Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

July 19, 2016

Sometimes you find inspiration for writing a gardening article in the most unsuspecting places.  Case in point, the buzz of our office recently has been about the Quick Fire Hydrangea (Hydrangea Paniculata).  

June 29, 2016

I must be cruel, only to be kind: Thus bad begins and worse remains behind. Hamlet Act 3; Scene 4 William Shakespeare.

At this time of year you must learn to be cruel to be kind to some of your perennials. Cutting back healthy plants midsummer seems counterintuitive. 

June 20, 2016

As we move into the heat and humidity of mid-summer, the benign neglect required to maintain a Pollinator Habitat begins to look good.  As the heat rises, our energy seems to flag.  Add to that the humidity, and any mid-day gardening or weeding begins to look like a form of torture.  Well, leaving your garden alone during this time of year is exactly what pollinators like.  

June 14, 2016

With all of the great sales occurring in the nurseries this time of year it's hard to decide if the savings is really a good investment or if the plant will live up to your expectations. Timing is still right for annuals and perennials but trees?

June 7, 2016

When planting for pollinators, it’s important to choose pollinator friendly shrubs and trees which provide a long-term balanced habitat.  Shrubs and trees, or "woody stock" are the backbone plants for an ecosystem which includes all the elements needed for a supportive environment.  Habitats should be multi-tiered, allowing for all sizes and types of pollinators to thrive.

Linn County Extension Master Gardeners:

HORTLINE: (319) 447-0647   |  TV schedule

Who are Master Gareners? How can you become a Master Gardener?

Request a Master Gardener speaker for your organization

Information for Master Gardeners & Interns - Germinator, Hortline schedule, service forms

The People's Garden at Hiawatha Elementary School

Statewide Resources

  • Convenient access to horticulture publications, programs and people.

  • Production and business management information for commercial producers on wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

  • Helping support the state’s evolving grape and wine industry, because the potential economic opportunities in wineries, value-added agriculture and tourism are limitless.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Let us "feed" your appetite for gardening information with a wide menu of gardening entrees.

  •  Information on lawn, garden, and landscape plant questions is available from ISU Extension staff.

  • 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.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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