Winter Gardening Fair 2014

winter gardening garden fair cedar rapids kirkwood 2014

presented by ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County Master Gardeners

Saturday, February 15, 2014

LOCATION: Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW • Cedar Rapids, IA
 
TUITION: $49 for all day (5 workshops) and a boxed lunch
(Please note: some classes have additional charges for materials. These fees are noted in class descriptions and will be collected in class.)

Registration opens January 2, 2014! 

REGISTER in advance for classes:
--online
--download and complete registration form
--or call (319) 398-1022 or 1-800-332-8833
QUESTIONS? Call ISU Extension & Outreach Linn County at (319) 377-9839 or email eward@iastate.edu.
 

2014 Winter Gardening Fair CLASSES:

Select 1 class in each session form Track A or Track B (DO NOT MIX classes from both tracks)
(Note: LCMG=Linn County Master Gardener)

Download the Winter Gardening Fair class schedule.

TRACK A: 

TRACK A • Session 1.............................................................................8:30 - 9:25am

FEATURED CLASS: Perennial Plant Communities-“The Know Maintenance Approach”
—Roy Diblik
Roy’s thoughtful way to design perennial plantings welcomes fresh contemporary styles and plant diversity integrated with responsible maintenance concerns.   His garden designs emphasize plant relationships to limit maintenance strategies and costs.  He uses a selection of regionally dependable perennials, from which endless natural plant patterns can be constructed, each relating to time and cost to maintain.
Roy Diblik is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author, and co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, Wisconsin.  He has been growing traditional and native perennials since 1978.  Roy’s recent design work includes the Louis Sullivan Arch Garden for the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago and the lakeside plantings for the new Oceanarium at the Shedd Aquarium.    CLASS SIZE: limited to 150.  ROOM: Cedar 234
 
Outstanding Trees for the Midwest Home Garden
—Mike Anderson, LCMG
Discover trees that make excellent additions to the home landscape. Mike will discuss his favorite picks for spring blooms, fall color, unique leaf shape, trunk structure and growth habit.  ROOM: Benton 303
 
Houseplants
—Rose Milden, LCMG
Learn about the many varieties of houseplants available. Explore clever and artistic ways to display houseplants.  Rose will provide tips to help you succeed in growing healthy and beautiful houseplants to enjoy year round.  ROOM: Benton 305
 
Select, Plant, Tend, Harvest and Enjoy Small Fruits
—Phil Pfister, LCMG
Take a look at some popular fruits that do well in Iowa’s amenable soil and climate as Phil explains their care, how to maximize yield, deal with pests, cope with weather issues, and preserve the "fruits" of your labor. Phil will also discuss ways small fruits can be incorporated into the landscape and container gardens.   ROOM: Benton 353
 
Raised Beds/ Square Foot Gardening
—Wil Carew, LCMG
Get off the ground, save your back and start gardening closer to your hands and eyes.  Wil covers the principles of raised beds, shows many pictorial examples, and discusses construction techniques, trellis/cloche use and protecting crops from critters.  The benefits of square foot gardening in a raised bed include increasing the growing season, decreasing weeding and saving time.  ROOM: Benton 357
 
The Language of Flowers-A Victorian Garden Romance*
—Debbie Main, LCMG
Learn how structures, color and variety all played a part in the Victorian garden. Debbie unveils her secrets for bringing this forgotten beauty to your home to give your gardens a story to share with your guests.  ROOM: Benton 359
 
Ornamental Grasses*
—Deb Walser, LCMG
Thinking about planting ornamental grasses with wonderful fall seed heads? Has your concern that they may be invasive kept you from planting these beauties?  Learn all about ornamental grasses; specifically those which are non-spreading, clump forming and hardy for Eastern Iowa.   ROOM: Cedar 3008
 
Make a Kinetic Garden Ornament
—Louise Harn, LCMG
Design and construct a unique bent wire, beaded ornament to dance in the breeze in your garden!  You supply your playful, inventive and creative spirit, and Louise will supply the beads, wire and other materials necessary to create a one of kind kinetic ornament.   MATERIAL FEE: $15(bring cash/check to class)   ROOM: Cedar 3059
 

TRACK A • Session 2.............................................................................9:45 - 10:40 am

FEATURED CLASS: Possums Under the Porch—Managing Wildlife Damage
—Dr. Jim Pease, Wildlife Biologist
Wondering about woodchucks?  Musing over moles?  Raging about rabbits? Disgusted with deer?  Then this session is for you!  Jim Pease, with his usual wit and wisdom, will help you understand how to approach wildlife damage management in your lawn and garden.  He'll help you to see what your alternatives are and how to "think like the critter" in order to minimize the damage they may cause, as well as how to recognize it.     
Jim Pease has nearly 4 decades of experience as a front-line interpreter, professor of interpretation, and writer and consultant on many interpretive and environmental education projects. He is now retired, has emeritus status in the Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department at Iowa State University and is active speaking, writing, and consulting. He can still be heard on Iowa Public Radio in his monthly wildlife program on “Talk of Iowa”.   CLASS SIZE: limited to 150.   ROOM: Cedar 234
 
FEATURED CLASS: Perennial Vegetables—They Aren’t Going Away
—Patrick O’Malley, ISU Extension & Outreach Commercial Horticulture Field Specialist
The intricacies of growing asparagus and rhubarb will be accentuated along with a little delve into the realm of horseradish and chives.   Patrick has been an ISU Extension & Outreach Commercial Horticulture Field Specialist since 1994, specializing in vegetables and fruits.   CLASS SIZE: limited to 60.   ROOM: Iowa A/B
 
Opportunities in Agroforestry
—Tom Wahl , Red Fern Farm, Wapello, IA
Tom will discuss several unusual tree and shrub species capable of producing ultra-high value crops in the Midwest, but which are also adaptable to backyard culture for home use.  Topics will include chestnut, heartnut, persimmon, pawpaw, Aronia berry, and Asian pear, and will cover growing conditions, possible disease or pest problems, and crop potential.  ROOM: Benton 323
 
Outstanding Shrubs for the Midwest Home Garden
—Mike Anderson, LCMG
Discover the many uses of shrubs in the home landscape.  Mike will review several species of shrubs that do well in the Midwest, including some that may be unfamiliar to you as well as many recognizable and long-time favorites.   ROOM: Benton 303
 
Thinking about a Home Greenhouse?*
—Phil Pfister, LCMG
Listen and learn as Phil demystifies the process of setting up and operating a home greenhouse.  Topics include site selection, greenhouse material options, heating and cooling requirements, cost calculations, plant care and integrated pest management.  ROOM: Benton 353
 
Heavenly Hydrangeas
—Wil Carew, LCMG
Hydrangeas bloom in a variety of colors including white, blue, pink, green and red too.  Join Wil as he discusses the how-to’s of planting and pruning. He also shares those varieties which are his personal ‘celestial’ favorites and are locally available.  ROOM: Benton 357
 
Tasty and Tasteful Landscapes
—Debbie Main, LCMG
Nibble your way through your weeding chores! By adding edible flowers and plants to your garden, you can enjoy them in more ways than one. Debbie shares her ideas on which edible plants can be successfully integrated into your landscape. With cautionary advice on chemical use, learn tips to keep flower beds looking lively, fresh and free of pests.  ROOM: Benton 359
 
Green with Envy*
—Deb Walser, LCMG
Are you coveting your neighbor’s yard?  Learn some of the ‘add-on’ techniques to make your yard more appealing.  All season design, adding splashes of colors to an old landscape, and other attention grabbing ideas will be discussed with many before and after photos.  A collection of fool proof plant selections will be presented. Deb’s class focus will address the needs of a “working” garden rather than “no or low maintenance” garden.  ROOM: Cedar 3008
 
Beautiful Bulbs All Year Long
—Jean Murray, LCMG
Bulbs can grace your garden and your home with their splendor in all four seasons.  Having many advantages over traditional flowers, bulbs still remain the “misunderstood” plants.  Join Jean to explore the beauty of bulbs, and learn some tips for planting and growing these wonderful plants.  ROOM: Cedar 3062

TRACK A • LUNCH.............................................................................10:45 - 11:30 am
 
TRACK A • Session 3.............................................................................11:35 am - 12:30 pm

FEATURED CLASS: Growing and Using Herbs
—Jane Hogue
The pleasures of herbs are countless.  A discussion of more than eight herbal theme gardens will reveal the unique diversity of this group of plants.  A dose of herbal folklore and revelations of herbal remedies make herb gardening a passionate hobby.  Herbs have the fragrant, flavorful, and colorful capacity to delight our senses and enhance all aspects of our lives, from our gardens and our homes to our food and our spirits.    
Jane Hogue is a member of the Garden Writers Association of America and has lectured across the United States and in Canada. She and her husband own and operate the Prairie Pedlar Gardens in Odebolt, IA, which have been featured in numerous books, magazines, and newspapers.  CLASS SIZE: limited to 60.  ROOM: Iowa C/D
 
Hybrid Lilies
—Charlene Woeste, LCMG
Have you admired lovely lilies and wished that you could grow these beauties in your garden? From selecting, planting, and caring for hybrid lilies, Charlene will show you how it’s done! She will share numerous photos of the various kinds of lilies she has successfully grown in her Iowa garden.   ROOM: Benton 302
 
WOW-That Looks AMAZING!
—Matt Pieper, LCMG
One landscape design element or a unique tree or shrub can make your landscape POP!  Join emcee Matt for this unique, interactive session, a chance to win "fabulous prizes," and learn some design tips that just might make your garden the neighborhood showcase.  ROOM: Benton 304
 
Fabulous Foliage
—Lori Bailey, LCMG
Caladium, Coleus and Heuchera are just a few of the “must have” foliage plants in a flower garden.  Become inspired as Lori shares growing tips, care advice and creative ways to use these and other showy plants.  The foliage shape, texture and long lasting color will transform your flower garden giving it the WOW factor you long for!    ROOM: Benton 306
 
Food Preservation 101
—Rachel Wall, ISU Extension Nutrition & Health Specialist
Learn the basics of safe canning, freezing, and dehydrating of fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  Learn the most current, research-based guidelines.  Free dial-gauge pressure canner lid testing is also available (note: All-American and Burpee models cannot be tested).   ROOM: Benton 352
 
Extending the Growing Season
—Phil Pfister, LCMG
Enjoy home-grown early tomatoes and pick fresh broccoli from the garden for the holidays! Phil will discuss clever ways the home gardener can extend Iowa’s growing season. Topics include utilizing cold frames, row covers, hoop houses, and other ingenious ideas to prolong your garden’s productivity.  ROOM: Benton 353
 
Garden Walk 2013
—Beula Dvorak, LCMG
It may be winter in Iowa but here’s an opportunity to “stroll through” the gardens featured at the Linn County Master Gardener Garden Walk last summer.  In addition to the lovely pictures, some of the garden owners will be present to share insights and answer questions about their gardens.   ROOM: Benton 355
 
Colorful Cottage Gardens
—Debbie Main, LCMG
Embrace those plants that love to move around! Debbie will guide you through a brief history of the cottage garden and also share plant and element ideas that bring riots of color and coziness to your home's garden year round.  ROOM: Benton 359
 
Create a Hammered Botanical Print
—Carol Sears, LCMG and Larry Rettig, artist
Learn the techniques to make beautiful and intriguing designs by hammering the color from flowers and leaves directly into fine paper. Carol and Larry will supply the materials; you add your imagination and enthusiasm. Larry will also display and discuss some of his own creations. Material fee: $15(bring cash/check to class)  ROOM: Cedar 3059
 
Lessons for Lifelong Gardening
—Jean Murray, LCMG

Act your age AND stay young at heart! Even devoted gardeners have limits on their bodies and time.  Jean shares tips for optimizing your time by creating less work in the garden. Ergonomic gardening, low maintenance plants, and ways to make chores easier are revealed so you have more time to relax and smell the flowers.  ROOM: Cedar 3062
 

TRACK A • Session 4.............................................................................12:50 - 1:45 pm

FEATURED CLASS: Beyond Beans—Vegetable Gardening in Iowa
—Denny Schrock, Ph.D.
Growing vegetables in Iowa need not be confined to corn and beans. This class will cover the basics of vegetable gardening including season-extending and time-saving techniques for a more productive produce patch. The course will also cover growing methods for many types of vegetables, from common to more exotic.  
Denny is a gardening editor, a lecturer in the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University, and the state-wide ISU Master Gardener Coordinator.  CLASS SIZE: limited to 90.  ROOM: Cedar 343
 
Vertical Gardening
—Matt Pieper, LCMG
As a means to maximize a small garden space or just for fun and fancy, the vertical garden is the latest garden design rage.  Matt will share the history, benefits and other features of this old-but-new trend in gardening.  ROOM: Benton 304
 
A Taste of Herbs
—Judy Bemer, LCMG
Learn how and where to grow herbs, and how to use and preserve them.  Judy will introduce some new herbs and discuss those that may be familiar as well. A “cuppa tea” and a plate of herbal goodies will be served to enjoy with the class handouts.   ROOM: Benton 306
 
Restoring Prairielands: a Labor of Love
—Karen Stewart, LCMG 
Almost Iowa’s entire virgin prairie disappeared between 1830 and 1900.  With appreciation of this special part of our natural heritage, many of us want to reestablish some of this lost treasure.  Through knowledge, determination and patience, prairies are becoming part of Iowa’s landscape once again.  Considerations for prairie developers, a realistic time-line, needed equipment and resources, and many references that serve as useful guides will be presented.   ROOM: Benton 315
 
These are a Few of My Favorite Things
—Gary Whittenbaugh, Fayette County Master Gardener; American Conifer Society & North American Rock Garden Society
Sing along with Gary: “Raindrops on conifers and bright fall foliage, blue-colored flowers and spinney round cactus, low-growing plants that bloom in the spring: These are a few of my favorite things.” Our old friend is back to share some of his garden magic- his all-time favorite plants, and how to grow them.  ROOM: Benton 323
 
Edible Mushroom Orientation
—Marty Augustine, Prairie States Mushroom Club
Morels and so much more. Marty will share some of his mushroom-hunting secrets, including where and when to search, and what to look for, and what to do with what you find.   ROOM: Cedar 332
 
The Shade Garden
—Jay McWherter, LCMG
Are there barren areas in your garden due to insufficient sunlight?  Explore the wide variety of annuals, perennials and tropicals which can be grown successfully in the shade while adding both beauty and interest. Jay will share his comprehensive knowledge through discussion and photographs.  ROOM: Benton 354
 
Garden Ferns 101
—Thea Cole, LCMG
Take a step beyond the commonly grown Ostrich Fern and explore the diversity of ferns suitable in Iowa gardens.  Thea’s concise and interesting presentation of the history, structure, life cycle and cultivation of ferns may lead you to add the graceful elegance of these plants to your garden.  ROOM: Benton 356
 
Yard and Garden Art
—Judy Stevens, LCMG
Judy brings her imaginative ideas and creative energy to this class and asks you to do the same.  Get ready for an inspiring session of exploring how everyday items and ordinary elements can be used to create art for your yard and garden.  Detailed instructions for these art objects will be provided for you to take home.   ROOM: Benton 358
 

TRACK A • Session 5.............................................................................2:05 - 3:00 pm

FEATURED CLASS: Gardening Faux-Pas—Avoiding Common Landscape Mistakes
—Denny Schrock, Ph.D.
Almost everyone who has ventured into gardening has made a few mistakes along the way. Schrock will take a light-hearted look at some of those blunders when he presents "Gardening Faux Pas: Avoiding Common Mistakes." This presentation will teach you how to avoid some common pitfalls in gardening and landscaping, as well as how to remedy existing problems. 
Denny is a gardening editor, a lecturer in the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University, and the state-wide ISU Master Gardener Coordinator.   CLASS SIZE: limited to 90.  ROOM: Cedar 343
 
Straw Bale Gardening
—Melanie Brown and Barb Wing, LCMGs
Learn the history of straw bale gardening, practiced methods throughout the ages, and how to create your own straw bale garden that boasts high yields with no weeds.  Straw bale gardening is a recyclable container garden solution for vegetables, plants and flowers suitable for problem areas in the yard.   ROOM: Benton 305
 
Beginner's Square Foot Gardening
—Kim Seward, LCMG
Do you have limited space but would still like to have a bounty of fresh herbs and vegetables? Discover how to select a location, design and set up a square foot garden, use vertical growing effectively and enjoy continuous crops throughout the growing season.    ROOM: Benton 315

Growing Bearded Iris in Iowa
—Wanda Lunn, Historic Iris Preservation Society
Wanda will share her expertise in growing iris in our region. She will include a short overview of the history of iris, discuss different iris types and patterns, and how to care for iris in your garden.   ROOM: Cedar 332
 
Iowa Tropicals
—Jay McWherter, LCMG
Are you looking for big bold foliage, lovely flowers, bright colors and variegation for use in sun or shade? Try tropicals! Jay will answer your questions about growing tropicals, share photographs, and specifically provide information on over-wintering and storage for lasting enjoyment.  ROOM: Benton 354
 
Starting from Scratch
—Beula Dvorak, LCMG
Whether you are a beginning gardener or looking for some fresh ideas to remake existing spaces, this class will provide practical applications and suggestions for getting started.  Planning and implementing ideas for successful and enjoyable gardening will be discussed.   ROOM: Benton 355
 
Growing Succulents in the Midwest
—Nancy Sutherland, LCMG
Yes, you can grow cactus as well as other succulents in Iowa! Succulents are plants that have few diseases or insect problems, can tolerate heat, and will add texture and variety to your garden.  Learn about these easy to grow and often overlooked plants.  ROOM: Benton 356
 
Plants Deeply Rooted in History
—Judy Stevens, LCMG
Curious about the important influence plants have had on shaping history and in our lives today?  Judy will illuminate the journey of historical plants throughout the ages from the early Greek Olympics and America’s Wild West to the present time.  Learn why you should take a few lemons and limes on your next vacation cruise trip, and other interesting facts and amazing stories!  ROOM: Benton 358
 
* This class is only offered in this track.

 
Winter Gardening Fair  Winter Gardening Fair hands on workshop classes  winter gardening fair demonstration

TRACK B
 

TRACK B • Session 1.............................................................................9:00 - 9:55am

FEATURED CLASS: Beyond Beans—Vegetable Gardening in Iowa
—Denny Schrock, Ph.D.
Growing vegetables in Iowa need not be confined to corn and beans. This class will cover the basics of vegetable gardening including season-extending and time-saving techniques for a more productive produce patch. The course will also cover growing methods for many types of vegetables, from common to more exotic.   Denny is a gardening editor, a lecturer in the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University, and the state-wide ISU Master Gardener Coordinator.  CLASS SIZE: limited to 90.  ROOM: Cedar 343

Hybrid Lilies
—Charlene Woeste, LCMG
Have you admired lovely lilies and wished that you could grow these beauties in your garden? From selecting, planting, and caring for hybrid lilies, Charlene will show you how it’s done! She will share numerous photos of the various kinds of lilies she has successfully grown in her Iowa garden.   ROOM: Benton 302

Vertical Gardening
—Matt Pieper, LCMG
As a means to maximize a small garden space or just for fun and fancy, the vertical garden is the latest garden design rage.  Matt will share the history, benefits and other features of this old-but-new trend in gardening.   ROOM: Benton 304

A Taste of Herbs
—Judy Bemer, LCMG
Learn how and where to grow herbs, and how to use and preserve them.  Judy will introduce some new herbs and discuss those that may be familiar as well. A “cuppa tea” and a plate of herbal goodies will be served to enjoy with the class handouts.   ROOM: Benton 306

Beginner's Square Foot Gardening
—Kim Seward, LCMG
Do you have limited space but would still like to have a bounty of fresh herbs and vegetables? Discover how to select a location, design and set up a square foot garden, use vertical growing effectively and enjoy continuous crops throughout the growing season.   ROOM: Benton 315

Growing Bearded Iris in Iowa
—Wanda Lunn, Historic Iris Preservation Society
Wanda will share her expertise in growing iris in our region. She will include a short overview of the history of iris, discuss different iris types and patterns, and how to care for iris in your garden.    ROOM: Cedar 332

The Shade Garden
—Jay McWherter, LCMG
Are there barren areas in your garden due to insufficient sunlight?  Explore the wide variety of annuals, perennials and tropicals which can be grown successfully in the shade while adding both beauty and interest. Jay will share his comprehensive knowledge through discussion and photographs.   ROOM: Benton 354

Garden Walk 2013
—Beula Dvorak, LCMG
It may be winter in Iowa but here’s an opportunity to “stroll through” the gardens featured at the Linn County Master Gardener Garden Walk last summer.  In addition to the lovely pictures, some of the garden owners will be present to share insights and answer questions about their gardens.   ROOM: Benton 355
 
Growing Succulents in the Midwest
—Nancy Sutherland, LCMG
Yes, you can grow cactus as well as other succulents in Iowa! Succulents are plants that have few diseases or insect problems, can tolerate heat, and will add texture and variety to your garden.  Learn about these easy to grow and often overlooked plants.  
ROOM: Benton 356
 
Yard and Garden Art
—Judy Stevens, LCMG
Judy brings her imaginative ideas and creative energy to this class and asks you to do the same.  Get ready for an inspiring session of exploring how everyday items and ordinary elements can be used to create art for your yard and garden.  Detailed instructions for these art objects will be provided for you to take home.
ROOM: Benton 358
 

TRACK B • Session 2.............................................................................10:15 - 11:10 am

FEATURED CLASS: Gardening Faux-Pas—Avoiding Common Landscape Mistakes
—Denny Schrock, Ph.D.
Almost everyone who has ventured into gardening has made a few mistakes along the way. Schrock will take a light-hearted look at some of those blunders when he presents "Gardening Faux Pas: Avoiding Common Mistakes." This presentation will teach you how to avoid some common pitfalls in gardening and landscaping, as well as how to remedy existing problems.   Denny is a gardening editor, a lecturer in the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University, and the state-wide ISU Master Gardener Coordinator.   Class size limited to 90.  ROOM: Cedar 343

A Floral Feast*
—Ellen Skripsky, LCMG
Eat the roses, daisies, pansies and violets!  Ellen will show you how gardeners all over the world use flowers for fragrance, flavor and nutrition.  Learn which flowers to grow that are both beautiful and delectable.   ROOM: Benton 302

Houseplants
—Rose Milden, LCMG
Learn about the many varieties of houseplants available. Explore clever and artistic ways to display houseplants.  Rose will also provide tips to help you succeed in growing healthy and beautiful houseplants to enjoy year round.   ROOM: Benton 305

Restoring Prairielands: a Labor of Love
—Karen Stewart, LCMG 
Almost Iowa’s entire virgin prairie disappeared between 1830 and 1900.  With appreciation of this special part of our natural heritage, many of us want to reestablish some of this lost treasure.  Through knowledge, determination and patience, prairies are becoming part of Iowa’s landscape once again.  Considerations for prairie developers, a realistic time-line, needed equipment and resources, and many references that serve as useful guides will be presented.  ROOM: Benton 315

Edible Mushroom Orientation
—Marty Augustine, Prairie States Mushroom Club
Morels, and so much more. Marty will share some of his mushroom-hunting secrets, including where and when to search, and what to look for,  and what to do with what you find.   ROOM: Cedar 332

Food Preservation 101
—Rachel Wall, MS, RD, LD, ISU  Extension & Outreach Nutrition and Health Specialist
Learn the basics of safe canning, freezing, and dehydrating of fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  Learn the most current, research-based guidelines.  Free dial-gauge pressure canner lid testing is also available (note: All-American and Burpee models cannot be tested).    ROOM: Benton 352

Iowa Tropicals
—Jay McWherter, LCMG
Are you looking for big bold foliage, lovely flowers, bright colors and variegation for use in sun or shade? Try tropicals! Jay will answer your questions about growing tropicals, share photographs, and specifically provide information on over-wintering and storage for lasting enjoyment.   ROOM: Benton 354

Starting from Scratch
—Beula Dvorak, LCMG
Whether you are a beginning gardener or looking for some fresh ideas to remake existing spaces, this class will provide practical applications and suggestions for getting started.  Planning and implementing ideas for successful and enjoyable gardening will be discussed.    ROOM: Benton 355

Plants Deeply Rooted in History
—Judy Stevens, LCMG
Curious about the important influence plants have had on shaping history and in our lives today?  Judy will illuminate the journey of historical plants throughout the ages from the early Greek Olympics and America’s Wild West to the present time.  Learn why you should take a few lemons and limes on your next vacation cruise trip, and other interesting facts and amazing stories!   ROOM: Benton 358

Make a Kinetic Garden Ornament
—Louise Harn, LCMG

Design and construct a unique bent wire, beaded ornament to dance in the breeze in your garden!  You supply your playful, inventive and creative spirit, and Louise will supply the beads, wire and other materials necessary to create a one of kind kinetic ornament.  MATERIAL FEE: $15(bring cash/check to class)  ROOM: Cedar 3059
 

TRACK B • Session 3.............................................................................11:30 am - 12:25 pm

FEATURED CLASS: Perennial Plant Communities—“The Know Maintenance Approach”
—Roy Diblik
Roy’s thoughtful way to design perennial plantings welcomes fresh contemporary styles and plant diversity integrated with responsible maintenance concerns.   His garden designs emphasize plant relationships to limit maintenance strategies and costs.  He uses a selection of regionally dependable perennials, from which endless natural plant patterns can be constructed, each relating to time and cost to maintain.     Roy Diblik is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author, and co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, Wisconsin.  He has been growing traditional and native perennials since 1978.  Roy’s recent design work includes the Louis Sullivan Arch Garden for the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago and the lakeside plantings for the new Oceanarium at the Shedd Aquarium.  CLASS SIZE: limited to 150.  ROOM: Cedar 234
 
FEATURED CLASS: Perennial Vegetables—They Aren’t Going Away
—Patrick O’Malley, ISU Extension & Outreach Commercial Horticulture Field Specialist
The intricacies of growing asparagus and rhubarb will be accentuated along with a little delve into the realm of horseradish and chives.   Patrick has been an ISU Extension & Outreach Commercial Horticulture Field Specialist since 1994, specializing in vegetables and fruits.   Class size limited to 60.  Iowa A/B
 
Outstanding Shrubs for the Midwest Home Garden
—Mike Anderson, LCMG
Discover the many uses of shrubs in the home landscape.  Mike will review several species of shrubs that do well in the Midwest, including some that may be unfamiliar to you as well as many recognizable and long-time favorites.   ROOM: Benton 303
 
Straw Bale Gardening
—Melanie Brown and Barb Wing, LCMGs
Learn the history of straw bale gardening, practiced methods throughout the ages, and how to create your own straw bale garden that boasts high yields with no weeds.  Straw bale gardening is a recyclable container garden solution for vegetables, plants and flowers suitable for problems areas in the yard.  ROOM: Benton 305
 
Opportunities in Agroforestry
—Tom Wahl , Red Fern Farm, Wapello, IA
Tom will discuss several unusual tree and shrub species capable of producing ultra-high value crops in the Midwest, but which are also adaptable to backyard culture for home use.  Topics will include chestnut, heartnut, persimmon, pawpaw, Aronia berry, and Asian pear, and will cover growing conditions, possible disease or pest problems, and crop potential.   ROOM: Benton 323
 
Garden Ferns 101
—Thea Cole, LCMG
Take a step beyond the commonly grown Ostrich Fern and explore the diversity of ferns suitable in Iowa gardens.  Thea’s concise and interesting presentation of the history, structure, life cycle and cultivation of ferns may lead you to add the graceful elegance of these plants to your garden.   ROOM: Benton 356
 
Successful Hanging Baskets and Containers*
—Deb Walser, LCMG
Discover the tricks to keeping hanging baskets and containers looking as glorious all summer as the day they were purchased. Deb will present planting and pruning techniques as well as discuss watering and fertilizing schedules during the summer months. Before, during and after photos of baskets and containers will illustrate the triumphs and setbacks of last summer’s experiences.
ROOM: Cedar 3008
 

TRACK B • LUNCH.............................................................................12:25 - 1:15 pm

 

TRACK B • Session 4.............................................................................1:20 - 2:15 pm

FEATURED CLASS: Possums Under the Porch—Managing Wildlife Damage
—Dr. Jim Pease, Wildlife Biologist
Wondering about woodchucks?  Musing over moles?  Raging about rabbits? Disgusted with deer?  Then this session is for you!  Jim Pease, with his usual wit and wisdom, will help you understand how to approach wildlife damage management in your lawn and garden.  He'll help you to see what your alternatives are and how to "think like the critter" in order to minimize the damage they may cause, as well as how to recognize it.   
Jim Pease has nearly 4 decades of experience as a front-line interpreter, professor of interpretation, and writer and consultant on many interpretive and environmental education projects. He is now retired, has emeritus status in the Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department at Iowa State University and is active speaking, writing, and consulting. He can still be heard on Iowa Public Radio in his monthly wildlife program on “Talk of Iowa”.   CLASS SIZE: limited to 150.   ROOM: Cedar 234
 
FEATURED CLASS: Growing and Using Herbs
—Jane Hogue
The pleasures of herbs are countless.  A discussion of more than eight herbal theme gardens will reveal the unique diversity of this group of plants.  A dose of herbal folklore and revelations of herbal remedies make herb gardening a passionate hobby.  Herbs have the fragrant, flavorful, and colorful capacity to delight our senses and enhance all aspects of our lives, from our gardens and our homes to our food and our spirits.    
Jane Hogue is a member of the Garden Writers Association of America and has lectured across the United States and in Canada. She and her husband own and operate the Prairie Pedlar Gardens in Odebolt, IA, which have been featured in numerous books, magazines, and newspapers.
Class size limited to 60.  ROOM: Iowa C/D

 
Extending the Growing Season
—Phil Pfister, LCMG
Enjoy home-grown early tomatoes and pick fresh broccoli from the garden for the holidays! Phil will discuss clever ways the home gardener can extend Iowa’s growing season. Topics include utilizing cold frames, row covers, hoop houses, and other ingenious ideas to prolong your garden’s productivity.   ROOM: Benton 353
 
Heavenly Hydrangeas
—Wil Carew, LCMG
Hydrangeas bloom in a variety of colors including white, blue, pink, green and red too.  Join Wil as he discusses the how-to’s of planting and pruning. He also shares those varieties which are his personal ‘celestial’ favorites and are locally available.   ROOM: Benton 357
 
Tasty and Tasteful Landscapes
—Debbie Main, LCMG
Nibble your way through your weeding chores! By adding edible flowers and plants to your garden, you can enjoy them in more ways than one. Debbie shares her ideas on which edible plants can be successfully integrated into your landscape. With cautionary advice on chemical use, learn tips to keep flower beds looking lively, fresh and free of pests.   ROOM: Benton 359
 
All About Blueberries *
—Deb Walser, LCMG
Ready to grow blueberries? This class will teach you everything you need to know to get started including which blueberries grow best in Iowa.  Deb will discuss plant and site selection, how to amend the soil, planting techniques, water requirements, and pruning practices for the first and subsequent years.  ROOM: Cedar 3008
 
Create a Hammered Botanical Print
—Carol Sears, LCMG and Larry Rettig, artist
Learn the techniques to make beautiful and intriguing designs by hammering the color from flowers and leaves directly into fine paper. Carol and Larry will supply the materials; you add your imagination and enthusiasm. Larry will also display and discuss some of his own creations.  MATERIAL FEE: $15(bring cash/check to class) ROOM: Cedar 3059
 
Beautiful Bulbs All Year Long
—Jean Murray, LCMG
Bulbs can grace your garden and your home with their splendor in all four seasons.  Having many advantages over traditional flowers, bulbs still remain the “misunderstood” plants.  Join Jean to explore the beauty of bulbs, and learn some tips for planting and growing these wonderful plants.   ROOM: Cedar 3062
 

TRACK B • Session 5.............................................................................2:35 - 3:30 pm

FEATURED CLASS: Outstanding Trees for the Midwest Home Garden
—Mike Anderson, LCMG
Discover trees that make excellent additions to the home landscape. Mike will discuss his favorite picks for spring blooms, fall color, unique leaf shape, and trunk structure and growth habit.   ROOM: Benton 303
 
WOW-That Looks AMAZING!
—Matt Pieper, LCMG
One landscape design element or a unique tree or shrub can make your landscape POP!  Join emcee Matt for this unique, interactive session, a chance to win "fabulous prizes," and learn some design tips that just might make your garden the neighborhood showcase.   ROOM: Benton 304
 
Fabulous Foliage
—Lori Bailey, LCMG
Caladium, Coleus and Heuchera are just a few of the “must have” foliage plants in a flower garden.  Become inspired as Lori shares growing tips, care advice and creative ways to use these and other showy plants.  The foliage shape, texture and long lasting color will transform your flower garden giving it the WOW factor you long for!    ROOM: Benton 306
 
These are a Few of My Favorite Things
—Gary Whittenbaugh, Fayette County Master Gardener; American Conifer Society & North American Rock Garden Society
Sing along with Gary: “Raindrops on conifers and bright fall foliage, blue-colored flowers and spinney round cactus, low-growing plants that bloom in the spring: These are a few of my favorite things.” Our old friend is back to share some of his garden magic- his all-time favorite plants, and how to grow them.   ROOM: Benton 323
 
Select, Plant, Tend, Harvest and Enjoy Small Fruits
—Phil Pfister, LCMG
Take a look at some popular fruits that do well in Iowa’s amenable soil and climate as Phil explains their care, how to maximize yield, deal with pests, cope with weather issues, and preserve the "fruits" of your labor. Phil will also discuss ways small fruits can be incorporated into the landscape and container gardens.   ROOM: Benton 353
 
Raised Beds/ Square Foot Gardening
—Wil Carew, LCMG
Get off the ground, save your back and start gardening closer to your hands and eyes.  Wil covers the principles of raised beds, shows many pictorial examples, and discusses construction techniques, trellis/cloche use and protecting crops from critters.  The benefits of square foot gardening in a raised bed include increasing the growing season, decreasing weeding and saving time.   ROOM: Benton 357
 
Colorful Cottage Gardens
—Debbie Main, LCMG
Embrace those plants that love to move around! Debbie will guide you through a brief history of the cottage garden and also share plant and element ideas that bring riots of color and coziness to your home's garden year round.   ROOM: Benton 359
 
New and Unusual Perennials for 2014*
—Deb Walser, LCMG
Find out what’s new for the 2014 season.  While she introduces the latest varieties of the year, Deb will give ideas on how to add color, beauty, and pizazz to your perennial beds.   ROOM: Cedar 3008
 
Lessons for Lifelong Gardening
—Jean Murray, LCMG
Act your age AND stay young at heart! Even devoted gardeners have limits on their bodies and time.  Jean shares tips for optimizing your time by creating less work in the garden. Ergonomic gardening, low maintenance plants, and ways to make chores easier are revealed so you have more time to relax and smell the flowers.   ROOM: Cedar 3062
 
* This class is only offered in this track.
 
REGISTER in advance for classes:
--online (registration opens after January 2, 2014)
--download and complete registration form
--or call (319) 398-1022 or 1-800-332-8833
QUESTIONS? Call ISU Extension & Outreach Linn County at (319) 377-9839 or email eward@iastate.edu.
 
Download the Winter Gardening Fair class schedule.
 

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