Story County to Hold Master Gardener Webcast Series

Nevada, Iowa – The Story County office of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host the  MasterGardener winter webcast seriesthroughout the winter.
Speakers for this year’s series were chosen based on current issues and Master Gardener volunteer interest, according to Susan DeBlieck, Master Gardener state coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach.
Participants will learn about climate change, native plants, and get tips for designing gardens that encourage children to spend more time outdoors.
“The webcast series gives Master Gardener volunteers a chance to continue their learning, which they can apply to their volunteer projects within the community,” DeBlieck said.
Contact the Story County office of ISU Extension and Outreach for more information and to reserve your spot.
All webcasts count toward Master Gardener continuing education hours and last an hour.
Topics and speakers:

  • March 2, 6PM- Iowa Weather:With a changing climate, Iowa will be warmer and wetter. State Climatologist Justin Glisan, PhD, from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will share what people can do to adapt to changing growing conditions.


  • March 23, 6PM - Bring Kids in the Garden:State Master Gardener Coordinator Susan DeBlieck wants adults to help get youth outdoors every day. She’ll share ideas for Master Gardener volunteer project sites and youth landscape design tips.


  • April 13, 6PM- Explore the Ada Hayden Herbarium:Love native plants? Deborah Lewis is the curator of the Ada Hayden Herbarium. Learn about early Iowa botanists, explore the herbarium and Deb’s favorite native plants. What would we find if we had full-access to the Ada Hayden Herbarium for an hour-long scavenger hunt without worrying about “museum rules” and damaging the specimens (or getting squished between the moveable rows of cabinets)? First, we might find out what the Herbarium is, how its samples (specimens) are stored, and why the Herbarium is important in teaching and research. Next, participants would track down some favorite specimens – old, rare, lovely, recent, odd… Then, from these specimens, we could perhaps find clues to the stories of a few of the many collectors of Iowa’s native plants who are represented in the Herbarium – and how their specimens and research results are still being used! The scavenger hunt list includes: Indian-grass, packet, Louis Pammel, morel, plant press, orchid… and, of course, Ada Hayden.
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