“Totally Trees” Gardening Webinar Series Set

The Iowa Master Gardener program and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are once again offering a series of summer garden webinars for the general public.
Trees are one of the most valuable components of home landscapes. Because weather patterns over the past couple of years have taken a toll on landscape trees, and because the Emerald Ash Borer is advancing across the state, the theme for the 2014 summer webinars is “Totally Trees.”
Dates, presenters, and topics for the webinars are:
Tuesday, July 15: Iowa’s Unknown Treasure: The Forest Resource
Mark Vitosh, Iowa DNR District Forester, will discuss trees in communities as well as the benefits and issues of growing trees in Iowa woodlands and urban areas.
Thursday, August 14: Tree Pests: Emerald Ash Borer and Beyond
Donald Lewis & Mark Shour, ISU Extension Entomologists, will speak on recent pests of trees such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the impact of these pests on the Iowa landscape.
Thursday, September 4: Replacing Ash Trees: Good Alternatives for Iowa
Jeff Iles, Iowa State University Department of Horticulture, Chair and Extension Nursery and Landscape Specialist, will speak on providing ideas of other species of trees to consider planting in the home landscape.
The series, in its fifth year, is offered by the Iowa Master Gardener program in response to requests for more Iowa gardening educational opportunities. The sessions are open to all interested gardeners; participants are not required to have completed Master Gardener training to attend.  The cost is $5 per person (free for active Master Gardeners) payable at the door.
Sessions will be held from 6:30-8:30pm at the Dubuque County Extension Office.
Please call Dubuque County Extension to register or for more information on the summer garden webinar series:  563-583-6496 or jneises@iastate.edu

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