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Hortline education

 

The following is by Linn County Master Gardener, Claire Smith:

 

  I’m having my first experience today as a scribe for the Master Gardener, answering questions for our Horticulture Hotline.  We received a plethora of questions, for example, “Can I still spray for weeds now?”  and “Explain what my soil test results mean and “How do I get grass to grow under my Linden tree?”  What an intriguing and educational two hours it was!  From 10:00 to Noon Monday through Friday (winter hours/hours extended to morning and afternoon in the summer) you can speak personally with a Master Gardener at the Extension Office or call the Hort. Line at 319-447-0647, visit about any gardening question and hear a research based answer. 

Now that we‘ve had a good hard frost, we’re going back to Central Standard Time and the lawn mower is stashed away, what are you going to do?  Well, I just bought my 2009 planner and my first notation is jotting down the date of the Master Gardeners’ Winter Gardening Fair scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2009 at the beautiful new Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education.  You and your friends and family can spend the day at gardening classes of your choosing plus listen to an outstanding keynote address by landscape designer and author Janet Macunovich presenting Continuous Color in the Landscape.  Your registration fee includes your session classes, Janet’s energetic and practical presentation AND lunch!  More information will be available in December with the registration deadline in January.  Plan to attend!

The Iowa State University Extension 2009 Garden Calendar is available.  This large calendar provides eight timely gardening hints each month in addition to wonderful pictures.   It’s available for a nominal fee at the Linn County Extension Office at 3279 7th Ave. in Marion.  

A Master Gardener offered up a great organizational hint today and one my grandkids could be involved in:  she’s putting up a peg board in her garage and hanging up all of the tools. (This is where the kids come in), she (or the kids) will draw around each tool with paint so she will know where each tool should be and which ones weren’t put away properly.  Can you imagine how Catie and Charlie could be all over Daddy about keeping the garage neat and orderly? 

 

 

 

 

 

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Garden fun in June!

   Following are Eastern Iowa gardening events scheduled during June. If your group has an activity not listed, please add information about the event in a comment below, or send an email to: Cindy.Hadish@gazcomm.com

 

 

   Mon. June 2, noon to 3 p.m., and 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., –  informational meeting for Marion street tree inventory, Trees Forever office, 770 Seventh Ave., Marion.

   Tues. June 3 and Wed. June 4, noon to 3 p.m. and 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., –  tree identification training at Trees Forever. Call (319) 373-0650 for information.

   Fri. June 6National Garden Fitness Day –  get off the treadmill and into the garden. Watch the Homegrown blog for tips on this day!

   Sat. June 7, 9:30 a.m., – Brucemore in Bloom – also June 14, 21, and 28 – at Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids. Wander among the unique flowers and plants as the Brucemore garden staff traces the development of the formal garden from conception to the current design. Admission: $10/adult and free to Brucemore members. Call (319) 362-7375 for reservations or register online.

   Tues. June 10 – Fri. June 13 – Native plant identification course, hosted by the Iowa Valley RC&D Council in and around the Amana area.  Robert Mohlenbrock of Biotic Consultants, Inc. will teach this intensive hands-on field course where the distinguishing characteristics of every plant encountered will be discussed. The class will visit several different types of wetland and prairie sites.  The course is designed for environmental specialists, wetland scientists, agriculture consultants and other professionals, but is open to anyone interested in identifying plants native to this area.  Call (319) 213-9243.  Course cost is $600.

   Sat. June 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., –  Linn County Master Gardener’s garden walk, $5 for adults or $10 per family. See the Master Gardeners category on the Homegrown blog for details or go to: www.extension.iastate.edu/linn

   Sat. June 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., –  Garden Walk in Clarence. Tickets are $10 and include eight gardens, lunch and presentations by Bill Oliver and Zora Ronan of  the Linn County Master Gardeners. With the exception of the gardens, all events take place at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 320 Ninth Ave. Clarence.  Sponsored by Friends of the Zybell Library. Ticket sales begin at 8:30 a.m.

   Sat. June 14, 9-10 a.m., – Plant your own herb pot with Mike Duggan Wyatt, Hy-Vee garden center, 5050 Edgewood Road NE, Cedar Rapids. Bring your lawn chair and garden gloves and listen to master gardener, Mike Duggan, as he shares his expertise regarding appropriate herbs best suited for containers and how to maintain them. You will plant your own container to take home. Containers will be available for purchase or bring your own container (up to a 12” pot). The class fee will cover soil, plants and instruction. $20.  Pre-register at customer service, (319) 378-0762.

   Sun. June 22, 7-10 p.m.,   Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids,  “Nature Rocks – The Year of the River” second annual green benefit for the Indian Creek Nature Center & SPT Theatre Company. Features live music concert by SPT; Wine from Cedar Ridge Vineyards;  lessons about conservation, recycling, sustainability and our natural waterways. Families are encouraged to bring food, beverages and lawn chairs. Tickets are $25 for adults; children 12 and under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Indian Creek Nature Center at (319) 362-0664.

   Sun. June 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,  – Project GREEN Garden Tour, Iowa City, $5 for adults; children 16 and under are free. Includes five gardens in Iowa City. See www.projectgreen.org for more information.

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