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“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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2008 Lawn and Garden Show

This event listing is from Master Gardener Becki Lynch. 

 I don’t know about you, but my “cabin fever” hit a peak this week!  As a gardener, these are the days that seem the longest – while I wait for a day close to 30  degrees so I can go out and bask in the heat! I’ve devoured all the catalogs; have all kinds of plans for spring; can’t wait to start cleaning up the beds – and I’m stuck indoors – AHHHH 

That’s why I look forward to the WMT Lawn and Garden Show every year. This year the show will be Friday, March 7,  3 – 8 p.m.;  Saturday, March 8,  9 a.m. – 5 p.m;  Sunday, March 9,  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Hawkeye Downs on Sixth Street SW in Cedar Rapids. Entrance Fee:  $5 (Look for coupon in the Gazette.)

 I am always eager to go and see all the booths.  Vendors from all types of garden equipment, garden art, landscaping needs and lawn care fill Hawkeye Downs.  I like to pretend for at least a little while that I’ll go home and go right out into the garden as I pick up new garden items. I also like the on-going door prize drawing.  I never seem to win, but there’s always a chance!  And, of course, I particularly like the Master Gardener’s booth, where you can ask any question you have on plants, gardens and those pesky garden pests. But my favorite time at the show is when I sit down and enjoy learning about a new garden topic.  Presentations are scheduled throughout the day, and the schedule is available in the Gazette prior to the show.   There are always one or two topics that I want to learn more about, and since the classes are included in the admission, the price is right! 

This year the Iowa State University Extension Linn County Master Gardeners will be offering four presentations throughout the event.  The topics are:


Kitchen Gardens – Friday, March 7, 5:30 p.m.

Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses – Sat. March 8, 12:30 p.m.

Garden with Children – Saturday, March 8, 2:30 p.m.

Old Gardener’s Tales – Sunday, March 9, 11:30 a.m.

 Such a nice variety!  Stop back next week and I’ll give you an overview of what they are and the topics they will cover – Becki  


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