Horticulture is often defined as the art and science of growing plants – flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees and more!  Research shows an intimate connection between people and plants – fresh fruits and vegetables feed and nourish our bodies, trees shade and cool the places we live, flowers brighten our landscapes, and as research shows, our spirits too.

There is another side to horticulture as well.  Invasive pests destroy our natural resources at a large financial and environmental cost.  Additionally, the misuse and misunderstanding of pesticides causes pollution and health risks.  Popular press and media blur fact and fiction pertaining to these subjects, causing confusion and making matters worse.

As the demand for horticultural products increase, UW-Extension programs aid in finding the appropriate, most cost effective and environmentally sound solutions that are best for the individual.

Latest news

Two maple leaves with black spots
Tar Spot
Two ladies and two girls look through seed packets in a filing drawer
Master Gardeners Celebrate First Year of Appleton Seed Library
Giant Hogweed? Or…Cow Parsnip, Poison Hemlock, or Purple Angelica
worm in the dirt
Unearthing a New Invader | Jumping Worms
Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Outagamie County


Horticulture Fact Sheets





Bee|Yellow Jackets
Fall Webworm

Lawn Care Tips 

Creeping Charlie


  Birch Tree Care
Girdling Root

Maple Gall
Poison Ivy, Sumac, Oak
Underused Tree List





Links of Interest



Kevin Jarek | Crops, Soils and Horticulture Agent
Outagamie County – UW Extension
3365 W. Brewster St | Appleton, WI 54914
Phone: 920-832-5128 | Wisconsin Relay: 711
Fax: 920-832-4783
Email: kevin.jarek@outagamie.org


Kaitlin BriccoKaitlin Bricco | Horticulture Assistant
Outagamie County – UW Extension
3365 W. Brewster St | Appleton, WI 54914
Phone: 920-832-4764 | Wisconsin Relay: 711
Fax: 920-832-4783
Email: kaitlin.bricco@outagamie.org


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