Spring Garden Seminar

The Dubuque County Master Gardeners are hosting a spring garden seminar to “Spring into Gardening”.

Date: Saturday March 14, 2020
Time: 7:30 am - 12:15 pm
Location: NICC Town Clock Business Center, 700 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001
What Registration Includes:  Three hours of educational sessions, a seed swap/giveaway, and light breakfast items with refreshments.
Registration: Preferred online registration can be done by CLICKING HERE.  Cost is $20 per person.  Deadline for registration is 12 pm March 13.  Registration can also be done by individuals with limited computer access by calling the Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach Office at (563) 583-6496.

Walk ins: $25 per person at the door. Walk-ins may not be able to attend some sessions if room capacity has already been reached for a specific session.


7:30-8:00                 Registration
8:00-8:15                Opening Remarks
8:15-9:15                 Session I
9:15-9:30                 Break
9:30-10-30               Session II
10:30-10:45             Break
10:45-11:45             Closing Speaker from Seed Savers Exchange
11:45-12:15             Seed Swap/Giveaway
12:15                       Door Prize Drawing and Dismissal

Session I Choices 8:15-9:15

Beginning with Bonsai by John Clemens
Here we will talk about the basics on how to create a bonsai specimen, type of plants used, equipment needed, and different styles on Bonsai. 

Success & Fun with Succulents by Lori Portner from Murphy’s Gardens
Learn how to choose, identify, plant, care for, identify pests and best of all, use succulents in innovative, fun ways!   The basics and a whole lot of inspiration about all things succulent.
Sage Advice to Best Use Your Thyme by Fran Hedeman, Peggy Johannsen, Bev Kolz from the Herb Society of Dubuque
Herbs are a reason to season!  Herb Society of Dubuque members will share tips for preparing and using herbs to enhance your cooking.  We also will be highlighting three herb recipes from the NEW Dubuque County Gardeners Cookbook being unveiled at this event.  Cost will be $15 if you choose to purchase one at the event.  

Session II Choices 9:30-10:30

The Big World of Little Hostas by Josh Spece from In the Country Garden and Gifts
Miniature and small hostas are cute and practical for small gardens. We will explore the big world of little hostas, learn how to care for them properly, and discuss the many different miniature and small hostas available. We'll also see many inspiring and fun ideas to display and arrange little hostas in the garden.
Greenwood Gourmand (Can I Actually Eat That?) by Andy Benson
See tips, tricks, and personal favorites for making wild edibles a part of daily meals.
Bushes to Butterflies: Replacing overgrown and aged shrubs with sustainable landscaping. By Lisa MacNaughton
At the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 30 to 40 year old shrubs and bushes had become overgrown and unsightly, needing frequent trimming and pruning with less than satisfactory appearance. An approach with less maintenance and better profile were considered. As a result, a native “pollinator” garden was planted this fall. 

Session III 10:45-11:45

Heirloom Seeds and Stories from Seed Savers Exchange by Kathryn Gilbery
Learn how the founders of Seed Savers Exchange were inspired by their grandfather's tomato seeds to start a small seed swap that would grow into the largest non-governmental seed bank in the country, with a strong emphasis on preserving family heirloom varieties and stories. Hear stories about some of our favorite veggies and learn how to incorporate seed preservation into your own garden. And of course, we'll have seeds for you to take home as well.

Seed Swap/Giveaway 11:45-12:15 

Want to try something new in your garden this year?  We will have our first ever seed swap/giveaway right after our concluding speaker at this year's spring seminar.  Attendees will have the opportunity to get seeds from fellow gardeners via tickets handed out at the door.  Have seeds you would like to share?  Please bring seeds purchased within the past 3 years to the registration table when you check in to receive more tickets and receive more seed from others.

We hope you can come to enjoy this educational event to

“Spring into Gardening”.

Last updated by Ray Kruse on 2/4/2020

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