Art of Gardening

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Cost for the seminar is $45. (includes lunch)
A registration form and complete
list of activities can be found
in the Art of  Gardening Brochure
Muscatine Community College’s Continuing Education Department is again offering its popular Art of Gardening daylong seminar.

This year’s seminar will be held:

Saturday, March 18, 2017
8 - 8:30 a.m. Registration (coffee provided)
8:30 - 8:50 a.m. Welcome & Announcements
8 - 11 a.m. Wapsi 4-H Club bake sale

MCC Strahan Hall
152 Colorado Street
Muscatine, IA

The Art of Gardening seminar is used to educate and inspire others to seek enjoyment and fulfillment through a variety of home gardening related topics and activities.

A total of 26 breakout sessions are scheduled for the day as well as vendor exhibits.

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 1 (9 - 10 a.m.)

  1. Everything Whimsical!-Lori Bailey, Linn County Master Gardener
    Let the fun begin! How about putting a little whimsy in your garden! Lori will share how to put your own personal style and artful fun into your garden. Learn how to accent your favorite plants with colorful, purposeful and whimsical garden art. It will turn your garden into a unique, one-of-a-kind backyard retreat!

  2. New Plants for 2017-Maria McCulley, 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 2017 garden.

  3. Successful Hanging Baskets and Containers-Deb Walser, Linn County Master Gardener
    Why don't my baskets and containers look like they did when purchased? Deb will share with you the tricks to keeping your plants looking like they were just purchased. We will talk thru planting, watering, fertilizing and pruning during the summer months. Deb will share many before, during and after photos of baskets and containers this past summer, highlighting the good experiences as well as the bad.

  4. Rain Gardening-Dan Mays, Scott County Master Gardener
    For the past 14 years, Dan has constructed numerous rain garden installations in both private and commercial settings. Dan currently maintains three entirely different styles of rain gardens in his home landscape. He will share both the dos and don’ts he has learned from his research and testing in urban landscape.

  5. Miniature Fairy Gardens-Sylvia Kelly, Linn County Master Gardener
    Learn a little history of fairies and how to create miniature gardens with tiny plants and little things. Lots of pictures and ideas for indoors and outdoors.

  6. Ooooh! That Smell: Landscaping with Fragrance-Chuck Porto, Iowa City Landscaping
    Discover trees and shrubs that will add fragrance to your landscape-often in interesting and unexpected ways.

Session 2 (10:15 - 11:15 a.m.)

  1. Herbs for Butterflies-Judy Bemer, Linn County Master Gardener
    Judy will match herbs to butterflies in our area.  She will share a couple of projects that are easy to make and will also provide herbal treats

  2. Moonlight Gardens-Debbie Main, Linn County Master Gardener
    Love your gardens from warm summer evening through snowy winter nights by choosing elements and plants to take advantage of romantic moonlight. Debbie will give you lots of ideas on how to love your gardens every hour of the day.

  3. Colorful Conifers Large or Small! - Peggy Burrows, Meyers Landscape
    Selecting evergreens for the right location-sun exposure, spread and height will help you succeed some four season interest in your landscape.

  4. Stone Scaping-Todd Wiebenga, Aunt Rhodies
    Explore the use of natural stone as accents in a garden. Paving for walkways or patios, as well as retaining walls.

  5. Impacts of Small Space Gardening-Lee Falkena
    Have you always wanted to garden? Grow your favorite vegetables to save some money. Do you always say “I don’t have space to grow that”? Lee will show you some tried and true ways of gardening in small spaces.

  6. Blooms for the Birds-Sylvia Kelly, Linn County Master Gardener
    Basics of attracting birds to your yard;  what to plant, where to plant and what birds you can expect to visit you and what else you might need to do to create the perfect habitat for the feathered among us.

Lunch 1(11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

Stump the Experts Panel (12:15 - 1:15 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 (12:15 - 1 p.m.)

Stump the Experts Panel

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 (1:15 - 2:15 p.m.)

  1. Steps and Stones-Debbie Main, Linn County Master Gardener
    Less mowing and less weeding! Debbie will walk you through ways to incorporate paths and steps into your existing landscape. She will cover materials and preparations as well as design elements to enhance your home and garden style.

  2. Color for the Shade Garden-Lori Bailey, Linn County Master Gardener
    Lori will bring you creative ways to add color to any shade garden using garden art and her favorite perennial and annual shade plants. She looks beyond hostas for great alternative shade plants, including plants that complement them.

  3. Extreme Gardening: Dealing with Challenging Conditions-Denny Schrock, Iowa State University
    Climate change means dealing with weather extremes, from extended drought to period flooding and wide fluctuations in temperature. Learn how to anticipate these extremes and best deal with them in your yard.

  4. Smart Phone Apps and Podcasts for the Home Gardener-William Brunkan, Scott County Master Gardener
    There are smartphone apps and podcasts of value to the home gardener. Learn the advantages and limitations of smartphones and podcasts. The presentation highlights and samples several worthwhile apps or podcasts from the hundreds available on the web and includes an annotated handout listing some recommended apps and podcasts.

  5. Color All Season-Zora Ronan, Linn County Master Gardener
    Color gives us the biggest bang for our gardening buck. This class looks at how we can get color in our gardens through the season with selections of bulbs, perennials, and annuals.

  6. Healing Happens in the Garden-Jen Kardos, Backyard Abundance
    This interactive presentation explores the many health benefits of creating ecologically-beneficial landscapes that heal the earth, while healing ourselves.  Paths to healing for our bodies include exploring the scientifically recognized benefits of microbes in the soil, nourishing our bodies with the right kind of foods from edible landscaping, as well as the documented spiritual/mind benefits of nature and gardening. Throughout the presentation, Jen will identify some key plants and design approaches that can help make our landscapes more healing.

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

  1. Raised-bed Gardening-Deb Walser, Linn County Master Gardener
    Having trouble getting up from the ground after planting? Raised bed gardening is for you. No Space for a garden? You can plant enough vegetables in a 4’x4’ garden to feed two people for the season or a family of four, using only 4’x8’ in space. Less weeding and better bug control…Deb has been gardening in raised beds for more than twenty years.

  2. Companion Plants and What Works Well Together-Todd Wiebenga, Aunt Rhodies
    With more varieties of perennials and shrubs available each year, designing a garden can be a challenge and a blessing. Find out which plants work well together and which ones don’t work as companion plants.

  3. Ferns and Mosses as Garden Accents-Peggy Burrows, Meyers Landscaping
    Accent your gardens! Ferns for color and/or texture accent against bold hostas or rhododendrons as well as mosses growing on rocks, paths or humorous accents. Enjoy.

  4. A Taste of Herbs-Judy Bemer, Linn County Master Gardener
    Learn how and where to grow herbs, how to use and preserve them. Judy will introduce some new herbs and discuss those that may be familiar as well. A “cuppa tea” and a plate of herbal goodies will be served to enjoy with the class.

  5. The Monet Garden-Zora Ronan, Linn County Master Gardener
    Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France is one of the most visited gardens in the world. This class is a tour through the garden from April to October. As we tour we will give you ideas on color and plant selection to replicate Monet’s garden in Iowa.

  6. Wildlife Friendly Gardening with Native and Adapted Plants-Chuck Porto, Iowa City Landscaping
    See how Chuck transformed his one acre property from barren and lifeless to a haven for birds and other wildlife, and the plants that can make it happen for you.

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