Archive for March 5, 2008

“A grass for you”

The following post is from Master Gardener Becki Lynch: 

I’m looking forward to participating in the WMT Lawn and Garden Show, both as a customer, and as a presenter.  But to get to my promise from last week,  here is a quick description of the four presentations that Master Gardeners will be giving over the weekend. Hours of the show are:  Friday, March 7.  3-8 p.m.;  Saturday, March 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 9,  10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hawkeye Downs on Sixth Street SW in Cedar Rapids.

Our first presentation will be on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and is titled “Kitchen Gardens.”  Ellen Skripsky is making this presentation and she is always a delight to hear.  You’ll soon see that she is not talking about a traditional vegetable garden, but one that includes fruit, vegetables, and flowers. She will also be sharing ideas and tips on raised garden beds, vertical growing, successive planting and other space saving techniques. You don’t need a lot of land to have a beautiful garden!

The second presentation is mine, (Becki Lynch’s) and is called “Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses.  It will be on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.  I will cover the basics very quickly, but the emphasis of this talk is on the next step – how to choose grasses to place in your landscape – looking with a designer’s eye. I will give info and tips based upon growth, form and size as illustrated in the beds on my property.  No matter how large or small your space may be, there is a grass for you!

On Saturday at 2:30 p.m., our Master Gardener radio expert, Deb Walser, will be presenting “Garden with Children.”  You’ve probably heard her on WMT, and here’s a chance to see her as she shares her knowledge on how to pass along the joy of gardening to your children and grandchildren. She will also give valuable info on how to grow enough vegetables for a family of four in a space only 4-by-8 feet.

Our final presentation will be on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and is titled, “Old Gardener’s Tales – Fact or Fiction.”  Bill Oliver will be unraveling those words of advice that we’ve heard from “Aunt Nellie” or “Great Uncle Joe.”  What does science say about some of our favorite old tales? You may be surprised! 

Well, there you go – if you have any questions about the show, just call our Master Gardener Hortline at 447-0647 and I hope to see you there!   


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