Edible flowers workshop planned

Harmony, Wis. — Flowers add color, aroma, and insect and wildlife attraction opportunities to our gardens and landscapes. They can also add flavor, nutrition, and color to our meals. Marinette County UW-Extension is offering a hands-on workshop that will help all interested gardeners learn more about selection and proper management of edible flowers, as well as taste testing opportunities of some of the earlier season blooms.

This hands-on workshop will be held at the Harmony Arboretum demonstration gardens and will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. The evening’s activities will be led by UW-Extension Horticulture Agent, Scott Reuss, and members of the Northern Lights Master Gardener Volunteer Association. The workshop will take place rain or shine, as there is a pavilion at Harmony if there is inclement weather.

Although raising edible flowers is not much different than raising them just for show, there are some management activities that should be done a bit differently and selection is very critical. Attendees will learn about the appropriateness and optimum timing of various management practices, and learn techniques and tips to use edible flowers in daily meals. Of course, sampling of a number of blooms will also be on the docket, with some that may surprise attendees.

In addition to this session, flower taste testing will occur at the Art in the Garden event being held at Harmony on Saturday, Aug. 4, as well as the fall plant sale and plant pest clinic being held the morning of Saturday, Sept.15.

The demonstration gardens are located on Marinette County Highway E, a half-mile south of Hwy. 64. All persons are welcome to attend this free seminar, at which you will also receive various UW-Extension horticulture publications. If you have questions about this event or other horticulture issues, please contact Scott at the UW-Extension office, 715-732-7510 or by e-mail to scott.reuss@ces.uwex.edu.