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!
Come to the Iowa Arboretum for the two-day Gardening School. Topics include vegetables, fruits, turf, and pests. https://iowaarboretum.org/event/national-garden-clubs-inc-gardening-school-course-2-series-13/
Join the senior citizens in learning how to make and maintain a succulent fairy garden at Tama Senior Center. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/calendar/ShowEventDetail.asp?programID=301716&sessionID=376071
Come to the Horticulture Research Farm in Ames to learn about robotic mowers, grass cultivar trials, and turf health. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/news/iowa-turfgrass-field-and-demo-day-feature-innovative-technology
Whether a landscape, home garden, pasture, or urban space, fire ants can cause distress. Dr. Tim Davis, UGA Extension, will deliver this exciting webinar on red imported fire ants. Understanding their life cycle is the only way to choose and apply a management strategy that will work. https://learn.extension.org/events/3600
Learn how to tag Monarch Butterflies in Storm Lake
Tour of Eden Gardens, Homegrown Responses to Food Insecurity, Free sampling of local produce, Visit to Local Garden projects and Farmer’s Market, and enjoy the Taste of Storm Lake at Chautauqua Park: Farm to Fork Food Truck with show to follow - Mary Swander’s Farm to Folk Tales with local storytellers and Singer/Songwriter Ann Zimmerman - Tickets for full day’s events: $10 (includes Taste of Storm Lake meal) Tickets for Taste of Storm Lake meal: $7 Story tellers and Concert at Chautauqua Park: free and open to the public https://www.extension.iastate.edu/calendar/ShowEventDetail.asp?programID=298679&sessionID=372187
Presenter Cat Nelson has been interested in bonsai since her youth, and has been actively growing them for over 15 years. Before moving to Iowa she was active in numerous bonsai clubs, including a stint as President of the Midwest Bonsai Society (Chicago). She was a volunteer working on the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Bonsai Collection, a past secretary of the American Bonsai Society, an author of one ABS booklet and several articles for the ABS Journal. This presentation is free and open to the public. There is some seating at the center, but feel free to bring your folding chair.
Join WLL for a tour of Red Earth Gardens and learn about their composting activities. Learn about vegetable growing and composting from Ajay Nair, ISU associate professor, Department of Horticulture. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/calendar/ShowEventDetail.asp?programID=299343&sessionID=372979
This series is a collaborative effort between the Monarch Joint Venture and the National Conservation Training Center. https://monarchjointventure.org/news-events/events
Landowners and families who want to learn more about planting monarch and pollinator habitat should consider attending a field day Aug. 26 near Creston.
The event is being hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Pheasants Forever, USDA-NRCS and the Union County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Come to the Buena Vista County ISU Extension and Outreach office to learn how to raise Monarch butterflies
The annual Iowa State Fair Weed Identification Contest will be held Friday, Aug. 9, from 9–11:30 a.m. in the front lawn of the John Deere Agriculture Building. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach contest has three divisions – future agronomists (youth), general and professional. Winners will be announced at a 3 p.m. awards ceremony inside the John Deere Agricultural Building.
Specific projects include high tunnels, organic vegetable production, pepper and sweet potato production, pest management in cucurbit crops, hops, peaches, and beneficial insects such as bees, wasps and pollinators. Ajay Nair, associate professor and extension vegetable production specialist, said growers will also see how biodegradable plastic can be used for pepper production, and they’ll get to see equipment demonstrations, including finger weeders. “The main goal is for producers to assess and get exposed to some of the innovative research we are doing here at Iowa State University, and also for them to see things in person,” Nair said. Producers will also get to review the latest research in irrigation and pest management, and they’ll get to see how peaches can be grown using high tunnels. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/vegetablelab/2019-fruit-and-vegetable-field-day
The Art in the Garden fundraiser and art fair features approximately 20 vendors offering a variety of artwork and products from flower arrangements to homemade soaps. Family-friendly activities, food, and refreshments are available. This is a free event open to the public.
Join us to learn about Tablescapes – Gardening in Miniature with Polk County Master Gardener Robyn Hofland. This presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please bring a lawn chair.
Celebrate National Moth Week at Nahant Marsh. The evening will begin with a presentation on moths. Following the presentation, participants will observe how black lighting is used to document and identify moths. There is no fee for this program, but registrations are appreciated. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. The event is held in cooperation with the Scott County Master Gardeners.
Some plants are so easy to grow they are essentially foolproof! Presented by Polk County Master Gardener Marcia Leeper, this garden talk will give you a beginners edge on gardening. With a list of foolproof plant selections, you are sure to have quick success. This presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please bring a lawn chair. www.demonstrationgardenpcmg.org/event/organic-bug-and-disease-control/?instance_id=331