Flourishing in Iowa

       Master Gardener Claire Smith shares the following information:

 

   How fun is it to read the multitudes of gardening articles flooding the newspapers and magazines this time of the year!

    

   New colors, new varieties, new landscaping ideas……there’s so much information to digest and so little time before we plant.  Just as a word of caution, my own personal experience tells me that just because it looked great in a picture; it doesn’t necessarily mean it will flourish in Iowa.

   Remember, those articles can be sent from anywhere to anywhere i.e. an Arizona perennial will probably not survive Iowa’s winter!

   If you think you can’t live without it, take the picture or the plant name to your gardening center or call the Horticulture Hotline (319-447-0647).  Ask questions!  Gardeners love to talk!

 

    On that note, do plan to attend the Master Gardener Plant Sale on Saturday, May 24th from 8:00 to Noon in

 

 the parking lot in front of the Linn County Extension Office at 3279 7th Ave. (that’s the East side of Marion

 

by the farm store.)

 

 

   Plant Sale Chairwoman, Charlene Woeste provided this information: 

 

 “Anyone interested in plants for their garden will want to attend this event.  We will have many, many kinds of perennials (both for sun and/or shade) and many varieties of hosta and daylilies.

   There will also be wildflower plants, groundcovers, ornamental grasses, and some annuals.  These plants come from our Master  Gardeners own gardens  where they were carefully dug up and potted  and tenderly taken care of until the sale day.

   And perhaps best of all, they are priced so anyone can purchase them.

   So many have found when they take Master Gardener plants home and grow them in their gardens, that they can enjoy them for years to come.  Master Gardeners will be right there if you need help choosing the plants just for you or answering your gardening questions.”

     And, mark the afternoon of June 14th on your

 

calendar, too, for the Linn County Master Gardeners’  Garden Tour.  Five gardens will be featured in this exciting first annual event. 

 

 

     Gardening:  what a great hobby  it is!

 

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