Release Date: Sun, Jun 26, 2011

WPT's "The Wisconsin Gardener" Features Wisconsin Gardens With an International Flair

For More Information: Erik Ernst, WPT publicist, 608-265-3853, [email protected] Ryan, WPT producer, 608-437-4260, [email protected]  The next edition of The Wisconsin Gardener, "Around the World in Wisconsin," airs 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30 on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT). On the new program, Producer, Host and Master Gardener Shelley Ryan and her guests explore an international garden on the banks of the Mississippi River in La Crosse. Other program segments explore a secret garden in Alma, unusual plants originating from Africa and Egyptian plants thriving in Sturgeon Bay.  At the Riverside International Friendship Gardens in La Crosse, Ryan visits with Marilyn Rebarchek and travels through gardens inspired by China, Germany and Russia. In Alma, Dan Kordiak offers a tour of the Hotel de Ville's secret gardens, which were inspired by treasures in the South of France. A visit with Dan Mahr, a past president of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America, in Sun Prairie uncovers the unique and strange-looking group of Fat Plants, which hail from origins in Madagascar, Africa and Mexico. Ryan also visits with Lisa Jeansonne in Sturgeon Bay to learn about Egyptian lotus plants, which thrive in Wisconsin, but also have the potential to become invasive. Major funding for The Wisconsin Gardener is provided in part by University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension. Additional funding is provided by the Wisconsin Master Gardener Association.  WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension. 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.

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