Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Dubuque County resources



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Online Resources

With COVID affecting our ability to service our clients in person, Ray Kruse who is the Food System Coordinator focusing on horticulture at the Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach Office, has created a series of online videos geared toward clients in the tristate area on gardening.

Youtube Channel Gardening Videos

Facebook Video Posts

Videos From Collaborative Virtual Gardening Programs 

ISU Extension and Outreach Store:  Looking for university based information on growing fruits, vegetables, flowers, and yard care?  The Extension Store is a database of publications on these topics written by university professionals.  Most items are free for download with paper copies available for a cost.  Many of the publications in this database are available in the Dubuque County Extension office in paper form free of charge.

ISU Extension and Outreach of Dubuque County Office:  Homeowners and producers are always welcome to consult our office with questions they may have about plants, insects, and plant diseases.  Answers are free for questions that can be answered in house.  Certain questions may need additional resources to reach a possible solution.  If this is needed, we will explain what additional steps are needed to be taken as well as any fees.  Feel free to call our office at (563) 583-6496.  Our normal hours are Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm.  If you would like to visit us in person, our office address is 14858 West Ridge Ln. Suite 2, Dubuque, IA 52003.

Dubuque County Master Gardeners: We have a very active community of Master Gardeners in our county.  Check out their webpage to find out more on their activities and events.


State wide resources administered from Iowa State University in Ames


Horticulture and Home Pest News: This is an online library from Iowa State University of different management topics related to homeowners.  A lot of the information present on this site is used to answer questions at our Dubuque County Office.

ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic:  Located on Iowa State University’s campus in Ames, this resource is a laboratory that accepts plant, insect, and plant disease samples.  Homeowners are able to receive a laboratory diagnosis of their issue in question.

ISU Horticulture: This is a webpage listing some of the horticulture faculty and staff within extension on Iowa State University’s campus that help with horticulture.  Listed, are other webpages focusing on specific horticultural topics such as viticulture, turfgrass, commercial vegetables, and organic ag.

Midwest Grape and Wine Institute:  This webpage lists resources for individuals looking to grow wine grapes and produce wine in the state of Iowa.  If you are looking to contact our ISU Extension and Outreach Viticulture Field Specialist, Mike White for information on growing commercial grapes, you can access his informational page HERE.


Other state wide resources with horticulture information


Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association: This is our state’s grower association of horticultural crops.  The website supported by them, lists details on: finding a local fruit or vegetable producer, resources for small fruit and vegetable growers, and their annual conference.

Practical Farmers of Iowa:  This organization includes a diversity of farmers raising crops from horticulture to row crops.  They focus on community networking and farmer led research to reach their mission of "equiping farmers to build resilient farms and communities."


The above content was last modified by Ray Kruse on 2/8/2021

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