By Diane Blazek
Try something different! Go somewhere new! See something spectacular!
This GWA Regional Meeting is at a time of year when most of us are not thinking about our garden, except maybe wistfully planning what might become reality next year.
But we are very excited to invite you to the Rotary Botanical Gardens Holiday Light Show in Janesville, Wisconsin on December 13, 2018.
We’ll begin our day at local garden center K&W Greenery for a tour, poinsettia painting demo and greenery workshop.
From there we’ll travel the short distance to Rotary Botanical Gardens for an afternoon of learning about plants for winter interest, winter pruning, listening to experts who will inspire your 2019 gardens and…for the grand finale, a private showing of Rotary’s Holiday Light Show by Horticulturist Mark Dwyer. If you’ve never been on a garden tour with Mark, you are in for a treat!
A few key features of this year’s light show:
- As additional 50,000 lights in 2018 for 500,000+ total
- Many botanical themed displays
- Hundreds of lit holiday trees
- Three thousand half-gallon milk jug luminaries
- Decorated Japanese garden trees and shrubs contribute strong form (and color)
- And much more…this will be the biggest show yet and incorporates the new Wellness Garden
The group will meet at K&W Greenery at 12:30 p.m., located at 1328 US-14, Janesville, WI 53545
(Optional, price not included in event) Meet for lunch at 11:00 a.m. at Road Dawg Janesville, 2419 Morse Street, Janesville, WI 53545 If you wish to join the lunch, please R.S.V.P. to Diane Blazek at firstname.lastname@example.org
Then each of us will drive to Rotary in our own transportation.
If a hotel is needed, there are several options:
- Baymont Inn and Suites Janesville
- Scarlett House Bed & Breakfast
- Holiday Inn Express Janesville
- Microtel Inn & Suites
We can’t wait to see you there!
Meet the Author
Diane Blazek, Executive Director of All-America Selections® and National Garden Bureau
For more than 30 years, Diane has been immersed in gardening both personally and professionally. She brings a passion to the subject based on a history in the field of horticulture publishing as well as a love for gardening and culinary exploration. Growing up on a small family farm in northern Missouri, Diane spent years helping her parents plant, tend and harvest a large home vegetable garden. As the president and publisher at Ball Publishing for 15 years, she led the way in connecting the commercial side of the industry with consumers via the live focus groups called Consumer Buzz Live! Diane also managed Ball Publishing’s entry into consumer garden book publishing. Since December of 2009, Diane has been leading both All-America Selections and National Garden Bureau through an exciting period of growth as they establish themselves as inspirational resources in the minds of garden communicators, public gardens, garden retailers and home gardeners. With both organizations, the connection to the consumer is of topmost importance and by using that connection, she provides direction and insights to the industry via both organizations as well as to GWA, An Association of Garden Communicators where she serves as a National Director.