Easter Treat for
Northland Gardeners



The U/W Extension provided area gardeners with a special seminar about planting Spring and Summer flowering bulbs.The program was held at the former u/w extension experimental station in Ashland, Wi. Attendees came from all over the northland and as far away as Madison WI. What made this program special was that the guest speaker was Dr. Susan Mehr, from U/W Madison. Dr. Mehr is the state coordinator for the U/W Master Garden Program.

The topic of Dr. Mehr's presentation was planting and care of bulbs planted in the spring. Such bulbs differ considerably from those we plant in the fall (Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths and other spring varieties) Summer Blooming bulbs were tropical plants by origin. They are not hardy in cold climates such as ours. Consequently these summer bloomers must be lifted each fall, stored in a cool dry place in the winter and replanted each spring. The bulbs discussed in the presentation included Dahlias, Cannas, Calle Lilies, Begonia, Gladiola and Caladium

Susan Mehr has received a B.S. in Biology from San Diego State University, an M.S in Entomology from University of California-Davis, and a PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as another Masters in Plant Pathology from UW. She worked for many years on a variety of research and outreach projects in agricultural entomology with vegetable crops, cranberries, mint, and biological control, and taught Economic Entomology at UW for three years. She has been the state coordinator for the Master Gardener Program in Wisconsin since July of 1999. Susan is also an avid gardener, with personal interests that include tropical plants, vegetable gardening, bulbs and perennials.

Susan Mahr is married to Dan Mahr who is a professor and extension entomologist at UW-Madison, WI.  His specialization is in management of insect pests of fruit crops and biological control of insect pests. He is the past president of the North American chapter of the international Organization for Biological Control.  He has been growing cacti and succulents as a hobby since he was a child and has traveled to see the plants in habitat.  He has been on the Board of Directors of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America for the past 12 years and was the president from 2005-2006.


















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