Continuing Education Workshops

Gardening Workshops

Continuing Education offers workshops on gardening, landscapes, and sustainability on its Whitewater and Rock County campuses throughout the year. 

Registrations accepted online until one day prior to event. You will need to email if you want to register after registration has closed.

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Limited to the first 75 registrants in each session.  Registrations accepted online until three days prior to event.  Webex will be required in order to attend this event. See details below.

Workshop One: Ornamental Grasses and Late Season Perennials

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Cost: $25 per class or $60 for all three Rock County in Janesville workshops.

Presenter:  Mark Dwyer

Workshop Two: Bulbs in the Garden (Selection, Planting, Design and Care)

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 9:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.

Cost: $25 per class or $60 for all three Rock County in Janesville workshops.

Presenter:  Mark Dwyer

Workshop Three: The Winter Landscape & Late Season Gardening Chores 

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Cost: $25 per class or $60 for all three Rock County in Janesville workshops.

Presenter: Mark Dwyer

Fees Include

The registrant fee includes instruction and 0.5 Master Garden CEU for each workshop.  

What You Will Need to Attend:

  • Click the following link to download Webex software:
  • Reliable internet connection (hard-wired connections work best)
  • Microphone (external mics preferred)
  • Webcam 


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of event. Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start of the event session in order to receive a refund, less 20% administrative fee. Cancellation request received less than 21 days from the start of camp will receive a refund minus 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the 20% administrative fee, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant’s name, camp and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name an address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such as case, all fees paid will be refunded.

Questions? Contact Molly Cook at (608) 758-3549 or

Mark Dwyer

Mark Dwyer

Mark currently owns and operates Landscape Prescriptions by MD (, a landscape design and consulting firm. Previously, Mark was the Director of Horticulture at Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI. He has degrees in landscape architecture and urban forestry. Mark's true passion is horticultural education as well as growing, observing and photographing all manner of plants!

Check back for details on 2021 dates 

Beginning Beekeeping

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 9:00 – 3:00 p.m.- cancelled

Cost:  $75, lunch included ($60 for students)

Check-in:  UW-Whitewater Campus in Whitewater, University Center Room 259

Limited to the first 30 registrants.

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Are you concerned with the declining pollinator populations?  Have you planted pollinator-friendly plants and trees but want to do more? Consider beekeeping!  UW-Whitewater Continuing Education and Sustainability Office are hosting a one-day workshop to help get you started.  At the workshop, you will learn the basics of hobby beekeeping, including:

  • Bee facts, bee biology and pests
  • Beehive equipment basics
  • A year of beekeeping activities
  • Working on beehives
  • Acquiring honeybees to start
  • Beehive by products
  • And lots more information and resources

Presenters: Workshop will be led by Andy Hemken, owner of Hemken Honey in Big Bend. Andy started beekeeping in 1996 with just two hives, and now keeps more than 400. He has been the president of the Milwaukee Waukesha Beekeepers Association for 17 years and is the past president of the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association. Andy mentors new beekeepers and is a local resource, leading numerous training programs for beginning beekeepers through advanced.  He works with many local communities developing ordinances, as a farm market vendor, and writer for the American Bee Journal.

Questions? Contact Kari Borne at 262-472-1003 or

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Driving Directions

UW-Whitewater Campus in Whitewater:
Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here. Campus building addresses can be found here.

Rock County Campus in Janesville:
Directions to Rock County campus can be found online by  clicking here.  Address is 2909 Kellogg Ave Janesville WI, 53546.


UW-Whitewater Campus in Whitewater:
Parking permits are required to park on campus during the week, but are not on the weekends.  More information is available on the Visitor Center website.

Rock County Campus in Janesville:
Free parking is available in campus lots except in areas reserved for faculty and staff as well as on the streets near the campus. Parking on campus is regulated by the Rock County Sheriff’s Department.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

By registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.  Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use to media for any purpose.