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Gardening Symposium

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
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The Buchanan County Master Gardeners will host the 10th annual public gardening symposium from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at First Presbyterian Church.

The main speakers for 2016 will be Helen Venemann: Creating Floral Designs, Greg Schmitt: Backyard Wildlife, Doug Cheever: Right of Way Plantings, and Sondra Cabell: Gardening for Pollinators.


Think Spring Garden Seminar

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
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The Think Spring Garden Seminar includes inspiring speakers, door prizes, time to shop in the garden marketplace plus a delicious catered lunch. Master Gardeners earn 4 CEU credits. Join Melissa Peterson, Garden Center Manager at Ted Lare Design Build & Garden Center will share inspirational photos of garden art and Pinterest garden projects that will leave you motivated and ready for spring. Karen Johlas-Szalkowski is the Naturalist II at Warren County Conservation. She will teach how to attract birds, butterflies and pollinators to your backyard.


Installing a Butterfly and Pollinator Garden

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
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Thursday, May 19th beginning at 5pm, City Horticulturist, Kelly Goossen will be providing a workshop on planting and installing a pollinator garden at A.Y. McDonald Park in Dubuque
Kelly will share strategies on how to prepare the site, select plants, and address seasonal maintenance in a pollinator garden. Participants will also have the opportunity to help plant the new pollinator garden on-site, learning proper planting techniques, landscape design elements, and bloom time ranges for pollinator diversity throughout the season.


Horticulture Day 30th Anniversary

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm
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Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Iowa Public Radio's Horticulture Day. The free event gives you the unique opportunity to tour the beautiful ISU Horticulture Research Station in Ames. You'll meet the Hort Gang and Charity Nebbe in person, and have fun with your family outdoors. Learn more here:


Rain Gardens

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Linn County Master Gardeners will offer three free “Library Talks” in December at the Ladd Library, 3750 Williams Blvd. SW, in Cedar Rapids. Learn more here:

Learn the basics about designing, constructing and planting this landscaping feature that can capture rain water runoff on your property and do your part to help improve water quality downstream. Speaker: Karla McGrail, Linn County Master Gardener


Addicted to Orchids

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Brown Bag: Nature at Noon- Addicted to Orchids January 11, 2018              12-1 p.m.

Hear from Bob Rust, ISU Professor Emeritus & local orchid aficionado, about his obsession with the second most diverse family of flowering plants on earth! Bring your lunch to the Gardens each month and enjoy a nature-based education program relating to the 2018 theme, Movement. Regional professionals and lecturers present on a wide range of topics.

Free for Members, ISU Students
Free with admission for the General Public


Spring Pruning Workshop

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
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Spring Pruning Workshop                                                      March 1, 2018            1:30-3:30 p.m.

Join Sarah Rummery, Reiman Gardens’ Manager of Horticultural Operations, and Sharon Rink, Reiman Gardens’ Horticulturist, for an informative and hands-on workshop designed to familiarize you with all the W’s of early spring pruning, including fruit trees! Learn what, when, where, how, and why to prune, and put your knowledge to practice outside in the Gardens! Please bring a pair of gardening gloves (preferably leather), and dress to work outdoors! Registration with pre-payment is required by Monday, February 27.


$14 Members
$17.50 General Public
$11.90 ISU Students