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The University of Wisconsin Extension, Spooner Agriculture Research Station, and North Country Master Gardener Volunteers will host their annual Twilight Garden Tour on Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. It is one of the region’s premier summer gardening events, and it will feature UW speakers, demonstrations, displays, food tastings, and walking tour of the Seed to Kitchen Collaborative and organic vegetable variety research trial partnering with nationally recognized plant breeders, chefs, and local growers. 

The venue for the Twilight Garden Tour is the award-winning Teaching & Display Garden on Orchard Lane, just east of Spooner.

Speakers will be PJ Leisch, UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab director; Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic director; and Brian Smith, UW-River Falls professor of horticulture.

Master Gardener Volunteers and invited speakers will be on hand to answer gardening questions and identify plant, insect, and disease samples.

The garden is an official All-America Selections (AAS) display garden featuring both flowers and vegetables, and it has been awarded multiple awards in the National Landscape Design contest sponsored by AAS. The garden also includes organic vegetable gardening, a children’s garden, container gardening, displays of fruit trees, table and wine grapes, and the newly renovated Monarch and Pollinator Sanctuary perennial garden. 

As in the past, no fee is charged for the educational events.  

The garden is on Orchard Lane, one mile east of Spooner on Hwy. 70. Garden Tour signs will be out. For more information: Kevin Schoessow, 715.635.3506 or 800.528.1914; spooner.ars.wisc.edu; or facebook.com/spoonerag.

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