‘THE SAGE’-Klein’s Online Newsletter—JULY 2017
Klein’s Floral & Greenhouses
3758 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704

Our Renovation Sale is Under Way!!
Klein’s Past & Visit the Future
Klein’s Supports Olbrich’s 2017 Home Garden Tour
Our ‘Mad Gardener’ Is Ready for Your Questions
Klein’s 9th Annual Most Beautiful Garden Contest
Locally Grown by Fair Field Flowers of Mt. Horeb
Klein’s Favorite Seed, Bulb & Plant Sources
All About Rain Garden Plants
You Asked the Mad Gardener About Hosta Hungry Rabbits
Plant of the Month: Chocolate Daisy
Our Favorite Basil Recipes
Product Spotlight: Jack’s Water Soluble Fertilizers
Notes from Rick’s Garden Journal—From June 2017
—A Fun Wisconsin State Journal Garden Insert
—An Odd Oriole Feeder Visitor
—Think Tulips in June!
July in the Garden: A Planner
Gardening Events Around Town
Review Klein’s @: Yelp, Google Reviews or Facebook Reviews
Join Us on Twitter
Follow Us on Facebook
Join Klein’s Blooming Plant or Fresh Flower Club
Delivery Information
Related Resources and Websites
Plants Harmful to Kids and Pets

We need to clear out the greenhouses so we can begin our rebuilding process!

Take 30%-50% off ALL MERCHANDISE, PERENNIALS, SHRUBS & MORE. If already discounted, lowest sale price applies. (Exclusions: indoor house plants, cacti, succulents, air plants, fresh cut flowers and arrangements, service charges, gift cards, soils, soil amendments and fertilizers in our main showroom.)

Annual Hanging Baskets and Pouches are 50% off!
You know how gorgeous our hanging baskets and pouches are….now they are 50% off.


5″ (and smaller) Annuals are now “Buy 1, Get 1 FREE”
Includes annual, vegetable cell packs, flats, 3″ fiber and 4″ coir pots. All herbs are Buy One, Get One.


FYI: As of now, demolition of the current structures is scheduled to begin in mid-July so stay tuned! Our intent is to remain open during construction; utilizing our growing greenhouses at the back of our property as retail space.

Watch for regular emails or visit our website or Facebook page often in that discounts are likely to change as the month progresses.
Think you have the Most Beautiful Garden? Perhaps all of that hard work and creativity can literally pay off by entering our Most Beautiful Garden Contest. We invite you to submit photographs along with our entry form to Klein’s via e-mail or snail mail by September 1. Winners are selected by our staff and will be announced on our website in early September. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places include gift cards for a Klein’s shopping spree. We have a separate category for container gardens.

They say pictures say a thousand words and sometimes the most simple of designs says more than the most elaborate. Please visit our home page in the following weeks at www.kleinsfloral.com for details and entry information.
KLEIN’S IS A PROUD SUPPORTER OF THE 2017 OLBRICH HOME GARDEN TOUR being held Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for Olbrich members and $14 for the general public.

Olbrich’s 2017 Home Garden Tour features Enviable Eastside Gardens

Home gardeners have implemented many techniques creating their own personal oases in varied city landscapes. One garden is surrounded by lush tropicals, with a reflecting pond that slips beneath the deck and greets visitors on the other side. And a jaw dropping park-like garden showcases prairie-style plantings, a custom designed tree arch, and bog and knot gardens sprung from a dream over the past 30 years. The Home Garden Tour committee found unique beauty in each of these gardens. “Something unexpected always happens,” remarked an excited homeowner.

Talk with homeowners, landscape architects, and Master Gardeners to get tips on how to incorporate various garden techniques in your home landscape!

Advance tickets available for purchase at Olbrich’s Growing Gifts Shop.

Tour Day tickets available at garden site: 809 Callisto Dr., Madison, WI 53718

Visit www.olbrich.org for more information and a garden sneak preview.
FOR NEIGHBORHOOD EVENTS OR GARDEN TOURS that you would like posted on our web site or in our monthly newsletters, please contact Rick at (608) 244-5661 or [email protected] or Sue at [email protected]. Please include all details, i.e. dates, locations, prices, brief description, etc. Our readership is ever-growing so this is a great opportunity for free advertising. Events must be garden related and must take place in the immediate Madison vicinity.
“Madison’s Firsthand Source for Expert Gardening Advice”

Ask any of your gardening questions by e-mailing them to us at [email protected]. Klein’s in-house Mad Gardener will e-mail you with an answer as promptly as we can. We’ve also posted a link to this e-mail address on our home page for your convenience. Your question might then appear in the “You Asked” feature of our monthly newsletter. If your question is the one selected for our monthly newsletter, you’ll receive a small gift from us at Klein’s. The Mad Gardener hopes to hear from you soon!

Sorry, we can only answer those questions pertaining to gardening in Southern Wisconsin and we reserve the right to leave correspondence unanswered at our discretion. Please allow 2-3 days for a response.

Please note that our Mad Gardener is not only an expert gardener, but can answer all of your indoor plant questions as well.


Monday thru Friday : 8:00-6:00
Saturday: 9:00-5:00
Sunday: 10:00-4:00

Open Tuesday, July 4: 10:00-4:00
July 4–Independence Day. Special Store Hours: 10:00-4:00. Check out special savings on most remaining annuals, herbs, hanging baskets, containers, perennials and shrubs. Selection is excellent and quality remains top notch. Make Klein’s your first stop en route to any Fourth of July celebration you might have.

July 9–Full Moon

July 14 & 15Olbrich Garden’s 2017 Home Garden Tour. See above for details or visit www.olbrich.org for more information.

Now that our growing season is in full swing, locally grown fresh flowers make up a large portion of the seasonal bouquets sold here at Klein’s. The quality of locally grown product is unsurpassed and we are proud to work hand in hand with other members of our local business community. The vast majority of our locally grown fresh flowers is supplied to us by Fair Field Flowers from Mt. Horeb. For many a year now Fair Field Flowers delivery truck stops by a couple of mornings per week loaded to the brim with the freshest of fresh cut flowers.

About Fair Field Flowers
Fair Field Flowers is a cooperative partnership of experienced producers of floral material. We provide the freshest and highest quality local and sustainably grown product available to florists and other floral retailers.

Our flowers and other unique floral materials are grown in the deep, rich prairie soils of South Central Wisconsin and distributed in Madison and Milwaukee and surrounding areas.

How Fresh?
At Fair Field Flowers, we are serious about fresh. We cut your flowers when you need them, at the peak of their perfection, straight into water. No overnight trips in cardboard boxes, no long waits in the sun on airline loading docks, no fumigation, middlemen, brokers or consolidators. In Wisconsin we know Fresh.

How Local?
Each flower we sell is from a plant we grow ourselves. Here. Just down the road. No fuel was burned jetting from Ecuador or Holland. No diesel consumed on the long, long haul from California or Florida. And everything is grown by folks with deep roots in the local economy and community. Local growers serving your local business, providing the freshest flowers and the best service. That’s what we mean by Local.

How Sustainable?
Our sustainable growing methods create the safest product for consumers, the healthiest conditions for our growers, and the gentlest use of our land. Instead of relying on chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, we implement crop rotations, selective cultivars, diverse cover crops, wild margins, compost-based fertilizers, and we closely monitor our crops. In addition, we use only organic inputs. That’s Sustainable.

Please visit Fair Field Flowers website at http://fairfieldflowers.biz.

How do I prevent rabbits or other pests from eating my hostas? Please help!! Sue

Hi Sue,

Is the damage necessarily caused by rabbits? . . .

If you are in an area with deer or woodchucks, they tend to cause far more ongoing hosta damage than rabbits. Rabbits tend to eat hostas only early in the season (through June)–until more desirable food sources become available. Deer (and woodchuck) damage, on the other hand, is persistent throughout the growing season. Rabbit damage occurs generally only on the young and tender leaves in spring. The plants will grow out of it as the summer progresses, yet damage to the older lower leaves (where the damage first occurred) will be visible all season. Deer and woodchucks will continue to gnaw hostas down to the ground as long as they have access to them. Their damage can be devastating because the plants never have a chance to recover.

For rabbits, a temporary small fence made out of chicken wire will usually work until the rabbits find other food sources and the first batches of their young mature and find more preferable food. The young tend to nibble on anything until they find plants they like better.

For deer or woodchucks, a fence must become a permanent garden feature. For all of the above, customers have found fox urine to be rather effective. Fox urine must be reapplied weekly or after rains.

Slugs are another possible culprit for the damage. Their damage is usually visible as holes throughout the leaves and leaf edges. With the warm and damp weather we’ve been experiencing, slugs are making an early appearance. Hostas are one of their favorite foods. Slugs are essentially snails without a shell. They hide out in damp, shady places. All garden centers sell slug bait and/or diatomaceous earth (ground mollusk shells that damage the slugs’ bodies). People find homemade beer baits are also very effective. In addition, dry weather will cause their populations to drop.

So, back to the original question–is the damage definitely caused by rabbits?
If so, put up the temporary fence and wait it out. They’ll usually leave the hostas
alone in just a few short weeks.

Thanks for your question,
Klein’s Mad Gardener

. . . that with improvements now imminent, Klein’s Floral & Greenhouses is almost certain to be an eastside Madison fixture for many years to come.

It seems appropriate to use this opportunity to refresh our memories about Klein’s long and established history and give you a peek into the future.

Since 1913 the Klein family has owned and operated Klein’s Floral & Greenhouses at the same East Washington Ave. location; making us far and away the oldest garden center in Madison and actually one of the oldest continuously operating businesses of any kind in the city. With so much experience under our belt, it’s no wonder we continue to grow and thrive. And in all that time, there have been only three Klein owners.

The first was Frederick Klein who arrived to the United States from Germany in 1909. He married Susan and in 1913 they bought the farm and property on Sun Prairie Road (East Washington Ave.), where Klein’s now operates. Back then, we were out in the country a few miles northeast of the city. The old house attached to the greenhouses is the original farmhouse. In recent years the house has been used primarily for storage and office space and the basement has been our design shop. Holding many memories, the old (and rather dilapidated) farmhouse will sadly be demolished as part of the rebuild.

In 1955, Oscar Klein and his wife, Joyce, purchased the business from his father. Together, they greatly expanded the already successful operation. Oscar focused his attention primarily on greenhouse production, while Joyce ran the flower shop and managed the retail area. Many of our customer’s continue to talk about missing Joyce’s bright eyes and welcoming smile as they entered the greenhouses. We also continue to hear how Oscar and Joyce’s commitment and strong work ethic has made Klein’s what it is today. Both Oscar and Joyce passed away a number years back.

That brings us to their daughter, Sue, who has owned Klein’s Floral and Greenhouses since 1990. Amazing changes have occurred under Sue’s ownership and our loyal customers are the first to attest to all the wonderful improvements. Under Sue, Klein’s exposure in the Madison community greatly increased. Klein’s became increasingly visible in the Madison community through involvement and sponsorship. We modernized the existing facilities and began offering our customers innovative, high quality and cutting edge product lines. But most importantly, Sue invested in a top notch staff that is both knowledgeable and personable. Many Klein’s employees have worked at Klein’s for many years (some 25 or more) and through all the changes as they continue in the process to make Klein’s Floral & Greenhouses Madison’s premier garden center.

The future? Owner Sue Klein’s goal is to remain Madison’s one-stop-shop for annuals, vegetables, perennials, herbs, seasonal plants, houseplants, cut flowers and garden art and supplies long after the new and exciting renovations are made. The fact that Sue has four children who are all very involved in the business certainly makes that prospect a reality. Sue’s oldest son, Jim, graduated from the UW with a degree in horticulture. Jon recently graduated from UW-Whitewater with a business degree. Michael, a current student at Madison College (MATC), works full-time as a jack-of-all trades, doing whatever needs to be done. And daughter, Megan, often works in the retail area as she finishes high school. Welcome to the next generation at Klein’s!!
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHTEach month we spotlight some product that we already carry or one that we’ve taken note of and plan to carry in the near future. Likewise, if you would like to see Klein’s to carry a product that we don’t currently, please let us know. Our goal is to be responsive to the marketplace and to our loyal clientele. If a product fits into our profile, we will make every effort to get it into our store. In addition, we may be able to special order an item for you, whether plant or hard good, given enough time.
Jack’s Classic® Water Soluble Fertilizers
from JR Peters, Inc.

Long considered one of the most reputable of the water soluble fertilizers, Klein’s continues to add new and specialized items as customer demand arises. We’ve long carried Jack’s line of fertilizers, including their Petunia FeED (20-6-22)–the only highly specialized petunia fertilizer on the market for perfect hanging baskets and containers.

Started in 1947 by Bob Peters, his Horticultural Services Co. tested soil for greenhouse growers and made recommendations on how to produce the best crops. Today, under the leadership of Bob’s son, Jack Peters, JR PETERS, INC is advancing the tradition of Peter’s family quality products and services.

Their laboratory has been providing outstanding analytical services to the horticulture industry for over 55 years. Professional growers, horticultural products manufacturers, and university researchers throughout the world trust us to supply accurate and timely services. It was in 1997 with Jack’s Classic® that they stepped into the retail market.

About the Products We Carry:

All Purpose (20-20-20)–
Balanced Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium for use on all indoor and outdoor plants. Feeds through both the roots and the leaves.


More professional growers have used this product for all their growing needs than any other formula. It is a balanced blend of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium with fully chelated trace elements that works on all plant materials as a general-purpose fertilizer. Indoors it is especially effective on foliage plants to keep leaves green and happy.

Blossom Booster (10-30-20)–
Professional formula for more flowers and brighter colors on all indoor and outdoor plants. Feeds through both the roots and the leaves.


Peters developed this formula over 40 years ago for the professional Orchid Grower to help his plants set abundant buds that matured fully into vibrant, beautiful and colorful flowers. The 1-3-2 ratio is still the ratio that is preferred by professional growers when they want results. This formula also contains a higher level of magnesium, a vital secondary element, which helps keep leaves green.

Petunia FeED (20-6-22)–
Specially formulated for iron hungry crops such as petunia, calibrachoa, bacopa, nemesia, diascia, scaevola and others! Feeds through both the roots and the leaves.


Designed in response to marketplace demand to use what the professional growers use. It’s excellent for hanging baskets, containers and flower beds. Contains the extra iron necessary to prevent yellow tips and extra magnesium to keep lower leaves green.

Citrus FeED (20-10-20)–
Designed to provide the optimum combination of nutrients needed by plants in the citrus group. This formula with enhanced micronutrient levels will produce vibrant green leaves and strong branches and more fruit. Our advanced formulation uses the highest quality nutrients available, delivering professional results for your potted plants.

ClassiCote™ (16-9-23)
Delivers complete package of 11 essential nutrients for up to four months. Excellent for indoor or outdoor use. Less likely to release rapidly in high temperatures like the competitor’s product.

NOTES FROM MY GARDEN JOURNAL–Tips and Observations from My Own Garden by Rick Halbach

ENTRY: JUNE 6, 2017 (A Fun Wisconsin State Journal Garden Insert)
Last month I had a great opportunity to work with Laura Sparks and Allison Garcia from the Wisconsin State Journal in putting together a Sunday edition insert entitled ‘How To Have a Beautiful Flower Garden All Summer Long.’ The beautiful, fact-filled and concisely written piece was put together with the beginning gardener in mind; though there’s something to be learned for everyone and at any level of gardening experience. Plant choices discussed were particularly chosen for gardens in southern Wisconsin. The insert touched upon numerous topics from annuals to perennials including; plant maintenance, color theory, garden design, soils and much more.

For those who weren’t able to see it, Laura forwarded me the link today so I could share it with you:
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ENTRY: JUNE 8, 2017 (An Odd Oriole Feeder Visitor)
It was an odd sight as I looked out the patio door this morning to find a red-bellied woodpecker dangling from my oriole feeder in and attempt to extract jelly from the small jar. Red-bellied woodpeckers are a favorite visitor to my suet, peanut and sunflower feeders year round, but this behavior was new to me.

Years back, they were seldom seen this far north. But with our warming climate, their range has expanded far to the north and they are now common throughout all of southern Wisconsin.

About Red-bellied Woodpeckers (Melanerpes carolinus):
Red-bellied Woodpeckers are pale, medium-sized woodpeckers common in forests of the East. Their strikingly barred backs and gleaming red caps make them an unforgettable sight – just resist the temptation to call them Red-headed Woodpeckers, a somewhat rarer species that’s mostly black on the back with big white wing patches. Learn the Red-bellied’s rolling call and you’ll notice these birds everywhere.

Backyard Tips
Red-bellied Woodpeckers bring bright colors and entertaining action to bird feeders. If you live near any wooded patches, you may be able to attract them using feeders filled with suet (in winter), peanuts, and sometimes sunflower seeds. They’ve even been spotted drinking nectar from hummingbird feeders. Dead trees may encourage the birds to forage naturally or even nest in your yard, and they may feed on berry trees such as hawthorn or mountain-ash in fall or winter.

You can find this species across most of the forests, woodlands, and wooded suburbs of the eastern United States, including oak-hickory forest, pine-hardwood forest, maple and tulip-poplar stands, and pine flatwoods. It’s a bit more common in river bottoms and wetlands, in the south of its range, and at elevations below about 2,000 feet.

Though this bird mainly eats insects, spiders, and other arthropods, it eats plenty of plant material, too. In particular, acorns, nuts, and pine cones, as well as seeds extracted from annual and perennial plants and (particularly in fall and winter) fruits ranging from grapes and hackberries to oranges and mangoes. Occasionally eats lizards, nestling birds, even minnows.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers lay their eggs on the bed of wood chips left over after excavating their nest cavity. Nest holes are 22 to 32 centimeters deep, with a cylindrical living space of roughly 9 by 13 centimeters.

Nests in dead trees (hardwoods or pines), dead limbs of live trees, and fence posts. The same pair may nest in the same tree year after year, but typically excavate a new cavity each year, often placing the new one beneath the previous year’s.

These birds often stick to main branches and trunks of trees, where they hitch in classic woodpecker fashion, leaning away from the trunk and onto their stiff tail feathers as they search for food hiding in bark crevices. When nesting, males choose the site and begin to excavate, then try to attract a female by calling and tapping softly on the wood around or in the cavity. When a female accepts, she taps along with the male, then helps put the finishing touches on the nest cavity. At feeders, Red-bellied Woodpeckers will push aside most bird species other than Blue Jays.

Cool Facts
-You may sometimes see Red-bellied Woodpeckers wedge large nuts into bark crevices, then whack them into manageable pieces using their beaks. They also use cracks in trees and fence posts to store food for later in the year, a habit it shares with other woodpeckers in its genus.
-For birds that nest in cavities, nest holes are precious turf. Red-bellied Woodpeckers have been known to take over the nests of other birds, including the much smaller (and endangered) Red-cockaded Woodpecker. But more often they’re victims to the aggressive European Starling. As many as half of all Red-bellied Woodpecker nests in some areas get invaded by starlings.
-You may occasionally see a Red-bellied Woodpecker flying quickly and erratically through the forest, abruptly changing direction, alighting for an instant and immediately taking off again, keeping up a quick chatter of calls. Scientists categorize this odd behavior as a type of play that probably helps young birds practice the evasive action they may one day need.
-The oldest known Red-bellied Woodpecker was a male in Georgia, and at least 12 years, 3 month old when he was identified in the wild by his band.
-A Red-bellied Woodpecker can stick out its tongue nearly 2 inches past the end of its beak. The tip is barbed and the bird’s spit is sticky, making it easier to snatch prey from deep crevices. Males have longer, wider-tipped tongues than females, possibly allowing a breeding pair to forage in slightly different places on their territory and maximize their use of available food.

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ENTRY: JUNE 22, 2017 (Think Tulips in June!)
I sent in my personal fall bulb order to John Scheepers this morning. Seems odd to be thinking about fall given the fact summer just started yesterday and we’re at our longest days.

June is the month the bulb suppliers send their picture-filled catalogs to gardeners. Why? Because our memories are still fresh about our spring gardens. During June, the last of our daffodils and alliums are just finishing up. We know where our gardens could use some more early spring color, or perhaps we saw a tulip, crocus or fritillaria at a neighbor’s or at Olbrich Gardens that we just have to have in our own gardens. By fall, when spring bulbs appear at the garden centers, that springtime garden is a faded memory. The bulb selection at garden centers in late summer can be daunting, especially when we look at our garden beds that are now seem completely filled with summer annuals and perennials.

In addition, many gardeners forget about the spring bloomers in the fall. They think the gardening season is winding down and it’s time to put the garden to rest. But come spring, they are quickly reminded that they again forgot to purchase and plant those tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus last fall that they so wanted last spring. The cycle continues.

That’s why now is the best time to sit down with bulb catalogs and do some planning. The selection offered by the bulb companies far surpasses the selection at most retail outlets and you have the luxury of doing your shopping at home. The bulb catalogs are colorful and informative.

Most mail order garden suppliers like Jung’s, Park’s, Burpee, White Flower Farm or Wayside Gardens offer a reasonable selection of spring bulbs. But the best selection comes from those companies that sell bulbs exclusively. Their print catalogs are usually free and you can order either by mail or online. Prices are also much better than those at the local garden centers and you can order in quantities greater than than most retailers can supply. Larger quantities are always available at even greater savings. .

My favorite bulb companies include:
John Scheepers, Inc., Bantam, CT. 860/567-0838 or @ www.johnscheepers.com
McClure & Zimmerman, Friesland, WI. 800/374-6120 or @ www.mzbulb.com

While ordering, don’t forget to get some extra bulbs for indoor forcing and some paperwhites and amaryllis for holiday entertaining and gift-giving.


KLEIN’S RECIPES OF THE MONTHThese are a selection of relatively simple recipes chosen by our staff. New recipes appear monthly. Enjoy!!

Few herbs evoke thoughts of summer days more than the fragrance of freshly snipped basil. Easy-to-grow basil requires little; a sunny spot and rich, well-drained soil to do well. Dwarfer varieties such as Genovese Compact are excellent in containers. Harvest leaves as needed for fresh greens or vegetable salads. Leaves, soft stems and even the flowers are all usable and the main ingredient in pesto. Harvesting the growing tips regularly encourages better branching and prolonged harvests. Cut fresh basil wilts and browns rather quickly, so it’s best to use as soon as possible after harvesting. To store basil for longer periods, place stems in a glass of water as you would with cut flowers. Sprigs will keep for days on the counter top or even longer in the refrigerator. For long term storage, freeze fresh, finely chopped basil in ice cubes in usable increments and simply add to soups or stews throughout the year for a burst of fresh basil taste. Prepared pesto will keep up to a year in tightly sealed containers or freezer bags.

FAVORITE PESTO–This robust pesto recipe is from Jane Brody’s Good Food Book (1985). It’s simple, flavorful and stores exceptionally well.
3 cloves garlic, chopped (1 TBS.)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups fresh, packed basil leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
1/2 cup grated parmesan

In a processor, combine the garlic, salt and oil and process till smooth. Add the basil and nuts and blend the mixture until smooth, stopping and scraping the sides down a few times as needed. Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in the parmesan. Stir into warm, cooked and drained pasta. Makes 1 1/4 cups or enough for 16 oz. or 1 lb. pasta. Freeze in containers in these single meal batches. Once frozen, transfer to freezer bag if desired. Will keep for up to 1 year. Thaw before using.

BASIL BUTTER–A super simple way to step up flavor when served on corn on the cob, grilled steak or chicken, baked potatoes or cooked beans or peas–WHATEVER! From Martha Stewart’s ‘Everyday Food’ of June 2006.

In a bowl, combine 2 sticks room temperature butter, 1/2 cup finely chopped basil and a little coarse salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Stir well and transfer to an 11 x 10” piece of waxed paper. Roll into a cylinder 6” long and 2” wide. Twist the ends to seal and refrigerate until firm. To serve, unwrap and slice as needed. To freeze for future use, transfer the still wrapped butter to a ziplock bag. Stores for up to 1 year.

PESTO VINAIGRETTE–Serve this easy to make delight over grilled fish, grilled vegetables or especially grilled eggplant slices. First appeared in the May 2007 issue of Cooking Light magazine.
1/2 cup fresh basil
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 TBS. toasted pine nuts
2 TBS. grated parmesan
3 TBS. white wine or similar vinegar of choice
2 TBS. water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 cloves garlic

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Makes 2/3 cup.

TOMATO SALAD–Ever so easy! Reprinted from The Isthmus.
2-3 lbs. cherry tomatoes, quartered, or Roma tomatoes, sliced.
2 TBS. red wine vinegar
4 TBS. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 oz. (about 1 dozen) finely chopped, fresh basil leaves

Toss & Serve!

BASIL CHEESECAKE–Though the combination may sound a little strange, this moist cheesecake is absolutely amazing and will be the talk of your dinner party! This relatively simple cheesecake recipe first appeared in the Madison Herb Society Cookbook and then later in From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Farm-Fresh, Seasonal Produce. You’ll say WOW to this one!
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup fresh basil leaves (no stems)
2 TBS. cornstarch
2 TBS. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
2 lbs. (32 oz.) cream cheese at room temperature
2 TBS. softened butter
1 cup crushed vanilla wafers or graham crackers

Preheat oven to 450º. In a food processor or mixer, lightly beat the eggs. Add the sour cream, sugar, basil, cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla. Process until smooth. Add the cream cheese, 8 oz. at a time, and process to incorporate. Spread softened butter on the bottom and halfway up the sides of a 9 or 10” springform pan. Cover the buttered area with cookie crumbs, pressing to be sure they stick. Pour in the cheesecake batter and bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Run a knife around the edge of the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven. Cool on a wire rack 5 minutes, then remove the side of the pan. Finish cooling. Cut with dental floss into thin wedges. Serves 10.


With the increasing popularity of rain gardens for the control of runoff into our streams and lakes, we at Klein’s have been increasingly asked by customers about plant choices for their new rain gardens. Simply stated, the best choices for rain gardens are perennials native to our area that can tolerate both wet conditions and drought. Beyond that, choices tend to be based on intended design, overall appearance and personal taste. The following is an assortment of rain garden plant lists for the Midwest compiled from various websites.

Probably the very best website devoted to rain gardens is from Wisconsin’s own DNR (Department of Natural Resources) @ http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/stormwater/documents/rgmanual.pdf . Their site explains in great detail, everything you need to know about a rain garden, from design and execution to plant choices. It’s not only an informative, but visually stimulating site. Native plant selections from their site includes:

Asclepias incarnata–Red Milkweed
Baptisia lactea–White False Indigo
Iris versicolor–Blue Flag Iris
Penstemon digitalis–Smooth Penstemon
Allium cernuum–Nodding Pink Onion
Liatris pycnostachya–Prairie Blazingstar
Parthenium integrifolium–Wild Quinine
Boltonia asteroides–False Aster
Rudbeckia subtomentosa–Sweet Black-Eyed Susan
Vernonia fasciculata–Ironweed
Aster novae-angliae–New England Aster
Solidago ohioensis–Ohio Goldenrod
Carex vulpinoidea–Fox Sedge

Native Plants for Wet Soils — Sunny Areas:
•Sweet Flag – – – – – – – – (Acorus calamus)
•Giant Hyssop – – – – – – (Agastache foeniculum)
•Canada Anemone – – – – (Anemone canadensis)
•Marsh Milkweed – – – – (Asclepias incarnata)
•New England Aster – – (Aster novae-angliae)
•Marsh Marigold – – – – (Caltha palustis)
•Tussock Sedge – – – – (Carex stricta)
•Turtlehead – – – – – – (Chelone glabra)
•Joe Pye Weed – – – – – (Eupatorium maculatum)
•Boneset – – – – – – – – (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
•Queen of the Prairie – (Filipendula rubra) –
•Sneezeweed – – – – – – (Helenium autumnale)
•Blueflag Iris – – – – – – (Iris versicolor)
•Soft Rush – – – – – – – (Juncus effusus)
•Great Blue Lobelia – – (Lobelia siphilitica)
•Switchgrass – – – – – – (Panicum virgatum)
•Prairie Phlox – – – – – – (Phlox pilosa)
•Mountain Mint – – – – – (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
•River Bulrush – – – – – (Scirpus fluviatilis)
•Softstem Bulrush – – – (Scirpus validus)
•Riddell’s Goldenrod – – (Solidago riddellii)
•Tall Meadow Rue – – – (Thalictrum dasycarpum)
•Culvers Root – – – – – (Veronicastrum virginicum)
•Golden Alexander – – – (Zizia aurea)

Native Plants for Wet Soils — Shady Areas:
•Caterpiller Sedge – – – (Carex crinita
•Cardinal Flower – – – – (Lobelia cardinalis)
•Ostrich Fern – – – – – (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
•Virginia Bluebells – – – – – – (Mertensia virginica)
•Sensitive Fern – – – – – (Onoclea sensibilis)

Shrubs — Sunny or Shady Areas:
•Black Chokeberry – – – (Aronia melanocarpa)
•Red Osier Dogwood – – (Cornus serecia)
•Low Bush Honeysuckle – (Diervilla lonicera)
•Pussy Willow – – – – – (Salix caprea)
•Blue Arctic Willow – – – (Salix purpurea ‘Nanna’)

Shrubs — Sunny Areas Only:
•Meadow Sweet – – – – (Spiraea alba)
•Steeplebush – – – – – – (Spiraea tomentosa)
•High Bush Cranberry – (Viburnum trilobum)

Aquatic Plants: Grown in less than 12” of water, soil is always saturated
Carex comosa–Bottlebrush Sedge
Carex crinita–Fringed Sedge
Carex lacustris–Lake Sedge
Carex stricta–Tussock Sedge
Eleocharis palustris–Spike Rush
Iris versicolor–Blue Flag Iris
Juncus effusus–Soft Rush
Sagittaria latifolia–Common Arrowhead
Scirpus acutus–Hardstem Bulrush
Scirpus validus–Softstem Bulrush

Non-Aquatic Plants: Wildflowers or Forbs
Agastache foeniculum–Fragrant Hyssop
Allium stellatum–Prairie Wild Onion
Anaphalis margaritacea–Pearly Everlasting
Anemone canadensis–Canada Anemone
Arisaema triphyllum–Jack-in-the-Pulpit
Asclepias incarnata–Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa–Butterfly Flower
Aster novae-angliae–New England Aster
Boltonia asteroides–Boltonia
Dalea purpurea–Purple Prairie Clover
Echinacea angustifolia–Purple Coneflower
Eupatorium maculatum–Joe-Pye Weed
Gentiana andrewsii–Bottle Gentian
Geum triflorum–Prairie Smoke
Helianthus maximiliani–Maximilian Sunflower
Liatris pychnostachya–Prairie Blazing Star
Lobelia cardinalis–Cardinal Flower
Lobelia siphilitica–Great Blue Lobelia
Monarda fistulosa–Wild Bergamot
Rudbeckia hirta–Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia laciniata–Wild Goldenglow
Thalictrum dasycarpum–Tall Meadow Rue
Uvularia grandiflora–Large-flowered Bellwort
Verbena hastata–Blue Vervain
Zizia aurea–Golden Alexander

Graminoides (Grasses and grass-like plants)
Acorus calumus–Sweet Flag
Andropogon gerardii–Big Bluestem
Bouteloua curtipendula–Side Oats Grama
Bouteloua gracilis–Blue Grama
Bromus kalmii–Kalm’s Brome
Calamagrostis canadensis–Bluejoint Grass
Carex bebbii–Bebb’s Sedge
Carex comosa–Bottlebrush Sedge
Carex lacustris–Lake Sedge
Carex pensylvanica–Pennsylvania Sedge
Carex scoparia–Pointed Broom Sedge
Carex sprengelii–Sprengel’s Sedge
Carex stricta–Tussock Sedge
Carex vulpinoidea–Fox Sedge
Eleocharis palustris–Spike Rush
Elymus hystrix–Bottlebrush Grass
Glyceria canadensis–Rattlesnake Manna Grass
Glyceria grandis–Tall Manna Grass
Hierochloe odorata–Sweet Grass
Juncus effusus–Soft Rush
Juncus tenuis–Path Rush
Koeleria macrantha–June Grass
Panicum virgatum–Switchgrass
Schizachyrium scoparium–Little Bluestem
Scirpus atrovirens–Green Bulrush
Scirpus cyperinus–Wool Grass
Scirpus validus–Softstem Bulrush
Sorghastrum nutans–Indian Grass
Spartina pectinata–Cord Grass

Shrubs and Small Trees
Amelanchier laevis–Serviceberry
Aronia melanocarpa–Black Chokeberry
Cornus alternifolia–Pagoda Dogwood
Cornus racemosa–Gray Dogwood
Cornus sericea (stolonifera)–Red-osier Dogwood
Corylus americana–American Hazel
Diervilla lonicera–Bush Honeysuckle
Prunus virginiana–Chokecherry
Sambucus pubens–Red Berried Elderberry
Symphoricarpos albus–Snowberry
Viburnum atropurpurea–Downy Arrowwood
Viburnum lentago–Nannyberry
Viburnum trilobum–Highbush Cranberry

Chocolate Daisy (Berlandiera lyrata)
A favorite plant among young and old alike in Olbrich Garden’s Herb Garden throughout the years is the Chocolate Daisy. It’s hard to pass by this beautiful yellow daisy and not take in its intense chocolate fragrance. Klein’s sells this Zone 4 delight in our perennial in 3 1/2” pots.

About the Chocolate Daisy:
Berlandiera lyrata, commonly called chocolate flower (also known as lyreleaf green eyes) is native to dry sandy loams, rocky limestone soils, mesas, plains, grasslands and roadsides in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico. It typically grows to 1-2′ tall on branched, usually erect but sometimes decumbent stems, and features aromatic, night blooming, daisy-like flowers (1-2″ diameter) with yellow rays, maroon-brown center discs and green cup-like bracts. Flowers appear on leafless stems. Yellow rays have red veins (sometimes entirely red) on the reverse side. Leaves are deep green above and whitish below, with irregular pinnate lobes. Flowers bloom at night from late spring to frost. Flowers smell like chocolate, with the aroma being most noticeable in early to mid-morning before the petals close up or drop.

Genus name honors Jean-Louis Berlandier (1805-1851), French-Swiss botanist and physician, who collected plants in Texas and Mexico in the early 1800s.

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates some light shade. Prefers slightly alkaline soils. Good tolerance for heat and drought. May produce more flowers with consistent moisture, but at the cost of stem-drooping. May self-seed in the garden. Easily grown from seed.


For neighborhood events or garden tours that you would like posted in our monthly newsletter, please contact Rick at (608) 244-5661 or [email protected] or Sue at [email protected]. Please include all details, i.e. dates, locations, prices, brief description, etc. Events must be garden related and must take place in the Madison vicinity and we must receive your information by the first of the month in which the event takes place for it to appear in that month’s newsletter. This is a great opportunity for free advertising.
Guided Garden Strolls
Sundays, June 4 thru September 24, 1:30-3:00
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Get an insider’s view of Olbrich’s outdoor gardens during a free guided garden stroll. All ages are welcome for this casual overview of the Gardens. Guided garden strolls will vary somewhat according to the season to reflect the garden areas that are at peak interest.

Strolls start and end in the lobby near the Garden entrance and are about 45 to 60 minutes in length. No registration is required; strolls are drop-in only. Strolls are held rain or shine and will be cancelled only in the event of dangerous lightning.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison
54th Annual Lodi Art in the Park
Saturday, July 1, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Habermann Park, Lodi (Follow the signs from Main St., Lodi (State Hwy 113) to Fair Street and Habermann Park.)

Featuring fine arts, crafts, music, children’s activities, and great food nestled in the shade of the trees along Spring Creek. Free admission.

Sponsored by the Lodi Art Club

For more information, call Jeanne Kohl 608/592-4432.
A Prairie Birthday
Sunday, July 2, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

We will walk the trails of Curtis Prairie to see blazing stars, prairie grasses, and many sunflower species in bloom. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

University of WI Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711
2017 Summer Concert Series at Olbrich Gardens
Enjoy the summer evening with a concert on the Great Lawn of Olbrich’s outdoor gardens. A wide variety of music is highlighted, including jazz, folk, honky-tonk, and much more. Olbrich’s Summer concerts are Tuesdays, June 20 – July 25 at 7 p.m. with special performances August 1 and August 8. A $2 admission donation is suggested.

Olbrich Concerts in the Gardens 2017 Schedule:
(All concerts are on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.)

July 4
No Concert

July 11
Americana Spectacular – A collaboration between Lost Lakes and the Backroom Harmony Band, with special guests Evan Murdock and Josh Harty, performing variations on the genre.

July 18
Peter and Lou Berryman – Folk / Cabaret

July 25
Madtown Mannish Boys – Blues

August 1
Ken Lonnquist featured performer for the Madison Public Library’s
Summer Reading Club Concert

August 8
Fresco Opera-Opera Made Fresh. Live opera performances in different locations throughout the Gardens. Stand and stroll concert viewing; no seating provided.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison
Iris Sale
Friday thru Sunday, July 7-9, 8:00-5:00
Olbrich Botanical Hardens

The Madison Area Iris Society sponsors this sale of iris rhizomes, the roots that grow into iris plants. For more information call 608-271-3607.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison
Medicinal Plants
Saturday, July 8, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Garden Tour

Herbalist Lola Stonehill and Arboretum outreach specialist Marian Farrior will explore the medicinal and botanical richness of herbaceous and woody plants in the gardens, looking at both historic and contemporary uses. Meet at the Visitor Center.

University of WI Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711
Butterflies Flutter By
Sunday, July 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Family Walk

We will explore the prairies and gardens looking for beautiful native butterflies and other important pollinators. Meet at the Visitor Center.

University of WI Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711
Dazzling Daylily Show
Sunday, July 9, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Sponsored by the Wisconsin Daylily Society @ wisconsindaylilysociety.org. For more information call 608-221-1933.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison
2017 Summer Sundays: Concerts in the Garden at Allen Centennial Garden
Add a little bit of musical enjoyment to your Sunday afternoons this summer with Summer Sundays: Concerts in the Garden. This new concert series will feature some of the best musical groups in Madison ranging from classical to jazz chamber music. The concerts will be held alternating Sunday afternoons starting June 25 and ending September 17, from 5-6:00 p.m. in our English Garden.

This event is free and open to the public. Brought to you by the Friends of Allen Centennial Garden.

July 9
Performance by Gerri DiMaggio World Jazz Unit
As original as it is enticing, Gerri’s music is a sultry mix of Brazilian Jazz along with a fresh blend of jazz standards. Her seductive sound invites the audience into her own creative and colorful world.

July 23
Performance by Dave Larson Jazz Quintet
This classic combo of two horns and rhythm section anchors its repertoire in jazz standards from the 1950-60’s, featuring innovative arrangements adapted for the group.

August 6
Performance by Will Street Chamber Players
Fun and sassy chamber music by one of Madison’s newest groups, bringing a fresh, imaginative take to classical music that appeals equally to classical music fans & newcomers. Expect some serious fun!

August 20
Performance by Quartessence
Suave string stylings from one of Madison’s favorite society quartets. Jazz standard in music of Ellington, Gershwin, Cole Porter, Dave Bruebeck—classical meets cool in sophisticated string quartet jazz!

September 3
Performance by Full Count Jazz
Full Count Jazz, a new collaboration of old friends, takes an improvisational swing at songs from Ellington to Django, the Beatles to Broadway, Stephen Foster to Taylor Swift. Fun and of-the cut jazz!

September 17
Performance by Jan Wheaton Quartet*
Madison jazz icon Jan Wheaton personalizes every song—jazz, swing, boogie-woogie, lounge-country—with her marvelous low register in unforgettable renditions by her swingin’ combo.

Allen Centennial Gardens
620 Babcock Dr. on the University of WI campus, Madison
Olbrich Home Garden Tour
Featuring Gardens with Style & Sustainability in Middleton Hills & More
Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Olbrich’s 2017 Home Garden Tour features Enviable Eastside Gardens.

Home gardeners have implemented many techniques creating their own personal oases in varied city landscapes. One garden is surrounded by lush tropicals, with a reflecting pond that slips beneath the deck and greets visitors on the other side. And a jaw dropping park-like garden showcases prairie-style plantings, a custom designed tree arch, and bog and knot gardens sprung from a dream over the past 30 years. The Home Garden Tour committee found unique beauty in each of these gardens. “Something unexpected always happens,” remarked an excited homeowner.

Talk with homeowners, landscape architects, and Master Gardeners to get tips on how to incorporate various garden techniques in your home landscape!

Advance tickets available for purchase at Olbrich’s Growing Gifts Shop.

Tour Day tickets available at garden site: 809 Callisto Dr., Madison, WI 53718.

Tickets are $12 for Olbrich members and $14 for the general public.

*Garden site addresses are listed on the tour tickets, which can be purchased at Olbrich Gardens prior to the tour. The garden site addresses are only published on the tour tickets to protect the homeowners’ privacy.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison
Rio Garden Tour
Friday, July 14, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m
Saturday, July 15, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Tour seven gardens in the village of Rio and surrounding countryside to benefit the Rio Community Library. Included are the library garden and two others in town plus four gardens in the country. Our gardens range greatly in size and style and include some innovative gardening techniques. As a “bonus”, the Rio Historical Society is offering tours of the local cemetery with an emphasis on some of the unique headstones.

Tickets ($8.00) can be purchased at the library, 324 W. Lyons St. in advance or on the days of the tour.

Lunch will be available at the library from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm for $6.00. You may also purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a beautiful quilt made by the Rio Quilt Guild.

Contact the library 920-992-3206 for further information. Sponsored by the Blooming Buddies Garden Club and Rio Area Library Friends. A member of the South Central Library System.
Rotary Garden’s Home Garden Tour
Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m (rain or shine)

Tour 9 local gardens, including Rotary Botanical Gardens during our 23rd Annual Home Garden Tour! The Tour begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. Live music will accompany each garden tour stop as well as information regarding the property and history. Meet the owners, speak with volunteers, and get inspired! Tickets are available for purchase at Rotary Botanical Gardens. The HGT may be completed in any order and your ticket booklet is required for entry at each tour stop.

Interested in volunteering at this event? Contact Volunteer and Membership Coordinator, Maryam, at 608.314.8408 or [email protected]. Volunteers are welcome to experience the Home Garden Tour, free of charge.

The annual Home Garden Tour is $10 in advance or $12 the day of the event. Tickets are on sale now at RBG and K&W Greenery. Ticket includes admission to Rotary Botanical Gardens until 8 p.m. on July 15, 2017.

Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI,
Street Trees
Saturday, July 15, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Longenecker Horticultural Gardens Tour

Stephen Nystrand, Longenecker Horticultural Gardens technician, will take you through the extensive collection of shade trees and discuss strategies for growing healthy trees in urban/suburban conditions. Meet at the Visitor Center.

University of WI Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711
Transformation through Composting
Tuesday, July 18, 6:00-8:00
Willy St. Co-op West Community Room

Instructor: Linda Conroy
Fee: $20 for Owners; $30 for non-owners

Join Linda Conroy for this workshop to get started composting in your backyard. Linda will cover various ways to set up your compost pile and explore the elements needed in a working compost. You will leave feeling inspired to begin composting at home!
Payment is required at registration; please register by stopping at the Willy West Customer Service desk or by calling 608-284-7800.

Willy Street Co-op West
6825 University Ave.
Middleton, WI 53562
Plants for Pollinators
Wednesday, July 19, 7:00 pm
Garden Tour

Learn about summer-blooming native and ornamental species in Arboretum gardens. Susan Carpenter, Arboretum native plant gardener, will highlight plants and gardening practices that support essential pollinators in urban/suburban landscapes. Meet at the Visitor Center. Tour goes until dusk.

University of WI Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711
Rotary Garden’s Evening Garden Seminar: Favorite Perennials for the Late Summer and Fall Garden
Thursday, July 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m

Nancy Nedveck, co-owner of the Flower Factory nursery in Stoughton, Wisconsin will share her “Favorite Perennials for the Late Summer and Fall Garden.” Get the inside scoop on the best plants for our hottest weather and for the fall. You will also learn the benefit of fall planting and understand why the experts recommend it so frequently.

$5 for non-members, $3 for RBG Friends members, no registration required.

Rotary Botanical Gardens
1455 Palmer Drive
Janesville, WI
Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies
July 20-August 13
Daily from 10:00-4:00
In the Bolz Conservatory

Experience the wonder of strolling through a tropical forest on a search for fleeting butterflies. Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily in the Bolz Conservatory. Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies is a great adventure for people of all ages. Children can visit stamping stations in the outdoor gardens with their Butterfly Passport while learning fun facts. Tour the outdoor gardens and visit the Growing Gifts shop. The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 12 and under, and free for children under 2. Olbrich Botanical Society members are admitted free. Parking is free. Bus tours are welcome; groups of 10 or more must register by calling 608/246-4550. The Bolz Conservatory will be closed Monday, July 17 and Tuesday, July 18 in preparation for Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave., Madison
Dane County Farmer’s Market
Saturdays, April 15 thru November 11, 6:00-1:45
On the Capitol Square

Wednesdays, April 19 thru November 8, 8:30-1:45
In the 200 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

For details visit www.dcfm.org
Northside Farmers Market
Sundays, May 7 through October 22, 8:30-12:30
In the Northside TownCenter at the intersection of N. Sherman Ave. and Northport Dr. across from Warner Park.

The Northside Farmers Market is a nonprofit community enterprise. It is one of the newest and fastest growing farmers’ markets in Dane County. In keeping with the innovative spirit of Madison’s Northside, we are surpassing what defines the traditional farmers’ market. Our fundamental principles include:

–Providing an abundant selection of high quality, locally grown foods.
The market accepts Quest, WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers.


–Supporting our local agricultural entrepreneurs who are increasingly important today in ensuring that we have the best and safest food possible.


–Educating the community about traditional foods and the history of local agriculture in an attempt to preserve (and expand upon) our rich heritage.


–Promoting nutrition and the market by hosting dinners for neighborhood groups and seniors.

Parking is always FREE!

JULY IN THE GARDENA checklist of things to do this month.
___Pinch hardy mums until July 4 for bushier less floppy plants.
___Begin sowing and transplanting cole crops for fall harvest.
___Fertilize and mulch asparagus beds.
___Give the garden at least 1” of moisture per week.
___Mow as little as possible and with mower raised to at least 2”.
___Mulch beds to conserve moisture and keep down weeds.
___Deadhead spent blooms as needed.
___Stake and support tall plants as needed.
___Cut spent perennials to the ground to encourage new growth.
___Divide daylilies as they finish blooming.
___Fertilize potted plants at least every 2 weeks. Follow directions.
___Order spring bulbs from catalogs while your memory is still fresh.
___Keep and eye on the weather. Water as needed.
___Watch for pests and control as needed or desired.
___Stop fertilizing roses by late July.
___Visit Klein’s—Watch for end of season savings on annuals, perennials & shrubs.
Some of our very favorite seed and plant sources include:

For seeds:
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds @ www.rareseeds.com or 417/924-8887
Johnny’s Select Seeds @ www.johnnyseeds.com or 207/861-3901
Jung’s Seeds @ www.jungseed.com or 800/247-5864
Park’s Seeds @ www.parkseed.com or 800/845-3369
Seeds of Change @ www.seedsofchange.com or 888/762-7333
Territorial Seeds @ www.territorialseed.com or 888/657-3131
Thompson & Morgan @ www.thompson-morgan.com or 800/274-7333

For bulbs:
Brent & Becky’s Bulbs @ www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com or 877/661-2852
John Scheeper’s @ www.johnscheepers.com or 860/567-0838
McClure & Zimmerman @ www.mzbulb.com or 800/883-6998

For plants:
High Country Gardens @ www.highcountrygardens.com or 800/925-9387
Logee’s Greenhouses @ www.logees.com or 888/330-8038
Plant Delights Nursery @ www.plantdelights.com or 912/772-4794
Roots and Rhizomes @ www.rootsrhizomes.com or 800/374-5035
White Flower Farm @ www.whiteflowerfarm.com or 800/503-9624

Note: To receive every possible seed, plant or garden supply catalog imaginable, check out Cyndi’s Catalog of Garden Catalogs @ www.gardenlist.com. Most catalogs are free and make for great winter reading!

BEHIND THE SCENES AT KLEIN’SThis is a sneak peek of what is going on each month behind the scenes in our greenhouses. Many people are unaware that our facility operates year round or that we have 10 more greenhouses on the property in addition to the 6 open for retail. At any given moment we already have a jump on the upcoming season–be it poinsettias in July, geraniums in December or fall mums in May.

Who knows this year with the renovation beginning, but normally…..

—Watering is a nonstop endeavor. On hot, windy days, we no sooner finish the first round, when we have to start all over again. Some plants in our retail areas may need watering 3 or 4 times in a single day! You wouldn’t do this at home, but customers don’t like to see wilted plants. It’s not harmful for us to let them wilt a bit, but it makes for bad presentation.

—Yes, the poinsettias arrive. The small plants are potted and placed in a warm greenhouse out back where they are constantly misted for a few days until they begin rooting out. After a few weeks they are individually pinched for sturdy and bushy growth.

—Summer maintenance projects are under way.

—We transplant our fall cole crops into cell packs along with our fall pansies and violas.

Have our monthly newsletter e-mailed to you automatically by signing up on the right side of our home page. We’ll offer monthly tips, greenhouse news and tidbits, specials and recipes. . .everything you need to know from your favorite Madison greenhouse. And tell your friends. It’s easy to do.

THE MAD GARDENER–“Madison’s Firsthand Source for Expert Gardening Advice”
Ask us your gardening questions by e-mailing us at [email protected]. Klein’s in-house Mad Gardener will e-mail you with an answer as promptly as we can. The link is posted on our home page and in all newsletters.

We can only answer those questions pertaining to gardening in Southern Wisconsin and we reserve the right to leave correspondence unanswered at our discretion. Please allow 2-3 days for a response.


Follow Klein’s on Facebook where we post updates and photos on a regular basis.

Join Klein’s on Twitter where we post company updates and photos on a regular basis.

We offer a 10% Off Senior Citizen Discount every Tuesday to those 62 and above. This discount is not in addition to other discounts or sales. Please mention that you are a senior before we ring up your purchases. Does not apply to wire out orders or services, i.e. delivery, potting, etc.

Plastic flower pots and garden edging can now be recycled as part of the City of Madison’s rigid plastic program. Flowerpots and edging must be free of dirt and can be placed in your green recycling bin. For more information call 267-2626 or visit www.cityofmadison.com/streets/recycling/plastic.cfm

Send or receive 3 month’s, 6 month’s or a whole year’s worth of seasonal blooming plants or fresh flower arrangements and SAVE!!

There’s no easier way to give gorgeous blooming plants or fresh flower arrangements, month after month. Each month a seasonal blooming plant or fresh arrangement will arrive on yours or a loved one’s doorstep. You choose the start date and we’ll make your special delivery the very same day each month.

For just $75, $150 or $300, respectively, we’ll send 3 month’s, 6 month’s or a year’s worth of seasonal blooming plants–perhaps a bulb garden or azalea in the spring, one of our famous large geraniums or a tropical hibiscus in the summer, a chrysanthemum or Thanksgiving cactus in the fall or one of our homegrown poinsettias or cyclamen for the holidays and winter months. Selection of the blooming plant will be based on availability.

And for just $90, $175 or $350, respectively, receive one of Klein’s lovely fresh floral arrangements. All arrangements will be seasonal and will contain only the freshest flowers. All arrangements are Designer’s Choice, but are sure to satisfy the most discerning lover of fresh flowers.

Prices include delivery within our delivery area. Enclosure cards will accompany all gift deliveries if desired. For delivery details visit the “Permanent Features” section of our newsletter below. If your chosen delivery date happens to fall on a Sunday or holiday, we will deliver it on the next available delivery day. All regular delivery conditions apply.

Join our Blooming Plant or Fresh Flower Club by calling Klein’s at 608/244-5661 or 888/244-5661 or by stopping in. We request that payment be made in full before the first delivery and prices do not include sales tax.
Klein’s Floral and Greenhouses delivers daily, except Sundays, throughout all of Madison and much of Dane County including: Cottage Grove, DeForest, Fitchburg, Maple Bluff, Marshall, McFarland, Middleton, Monona, Oregon, Shorewood Hills, Sun Prairie, Verona, Waunakee and Windsor. We do not deliver to Cambridge, Columbus, Deerfield or Stoughton.

Current delivery rate on 1-4 items is $7.95 for Madison, Maple Bluff, Monona and Shorewood Hills; $8.95 for Cottage Grove, DeForest, Fitchburg, McFarland, Sun Prairie, Waunakee and Windsor; and $9.95 for Marshall, Middleton, Oregon and Verona. An additional $3.00 will be added for deliveries of 4-10 items and $5.00 added for deliveries of more than 10 items. For deliveries requiring more than one trip, a separate delivery charge will be added for each trip.

A minimum order of $25.00 is required for delivery.

We not only deliver our fabulous fresh flowers, but also houseplants, bedding plants and hardgoods. There may be an extra charge for very large or bulky items.

Delivery to the Madison hospitals is $5.95. Deliveries to the four Madison hospitals are made during the early afternoon. Items are delivered to the hospital’s volunteer rooms and not directly to the patients’ rooms per hospital rules.

There is no delivery charge for funerals in the city of Madison or Monona, although normal rates apply for morning funeral deliveries to Madison’s west side (west of Park St.). Our normal rates also apply for funeral deliveries in the surrounding communities at all times. Although we don’t deliver on Sundays, we will deliver funeral items on Sundays at the regular delivery rate.

Morning delivery is guaranteed to the following Madison zip codes, but only if requested: 53703, 53704, 53714, 53716, 53718 and Cottage Grove, DeForest, Maple Bluff, Marshall, McFarland, Monona, Sun Prairie, Waunakee and Windsor.

We begin our delivery day at 8:00 a.m. and end at approximately 3:00 p.m. We do not usually deliver after 4:00 unless specific exceptions are made with our drivers.

Except for holidays, the following west-side zip codes and communities are delivered only during the afternoon: 53705, 53706, 53711, 53713, 53717, 53719, 53726, Fitchburg, Middleton, Oregon, Shorewood Hills and Verona.

During holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc.) we are able to make morning deliveries to all of the above areas. We are not able to take closely timed deliveries on any holiday due to the sheer volume of such requests.

It’s best to give us a range of time and we’ll try our absolute hardest. Orders for same day delivery must be placed by 12:30 p.m. or by 2:30 p.m. for Madison zip codes 53704 and 53714.

DEPARTMENT HEADS: Please refer all questions, concerns or feedback in the following departments to their appropriate supervisor.
Phone: 608/244-5661 or 888/244-5661

Horticulturalist & General Manager–Jamie VandenWymelenberg [email protected]
Accounts, Billing and Purchasing—Kathryn Derauf [email protected]
Delivery Supervisor & Newsletter Coordinator—Rick Halbach [email protected]
Owner, Floral Designer & Purchasing—Sue Klein [email protected]
University of Wisconsin Extension
1 Fen Oak Ct. #138
Madison, WI 53718

Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic
Dept. of Plant Pathology
1630 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

Insect Diagnostic Lab
240 Russell Labs
1630 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

U.W. Soil and Plant Analysis Lab
8452 Mineral Point Rd.
Verona, WI 53593

American Horticultural Society

Garden Catalogs (an extensive list with links)

Invasive Species

Community Groundworks
3601 Memorial Dr., Ste. 4
Madison, WI 53704

Madison Area Master Gardeners (MAMGA)

Wisconsin Master Gardeners Program
Department of Horticulture
1575 Linden Drive
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Madison, WI 53706

The Wisconsin Gardener

Allen Centennial Gardens
620 Babcock Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave.
Madison, WI 53704

Rotary Gardens
1455 Palmer Dr.
Janesville, WI 53545

University of WI Arboretum
1207 Seminole Hwy.
Madison, WI 53711

University of Wisconsin-West Madison
Agricultural Research Center
8502 Mineral Point Rd.
Verona, WI 53593
Children may find the bright colors and different textures of plants irresistible, but some plants can be poisonous if touched or eaten. If you’re in doubt about whether or not a plant is poisonous, don’t keep it in your home. The risk is not worth it. The following list is not comprehensive, so be sure to seek out safety information on the plants in your home to be safe.
•Bird of paradise
•Bull nettle
•Castor bean
•Chinaberry tree
•Deadly nightshade
•Dieffenbachia (dumb cane)
•Glory lily
•Holly berry
•Indian tobacco
•Lily of the valley
•Mescal bean
•Morning glory
•Mountain laurel
•Night-blooming jasmine
•Poison ivy
•Poison sumac
•Water hemlock

Below is a list of some of the common plants which may produce a toxic reaction in animals. This list is intended only as a guide to plants which are generally identified as having the capability for producing a toxic reaction. Source: The National Humane Society website @ http://www.humanesociety.org/
•Autumn Crocus
•Black locust
•Carolina jessamine
•Castor bean
•Chinaberry tree
•Christmas berry
•Christmas Rose
•Common privet
•Corn cockle
•Cow cockle
•Day lily
•Delphinium (Larkspur)
•Dutchman’s breeches
•Easter lily
•Elephant’s ear
•English Ivy
•European Bittersweet
•Field peppergrass
•Horse nettle
•Jerusalem Cherry
•Lily of the valley
•Milk vetch
•Morning glory
•Poison hemlock
•Rosary pea
•Sago palm
•Skunk cabbage
•Star of Bethlehem
•Wild black cherry
•Wild radish
•Yellow jessamine