Each year, the Master Gardener Advisory Committee recognizes impactful and outstanding contributions by groups of Iowa Master Gardeners by presenting Search for Excellence (SFE) awards. Multiple awards in several categories may be given. If your local Master Gardener group has projects that are making a difference in your community, consider nominating them for one of these awards. Share your story of how the projects developed and what impacts they have had by submitting applications for the SFE Awards by March 15, 2020.
Learn more about the demonstration gardens located at ISU Research Farms. Read more about Growing Together Demonstration Gardens
Learn about the impacts of the Growing Together project here. Read more about Growing Together Success Stories
Learn more about the Growing Together Mini Grants by clicking here. Read more about Growing Together Mini Grants
Watch this two minute video to learn more about the new Iowa Master Gardener website.
Learn how to attract pollinators and grow herbs from Nathan Brockman and Susan Appleget Hurst. Part of the Growing Season webinar series from the Iowa Master Gardener program, thanks to Iowa State University Extension & Outreach.
Learn how to minimize irrigation in the garden and how to create water features. Dr. Denny Schrock talks about low-water use gardens and Jamie Beyer showcases water features. From the Iowa Master Gardener program, thanks to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Learn about theme garden design from Lisa Orgler. Then find out how to build a trough garden from Gary Whittenbaugh. Part of the 2015 Growing Season Webinar Series from the Iowa Master Gardener Program. Thanks to Iowa State University Extension & Outreach.
2020 Winter Webcast Series
Participating ISU Extension and Outreach county offices can show the 3-part webcast series starting in February 2020. Dr. Justin Glisan, State Climatologist, will share what people can do to adapt to changing growing conditions. State Master Gardener Coordinator Susan DeBlieck will share ideas for Master Gardener volutneer project sites to get kids into the garden. Explore the Ada Hayden Herbarium with Deborah Lewis, the curator; find out about early Iowa botanists and Deb's favorite native plants. Read the press release. Contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office to learn more.
2019 Summer Webcast Series
Jessie Lowry, Blank Park Zoo, will share pollinator best practices. Aaron Steil, Reiman Gardens, will share the in-depth answers to frequently asked garden questions. Grant Thompson, ISU Department of Horticulture, will show how to create plant communities that mimic nature.
2019 Winter Webcast Series
Master Gardener volunteers can gain continuing education hours by viewing webcasts at participating ISU Extension and Outreach county offices. Read the press release. Dan Fillius will provide organic weed-free vegetable growing tips to reduce pests. Elin Filbey will share examples of how to attract new people to the garden. Ed Lyon will explore a dozen ways to create container gardens.
Growing Season 2018 Webcasts
The Growing Season webcast series includes presentations to enhance MG volunteer projects. Topics are: Invasive Insect Update, Tree Care, Attracting Local Bees, Growing Organic Vegetables, Compost 101, and Growing Roses in Iowa. Read the press release here.