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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 www.extension.iastate.edu/linn 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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Tropical oasis

   If you need an escape this winter, you don’t have to travel far. The Noelridge greenhouse offers a tropical oasis in the middle of Cedar Rapids. I usually go to the Mother’s Day and Easter weekend open houses, but would love to visit in the midst of a cold Iowa winter.  Stepping inside the greenhouse is like walking into summer.

   New this year, the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a class at the greenhouse on Monday, Dec. 8. You can use pressed flowers to create greeting cards, as well as a bookmark, at the session, which runs 6-8 p.m. Cost is $10 for residents or $12 for non-residents. Registration information is available at www.crrec.org

 

   Greenhouse tours also are available for groups or classes Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (319) 286-5762 in advance to schedule a tour. Cost is $2 per person, with an adult chaperone free.

 

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