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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.


Monarch Festival

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
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Blank Park Zoo’s Plant.Grow.Fly.  and partners are pleased to announce the 2017 Monarch Festival! The Festival will be held at Blank Park Zoo on Sunday, September 17 from 12-4 PM. 

The Festival will highlight the miraculous migration of the monarch butterfly and will offer everything from traditional Mexican dancing, puppet shows, monarch tagging and habitat education to free seeds (limited supply) to start your own butterfly garden. We will even have a Bug Parade - so dress the kids up in their favorite insect costume! 


Gardening Symposium

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
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Buchanan County Master Gardeners are hosting the 12th annual Gardening Symposium in Independence on February 24th. Learn more here:

Registration Information:
Light breakfast & lunch included; Registration- $30 by Feb. 1, 2018, $35 after



Pesticides, People, and Pollinators (webinar)

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Discussing pesticides with the public can be tricky, even for trained professionals. Master gardeners are on the front line, providing information directly to the public on a wide range of topics. In this webinar, pesticide specialists with the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) will provide resources that master gardeners can use to navigate these conversations. We will discuss topics including protecting pollinators from pesticides, comparing organic and conventional pesticides, how to minimize exposures to pesticides, and how individual risk perception influences behavior. Join us for live Q&A after the presentation. 

To Register:

Event number: 921 552 205


For audio by phone:

+1-415-655-0002 (US Toll)

Access code: 921 552 205


Art of Gardening

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 8:00am to 3:30pm
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The Art of Gardening seminar is used to educate and inspire others to seek enjoyment and fulfillment through a variety of home gardening related topics and activities.

A total of 30 breakout sessions are scheduled for the day as well as vendor exhibits. Learn more here:


Pollinator Habitat Management Field Day

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
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Free event in Cherokee, Iowa.

This field day will begin with a visit to a newly seeded plot of pollinator habitat.   Next, we will visit existing plots in their 2nd and 4th year since planting.  Local wildlife biologists will be speaking about establishment and proper maintenance, i.e., mowing, spraying, and the signs that indicate a healthy stand of native forbs and grasses. We will end our field day by returning to The Grainery and eating a meal provided by Nichol’s Smokin’ BBQ while the local NRCS and FSA staff answers any other questions the group has. Learn more here:


Butterfly Gardening (Sioux City)

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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The public is invited to learn more about attracting butterflies and other pollinators to their yards by creating flower gardens. There will be an emphasis on using native wildflowers.

The speaker is Rod Tondreau, Biology Instructor at WITCC. 

There will be many educational displays, also.

Sponsored by a newly-forming chapter of Wild Ones, and promoted by the Iowa Native Plant Society and Woodbury County Conservation. Plant.Grow.Fly information will be provided.

For more info, contact: Dianne Blankenship at