Yard & Garden/Horticulture

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Des Moines County Master Gardeners meet monthly.

If you are a Master Gardener (even if you were trained elsewhere) our fun and educational group invites you to join us!


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Local Highlights

August 8, 2022

The Des Moines County Master Gardeners will offer a Wildflower Walk on Sunday, August 14, 2022. This will be a fun, family-oriented event in which participants will learn how to spot and identify wildflowers while taking a walk through three local nature sites.

July 6, 2021

Roses are a classic flower, loved the around the world, and this week’s Yard and Garden answers common questions about rose care with expert knowledge from horticulture specialists Cynthia Haynes, Laura Iles and Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

July 6, 2021

Come walk with the Burlington City Forester and Iowa DNR Forester as they discuss urban forest management and what that means for your own yard! 

January 11, 2021

Orchids are a popular and colorful addition to any home setting. In this installment of Yard and Garden from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Aaron Steil, associate director of Reiman Gardens, answers some common questions about how to care for and grow orchids at home for all to enjoy.

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July 30, 2020

Is your plant or tree not looking good? Are the leaves dropping, wilted, or have holes in them?  Do you have an insect and want to know what kind it is to control it? We have a form that you can fill out and send to Iowa State University to get help. Visit the website for more information:  https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/pidc

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

Statewide Resources

  • Focused on developing strategies that enhance crop production, soil health, and cropping system profitability in vegetable cropping systems in Iowa.

  • 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 and Home Pest News is a one-stop-shop for all news and resources related to horticulture and home pests. This website is curated by our horticulture, plant pathology and entomology extension specialists with new information being added frequently.

  • A collection of encyclopedia articles focused on common insects and diseases found around the house, in yards and throughout gardens.

  • Central location for all pesticide safety education resources including Pesticide Applicator Certification information.

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