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Garden Talk - Expand your garden knowledge

By Jean Thomson | Feb 23, 2017

While winter and early spring weather or soft ground keep us out of our gardens, an ideal use of our time is learning more about the art and science of gardening.

Reading has its place in this endeavor. However, nothing is more fun or more worthwhile than gathering for a day of immersion with experts and fellow gardeners.

One opportunity right ahead is the Winter Gardening Fair at Kirkwood Community College on Saturday, Feb. 25. Offerings include more than 40 workshops and dozens of displays and vendors. For complete class descriptions and registration information, you have several options. Go online to http://bit.ly/wgf2017, call 319-377-9839, or pick up printed information at the public library or extension office.

A closer-to-home opportunity comes on Saturday, March 4. That is this year’s date for the 11th annual Spring Symposium sponsored by Henry County Master Gardeners. The specific location will be the First United Methodist Church, in Mt. Pleasant.

This year the spring symposium offers two keynote presentations and choices for three breakout sessions. At 9 a.m., Dr. Jim Pease will present “Possums Under the Porch: Managing Nuisance Wildlife.” If you have heard him talk on the radio, you know that we are in for an entertaining and informative hour!

The second symposium keynote follows lunch and is titled, “Fit for Gardening.” Drawing on their expertise as both master gardeners and physical therapy assistants at HCHC, Tina Loges and Lynn Grelk will share strategies to keep gardeners safe and active.

Choices for breakout sessions are abundant and varied. You can learn about straw bale gardening, high tunnels, and row covers. If you want to attract wildlife rather than deter, there is a session with that focus. Sessions on shade gardening and sempervivums will interest those who emphasize ornamentals. And these samples just scratch the surface of choices available!

For registration information, stop by the extension office at 127 N. Main in Mt. Pleasant; call 319-385-8126; or email dwellman@iastate.edu. Act now to take advantage of great learning opportunities.

 

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