travelers and lead exciting lives underground. Learn how     
                       worms communicate, move (and maybe jump!) and how to spot them without 
                       even seeing them.


Admission is $5 per session or join all three for $12. Registration is required by March 10. Learn more and register online at

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