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Gardening Calendar

Gardening events calendar(Photo: Gannett file photo)


Fall in the Native Plant Garden,UW Madison Arboretum, Madison.Color, fruits, seeds, late blooming plants, late-season insects. Susan Carpenterwill lead this tour. 1 to 3 p.m.,, (608)263-7888.

Harvest Happenings,Bookworm Gardens, Sheboygan.Farm, food, and festivities to learn about local food culture with heirloom seed demonstration, apple tastings, hands-on activities. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,, (920)287-7895.

Autumn Fest,Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pumpkin decorating, bingo, food, drinks, a bake sale, letter-boxing, tours, storytime, reading in the tree house, math, and face painting. Each child will receive a free pumpkin; $1 per person., (715)261-6309.

End of the Season Tea,Hoard Historical Museum, Fort Atkinson.Jefferson County Master Gardener Volunteers teach what to do at the end of the gardening season: cleanup, seed collection, late season products. Part of the museums education series. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., free, but registration required. (920)563-7769,

Sept.24 to Nov.6

Fall Harvest Fest Floral Show,Mitchell Park Domes, Milwaukee.Bring in the autumn harvest of fall flowers at the Domes, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and major holidays; $3 per person. Free for children age 5 and under. For details,, (414)257-5611.


Bulb Planting,Rotary Botanical Gardens,Janesville. 6:30 to 8 p.m., $3, members; $5 nonmembers, (608)754-1779, 1455 Palmer Dr., Janesville.

Sept. 30

Medicinal Plant Symposium. 1p.m. - 6p.m. UW Madison. Ebling Auditorium and Allen Centennial Garden, Madison.

Oct. 1-2

African Violet Show and Sale. Annual show and sale of Wisconsin African Violet clubs. Trinity United Methodist Church. 300 Church St. Lomira.

Oct. 3

Family Nature Nights: Seeds Galore. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Green Bay Botanical Garden. 2600 Larsen Rd. Green

Oct. 4

Fall Floral Arranging Class. 6p.m. - 7 p.m. Green Bay Botanical Garden. 2600 Larsen Rd. Green

Oct. 6

Holistic Flu Tips. 6p.m. - 8p.m. Green Bay Botanical Garden. 2600 Larsen Rd. Green

Oct. 11

Photography: Fall Colors. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Green Bay Botanical Garden. 2600 Larsen Rd. Green

Oct. 15

Fall Garden Seminar. 8a.m. - noon. Fall gardening seminar featuring guest speakers and more. UW Marshfield. 2000 Fifth St., Marshfield.

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4 months ago

Piedmont woman warning others about hiring for home repairs -

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Piedmont woman wants to warn others to be careful when hiring for home repairs. She believes workers who came to her home stole money and jewelry from her.

Lois Barnes, of Archdale, says she hired a company to install new carpet in part of her home. She withdrew $800 cash and had it in a kitchen drawer to pay the men when they were done.

But the money disappeared, along with jewelry from her bedroom. Barnes filed a police report. The case could be hard to prove because tracing the cash could be nearly impossible, she said. She had to pay the bill anyway.

We cant name the company because charges havent been filed, but Barnes still wanted to warn other elderly people about what she learned from this ordeal.

Whoever's out there that's got elderly people needing something done in the home, have a loved one there with them at all times while them people is there, she insisted. Youve got to have somebody there with you or you're going to get ripped off somewhere along the line. I don't care what the company is.

Kevin Hinterberger is the president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Central North Carolina. If there are seniors in your family and they're having work done, it's great to volunteer to be there with them as the work is being done, maybe help them do the research,Hinterberger said.

But, he said, home repair advice goes for consumers of any age. Get at least three estimates. Paying with a credit card will always offer the most protection for the consumer. That way they can dispute the charge if they need to, if things don't go the way they planned, they can dispute the charge with the credit card company.

Barnes is relieved her home insurance helped cover her losses, but said she'll be more careful who she lets do work on her home in the future.


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