Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

May 10, 2017

Tues. July 11, noon -2pm, Thur. July 13, 6pm-8pm
Urban Trees: Build your skills to make recommendations about tree species selection. Explore urban considerations for site selection and tree mainentenace.

Tues. July 25, noon to 2pm, Thurs. July 27, 6pm-8pm
Gardening with Youth:
The FoodCorps program engages kids in school gardens to build healthy eating habits. Learn best practices for gardening with children with FoodCorps Iowa staff.

Tues. Aug. 8, noon to 2pm, Thurs. Aug. 10, 6pm-8pm
Landscaping for Wildlife:
Learn about simple steps to bring landscaping alive with birds, butterflies and more. Explore ways to beautify the yard and provide critical habitats for migratory and resident birds year-round.m engages kids in school gardens to build healthy eating habits. Learn best practices for gardening with children with FoodCorps Iowa staff. 

April 25, 2017

Available for questions each Tuesday morning until Nov. 1. Please call the Extension Office at: 319-234-6811. If you are dropping off a sample....please put in a plastic bag. THANKS!

February 14, 2017

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program has announced its 2017 Growing Together mini-grant awardees. The 14 chosen projects will receive a combined $70,000 in grant money through the SNAP-Education program.

Black Hawk County has been awarded a $5000 2017 Growing Together mini-grant. The money will be split between NE Iowa Food Bank and the Cedar Valley Arboretum. Projects include installing a greenhouse at the Cedar Valley Community Garden at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank  and adding fruit trees and tools to continue managing fruit trees planted at the Cedar Valley Arboretum for donation.

November 9, 2016

Waterloo – The Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Black Hawk County has hired Steven Eilers for the Urban Agriculture Specialist position.

Steven is a 1993 UNI graduate. His past work and community involvement includes work in the Human Services field, traditional and online marketing, advertising and broadcasting. Steven has been an active Master Gardener since 2008, has taken the Master Conservationist and landscaping courses. Read more....

Download Master Gardener Brochure (PDF)
 or call the Black Hawk County Extension Office at 319-234-6811.


Statewide Resources

  • Let us "feed" your appetite for gardening information with a wide menu of gardening entrees.

  • Helping support the state’s evolving grape and wine industry, because the potential economic opportunities in wineries, value-added agriculture and tourism are limitless.

  • Images and information on a wide range of common pest and non-pest insects encountered in the home, yard and garden.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • Master Gardeners are individuals who have an interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by Iowa State University Extension, and share their time and expertise with other gardeners.

  •  Information on lawn, garden, and landscape plant questions is available from ISU Extension staff.

  • Horticulture & Home Pest News is filled with articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists.

  • Production and business management information for commercial producers on wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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