Spring Garden Seminar

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What is the Spring Garden Seminar?

This is your ultimate premier event to satisfy spring gardening fever, this educational garden program focuses on locally popular garden topics.  In attending this event, you will choose three educational sessions of your interest.

Hydrangea blossom

Event Overview

  • When: Saturday March 23, 2024
  • Time: 7:30 AM - 12 Noon
  • Where: NICC Town Clock Business Center, 680 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001
  • Cost: Early registration $20 (when paid before March 15), late registration and walk ins $25 cash or check only.
  • Registration: Can be done online and in person.  More details are below the session descriptions.

Event Timeline

7:15 - 7:45 AM - Registration and Refreshments

7:45 - 8:00 AM - Announcements

8:00 - 9:00 AM - Session I

9:00 - 9:15 AM - Break

9:15 - 10:15 AM - Session II

10:15 - 10:30 AM - Break

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Session III

11:30 - 12 Noon - Announcements and door prizes


Available Event Sessions

Understanding Your Compost

By AJ Shultz, Farm Manager at Convivium Urban Farmstead

More than a how-to, AJ Shultz presents composting in a way that gives substance and understanding to a common garden practice that eludes even the most callused gardeners. Find out what’s going on deep inside your compost pile so you can confidently manage and orchestrate the process and truly reap the benefits of this foundational garden activity.

Love the Monarch!!

By Marilyn Norman and Tim Loeffelholz from the Dubuque County Master Gardeners

Many scientists and conservation activists identify the Monarch as a bell-weather insect as part of the decline of pollinators. Learn more about the distribution, current status, and life cycle of this milkweed loving insect. Special focus will be given to what individual homeowners and the community can do to increase the availability of Iowa native milkweed varieties and to additional resources available at the local to national levels.

Vegetable Gardening 101

By Jackie Kehr and Rich Henderson from the Dubuque County Master Gardeners

Learn how to grow and care for vegetable and herb plants in small, large, or unusual spaces, suggestions for continued harvests all growing season here in Iowa, tips and tricks to positive wildlife interactions with your vegetable garden, and how to grow and cook alternative crops that may provide more of a bounty than those in a traditional backyard garden. Low cost and low environmental impact options, favorite seed sources, and ways to reduce food waste by preserving and/or sharing the bounty will
be shared.

Common Health Issues with Trees and Shrubs

By Jon Kelly from Mississippi Valley Tree Experts, Inc.

Learn how insect, infectious disease and abiotic plant issues influence the health of local trees and shrubs.

Planting Life-giving Landscapes

By Doug Cheever from the Dubuque County Master Gardeners

Incorporating native plants in our landscaping makes yards healthier for us and our neighborhoods while also welcoming the thousands of interconnected little things that create and sustain Dubuque’s rich natural ecosystems. Get introduced to outstanding native plants, shrubs, and trees that bring four-season life - and wonder - to our yards. Learn about useful native plant resources and economical nearby sources for native plants.

Adding Beauty, Texture, and Color with Hydrangeas

By Morgan Leverington, Operations Manager at Cornerstone Nursery

So many questions about hydrangeas! Which Hydrangea do
you grow? What are native hydrangea? What colors and textures are best for my landscape. Do I plant in sun or shade. Learn the basics of Hydrangeas from Morgan, as she demystifies the growing habits and needs of these beautiful blooming plants.

Herbal Teas and Tinctures for Health and Healing

By Kathy Sand and Fran Hedeman, Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden's Formal Herb Garden

This session will include information about selecting, gathering and brewing herbal infusions for health and pleasure. Attendees will also learn how to select and infuse herbs to produce a tincture to treat various conditions. A tea and tincture tasting is a possibility!

Fruit Trees

By Ray Kruse, Horticulture Educator at Dubuque County Extension

Backyard fruit trees are a great addition to your garden that can produce a crop you can be proud of. The intimidating task of getting started by selecting your tree, planting location, and care are where gardeners commonly get frustrated. Ray Kruse will discuss ideas to consider, making the start of your orchard an easier endeavor.

Growing the Next Generation of Gardeners with School Gardens

By Jamie Easley, ERMS garden program and Tracey Rush, Dubuque County Master Gardeners

Learn the details on how to start a school garden, including getting support, organizing a school garden club, hosting a plant sale, and more! Experienced Dubuque school gardeners Jamie Easley (Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School) and Tracey Rush (Tri-State Christian School) will share their experiences from planning to planting to harvesting with kids. Learn what works and what doesn’t, as well as why every school should have
a garden and how to convince doubting administrators.


You can easily register in one of three ways;

  • Online by visiting https://bit.ly/dbqseminar or scanning the QR code below
  • Calling the Dubuque County Extension Office at (563) 583-6496
  • In person at our office located at 14858 West Ridge Ln. STE 2, Dubuque, IA 52003
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Looking for something else?

Have questions about this event?  You can forward your questions to Ray KruseMaster Gardener Coordinator at rakruse@iastate.edu or by calling (563) 583-6496.

Go back to the Dubuque County Master Gardeners

Visit the Dubuque County Home Gardening Webpage

Dubuque County Extension and Outreach Homepage

This page was last updated by Ray Kruse on 2/12/2024.