Garden Visions

Do you enjoy gardening?

Are you interested in new ideas and innovative techniques in horticulture?

Then don’t miss out on Garden Visions 2019…


Registration information for 2019 coming soon!

Join us at Northcentral Technical College for this year’s conference:

Friday, January 25, 2019 –  Slow Food Dinner


Michael Perry is a New Your Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin.  Perry’s books include Population 485, The Jesus Cow, Montaigne in Barn Boots and the (non)gardening book Truck: A Love Story. His “Roughneck Grace” column appears weekly in the Wisconsin State Journal and he can be found online at

Drawing on his bestselling memoirs and his experiences as a failed gardener, Michael Perry provides a humorous, heartfelt look into his relationship with food of all sorts, from gas station jerky to organic asparagus truffle foam.

Saturday, January 26, 2019


While still a Horticulture Science undergrad at the University of Minnesota Joel Karsten started a small business, planting flowers for his professors and their neighbors. That little business evolved into a full-scale design and build landscape contracting company serving all areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Born and raised on a tree nursery and crop farm in Southwestern Minnesota, Joel has a foundation in horticulture and an entrepreneurial spirit.  He earned a bachelor’s degree and ten years ago became a garden book author and winner of the P.J.Redoute award for practical horticulture in 2014 for his best-selling book “Straw Bale Gardens.” Now an award-winning author of four best-sellers on Cool Springs Press for Quarto Publishing, Karsten is working on future projects and speaking regularly around the world. His recent TEDx talk, “Let’s end world hunger with the STRAW BALE GARDENS® method,” has shattered records for downloads and received praise from many of the world’s leaders in the fight to end hunger.

Audience feedback from his appearances attests that whether they are avid gardeners or novices they are impressed with his revolutionary new ideas, humor, inspiring stories and general knowledge of horticulture. His presentations are always fun, very educational, and will inspire the audience to go home, grab a shovel, and change their backyard, making it the envy of the neighborhood!

For more information:
212 River Drive, Suite 3, Wausau, WI
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Phone: Carol at (715)693-6446

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