Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

July 11, 2016

Farmers markets across Northwest Iowa are open for the season offering diverse selections of vegetables, fruit, flowers, herbs, eggs, honey, meat, crafts and other products. Recognizing the growing interest in fresh, locally-produced food, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach county offices in Northwest Iowa launched Flavors of Northwest Iowa, a regional food project to build a network of support for growers and consumers. Join us this season on the Local Food Road Show to meet local growers and learn how we’re working together to supply the region with locally-grown food.

June 7, 2016

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program is hosting a summer webinar series. Attendees will discover the benefits of shade in landscaping, indicators of tree problems, and ways to identify and support native garden insects. The two-hour webinars are scheduled at the Sibley Public Library, 406 9th Street, Sibley, IA 51249.

April 4, 2016

Throughout the summer, Regional Food Coordinator and Horticulture Educator Margaret Murphy will be hosting a Garden to Table Series, with two vegetable-focused events in Rock Rapids and two herb-specific events in O'Brien County. Register for any or all of the events now!

January 1, 2016

     1.  Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who share a love of gardening, an enthusiasm for learning,
     and a commitment to helping others. Core training consists of 40 hours of horticulture education. Topics
     include soil basics, lawn care, flower and vegetable gardening, ornamental trees and shrubs, fruit
     crops, houseplants, weed and pest control.

     2.  Interested in Master Gardener training but not the required volunteer community service
     hours? Become a ProHort trainee more details are found here.

February 25, 2016

Each year Iowa State University recognizes the excellence of faculty and staff accomplishments through university awards. Cheryl Heronemus, regional extension education director for counties in northwest Iowa, was honored with the 2015 R.K. Bliss Award. The award, named for the director of extension from 1912 to 1946, recognizes outstanding achievement of an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff member for developing an overall or continuing extension education program. 


Statewide Resources

  • Convenient access to horticulture publications, programs and people.

  • Production and business management information for commercial producers on wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

  • Helping support the state’s evolving grape and wine industry, because the potential economic opportunities in wineries, value-added agriculture and tourism are limitless.

  • Horticulture & Home Pest News is filled with articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists.

  • Master Gardeners are individuals who have an interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by Iowa State University Extension, and share their time and expertise with other gardeners.

  • Let us "feed" your appetite for gardening information with a wide menu of gardening entrees.

  •  Information on lawn, garden, and landscape plant questions is available from ISU Extension staff.

  • Images and information on a wide range of common pest and non-pest insects encountered in the home, yard and garden.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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