Archive for January 26, 2009

Winter dragonfly

Photo courtesy of Midwest Flying Services, Inc., and Judy Hemphill Photography © All rights reserved

Photo courtesy of Midwest Flying Services, Inc., and Judy Hemphill Photography © All rights reserved

Pat Blake of University Hygienic Laboratory sent in this photo from the 2009 Winter Games at the Iowa Lakeside Lab Centennial Jubilee, with this from the photographer:

” A dragonfly on ice kicks off the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Centennial Jubilee, with the second annual ArtsLIVE People’s Project, designed by Chad Branham and photographed by Judy Hemphill.  The big bug flew in the face of a cold winter day to create an eco art project that left only footsteps behind.”

The art project, on the ice of West Lake Okoboji, created the giant image of a dragonfly to raise environmental awareness.




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Winter Gardening – part II

The following is Part II of information on the Winter Gardening Fair 2009 by Linn County Master Gardener, Becki Lynch:


One week closer to the Fair!  I want to highlight some of the topics and speakers we are offering this year. 


First, we have numerous repeats of seminars about those beautiful perennials and other plants and trees that some could not get into last year – Daylilies, Lawns, Garden Lighting, Hillside Gardening, Pruning Trees and Shrubs, Ornamental Grasses, Using Herbs, Composting, and Prairie Gardens are just a few.


Second, we’ve added additional seminars specifically about Vegetable Gardening, a topic people requested last year in our evaluations.  Vegetable Gardening Problems and Solutions, Tomatoes, Peppers, and Salsa, Food Preservation, and The Kitchen Garden are all available.


Third, we’ve added a variety of new seminars that range from Bee Keeping, Tree Identification, Rain Gardens, House Plants, Tropical Plants, and Ponds, Gardening with Kids, to Everlastings – to name a few – Whew!


And finally, we have hands-on seminars that allow you to learn and participate directly in making garden related items:   The Garden Journal, Plant Propagation, Creating Nosegays, Terra Cotta Fountains, and Toad Houses are all examples.


And that’s not all – I urge all of you to go to to look at all the offerings available.   Simply click on Winter Gardening Fair on that page to see the full program, and instructions on how to register.


Overall, we have a selection of over 45 individual seminars, something for everyone!  The Fair will be held on February 7, 2009, with a back-up date of February 21, just in case of bad weather.  Hope to see you there!


Linn County Master Gardener, Becki Lynch.

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