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WMT Lawn, Garden & Home Show and “daylily delights”

Linn County Master Gardener, Claire Smith, offered the following on upcoming events this week (March 2009) –  the WMT Lawn, Garden and Home show and a presentation on daylilies:


     Not your humdrum educational series, here are four exciting gardening presentations available in mid-March.  The timing is perfect as now is the time to get motivated for outside endeavors.

     Daylily Delights is the title of Zora Ronan, Linn County Master Gardener and daylily grower extraordinaire’s presentation on the art of selecting and growing daylilies on Wednesday, March 11th from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Linn County Extension Office Conference Room, Suite 140, 3279 7th Ave., Marion.  Zora will first focus on criteria for judging or picking the perfect Daylilies.  The second part of her lecture will be devoted to All the Pretty Faces-Forms and Colors.  Zora has an extensive daylily garden at her home and plans to have a garden walk in mid-July.  This class is FREE and open to the public.  Registration is requested.  Call the Extension Office at 319-377-9839.

      Linn County Master Gardeners will be staffing a booth Saturday and Sunday, March 14th and 15th at the 2009 WMT and Mix 96.5 Lawn, Garden and Home Show at Hawkeye Downs, Cedar Rapids.  Horticulture information, composting advice and ISU publications will be available.  Additionally, Master Gardeners will offer the following three lectures:

·          New and Unusual Annuals and Perennials for 2009 is presenter Deb Walser’s lecture about adding spice to your gardens.  Annual and perennial gardens are not just Geraniums, Daylilies and Hosta.  Mix it up by adding unusual annuals and perennials in the same bed.  Deb will introduce some of the most unusual annuals and perennials that will be in the nurseries near you this year.  You will be surprised by some of the same, but in a new way.    Come and get new ideas for this spring and add some spunk to your garden on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

·         At 2:30 on Saturday, Becki Lynch will let you know why Ornamental Grasses have become the hot plant in the past five years. Becki will provide design tips to place these four season interest plants on your property, from large to small and sun to shade.

·         Gene Frye will discuss selecting trees and shrubs for Iowa.  He will discuss the why, when and how to maintain woody plants and recommend tools to use on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. 




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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

Educational Seminars
Sat, Feb. 28
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
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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Brucemore Garden and Art Show

   Art enthusiasts and gardeners are invited to the Brucemore Garden and Art Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat.  Aug. 23.

   More than 60 artist and garden vendors will share their expertise by showcasing unique products with inspiring presentations, compelling displays, and pertinent information. Vendors and organizations, including Barb’s Fine Art, King’s Material, artist Tara Moorman, Willowglen Nursery, and the Linn County Solid Waste Agency, will be represented at booths and display areas around the heart of the Brucemore estate.  The festival features pottery, painting, jewelry, sculpture, glass, textiles, and more.

    Free compost will be distributed. Food is available throughout the day by on-site vendors.

    Demonstrations and lectures on a variety of garden and art topics will occur throughout the day.

The stage schedule is

    10 a.m. –  Linn County Master Composters on the importance of composting

    11 a.m. –  Shannon Ramsay of Trees Forever, relationship people have with their natural environment

    12 noon – Lori Willet, Hy-Vee dietician, healthy cooking using herbs

    1 p.m. – Brucemore Cutting Gardens Flower Shop staff, floral demonstrations

    2 p.m. – “Why Art Matters” panel of local professionals


     Additional educational opportunities will be available throughout the vendor space.  Visitors will be able to participate in ongoing demonstrations by the Linn County Master Gardeners in the formal garden; see many plant vendors and horticultural organizations with unusual and standard specimens; and interact with the Brucemore gardeners as they provide information about the estate’s historic gardens and plants.

    The 2008 show will include activities for families and children with Iowa Art Works (formerly the Art Vault) providing opportunities for kids to create their own masterpieces.  Under a new name, the Iowa Art Works offers the same opportunities as last year for creating mosaic pots and scratch art in addition to new projects this year.

    The 26-acre estate surrounding the Brucemore mansion is a showcase in itself, including manicured lawns, formal gardens, a duck pond, the restoration of the original prairie landscape design conceived by O. C. Simonds, and historic structures, including the 1915 Lord and Burnham greenhouse. The Brucemore estate provides the perfect backdrop for the Garden and Art Show: steeped in history and alive with inspiration.

    Tickets may be purchased at the gate. Admission is $6 per person. Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is off-site. Shuttle service is available from Washington High School throughout the day. Handicap parking is available on-site by entering the First Avenue gate only. No pets, coolers, or outside food are allowed during the event. The Brucemore Garden and Art Show is sponsored by Penford Products, Quaker Oats, and the Linn County Solid Waste Agency. For further information on The Brucemore Garden and Art Show call (319) 362-7375 or visit the Brucemore website at

 Brucemore is Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site and is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 


   I plan to attend the garden show and hope to post photos online afterwards – Cindy


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