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A look at rain gardens

Gazette photographer Brian Ray takes photos of Lucy Hershberger in the rain garden at Forever Green Garden Center near North Liberty (photo, Cindy Hadish)

Gazette photographer Brian Ray takes photos of Lucy Hershberger in the rain garden at Forever Green Garden Center near North Liberty (photo, Cindy Hadish)

Our flood anniversary tribute continues with a look at rain gardens. Several people I interviewed for the article in the Sunday, June 14, 2009, Gazette said while rain gardens would not have prevented last year’s devastating floods in Iowa, they could have helped. Lucy Hershberger, co-owner of Forever Green Landscaping & Garden Center in Coralville showed me the well-kept rain garden in front of their site on Forevergreen Road, near North Liberty. Yellow and blue flag iris, native grasses, coneflower, liatris and dwarf arctic blue willow were planted when the rain garden was installed in September. It’s obvious that Hershberger’s  enthusiasm goes beyond trying to sell customers on a new fad. She has conducted free seminars on rain gardens for people to learn more and to better take care of their little corner of the environment. Hershberger remembers the interest in rain gardens and rain barrels in the early 1990s, at that time because of costs associated with watering. “Now it’s because of the awareness of stormwater management,” she said. “It’s not cost-driven.”

Blue flag iris

Blue flag iris

The following list of plants is from Iowa’s Rain Garden Design and Installation Manual Native Plant Favorites for Soils with Good Percolation Rates:

Common Name Height Comments

Blue grama 1-2 ft makes a good border

Bottle gentian 1 ft novel purple flowers

Butterfly milkweed 1-4 ft emerges late spring; no milky sap

Columbine 1-2 ft orange flower stalk may add 1 ft

Culver’s root 3-6 ft can get tall; for moderatley moist soils

Fox sedge 1-3 ft may not tolerate drought

Golden alexander 1-3 ft yellow dill-like flower, mod moist soils

Little bluestem 2 ft nice rusty color all winter

Mountain mint 1-3 ft for moist soils

Nodding onion 1-2 ft for moderately moist soils

Pale purple coneflower 4 ft most overused native; only in S. Iowa

Prairie blazing star 2-5 ft for moist soils

Prairie smoke 1 ft makes a good border

Sideoats grama 2-3 ft red anthers; not as tidy as little bluestem

Silky aster 1-2 ft loved by rabbits

Websites with native plant lists for rain gardens:

http://prrcd.org/inl/recommended_plants.htm

http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/runoff/rg/plants/PlantListing.html

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2009 Farmers Market list

Following are some of the seasonal farmers markets that operate in Eastern Iowa in 2009. If you have updates to this list, add a comment below, or send an email to: cindy.hadish@gazcomm.com

For more information, see the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Web site at: www.iowaagriculture.gov/iowaProducts.asp

Allamakee County

   Allamakee Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, June 1 through Oct. 5, Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon, contact Teresa Wiemerslage, (563) 568-6345.

   Harpers Ferry, 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays, June 5 to Oct. 2, at Bluffview Park, contact Connie Benedict, (563) 586-2297.

Benton County

   Belle Plaine Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays; May 29 through Sept. 25, 13th Street and Sixth Avenue, west of the Pizza Hut, contact Becky Poduska, (641) 489-2107.

   Urbana Farmers Market, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, May 23 through Oct. 31, Legion Pavilion on Wood Street, contact Eileen Schmidt, (319) 443-5620.

   Shellsburg Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, May 13 through October 14, city park on Sells Street, contact Joyce Pence, (319) 389-8714.

   Vinton Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 4 through Sept. 24, BCHS Railroad Depot, 612 Second Ave., contact Duane Randall, (319) 472-4164.

   Youngville Cafe Farmers Market, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Fridays, May 29 through Oct 16, junction of highways 30 and 218, contact Richard Grovert, (319) 223-5465.

Cedar County

   Cedar County Farmers Market, 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, May 16 through Oct. 3, south side of the county courthouse in Tipton, contact Yvonne Gregory, (563) 946-3551, or Evelyn Walshire (563) 432-6983.

   Mechanicsville Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, May 26 through Sept. 29, on Main Street across from the fire station, contact Linda Coppess, (563) 432-7756, or Evelyn Walshire, (563) 432-6983.

Clayton County

  Guttenberg Farmers Market, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Saturdays, May 30 through Sept. 26, 400 S. block of the park in downtown Guttenberg, contact Tara Dykhuizen, (563) 252-2323.

 Dubuque County

   Dyersville Farmers Market, 2:30 to 6 p.m., Thursdays, May 21 through Oct. 8, Commercial Club Park, contact Karla Thompson, (563) 875-2311.

Iowa County

   Amana Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m. Fridays, May 29 through Sept. 4, in midtown Amana. Contact Amana Farmers Market, (319) 551-4464.

   Williamsburg Farmers Market, 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays, May 8 through early October, at the northeast corner of the downtown park, contact Elaine Wardenburg, (319) 668-1288.

Johnson County

   Coralville Farmers Market, 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, May 4 through Oct. 1, in the parking lot at the Coralville Community Aquatic Center, 1513 Seventh Street, contact Matt Hibbard, (319) 248-1750.

   Iowa City Farmers Market, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 to noon Saturdays, May 2 through Oct. 31, on lower level of Chauncey Swan parking ramp between Washington and College streets, contact Tammy Neumann, (319) 356-5110.

   Sycamore Mall Farmers Market, 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 5 through Oct 27, in the parking lot at the theater end (west end) of the mall, 1600 Sycamore St., Iowa City, contact Candy Norris, (319) 338-6111.

Linn County

   Noelridge Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids, 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, May 1 through Oct. 23, corner of Collins Road and Council Street NE, contact Teresa White, (319) 286-5699.

   City parking lot at Eighth Avenue and Second Street SE in Cedar Rapids, 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, (except during the Downtown Markets) and 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, May 2 through Oct. 24. New Greene Square Park market will be 4-6 p.m. Thursdays from June 11 through Aug. 27, contact Teresa White, (319) 286-5699.

   Downtown Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids, 7:30 a.m. to noon on June 6 and 20; July 18; Aug. 1 and 15; Sept. 5 and Oct. 3, contact Jill Wilkins, (319) 398-0449.

   Central City Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, May 21 through Sept. 24, Courtyard Park on South Fifth Street, contact Central City Mainstreet office, (319) 438-1761.

   Hiawatha Farmers Market, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, April 19 through Oct. 25, in the Guthridge Park parking lot at 10th Avenue, contact Angie Cole, (319) 393-1515.

   Marion Farmers Market, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays; May 2 through Sept. 26, at the East End Shopping Center, 3375 Seventh Ave., contact Pat Carlson, (319) 377-4846, e-mail pcarlson@cityofmarion.org

   Mount Vernon Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, May 7 through Oct. 8, at Mount Vernon Visitors Center, 311 First St. W, contact David or Mickey Miller, (319) 310-6399.

   Springville Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, June 2 through Aug. 25, at Cox Lake Pavilion, contact Lena Gilbert, (319) 854-7097.

Tama County

   Toledo Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m., Fridays, May 1 through Oct. 30, on the east side of the courthouse square, contact Dawn Kupka, (641) 691-9710.

   Traer Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays, May 6 through Oct. 28, at the junction of highways 8 and 63 in Traer, contact Marlus Svoboda, (319) 479-2279.

Washington County

   Kalona Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, April 25 through mid-October, corner of C Avenue and Fifth Street, Kalona; Laurie Coffman, (319) 656-5252.

   Riverside Casino Farmers Market,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 28; July 26, Aug. 30 and Sept. 27,  parking lot of Riverside Casino & Golf Resort; contact Jessica Athen, (319) 648-1234, extension 1975.

   Washington Farmers Market, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 14 through Oct. 29, at Downtown Central Park at Washington Street and Iowa Avenue; contact Bob Shepherd, (319) 653-4888.

Winneshiek County

   Winneshiek Farmers Market, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays; May 2 through Oct. 31 (no market July 25); at the Municipal parking lot at Heivly Street and Claiborne Drive in Decorah; contact Steve McCarger (563) 382-2451.

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Iowa City Home Show going green, too

   Robb Rood posted a comment in response to “CR Home Show going green” (Feb. 17) to note that the Iowa City Home & Builder’s Show is going green, as well.      Because not everyone looks at the comments, here is the info that Robb provided about that show, coming the weekend of Friday, Feb. 27, to Sunday, March 1, 2009.

The Iowa City Home & Builder’s Show  being held at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is also going “Green” this year.

The show is Feb. 27-March 1 and will include “green” building educational seminars, Designer Showcase Rooms with Meta Home designers discussing incorporating “green” alternatives in interior design projects, a visit from Alliant Energy’s Powerhouse TV program hosts Pete Seyfer and Megan Turner and Alliant Energy’s Geo-1 traveling exhibit about geothermal heating and cooling technology.

Anyone interested can find more info. in the special section inserting in the Gazette on Sun., Feb. 22 and Wed., Feb. 25 or by logging on to http://www.iowacityhomes.com.

Educational Seminars
Sat, Feb. 28
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10 am – 12 pm “Building a Sustainable Iowa”
by Marc Richmond, President of Practica Consulting
1 pm “15 Ways to Green Your Home”
by Kevin Monson, Neumann Monson Architects
2 pm “What’s Green in Interior Design?”
by Leigh Bradford, Meta Home
3 pm “Saving Money and Energy with Shade Trees”
by Mark Vitosh, District Forester, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
4 pm “Continuous Garden with Color”
by Mary Lou Gay- Master Gardener

Sun, March 1
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10:15 am “Natural Landscaping – design, low maintenance, environmentally friendly gardens”
by Mary Crooks, Master Gardener
11:15 am “Energy efficiency for the homeowner” (energy audits, rebates through residential program and other resources)
by Alan Dornink, Energy Auditor, MidAmerican Energy Co.
12:15 pm “Green Building – What’s new”
by Bob Lackman, Beisser Lumber Company
1:15 pm “Doing it Right – Saving Money and Energy” (LED, Energy Star, Compact Fluorescents)
by Ralph Palmer, The Ar-Jay Center
2:15 pm “Rain Gardens – Living and Functional Landscapes”
by Kelly Swenson, Engineering Inspector, City of Coralville

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Hosta lovers alert!

 

Hosta - Guacamole

Hosta - Guacamole

Hosta lovers won’t want to miss a talk by Bob Solberg on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Coralville Public Library, 1401 5th St., sponsored by the Harshbarger Hosta Society. 

 

Bob has introduced more than 50 hostas to date and has plans to add five or so to that number each year. His speech,  “Hostas the past 10 years,” will be 1-4 p.m.

   ‘Guacamole’, introduced in 1994 and Hosta of the Year in 2002 is probably his best known cultivar and is probably in your garden.

  ‘Orange Marmalade’ PP#16,742 is his first patented hosta and destined for a wide distribution.  ‘Corkscrew’, ‘Ginsu Knife,’ ‘Baby Blue Eyes,’ ‘Coconut Custard,’ ‘Cracker Crumbs,’ ‘Barbara May’ and ‘One Man’s Treasure’ are some of his other introductions.

   Bob has been very active in the American Hosta Society, serving as editor of the Hosta Journal, the principle publication of the American Hosta Society, (1988-1990) and Vice-President for the Genus Hosta,

(1998-2001). He was the recipient of the 2003 Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award.

   Bob is a nationally known lecturer on the subject of hostas and author of many articles on hostas. He has edited the “Green Hill Gossip” for the past 13 years and the “Gossip Jr.”, a twice yearly subscription newsletter since 2004. When the hostas are up and glowing in the garden you may find him on the road, bringing hostas and hosta stories to a town near you.

   For questions, contact Judi Pohorsky at (319) 396-6116.

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Rain gardens

Presented by:  Lucy Hershberger Forever Green Inc.

Sat. September 6th 10 am

Rain gardens are gardens designed with a purpose: they reduce runoff into our rivers and streams, which reduces pollution and flooding.  Participants will learn what a rain garden is, how it works, and how to determine the location, size and best plants to use in their rain garden. 

 

The near record rainfalls we had this year demonstrated the need to manage surface runoff  help reduce flash flooding and pollution in our rivers and streams.  Rainfall used to be absorbed into the ground as it fell. Now roads, parking areas and buildings channel water and the pollutants it carries into storm sewers that drain directly into streams and rivers.  Rain gardens can absorb most rainfalls and reduce these problems while enhancing the appearance of your yard. 

 

Lucy Hershberger, Forever Green Inc., will show you how you can plant a rain garden that will help reduce the runoff problem.  This hands-on seminar will offer participants an opportunity to see a rain garden under construction, learn what a rain garden is, how it works, and how to determine the location, size and best plants to use in their rain garden.

 

Location:  Forever Green Garden Center  

125 Forevergreen Rd. Coralville, Iowa

 

For information contact:

Lucy Hershberger Forever Green Inc.

319-626-6770 or e-mail forevergreen@southslope.net

This event is free to the public.

www.forevergreengrows.com

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Farmers Market list

(Note: this list is from 2008. Look for the 2009 list on this blog – Cindy)

Following are a sampling of farmers markets that operate in Eastern Iowa. A list of markets across the state is available at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Web site at:

http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/iowaProducts.asp

 

Allamakee County

   Allamakee Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 2 through Oct. 6, Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon, contact Teresa Wiemerslage, (563) 568-6345.

   Harpers Ferry, 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays, June 6 to Oct. 3, at Bluffview Park, contact Connie Benedict, (563) 586-2297.

 

Benton County

   Belle Plaine Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays; June 6 through Sept. 26, 13th Street and Seventh Avenue, west of the Pizza Hut, contact Becky Poduska, (641) 489-2107.

   Urbana Farmers Market, 9 to 11 a.m., Saturdays, May 24 through Oct. 25, Legion Pavilion on Wood Street, contact Eileen Schmidt (319) 443-5620.

    Vinton Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 25; BCHS Railroad Depot, 612 Second Ave., contact Duane Randall at (319) 472-4164.

    Youngville Cafe Farmers Market, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 30 through Oct 17; junction of highways 30 and 218, contact Richard Grovert at (319) 223-5465.

 

Cedar County

   Cedar County Farmers Market, 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, May 17 through Oct. 4 or 11, south side of the county courthouse in Tipton, contact Yvonne Gregory, (563) 946-3551, or Evelyn Walshire (563) 432-6983.

  

 

 

  Mechanicsville Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, May 27 through Sept. 30, on Main Street across from the fire station, contact Linda, (563) 432-7756, or Evelyn Walshire, (563) 432-6983.

 

Iowa County

   Amana Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m. Fridays, May 23 through August 29, in midtown Amana. Contact Kristie Wetjen (319) 622-7624.

   Williamsburg Farmers Market, 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays, May 9 through October, at the northeast corner of the downtown park, contact Elaine Wardenburg, (319) 668-1288.

 

Johnson County

   Coralville Farmers Market, 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, May 5 through Oct. 2, in the parking lot at the Coralville Community Aquatic Center, 1513 Seventh Street, contact Matt Hibbard at (319) 248-1750.

   Iowa City Farmers Market, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, May 3 through Oct. 29, on lower level of Chauncey Swan parking ramp between Washington and College streets, contact Tammy Neumann at (319) 356-5110.

   Sycamore Mall Farmers Market, 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 6 through Oct 28, in the parking lot at the theater end (west end) of the mall, 1600 Sycamore St., Iowa City, contact Candy Norris at (319) 338-6111.

   North Dodge Ace Hardware — no longer has a farmers market.

 

Linn County

   Noelridge Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids, 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, May 2 through Oct. 24, corner of Collins Road and Council Street NE, contact Teresa White at (319) 286-5731.

   City parking lot at Eighth Avenue and Second Street SE in Cedar Rapids – 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays except during the Downtown Markets; other days moved to Noelridge site for this season –  4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays;  May 1 through Oct. 25, contact Teresa White at (319) 286-5731. Closed June 7 and 21, July 5, Aug. 2 and 16, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4 in deference to downtown market.

   Downtown Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids – moved to the area of Greene Square Park for Aug. 2 and subsequent markets due to downtown flooding –  7:30 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, June 7, June 21, July 5, August 2, August 16, September 6 and October 4, on Second Avenue between Third Street SE and First Street SW and on First and Second streets between First Avenue and Third Avenue SE, contact Jill Wilkins at (319) 398-0449.

   Central City Farmers Market, 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, June 5 through Sept. 11, at Courtyard Park on East Elm Street, contact Doris Nordstrom, (319) 361-6621.

   Hiawatha Farmers Market, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays in the Guthridge Park parking lot at 10th Avenue, April 20 through Oct. 26, contact Amy Holecek, (319) 393-1515.

   Marion Farmers Market, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays; May 3 through Sept. 27, at the East End Shopping Center, 3375 Seventh Ave., contact Pat Carlson at (319) 377-4846, e-mail pcarlson@cityofmarion.org

   Mount Vernon Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, May 8 through Oct. 9, at Mount Vernon Visitors Center, 311 First St. W, contact David Miller, (319) 895-0177.

   Springville Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, June 3 through Aug. 26, at Cox Lake Pavilion, contact market manager Lena Gilbert, (319) 854-7097 or Springville Economic Development Corp., (319) 854-7016.

 

Tama County

   Toledo Farmers Market, 5 to 7 p.m., Fridays, May 2 through Oct. 31, held on the east side of the court house square, contact Dawn Kupka, (641) 484-2177.

   Traer Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesdays, May 7 through Oct. 29, at the junction of highways 8 and 63 in Traer, contact Marlus Svoboda at (319) 479-2279.

 

Washington County

   Washington Farmers Market, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 8 through Oct. 23, at Downtown Central Park at Washington Street and Iowa Avenue; contact Bob Shepherd at (319) 653-4888.

 

Winneshiek County

   Winneshiek Farmers Market, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays; May 3 through Oct. 29; at the Municipal parking lot at Heivly Street and Claiborne Drive in Decorah; contact Cindy Ballard at (563) 382-6385.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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