Mondays in March Gardening Series

Each year the Delaware County Master Gardener’s hold an educational lecture series “Monday’s in March”.  These talks are designed to both educate and entertain anyone interested in gardening and growing.  All programs are held at 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 116 Guetzko Court in Manchester.  The series this year will celebrate the twenty-third year of the project and promises to be filled with a lot of great information, instruction, and fun.  The first lecture will be held on Monday, March 6, and will continue each Monday throughout the month with a different topic and speaker each night.  The public is invited, with a $2 donation taken at the door.   Weather related cancellations will be announced on KMCH radio.
Program information and dates:

March 6th- Square Foot and Rasied Bed Gardening-Deb Walser.  

Deb has had a life long love affair with gardening.  Beginning when she helped her grandmother tend her garden, Deb has continued her love for gardening.  She has been a Linn County Master Gardener since 1995 and has worked at a local garden center in Cedar Rapids for eighteen years.
Square foot and raised bed gardening provide the answer for people who do not have the room, the agility, or the energy for regular gardening.  Deb will present strategies for building raised beds and selecting vegetables that will thrive there.  Make gardening easy and efficient, even in a small space, grow enough food in a 4'x4' raised bed to feed two people for a season. 

March 13th-Community Supported Agriculture-T.D. Holub

T.D. Holub grew up just outside of Coggon, IA on a small family farm where he helped his uncle and grandfather with daily chores and harvests.  A University of Iowa graduate where he studied Health and Human Physiology, he returned to the farm with the idea of exploring how nutritious, whole food contributes to a healthy mind and body.  Growing nutritious foods for community consumption has become his passion. 

March 20th-Heavenly Hydrangeas-Wil Carew

Wil Carew is a Master Composter, Master Gardener, and Tree Steward from Linn County.  Though he went to college wanting to become a Mechanical Engineer, he decided he might want to be a teacher...but when he graduated from UW-Plattville, he found that school wanted coaches that would teach not teachers who might coach.  So he changed his focus and after trying several other careers, got a job a Quaker Oats and eventually became an Environmental Manager.  Retired now, he bacme a Master Composter and Master Gardener in 2005 and a Tree Steward in 2007.  Now he teaches composting and gardening.  Having fallen in love with various types of flowers , he will be bringing his expertise in selecting, planting, pruning, and enjoying hydrangeas to the Mondays in March series.  

March 27th-Backyard Habitat for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies-Patty Reisinger

Patty is a horticulturist who has been with Trees Forever since 1991, coordinating tree planting events and helping train volunteers with tree selection, all aspects of planting and care, reviewing site plans, and facilitating local efforts.  Patty has a B.S. in Horticulture from Iowa State University and is also an International Society of Arboriculture member and ISA Certified Arborist. 
Butterfly and bee habitats have been in decline over past years.  Patty will be showcasing large and small scale plant projects that will help all yards bloom and make happy homes for pollinators.  To learn what flowers, plants, and trees make the best habitats for butterflies and bees, be sure to be at this program on March 27th.
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