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Largest All-Iowa Horticulture Exposition begins April 3 in Ottumwa

3/19/2009

OTTUMWA, Iowa -- The state’s largest all-Iowa horticulture exposition is coming to the Bridge View Conference Center in Ottumwa on April 3-4.  The exposition, billed as the state fair of horticulture, is sponsored and coordinated by the Iowa State Horticultural Society, and supported by more than 20 in-state horticulture associations and Iowa State University Extension.

Elvin McDonald, horticultural author and former editor-at-large for Better Homes and Gardens magazine, will kick off the All-Iowa Horticulture Exposition on April 3 with a keynote address.  His lecture “Why I Love to Garden” will begin at 10 a.m.

Nearly 100 vendors will exhibit plants, art, garden supplies, and lawn equipment, and a wine village featuring Iowa wineries will be featured.  State and regional experts will conduct three concurrent educational seminar tracks.  Sessions covering all aspects of horticultural – including honey production, growing herbaceous perennials, panel sessions of wine and arboriculture experts, rain gardens, organic lawn care, sustainability in the home garden, and children’s gardening are planned.  The Expo will display Iowa’s diverse and vibrant horticulture industry for the enjoyment of horticulture novice to professional.

Twenty-four breakout sessions on Friday and Saturday will showcase the diversity of Iowa horticulture and gardening.  Top speakers for these sessions include Susan Appleget Hurst, senior associate editor at Better Homes and Gardens, and Kathleen Ziemer, known throughout the area as “the butterfly lady.”  Experts include ISU Extension presenters Jeff Iles, Eldon Everhart, Cindy Haynes, Patrick O’Malley, Nick Christians, Kathleen Delate, Andy Larson and Dennis Portz.  Please visit www.iowahort.org for more information about speakers, topics, and times.

Single and two-day registration packages are available.  Visit www.iowahort.org for registration forms or contact your local ISU Extension Office.  For more information call (641) 683-6260.

The Iowa State Horticultural Society was founded in 1866 for the purpose of promoting and encouraging horticulture and its related interests in Iowa through the collection and dissemination of information concerning production, marketing, and utilization of horticultural crops.

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Contacts :

Gary Twedt, Iowa State Horticultural Society, (641) 683-6260, gtwedt@lisco.net

Kelly Norris, Iowa State Horticultural Society, (712) 621-5399, pr@kellydnorris.com

Amber Bisinger, Extension External Relations, (319) 377-9839, bisinger@iastate.edu