AMES, Iowa – The Master Gardener training event known as “Class on Campus” was offered Oct. 19, to 245 Master Gardener trainees at the Scheman Building on the campus of Iowa State University, Ames.
This hands-on event builds knowledge of garden insects and plant problems to empower soon-to-be Master Gardener volunteers.
Trainees learned about invasive insects and insect life cycles from Donald Lewis, professor and extension entomologist at Iowa State.
Lina Rodriguez-Salamanca, plant pathology diagnostician with the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic at Iowa State, led a session on plant pathology, helping participants learn how to identify different plant problems.
Cindy Haynes, associate professor and extension specialist in horticulture at Iowa State, and Richard Jauron, horticulture specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, taught about botany using gladiolus and snapdragon flowers. This session also included tree identification.
Adam Janke, assistant professor and extension wildlife specialist at Iowa State, led a session focused on Master Gardener volunteer projects – what makes a good project and how to measure impact.
“It is always exciting to welcome all of the Master Gardener trainees to campus, connect them to one another, and engage them in hands-on workshops,” said Susan DeBlieck, master gardener state coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Our faculty, extension staff and graduate students do a fantastic job of engaging Master Gardener trainees in hands-on sessions.”
The Class on Campus is part of the 40-hour Master Gardener Training offered each fall across the state by ISU Extension and Outreach. More information is available on the Master Gardener website.
Photo: Master Gardener trainees learn botany using gladiolus and snapdragon flowers.