Gardening Specials Continue to Air on Iowa PBS

Educational videos produced by horticulture specialists at Iowa State

January 31, 2022, 2:05 pm | Aaron J. Steil, Cynthia Haynes

AMES, Iowa – Gardening enthusiasts dreaming of spring and getting their hands in the dirt can dig into inspiration with the continuation of Iowa PBS’s "Gardening With Steil."

The four-part limited series airs on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and will continue through Feb. 12.

Aaron Steil.In each episode, host Aaron Steil, consumer horticulture extension specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and co-host Cindy Haynes, associate professor and extension specialist in horticulture at Iowa State, plant ideas for a wide variety of projects.

From succulents and cutting gardens to fairy gardens and hostas, the series is full of gardening goodness.

“Each show includes gardening advice, tips and information that both new and experienced Iowa gardeners can use directly in their landscape,” said Steil. “We’ve had the opportunity to travel the state to introduce viewers to the many people who are doing great things with plants across Iowa.”

Upcoming shows include:

  • "Mushrooms, Fairies & Frogs, Oh My!" — Saturday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m.
    Venture into the woods to learn best practices on a morel mushroom hunt. Learn about fairy gardens and how to create one of your own. And, tour an art display of larger-than-life frogs.
  • "Shady Characters" — Saturday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m. Many shade gardens consist primarily of hostas, but not all! Visit two very different styles of shade gardens and learn how to make a mixed container that is the perfect companion to your shade garden display.

Archived shows are available online and include:

  • "Bringin' the Outdoors In" — Saturday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. Learn about succulents and air plants from industry expert Josh Spece. Plus, create your own indoor planting, discover how to promote pollinators in your backyard and meet a volunteer from the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network.
  • "Cutting & Vegetable Garden Tips" — Saturday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. Join Cindy Haynes as she designs a cutting garden and makes flower arrangements, follow volunteers from Plant a Row for the Hungry, learn why containers can be a good option for growing vegetables and meet a young vegetable gardening aficionado.

"Gardening With Steil" first appeared on Iowa PBS as two 90-minute specials that aired in March 2020 and February 2021. A new 90-minute "Gardening With Steil" special will debut on Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. as part of Iowa PBS’s "Festival 2022." Tune in for tips on growing tomatoes, planning for perennial success and caring for tiny houseplants. 

In addition to its statewide broadcast, Iowa PBS .1 is available to livestream on,, the PBS Video App and YouTube TV.

Iowa PBS programs, behind-the-scenes extras and more can be enjoyed on, Facebook and YouTube. Viewers can also stream their favorite shows on demand using the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android and many streaming devices.

Gardening and horticulture information can also be found on the ISU Extension and Outreach Horticulture and Home Pest News website.


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