Master Gardener 2014 Club Information

Fall 2014 Iowa Master Gardener and Pro Hort Classes

See... PDF BROCHURE..... More Info



TOTALLY TREES - 2014 Summer Webinars for more info


Congratulations to Bryan Foster on receiving the Governor's Volunteer Award! Read the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier article....


Needed:  Emerald Ash Borer Education Team Members

 We are seeking Master Gardeners interested in serving on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Education Outreach Team.  Volunteers will present to service clubs, classrooms, public events, neighborhood association meetings, city councils, churches, etc., on topics such as ash tree identification, signs of EAB infestation, treatment options, tree replacement and municipal requirements.  Training and materials will be provided.  Our goal is to serve as an educational resource to our community. Please call Bryan Foster at 319-234-6811.

Congratulations to our Member's earning Certficates at the 2014 Master Gardener Awards Banquet!




 Have a question to ask a Black Hawk County Master Gardener? Email: or call 319-234-6811


Mission Statement:

The mission of the Master Gardeners of Black Hawk County is to provide current, research-based, home horticulture information to the citizens of Iowa through ISU Extension programs & projects. Through their participation in educational activities, Master Gardeners also increase their own personal knowledge in horticulture.

What is a Master Gardener?  
Brochure (PDF)



Bryan Foster 
County Hortifculturist, 319-239-3974
Tammy Schnock
Greenhouse Manager, 319-433-2516

Michelle Temeyer
Executive Director, 319-234-6811
Sheila Walitshek
Office Assistant,

Black Hawk County Master Gardener Club:

The Black Hawk County Master Gardener Club meets the third Wednesday evening of each month at George Washington Carver Academy, 1505 Logan Avenue, Waterloo, Iowa.  A program begins at 6:30 p.m. with a brief business meeting following.

• February 19, 2014
The Black Hawk County Master Gardener Club is hosting its first 2014 Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday, February 19 beginning at 6:30 pm at George Washington Carver Academy, 1505 Logan Avenue in Waterloo.  Annual club membership is $10 and may be paid at the door.  Guest speaker is Emma Cornwell, FoodCorps member working with Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach.  She is working in the Waterloo Schools teaching kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from, building and tending school gardens and bringing high-quality local food into public school cafeterias. 
 Newly elected club officers for 2014 include:
Chair: Bonnie Wetzel, 
Vice Chair: Steve Buckles,  
Secretary: Ken Yuska,
Treasurer, Kathy Sadler
            The mission of the Master Gardener Program is to provide current, research-based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through ISU Extension programs and projects. Through their participation in educational activities, Master Gardeners also increase their own personal knowledge in horticulture. Master Gardeners extend Iowa State University Extension’s consumer horticulture education programs through volunteer activity.
            During 2014, Black Hawk County Master Gardeners completed 5448 hours of service in the community.  It is the acquisition of knowledge, the skill in gardening, and giving back to the community that distinguishes a Master Gardener from other gardeners.
            Contact Bryan Foster, Black Hawk County Horticulturist at 319.433-2516 for more information on the Master Gardener program or club membership.  Visit for more information on Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach.
• April 16, 2014Guest speaker is Keith Kovarik of K & K Gardens located in Hawkeye, Iowa.  His topic is “What’s New for 2014 Gardens.”
• August 20, 2014
• November 19, 2014

Cedar Valley
"Garden Shed Radio Show" 

Local Master Gardener Rich Congdon has launched the
"Garden Shed Radio Show" on
Saturday mornings at 8 am on KCFI 1250AM. The show aims to inform listeners about lawn, flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs. The show segments include: Featured Cedar Valley Garden of the Week; What's Going On in the Garden; Plant of the Week, Garden Tip of the Week, and a Mail Bag section.

You might be interested in the show guest line up for the Summer 2014.
Eileen Loan will be on This Saturday June 14. She talks about Climate and plants and her own personal garden
June 21 Doctor David Zwanziger talks about why he became a gardener after retirement and tells about his unique garden feature a garden train.
Up coming shows will feature Billie Hemmer, local gardeners, Elwynn Taylor from ISU, John Ophus from UNI and of course our own Master Gardeners.





  1. Wartburg Series: 
    “Wild Flowers and Tame Flowers.”

“Keep on Learning: Wild flowers and Tamed Flowers” continues at the student center on the Wartburg campus.  For more information, contact Renee Voves at 319.352.8491

  1. American Hosta Society National Convention --  “Czech It Out!” 

                  Date:  June 11 – 14, 2014
                  Location:  Collins Rd Marriott in Cedar Rapids
                  For more information: 

  1. Upper Midwest Master Gardener Conference

                  Date:  June 25, - 18, 2014
                  Location:  Quad Cities Waterfront Conference
                                   Center in Bettendorf
                  For more info, contact the Scott County Ext. office
                                        at 563.359.7577








Congratulations Paul!

 Master Gardener Paul Kammerdiner was awarded theNon-Profit Board Member of the Year by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association at the University of Northern Iowa, during their annual gathering in early April.  Nominated by the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Center, Paul was recognized for his work as member of the Arboretum Society, Board member (soon to be vice-president) and the mowing team, and leader of the Orchard and Trails committees.  Paul is the Arboretum’s tree expert and has catalogued the Arboretum’s entire tree collection.
 Paul is chair of the Master Gardener Orchard Project and is a member of the MG Steering Committee. We appreciate all that he does for our community.  Congratulations, Paul!
  It is the acquisition of knowledge, the skill in gardening, and giving back to the community that distinguishes a Master Gardener from other gardeners.


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