Master Gardeners Plan Three Summer Webcasts

Participants will gain insight into pollinators, vegetables and flowers, and urban ecology

April 18, 2019, 12:55 pm | Susan DeBlieck

AMES, Iowa – Just in time for the summer growing season, the Master Gardener Program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer three, one-hour educational webcasts.

Beginning in June, gardeners and plant enthusiasts will be able to learn about pollinators, perennial plant combinations and answers to frequently asked questions.

Bee on bee balm blossom.“The webcasts are open to anybody who is interested in learning more about these topics. They’re not just for Master Gardener volunteers,” said Susan DeBlieck, Master Gardener program coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach.

The topics pertain to experienced and beginning gardeners, and provide insight into timely issues. Participating Master Gardener volunteers will gain three continuing education hours.

Jessie Lowry, director of conservation and research at Blank Park Zoo, in Des Moines, said her session will touch on the importance of pollinators, why they’ve declined, and what Iowans can do to help.

“We’ll talk about what makes a good pollinator garden and we’ll highlight the migration and the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly,” Lowry said.

The three, one-hour webcasts will be shown at participating ISU Extension and Outreach county offices. Contact a county office for dates and times.

2019 Summer Master Gardener Webcasts

Give Your Garden Wings. Jessie Lowry, director of conservation and research at Blank Park Zoo, will share pollinator garden best practices. Participants will learn what to plant and will get to explore the monarch butterfly migration.

Gardening FAQ. From vegetables to flowers, explore the in-depth answers to frequently asked gardening questions with Aaron Steil, assistant director at Reiman Gardens.

Ecology Plus Diversity. Explore how to create plant communities that mimic nature with Grant Thompson, assistant professor of horticulture at Iowa State.

For more information, contact your county extension office. For administrative questions about the Master Gardener program, contact Susan DeBlieck at 515-294-6764 or


Photo: Bee balm, Monarda, is very attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds; photo by Laura Irish.


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