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Wisconsin First Detector Network

Invasive species are expanding throughout the state of Wisconsin each year. While these species are often overlooked, they are impacting our state’s economy, environment, and even human health. Wisconsin’s First Detector Network (WIFDN) was established in 2014 to train citizen scientists help prevent these impacts by looking for and reporting invasive species. In the inaugural year they trained over 100 people that contributed over 700 hours towards this effort, and are looking to expand the network in 2015. Registration is now open for the next training for Wisconsin First Detector Network that begins March 13th, all online! See the WIFDN website for more details on the training (cost is $30 and qualifies as continuing education for MGVs). You will be expected to provide 24 hours of volunteer service towards invasive species monitoring or education. Click here to register for the 2015 WIFDN training.

Questions? Contact Tony Summers (WIFDN coordinator) or Mark Renz.


Boston Fern, Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’

Boston fern is a selection of tropical sword fern that has been used as an ornamental since Victorian times.  Readily adaptable to growing in containers, it is a natural in hanging baskets and in elevated containers as a houseplant, but also can be used as a seasonal foliage plant in the garden. To learn more about Boston fern, read this article...

More All America Selections for 2015

All-America Selections presented their initial 2015 Award Winners in November, and now has announced several more winners for the 2015 season, for a total of 25 Winners for 2015 - a 75 year high for AAS. To learn more about three more vegetable and two more bedding plant national winners, read this article...

Blanket flower, Gaillardia spp.

Every year, the National Garden Bureau selects one ornamental flower to feature in their "Year of the" program.  2015 is the Year of the Gaillardia. This native North American plant is both a common wildflower in places and a colorful garden ornamental, with new cultivars being developed all the time. Learn more about blanket flower in this article...

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