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Public invited to horticulture field day, vineyard walk at UW’s West Madison Ag Research Station

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s West Madison Agricultural Research Station (ARS) is hosting two upcoming field days for the general public. The station, located in Verona, has 575 tillable acres on which UW-Madison researchers grow row crops, vegetables and fruit crops, and maintain an extensive horticultural display garden featuring both annual and perennial ornamental plants.

The two events are:

West Madison ARS Open House/Horticulture Field Day
August 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 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. More than 350 cultivars of annual flowers and vegetables will be on display, as well as 50 perennial ornamental plants. UW-Madison and UW-Extension experts will be on hand to 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.

Vineyard Walk
September 7, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Attendees will take a walk through the station’s vineyards with UW-Madison experts. Presentations will cover the performance of cold-hardy table grapes, disease resistance evaluations, insect monitoring efforts, and general vineyard management. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a taste evaluation of seedless table grapes.

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.