Gardening Webinar Series ‘Moisture Extremes in the Landscape’

The Iowa Master Gardener program is once again offering a series of summer garden webinars to be hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.  Because weather patterns over the past couple of years have moved rapidly between drought and flood, the theme of the 2013 series is ‘Moisture Extremes in the Landscape’.

“Iowa Gardeners are dealing with a variety of extreme conditions this summer,” said Denny Schrock, state Master Gardener coordinator.  “There are areas of the state that have gone from drought and abnormally dry conditions to flooding, places that have received twice the normal precipitation amount, and areas that have received only a fraction of the normal amount of rain”.

The summer webinar series, in its fourth year, is offered by the Iowa Master Gardener program in response to requests for more Iowa gardening educational opportunities.  “The great thing about the webinar format is that the speaker is live via the Internet,” said Cathy Simon, Regional Horticulture Education Coordinator for Dallas, Madison and Warren counties.  “Participants can ask questions of and receive answers from the presenter during the webinar.”

Summer webinars can be viewed at various locations around the state from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Topics, presenters and dates for locations in Warren and Dallas counties include the following: 

  • “Diagnosing Drought Damage, Flood Damage and Other Abiotic Stress Injury on Landscape Trees and Shrubs” by Jeff Iles, horticulture department chair at Iowa State University.  Tuesday, August 13th at the Farm Bureau Office, 200 West Second Ave, Indianola.  Contact Kathryn Pierson, Warren County ISU Extension and Outreach Office Manager (515) 961-6237 to pre-register.
  • “Efficient Home Landscape Irrigation” by Mike Baron, irrigation and water management specialist, The Toro Company.  Tuesday, September 3rd at the Dallas County Extension Office, 28059 Fairground Road, Adel.  Contact Anne Feltner, Dallas County ISU Extension and Outreach Office Assistant at (515) 993-4281 to pre-register. 

The webinars are open to all interested gardeners; participants are not required to have completed Master Gardener training to attend.  Pre-registration is requested.  The cost of each webinar is $5.

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