AMES, Iowa---Twelve Iowans who influenced gardening in Iowa are featured in the 2008 Iowa State University Extension garden calendar.
"We wanted to recognize their contributions as part of Iowa State's Sesquicentennial celebration because horticulture education has been part of Iowa State's mission from the beginning," said Cindy Haynes, ISU Extension horticulturist.
Along with seasonal gardening tips, each month features a short bio and photo of one of these contributors to gardening: Spencer Beach, Charles Bessey, Griffith Buck, Joseph Budd, George Washington Carver, Nick Christians, Ernest Haber, Ada Hayden, Louis Pammel, Jessie Field Shambaugh, Lois Tiffany, and Jack Weigle.
The full-color calendar also includes an illustrated timeline of horticulture education plus a list of gardening resources available from Iowa State.
"We're also celebrating our 35-year history of producing calendars to help Iowa gardeners," said Haynes. "The monthly photos are some of our favorites from past calendars."
Garden calendars are available for $8 at local ISU Extension offices and for $8 plus shipping from ISU Extension Distribution Center, www.extension.iastate.edu/store. Ask or search for PM 815.