Garden & Landscape Expo Offers Spring-like Respite Feb. 8-10

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Garden & Landscape Expo Offers Spring-like Respite Feb. 8-10
As winter settles over Wisconsin, the 26th-annual Wisconsin Public Television Garden & Landscape Expo brings a bit of spring-like warmth to the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison Feb. 8-10. Event hours are: noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.
Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) hosts the community educational event and fundraiser in partnership with the Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Horticulture Team. All proceeds support WPT's quality programming, educational initiatives and events that serve to enrich the Wisconsin community. Advance discounted tickets are available now at
This year's event features the newest innovations in gardening and landscaping — with information and advice spread among lush green plants, colorful flowers, vibrant designs of spring and delicious bounties from home gardens and Wisconsin farms.
Visitors are invited to explore the fourth-annual Garden & Landscape Expo Farmers' Market in the Exhibition Hall Atrium 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. The Farmers' Market will feature farmers, food artisans and local food retailers. Products available at the Farmers' Market include pickles, preserves, artisan cheeses, hot sauces, honey and more.
Highlights from this year's event include:
Hundreds of exhibitor booths selling seeds, plants, landscaping services, books, tools, lawn equipment and other exciting merchandise for gardens and yards of all sizes.
More than 150 free educational seminars and demonstrations on topics such as landscaping to keep your basement dry, how to care for and design with air plants, how to build a greenhouse and plants that enhance the winter landscape. 
New this year! A series of seminars exploring the best in landscape and landscaping advice and strategies from Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association (WNLA) members in the Central Garden.
Attendees can meet and learn from WPT's Around the Farm Table host Inga Witscher, nationally-known gardening expert Melinda Myers, Wisconsin author Jerry Apps, Wisconsin Public Radio's Larry Meiller, Outdoor Wisconsin host Dan Small, Old World Gardens Farms authors and bloggers Jim and Mary Competti, Alice's Garden Executive Director Venice Williams, Tenth Acre Farm permaculture gardener, writer and educator Amy Stross and more!
Botanical-themed craft cocktails Friday from 4-8 p.m., developed by mixologists from Madison restaurant and bar Graze. Take time to enjoy the beautiful plant and flower display put together by members of the Wisconsin Nursery and Landscaping Association.
New this year! The inaugural Garden & Landscape Expo Photography Contest brings another form of art, imagery and perspective to the event. See stunning work from amateur photographers capturing the natural beauty of the Midwestern region. Photographs have been juried prior to the event, and selected photographs will be exhibited at Garden & Landscape Expo.
The Garden & Landscape Expo Aquascaping Competition returns, challenging participants to create an aquarium display on site at Garden & Landscape Expo. Attendees are invited to watch contestants build their displays on Friday and Saturday and attend the awards presentation at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Wisconsin Cooperative Extension horticulture experts will be available to offer insight, plant identification and tips to gardeners and amateur landscapers of all levels. 
A 1,600-square-foot WNLA Central Garden - a welcome spring-like respite in February.
Nonprofit organizations specializing in various plant species, rain gardens, rock gardens, conservation efforts and more will have booths to share their information.
An exciting Garden & Landscape Expo raffle for prizes including landscape packages, equipment, decorations, tools and more. Raffle ticket proceeds support WPT.
Single-day tickets for Garden & Landscape Expo cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Two-day passes are available for $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Three-day passes are available for $16 in advance and $18 at the door.
Advance ticket vendor outlets are located around the state at various supporting businesses. A complete list is available at Visitors also can purchase advance tickets on the website through Feb. 4. There is an additional charge for parking at the Alliant Energy Center.
All proceeds from Garden & Landscape Expo support quality public broadcasting in Wisconsin. Garden & Landscape Expo is presented by WPT, Friends of WPT and the Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Horticulture Team.
Garden & Landscape Expo is generously supported by premier sponsor WNLA and associate sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.
            WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
            Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV, Madison; WPNE-TV, Green Bay; WHRM-TV, Wausau; WLEF-TV, Park Falls; WHLA-TV, La Crosse; and WHWC-TV, Menomonie-Eau Claire.