Green County MGA

Green County Master Gardeners Association, Wisconsin

Cannas- A Touch of Tropical


Cannas can add a touch of tropical to any garden with wide, green or variegated leaves and bright flowers in multiple shades of red, pink, orange and yellow. Canna is the only genus in the family of Cannaceae which can be propagated from seed, but most often are grown from rhizomes.  While those in southern climates can […]

Bird of Paradise


Master Gardener, Betty Grotophorst, has a green thumb when it comes to growing the “Bird of Paradise”.  The iconic, stereotypical flower of the tropics, isn’t really a tropical plant at all, however, it has a very exotic bloom that looks great! The Bird of Paradise has a distinctive orange and midnight blue flower that resembles […]

Sources for Seeds & Gardening Accessories


  Submitted by Ann Marie Ott, MG If you planted seeds early and they didn’t germinate or haven’t gotten into the planting mood given the cool weather, you may find yourself needing to purchase seeds.  This list certainly does not represent all possible sources for obtaining seed via mail or online orders.  Also, the Green […]

Potato Varieties for Wisconsin Gardens


Potato Varieties for Wisconsin Gardens by MGV Ann Marie Ott Folklore and family tradition may find you planning for potato planting on St. Patrick’s Day or Good Friday.  Given our recent winter weather and deep frost line, you won’t have an opportunity to plant on St. Patrick’s Day, but mid-April dates may hold promise, if […]

Orchid Care


Orchid Care by MGV Ann Marie Ott With winter apparently continuing without end, you may be tempted to bring a bit of the tropics into your home by purchasing an orchid.  An easy to maintain variety is Phalaenopsis, also called the moth orchid because of the shape of its flowers.   Choose a specimen that […]