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Erin Presley

Erin is a horticulturist at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, a free public garden on the shores of Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin.  Growing up on her parents’ hobby farm in rural central Wisconsin gave her a real taste for growing plants and pulling weeds from a young age. After earning her horticulture degree, eight years of working for a family-owned landscaping firm showed her exactly what techniques and plants work—or don’t work—in the vagaries of the Midwestern climate.  For the last five years, she has cared for the Herb, Wildflower, and Pond Gardens at Olbrich where she can be spotted doing everything from wading in the pond to handing out heirloom tomato slices to passing visitors.

  • Midwest Regional Reports

    Midwest: May Garden To-Do List | Regional Report

    Deadhead spring bulbs—don’t cut them back. As tulips (Tulipa spp. and cvs., Zones3-8), daffodils (Narcissus spp. and cvs., Zones 3-9) , and other spring bulbs fade, only remove spent flowers.…

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    Great Woodies for Year-round Appeal in the Midwest | Regional Report

    Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana, annual) and other cold-hardy flowers arrive at garden centers in April, putting color-starved gardeners in the mood to start arranging their first annual containers. The jewel-like flowers…

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    Midwest: April Garden To-Do List | Regional Report

    Clean up perennials. Cut back perennials and ornamental grasses using pruners or hedge shears. Cut plants back to about 3 inches to avoid damaging plant crowns, which is especially important…

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    Wonderful Willows for the Midwest | Regional Report

    When you're looking out on the March landscape, it can be hard to feel inspired. After months of ice and snow, even the grasses and seed heads we normally count…

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    Midwest: March To-Do List | Regional Report

    Search for seminars. March is perhaps the most popular time for gardening conferences and seminars hosted by Master Gardener associations, botanical gardens, and university extension services. Check their individual websites…

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    Regional Picks: Plant It And Forget It – Midwest

    1. Ivory Prince Hellebore   Name: Helleborus ‘Walhelivor’ Zones: 4-8 Size: 12 to 15 inches tall and wide Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, well-drained soil Hellebores, a staple of…

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    Regional Picks: Best New Finds – Midwest

    1. Sunny Knock Out® Rose Name: Rosa ‘Radsunny’ Usda Hardiness Zones: 4 to 7 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained, fertile soil This…