WAPELLO, Iowa — Gardeners have the opportunity this summer to learn about theme gardens, planting trough gardens, water features and conservation, attracting butterflies and bees and growing herbs. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach “Growing Season” webinar series will be offered at multiple locations across Iowa during June, July and August.

This is the sixth year for the Iowa Master Gardener program annual summer series. It is open to all interested gardeners; participants are not required to have completed master gardener training to attend.

Each of the three webinars feature an Iowa Master Gardener and ISU Extension and Outreach faculty or staff member presenting the two-hour course at an ISU Extension and Outreach county office. Course topics and speakers include:

  • "Design from Yard to Trough," with Iowa State University Department of Horticulture lecturer Lisa Orgler and Fayette County Master Gardener Gary Whittenbaugh. Participants will learn how to add spark to landscape designs and trough planters filled with conifers and their companions.
  • "Water in the Garden." ISU Extension and Outreach horticulturist Denny Schrock, along with Boone County Master Gardener Jamie Beyer, will discuss various water saving techniques to apply to the garden and how to incorporate creative water features.
  • "Pollinators and Growing Herbs" will be presented by Nathan Brockman, the curator of the butterfly wing of Reiman Gardens at Iowa State and Polk County Master Gardener Susan Appleget Hurst. Participants will learn about attracting bees, birds and butterflies, and focus on growing, harvesting and preserving culinary herbs.

Webinars will cost $3 for attendance and registration is required. The webinars with be 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9; Tuesday, July 7 and Tuesday, August 11.

To register for any or all of the Growing Season webinars in Louisa County, contact Andrea Farrier, Ag Program Assistant at 319-523-2371, ext. 207 or at farrier@iastate.edu. Webinars are pre-recorded, so dates and times will vary with location. All master gardeners attending the webinars will earn two continuing education hours for each webinar.

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