Wallace Foundation and ISU to Host Demonstration Garden Field Day July 21, 2014 - 6:30pm

Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms (ISU Armstrong Research Farm) along with the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development invite you to attend our annual Demonstration Garden Field Day at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014. If you are a beginning gardener or an experienced gardener, we have demonstrations you will enjoy.
 
Featured will be vegetables that are purple; new varieties of flowers including impatiens for sunny locations and zinnias that are persistent to powdery mildew. Also featured will be tomato varieties resistant to early and late blight; different varieties of colored peppers, green beans, and squash Dr. Cindy Haynes will be on hand to give you information and answer your questions.
 
Bernie Havlovic, farm superintendent, will be presenting eight varieties of garlic from around the world that includes a spicy garlic variety.
 
Other items available for your viewing pleasure are the All American Selection Garden; Pan Am Display Garden; High Tunnel Research; Floral Provisioning Study; and a Biochar Garden.
 
Greg Mathis, local foods coordinator with Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development, will have a vermicomposting demonstration available for viewing.
 
Barb Fuller, ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition and health program specialist, will have information and resources available about preserving food (canning and freezing).
 
After your trip through the gardens, join us in our air conditioned classrooms for a tradition of ice cream and strawberries. The facilities are handicap accessible.
 
The Armstrong Research Farm is located 12 miles southwest of Atlantic on Highway 6, half a mile south on 525th Street, and a half mile east on Hitchcock Avenue, or 13 miles east of Oakland on Highway 6, half a mile south on 525th Street, and half a mile east on Hitchcock Avenue. The field day is open to the public at no cost.

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