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-second 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 7, and will continue each Monday throughout the month with a different topic and speaker each night.  All of the programs start at 7 pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Manchester. The public is invited, with a $2 donation taken at the door.   Weather related cancellations will be announced on KMCH radio.
Dates, presenters and topics are:
·                     Monday, March7,Annuals: Their Life and Times!!  Growing Annuals from New to You to Tried and True
Sam Childs from Landscapes by Childs Play will be presenting a program on annuals.  He will speak on new, as well as familiar, annuals and be giving advice to help them thrive. 
Sam’s interest in horticulture started at the age of three when in the family cellar he helped to start plants from seed.  His interest continued in high school where he job shadowed at Sue’s Flower and Garden.  Sam earned his AAS degree in Landscape/Garden Center/Nursery Management from Kirkwood Community College.  In 1999 Custom Design Landscaping was opened and in 2004 it became Landscapes by Childs Play which continues to do landscaping, landscape design, maintaining a large nursery selection of trees, shrubs and perennials and growing four greenhouses full of annuals every spring.
·                     Monday, March 14, The Art of Flower Arranging: From a Single Stem to a Full Bouquet Display
Dani Thurn is the owner of Blooms – Flowers, Gifts & More, located in Edgewood.  Dani grew up in Colesburg and is the daughter of Bob and Julie Hackbarth who own and operate The Hosta Leaf Nursery.  Danielle continued her post-secondary education at Kirkwood Community College where she received a diploma in Floral Careers and an Associate’s Degree in Landscape, Nursery, and Garden Center Management.  After completing college, Danielle returned to Edgewood, and continued working as a florist in a local floral shop.  Twelve years of passion were put into her work before an opportunity presented itself for her to pursue her dream of owning her own floral shop - Bloom’s, which was opened in 2013.
·                     Monday, March 21, Totally Tomatoes!  Everything You Need to Know About Tomatoes
Patrick O'Malley, Iowa State Extension and Outreach Specialist in Fruits and Vegetables, has been involved in all aspects of horticulture for over 30 years.  With a B.S. in Horticulture from Iowa State University and an M.S. and PhD in Horticulture from the University of Hawaii, he has been able to work with both temperate and tropical plants. His program on the 21st will focus on all aspects of raising tomatoes.
·                     Monday, March 28, Getting to the Root of Home Landscape Design: What to Select and How to do our Home Landscaping
Sara Selchert Carpenter, from Steve's Ace Hardware in Dubuque, has had a deep love of gardening all her life. After attending Kirkwood Community College for horticulture, Sara moved home to Dubuque to help her family develop Steve's Ace Home and Garden.  She has continued to grow the Landscape Design division and annually helps over 100 families find design solutions to extend their outdoor living space.  Sara graduated from Clarke College with a B.A. in Communications.  She will be using high-tech design programming to demonstrate landscaping principals, including photos selected from our March 14th program as a basis for her designs.

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