Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

April 7, 2015

Learn about the Black Hawk County Master Gardener Club Events, Radio Program, Community Projects, and Helpful Tips. Have a question to ask a Black Hawk County Master Gardener? Email: bhmg@iastate.edu or call 319-234-6811
Application to Join the Master Gardener Club. 
•Master Gardener's are always looking for Educational Projects to assist with,
please fill out this form to request a project.

March 3, 2015

Green Scene Annual Symposium: We have Great Speakers and great shopping with our Garden Marketers. Read more...

Green Scene 39th Annual Plant Sale -

March 3, 2015

Junior Master Gardener Volunteer Master Gardeners will partner with the Junior Master Gardener Club, now called Green Thumb Garden Club, an afterschool program being offered at George Washington Carver School on Tuesdays and Thursdays!  Focusing on growing good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success, and service through a unique gardening education.  Read more...

Community Garden Liaison Master Gardeners will serve as a liaison for one community garden around the county. That individual will provide year round gardening educational support for target community gardens. You will be helping assist those who are willing to learn how to grow vegetables and provide food for themselves, as well as increase self-pride and esteem through success in growing a garden.  Master Gardener liaison volunteers will increase their knowledge and skill in nutrition and vegetable gardening through this volunteer service. There are many community opportunities that currently exist, from gardens within the cedar valley grows organization, at the Jesse Cosby Neighborhood Center, and Legacy Garden. Read more...

"The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to provide current, research-based, home horticultural information and education to the citizens of Iowa through ISU Extension and Outreach programs and projects." Read more...

Master Gardeners Serve on the Emerald Ash Borer Education Outreach Team Read more...


December 15, 2014

Pesticide Testing will be held at the Black Hawk County Extension office every second Friday of the month from 10:00 am to 2: 00 pm.
Private Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) programs that will be held at Tama Hall, Hawkeye Community College on Jan. 6th 1:30pm, Jan. 22nd ALL DAY, Feb. 17 9:30am and March 19th at 7:00pm.   Feel free to attend any session that fits your schedule.  The fee for this program is $20.00. View 2105 Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Brochure.

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 to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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