Yard & Garden/Horticulture

Local Highlights

February 15, 2019

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardeners are forces for positive change in their communiities. Master Gardeners are helping to grow healthier, happier and more equitable communities by volunteering.

January 31, 2019

Gardeners may be wondering just how, and if, trees, shrubs and perennials survive below-zero temperatures. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain the cold hardiness of those plants.

December 21, 2018

The history and bits of trivia about mistletoe, Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti, and poinsettias are certain to be safe conversation topics for family gatherings. Learn fun facts about these holiday plants.

December 14, 2018

Correctly watering poinsettias will deter several common problems associated with this popular holiday flower. Iowa State horticulturists share how.

October 16, 2018

Winter brings food scarcity, which makes the home landscape a target for rabbits. Rabbits can severely damage trees and shrubs unless homeowners are proactive, which makes protecting them before winter arrives a major priority.

Statewide Resources

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

    Spending less on food often means investing time and effort in planning, shopping and preparing food.  Check out our blog, website, and Facebook page to learn skills and adopt habits to feed your family nutritious meals for less money.

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

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