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Herbaceous Perennial Symposium is Nov. 8 at Iowa State University

10/24/2008

AMES, Iowa – “A Decade of Digging” will be the theme at Iowa State University on Nov. 8 as the ISU Department of Horticulture offers its 10th annual symposium on perennial gardening in Iowa.

Herbaceous Perennial Saturday is scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Scheman Continuing Education Center on the ISU campus. This year’s agenda includes presentations by William Cullina, curator for the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay, Maine; Trudi Temple, author of Trudi’s Garden; Gary Whittenbaugh, Iowa Master Gardener and nationally recognized expert on conifers; Kelly Norris, also a Master Gardener, owner of Rainbow Iris Farm, and author; and Denny Schrock, gardening book editor at Meredith Publishing.

Herbaceous perennials are defined as plants whose tops and stems are killed by frost each fall, but whose roots and crowns survive the winter to send forth new growth the next year. The symposium is well-attended each year by Iowa gardeners and others with interest in the home landscape. Participants in past years say the symposium offers good opportunities to network with other gardeners and to hear nationally known experts speak on a variety of subjects.

This year’s topics include native plant propagation, garden creativity, plantings that require minimal water, diversity of plant material available for Iowa landscapes, dwarf irises, and conifers.

A registration form for the symposium is available online at http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/herbaceous/home.html or by contacting University Conference Services at (515) 294-6222 or ucs-info@iastate.edu.

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Contacts :

Cindy Haynes, Horticulture, (515) 294-4006, chaynes@iastate.edu 

Del Marks, Extension Communications, (515) 294-9807, delmarks@iastate.edu