Virtual workshop: Starting your garden indoors


Spring is just around the corner and it’s time for the fun of starting garden seeds indoors. Whether you have a backyard garden, a raised bed, or a simple container in a sunny spot, you can enjoy the rewards of gardening. It’s a climate-friendly way to lift your spirits, add flavor to your cooking and color to your decor. Gardening expert Karen Stoltz will introduce participants to the basics of starting their gardens indoors before the snow has melted. Advance registration is required for this free, live Zoom presentation at beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, hosted by Mississippi Valley Conservancy.

Karen Stoltz serves as the ecospirituality project outreach coordinator for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA.) Karen manages the gardens, orchard, and Jacoba’s Greenhouse on FSPA land on St. Joseph Ridge, just outside of La Crosse, Wis. These FSPA horticulture projects serve as an educational model in the community. Karen also coordinates group visits to the gardens, greenhouse, and orchard for interested classes, garden clubs, book clubs, and more. Karen’s education background includes a Bachelor of Science in biology and ornamental horticulture (minors in biotechnology and environmental science) from UW-Platteville as well as a Master of Arts in instruction with an emphasis in life science secondary education from Saint Mary’s University of Winona.

Advance registration is required for this online event, with registration closing end of day Thursday, March 18, 2021. A link to the Zoom presentation will be sent to all registrants on the day before the online event. If you have questions please contact Sarah Bratnober at or call 608-784-3606 ext. 8.


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