PESHTIGO—The Harmony Arboretum Demonstration Gardens will hold an open house Thursday evening from 6:30 until 8, to showcase the opportunities found at Harmony Arboretum, as well as the local Master Gardener Volunteer program.

The demonstration gardens are a place where all Marinette County residents and visitors can enjoy plants and local fauna, as well as learn about horticultural practices they may be able to use in their own landscapes and gardens.

The gardens are located 7 miles west of Marinette and one-half mile south of Highway 64 on County Trunk E (N3890 County Trunk E, Peshtigo, WI, 54157). This event is cooperatively sponsored by UW-Madison, Division of Extension—Marinette & Oconto County offices and the Members of the Northern Lights Master Gardener Volunteer Association. They invite all area families and gardeners to attend the free event, as they showcase all that is happening and the activities available within the demonstration gardens.

Attendees will be able to learn about the Master Gardener Volunteer program, tour the gardens or the adjacent prairie, and also get assistance with plant pest management questions. Scott Reuss, Agriculture/Horticulture Agent, will be on hand—along with MGV’s—to identify any plant pest problem samples which attendees bring to the event and help you formulate a management strategy for those issues.

Those who have horticulture questions or questions about the activities that take place at Harmony Arboretum may call the Marinette County UW-Extension office at 715-732-7510. Those who are interested may also visit; from that page, people can view more about Harmony Arboretum, review pest management articles, and link to many other topics.