Events Archive

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Identify your landscape goals, determine the “why” behind your vision and learn how to bring your dream to life while making your yard more functional, manageable and sustainable. Through lecture, discussion and case studies, Landscape Architect Lynn Kuhn will help you identify what type of yard you want and how to best achieve it. Class fee includes both sessions.

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Come to the Iowa Arboretum to hear from speakers on landscape design, trees, soil testing, heucheras, and spiders. $50 fee.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Come to the Ladd Library for this community talk presented by Master Gardeners

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Learn about the processes scientists and gardeners use to help harvested seeds germinate in the spring. Learn how to stratify native Iowa prairie seeds through hands-on demonstrations and take home seeds to plant next spring. This class will utilize seeds collected during our Seed Collecting Hike at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt on Saturday, Nov. 2. Participants need not attend both events.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Spend a fall morning on the prairie at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt learning about prairie plants and harvesting seeds along the way. This hike is suitable for all ages but will include walking off-trail on uneven ground. Participants should wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Transportation is not provided. Seeds collected on this hike will be used for a follow-up class, Prairie Seed Stratification, on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Participants need not attend both events.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:30pm

Come to a symposium filled with garden experts in Waterloo. $30 registration fee

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Join the Master Gardeners for a full day of creativity. Making a pine cone wreath, a teacup fairy garden, and a yule log for your table will all be part of this day of creativity.

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 1:00pm

Spiders can be found almost anywhere - indoor closets to outside dwellings - and in the soil too.  These 8-legged beneficials often get a bad rap.  Vicky Bertagnolli, Clemson Extension, will talk to us about identification, ecology, and management of our commonly found spiders.

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

This year our program will feature presentations delivering cutting-edge information for greenhouse growers. Specifically, our program will feature talks on: nutritional monitoring; managing and controlling root rots; sensitive sites impacted by pesticides, REI, and pre-harvest interval; consumer research; new greenhouse trends; fungicide rotations; pricing products; containerized floriculture and hydroponic food crop nutrition research updates. The cost for the Short Course (including lunch) is $60. Additionally, we will be offering Pesticide Continuing Instruction Course (C-CIC) credit for greenhouse pesticide applicators for an additional fee of $35.00.


Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

he Des Moines County Master Gardeners are proud to sponsor the Fall Gardening Seminar on Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. at SCC's Little Theater in West Burlington. Gary Wittenbaugh will speak about Gardening with Conifers, and Rock Gardens and Their Plants.
Registration is at 8:30 am and admission is free.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 4:00pm

The EASTERN IOWA ORCHID SHOW for 2019  will be  held at the ELKS LODGE Hall: 801 33rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa  on  October 26-27, 2019.

The show will feature orchid displays and orchid related crafts by exhibitors from around the Midwest plus blooming orchids for sale by several regional vendors. Put this on your calendar. We will again have a Halloween theme, Orchids Are a Scream ‘2’! The show is FREE and open to the public. 

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The annual symposium is the Botanical Garden’s signature educational opportunity for advancing gardening in Iowa. Each fall, four internationally acclaimed lecturers visit Des Moines to speak about current topics that impact home horticulture, plant sciences and/or ecology.

This year’s symposium theme is The Resilient Garden. Discover multi-layered, colorful and resilient gardens, from a rural presidential estate to the Brooklyn Bridge, that will inspire you to balance biodiversity with beauty in your own garden.

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Are you an aspiring orchid grower? This beginner’s workshop will familiarize you with the orchid family and teach you how to maintain and propagate healthy plants. You will receive your own orchid to start your collection.

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Come learn how to put together a pumpkin full of succulent! This will be a fun activity and educational experience to get you in the mood for Fall! We will provide the Pumpkins and Succulent material. However, the succulent material will be limited. If you would like anything special please feel free to bring it along! The cost will be $15 per person or $20 for any two people coming to the workshop together. Please RSVP by October 10th by 5:00pm.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 6:30pm

Come learn about saving garden seed to use in future years from current garden crops on October 8 at 6:30 pm at the Mahaska County Extension office, 212 North I Street Oskaloosa. Master Gardener Krysta Wendelboe will be giving this encore presentation. 

Garden Seeds are often saved by home gardeners.  It is a great way to have seed for a loved garden crop and save money.  Come learn which seeds to save, and which to not to save; as well as techniques.  Krysta actively saves lettuce, herb, tomato, bean and pea seeds.

Mahaska County Master Gardeners are celebrating their sixteenth year.  The local program organized after the county held their first training.  The educational volunteer program, sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, provides current, research based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through programs and projects.  Master Gardeners receive horticulture training, and volunteer to promote a mission of education and service.  The program is open to anyone 18 or older with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on their local community.

More information about this and other horticulture events can be found at the Mahaska County Extension Office; 212 North I Street; Oskaloosa Phone 641-673-5841; and

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 1:00pm

cale insects are odd looking creatures.  In fact, you may have sad plants in the landscape, and not recognize these insects. Dr. Jeremy Pickens, Alabama Extension will provide  clues to their identification and strategies to keep them under wraps.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

The Scott County Master Gardeners invite you to spend “A Day with Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy”, the nationally recognized authors of The Living Landscape. This exclusive event will inspire you to continue to provide an easily manageable garden space for all living creatures, from birds and bees to mammals. Your garden will thrive and provide enjoyment for you and your family all year round. Register at The $45 registration fee includes lunch.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

Melanie Louis, volunteer coordinator with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, will discuss beneficial native plants as well as her role assisting with land management across the state on both private and public land, protecting Iowa’s land, water, and wildlife. This presentation is free and open to the public. There is some seating at the center, but feel free to bring your folding chair.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 1:00pm

This series is a collaborative effort between the Monarch Joint Venture and the National Conservation Training Center. 

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Join in to give back and have a ton of fun while you’re at it. The Whiterock Ultra folks are planning to help with some trail work – and everyone’s invited. The plan will likely include some weed whipping, grass cutting, removing log jams etc. on the Bobolink Trail, but given the dynamic nature of the trails, that could change this far out. If you want to go for a run before or after – we’re sure you will find some friends.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

A discussion of pollinator best practices followed by a recap of the International Master Gardener Conference.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

The Monarch Festival will highlight the miraculous migration of the monarch butterfly and will offer everything from traditional Mexican dancing, monarch tagging and crafts and activities for the whole family. We will even have a Bug Parade, so dress the kids up in their favorite insect costume!

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 8:30am to Friday, September 13, 2019 - 3:45pm

Come to the Iowa Arboretum for the two-day Gardening School. Topics include vegetables, fruits, turf, and pests.