Art of Gardening

Master Gardener's LogoMuscatine Community College’s Continuing Education Department is again offering its popular Art of Gardening daylong seminar, to educate and inspire others to seek enjoyment and fulfillment through a variety of home gardening-related topics and activities. 

This year’s seminar will be held:

Saturday, March 9, 2019

MCC Strahan Hall
152 Colorado Street
Muscatine, IA

Class ID: #3621

Cost: $45 (includes lunch)

Registration is from 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. with coffee provided. The Welcome and Announcements are from 8:30 - 8:45 a.m. followed by the breakout sessions. Breakout sessions are scheduled for the day as well as vendor exhibits, and the Business Professional of America Bake Sale (MCC Student Organization).

REGISTER ONLINE

For more information contact Cynthia Kress in Muscatine Community College’s Continuing Education Department, 563-288-6161 or toll free 1-888-351-4669.

Session Options

Session 1 (9 - 9:50 a.m.)

  1. NEW ANNUALS/PERENNIALS FOR 2019
    Maria McCalley, Owner-Hilltop Greenhouses
    Always on the cutting edge with the newest and most interesting plants at her greenhouse, Maria will share what she believes will be the “must have” plants for your 2019 garden.

  2. XERISCAPING
    Peggy Burrows, Meyers Landscape
    Peggy will define the term “xeriscaping” and its application for the Midwest. She will explain how to establish and maintain an attractive and healthy landscape while reducing water usage through the use of drought tolerant plants and other water saving practices.

  3. LANDOWNER CONSERVATION OPTIONS AND STRATEGIES
    Ron Knopik, Scott County Master Gardener
    Ron will cover topics ranging from pollinator seedings, wetbed restorations, invasive species removal and controlling encroachment. Special attention will be given to participant questions and options to fund these efforts.

  4. BLUEBERRIES, STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, OH MY!
    Deb Walser, Linn County Master Gardener
    Blueberries, strawberries and raspberries can grow in Iowa and taste better coming out of your own garden. Learn how to adjust your soil, how and where to plant. Learn the special needs of watering. Learn how to prune the first year and future years from LCMG Deb Walser. She will present the different types of berries for the best crop in Iowa. Deb has grown berries for a family of 4 in Iowa for more than 20 years. Now if she could just figure out how to keep the neighbor children out of them…

  5. DONATION GARDENING-IMPROVING FOOD SECURITY
    Krista Regennitter, Muscatine County Extension Director
    Donation gardening is easy! You can donate excess produce from your own garden, plant extra rows specifically for donation, or work with other gardeners to plant a whole garden specifically for donation to a food pantry. Join us to learn about the food insecurity needs in Muscatine County and how gardeners can help.

  6. FUR, SCALES AND ANIMAL TALES
    Hannah Howard, The Nature Conservancy
    Did you know that Muscatine is home to the highest biodiversity found in Iowa? Learn more about the region’s uncommon and unique wildlife that make up that diversity during this session full of photos, videos and interesting wildlife facts with The Nature Conservancy.

  7. PROVEN CULTIVARS FOR THE HOME VEGETABLE GARDEN
    Paul Rost, Earl May Nursery, Iowa City
    This session will cover a broad spectrum of growing edibles in home garden spaces. Suggestions will be made regarding the advantages of selecting cultivars which perform well in our part of the Midwest.

Session 2 (10:10 - 11 a.m.)

  1. DEALING WITH BAD SOIL: MAKE PLANTING BEDS THRIVE
    Todd Wiebenga, Aunt Rhodie’s Landscaping
    From sandy soil to heavy clay to good topsoil, we have had to deal with “bad soil.” With 25 years of digging in the Iowa soil, Todd will relate his methods of amending difficult soils, selecting the right plants and adopting a proper watering routine to get plants to thrive.

  2. VINES, VERTICLES AND VARIANTS
    Debbie Main, Linn County Master Gardener
    Great ideas on how to pack more plants into your home landscape! Which flower and food crops can be grown vertically, how to train them, where to locate them within your landscape, growing tips and some unusual ideas on what can be used to keep them vertical.

  3. EXTENDING THE SEASON: WINTER GARDENING/COLD FRAMES
    Rachel Horner Brackett, Muscatine County Master Gardener
    It is possible to start your garden outdoors in Iowa while the snow flies! Learn how to start winter gardening using recycled wooden cold frames and protective cloches made from everyday materials. Rachel will discuss which winter-hardy vegetables are your best bet for a cold season crop and how to start seeds outdoors.

  4. PRUNING: HOW, WHY, WHEN
    Charles Rickey, Muscatine County Master Gardener
    How to prune, when to prune and with what tool. Rick will cover tools, evergreens, trees, ie; oak, maple, fruit, ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and
    vegetables.

  5. GARDENING WITH CONIFERS
    Gary Whittenbaugh, American Conifer Society
    Here’s your invitation to a whole new world of gardening. See how the color, texture
    and form of conifers add year round beauty and contrast to gardens and landscapes.

  6. PEONIES
    Zora Ronan, Linn County Master Gardener
    Peonies are one of those plants that welcome you in spring and are the backbone of a herbaceous perennial garden. This class looks at the selection, planting and maintenance of herbaceous and tree peonies.

  7. PLANTING FOR BIO SWAILES
    Peggy Burrows, Meyers Landscape
    You may be able to convert natural waterway and other low-lying portions of your yard or garden into a bioswale. A bioswale is a storm water runoff conveyance system that provide an alternative to storm sewers; it can absorb low flows or carry runoff from heavy rains to storm sewer inlets. At the same time, bioswales can improve water quality by infiltrating the first flush of storm water runoff or filtering larger storm flows.

 

Lunch 1 (11:20 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.)


To accommodate participants, lunch is split into two groups with the session on Stump the Experts coming before lunch or after. 

Stump the Experts Panel After Lunch (12:20 - 1 p.m.)
Join a panel of experts as they answer questions posed to them by their audience. Our experts are all professionals in the area of horticulture and come with a vast range of knowledge to share

 

Lunch 2 (12:20 - 1:10 p.m.)


To accommodate participants, lunch is split into two groups with the session on Stump the Experts coming before lunch or after. 

Stump the Experts Panel Before Lunch >(11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.)
Join a panel of experts as they answer questions posed to them by their audience. Our experts are all professionals in the area of horticulture and come with a vast range of knowledge to share.

 

Session 3 (1:30 - 2:20 p.m.)

  1. SQ. FT. GARDENS/RAISED BED GARDENING
    Deb Walser, Linn County Master Gardener
    No space for a garden? You can plant enough vegetables in a 4’ x 4’ garden to feed two people for the season or a family of four, using only 4’ x 8’ in space. Hate the weeding and bug control? Having trouble getting up from the ground? Raised bed gardening is for you. Pass on the fun of gardening to your children and grandchildren. Deb has been gardening in raised beds for thirty years. Come see her gardens and learn.

  2. PLANTS THAT HAVE CHANGED HISTORY
    Rachel Horner Brackett, Muscatine County Master Gardener
    Plants and our symbiotic relationship with them made humankind what it is today. Dr. Horner Brackett is a professor of archaeology and anthropology. This talk will look at prehistoric evidence for the plants that made a powerful impact on both the earliest civilizations and the modern world.

  3. CARE FOR FRUIT AND NUTS TREES (HEARTNUTS,PAWPAW, ETC.)
    Tom Wahl/Kathy Dice, Red Barn Farm
    There are beautiful native and naturalized trees and shrubs that you can plant around your home that will provide nuts and fruit for you and/or wildlife. We will talk about easy to care for species that work well for southeast Iowa. We will emphasize pawpaw, heartnut, honeyberry (Haskap), hazel, chestnut, Asian pear and American persimmon.

  4. CLIMATE CHANGE AND YOUR GARDEN
    Ray Wolf, Scott County Master Gardener
    Set politics aside and learn about the science of climate change and what it means for our Midwestern yards and gardens, including longer growing seasons, milder winters and more humid summers.

  5. GARDENS OF ISRAEL AND INDIA
    Paul Rost, Earl May Nursery, Iowa City
    An invitation to view the gardens on Mount Carmel in Haifa and Acre, Israel and explore some gardens in India that he has visited. Be prepared for beautiful photography and perhaps some ideas that can be translated to your own Iowa garden.

  6. GOURD JEWELRY
    Rhonda LeMar-James, Owner-Rhonda’s Garden and Gifts
    We will use prepared gourd chards, dried botanicals, threads and other embellishments to create a beautiful gourd necklace.

  7. KNOW-MAINTENANCE GARDENING PRUNING SHRUBS AND YOUNG TREES
    Chuck Porto, Iowa City Landscaping
    Learn the proper timing and techniques for pruning shrubs and young trees to maximize the beauty of your plants and avoid the many pitfalls of improper pruning.

Session 4 (2:40 - 3:30 p.m.)

  1. LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU
    Debbie Main, Linn County Master Gardener
    Envy those gorgeous outdoor decorating pictures you see in magazines? We’ll dissect a few and look for easy and inexpensive ways to “WOW” your guests.

  2. GARDENING WITH NATIVE FLOWERS AND TREES
    Hannah Howard, The Nature Conservancy
    Have you heard the buzz around natives, but don’t know where to start? Join Hannah as she discusses how you can begin to incorporate native flowers and trees into your landscaping. Native plants not only add beauty and diversity to your garden, but they also help our imperiled pollinators and other wildlife. Plus, a few lucky participants will go home with native wildflower seeds!

  3. PLANTING LANDSCAPE TREES: PROMOTING DIVERSITY
    Mark Vitosh, Iowa DNR
    Trees are an integral part of a community and our yard. Insect threats such as Emerald Ash Borer are significantly impacting the local tree resource. Come learn how to properly plant new shade trees and the diversity of available species.

  4. TROUGH GARDENING
    Gary Whittenbaugh, American Conifer Society
    What is hypertufa? How is it made and used to construct a trough? What type of soil is correct and what plants should you use? What to do with the garden come winter? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

  5. TOMATO TECH
    Patrick O’Malley, Iowa State
    The tomato session will begin with a brief whimsical overview on whether tomatoes are actually fruit or a vegetable. This will be followed by the course of action needed to increase the likelihood of having a bountiful and flavorsome tomato crop. Dr. O’Malley will include pre-plant considerations along with growing techniques. As for post-harvest use of tomatoes, you are on your own.

  6. NOURISHING GARDENS AND PLANT-BASED COOKING DEMO
    Nancy Dew, Linn County Master Gardener
    This session will give you ideas regarding the use of your garden space to optimize harvesting produce for plant based cooking. Plant based lifestyle information and cooking demonstration (and sampling) will be the emphasis of the hour presented by nutritionist Nancy Dew.

  7. FAVORITE GARDENS
    Zora Ronan, Linn County Master Gardener
    Travel is the next best thing to gardening. Travel with me to six of my favorite gardens, both foreign and domestic, private and public, big and small.

For more information or to register, contact Cynthia Kress in Muscatine Community College’s Continuing Education Department, 563-288-6161 or toll free 1-888-351-4669.