Yard & Garden/Horticulture


Horticulture Newsletter:

Horticulture Program Coordinator Dawn Henderson sends a monthly horticulture e-mail newsletter. To be added to the Horticulture News email list, contact Dawn at 712-472-2576 or email dawnh@iastate.edu. 


Master Gardener Information:

Current Master Gardeners:

Quarterly Master Gardener Meetings for 2020 are scheduled for:

  • May 18, 6:00-7:00 p.m. - ISU Extension and Outreach Lyon County Office (710 N. 2nd Avenue East, Rock Rapids)
  • August 6, 6:00-7:00 p.m. - Willowcreek Creek (5945 IA-9, Ocheyedan)
  • November 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m. - ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office (400 Central Avenue Northwest, Orange City)

For more details, contact Dawn at 712-472-2576 or dawnh@iastate.edu. 

Future Master Gardeners:

The Iowa Master Gardener Training will be hosted in Orange City during the Fall of 2020. 

  • Application Window: June 1 to July 31, 2020. 
  • Classes start August 10 and continue every Monday night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through October 19. (Class will NOT be held on Labor Day, Sept. 7.) There is one on-campus required class at ISU on October 10.

Full details available here. Questions can be directed to Dawn at 712-472-2576 or dawnh@iastate.edu.

Connect with us:

Facebook: @SOLOMaster Gardener
Instagram: @solo_mastergardener

Local Highlights

May 7, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Gardening in containers is a great option for individuals living in apartments and homeowners who don’t have a suitable site for a traditional garden, according to horticulture specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
May 6, 2020

For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased food preparation and mealtime at home, as well as sparked renewed interest in gardening and food preservation. In response to this movement, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach has launched weekly Sow, Grow, Eat and Keep quickinars to provide information to gardeners of all ages and skill levels. The quickinars are 5 to 15-minute online lessons of seasonally appropriate topics for the garden, food preparation and food preservation.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

Statewide Resources

  • Convenient access to horticulture publications, programs and people.

  • Production and business management information for commercial producers on wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

  • Helping support the state’s evolving grape and wine industry, because the potential economic opportunities in wineries, value-added agriculture and tourism are limitless.

  • Horticulture & Home Pest News is filled with articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists.

  • Master Gardeners are individuals who have an interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by Iowa State University Extension, and share their time and expertise with other gardeners.

  • Let us "feed" your appetite for gardening information with a wide menu of gardening entrees.

  •  Information on lawn, garden, and landscape plant questions is available from ISU Extension staff.

  • Images and information on a wide range of common pest and non-pest insects encountered in the home, yard and garden.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

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