A spring brown bagger series begins next week at the Smith-Zimmermann Museum, which will highlight different aspects of gardening.
The programs all begin at noon. Featured speakers will be Ted LaFleur, foreman for the Madison city parks department; Habitat for Humanity's Executive Director Gary Zay; and Rene' Brunner of Madison Nursery and Landscape.
LaFleur plans to talk about perennials. His talk takes place April 4 at the Smith-Zimmermann Museum at Noon.
"I plan to talk a little bit about the trends with the perennials and the old fashioned Victorian gardens and how they got started," LaFleur said.
Other aspects he plans to touch on includes low maintenance and xeriscape perennials, which are perennials that require minimal water. LaFleur said those perennials are more native to South Dakota and more environmentally correct.
LaFleur has an associates degree in horticulture from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in park management from South Dakota State University. He's worked for the City of Madison since September of 1998.
In addition to this talk, LaFleur will also present his annual garden seminar April 8 at the Madison Community Center from 6-7 p.m.
Zay's talk is April 11 and covers transplanting. Brunner plans to visit about container gardening on April 18.