Art of Gardening

Master Gardener's LogoMuscatine 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 17, 2018

MCC Strahan Hall
152 Colorado Street
Muscatine, IA

Section: #195689

Cost: $45

(includes lunch)

Time Event
8 - 8:30 a.m. Registration (coffee provided)
8:30 - 8:50 a.m. Welcome & Announcements
8 - 3 p.m. Business Professional of
America Bake Sale
(MCC Student Organization)

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.

Breakout sessions are scheduled for the day as well as vendor exhibits.

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.

Sessions

Session 1 (9 - 10 a.m.)

  1. ORNAMENTAL GRASSES - Chuck Porto, Iowa City Landscaping
    Learn the basics of gardening with ornamental grasses. Chuck will discuss the best species and varieties for different landscaping and gardening situations.

  2. NEW PLANTS FOR 2018 - 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 2018 garden.

  3. OUTDOOR BED PRODUCTION - Ty Allchin, Allchin Acres
    Would you like to grow mushrooms among your garden vegetables? This presentation will cover a few methods to do this using two very easy to identify mushrooms; the Oyster Mushroom and the Wine cap Stropharia.

  4. BUTTERFLY & POLLINATORS IN LANDSCAPE - Peggy Burrows, Meyers Landscaper
    Butterfly and Pollinator Gardens need to expand in the landscape to include trees or shrubs for larvae to hatch and grow as well as mud puddles and water. Come for new additions or ideas for your landscape.

  5. HOT/COOL COLORFUL FLOWER BEDS - Jerry Stevenson, Earl May Nursery
    There are now so many perennials on the market that it is possible to design a specific narrow color palette for your flower beds.

  6. STARTING GARDEN TRANSPLANTS AT HOME - Zora Ronan, Linn County Master Gardener
    This class will give you all the information you need to successfully start garden transplants (seed starting) at home with a minimal amount of equipment.

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

  1. “KNOW-MAINTENANCE” LANDSCAPING - Chuck Porto, Iowa City Landscaping
    It’s a big challenge trying to create a garden and landscape that is easy to install and maintain. There is no such thing as “No Maintenance”, but you can maximize your accomplishments if you “know maintenance”.

  2. CURB APPEAL - Deb Walser, Linn County Master Gardener
    Learn how to evaluate your property, plan the garden, and select plants. Deb will walk you through the planning process for a new house or a new garden.

  3. JOURNALING IN YOUR GARDEN - Dominic Snyder, Iowa Stater
    This seminar goes over how to set up your garden and keep documentation of what occurs in your garden throughout the growing season. Keeping accurate journals of what goes on in your garden can lead to better yields and greater understanding of your garden.

  4. HOSTAHOLICS - Jay McWherter, Linn County Master Gardener
    History, size, colors, sun/shade requirements, soils, division & seed reproduction, moisture & fertilizer, compost & mulch, pests & diseases, virus x. Many home garden photos with before and after garden shots.

  5. CANNING AND PRESERVING - Laura McGinnis, Muscatine County Master Gardener
    If you have a lot of produce, you can freeze-dry to save the good foods we are fortunate to have. We will be reviewing and going over facts/fiction of food preservation.

  6. TREES, SHRUBS AND PERENNIALS…SELECTING THE RIGHT PLANT - Todd Wiebenga, Aunt Rhodie’s
    With so many varieties of plants out on the market, it’s hard to know which ones to buy and use in your garden. Learn some tips for selecting the right plant for the right spot in your landscape.

Lunch 1 (11:30 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 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 (1:15 - 2:15 p.m.)

  1. SAWDUST BLOCK PRODUCTION OF MUSHROOMS - Ty Allchin, Allchin Acres
    This presentation will cover how to successfully fruit purchased sawdust blocks from the comfort of your kitchen. Materials will be listed to create your very own table-top fruiting chamber.

  2. DIVERSITY IN FLOWERS, TREES AND SHRUBS - Jerry Stevenson, Earl May Nursery
    The best protection against insects & disease is to plant a wide range of different plants. Take a tip from nature and don’t put all your plants (eggs) in one basket.

  3. BUZZ ABOUT BEES - Shane Mairet, Mairets Garden Center
    This session is designed to be an overview of all things bees! From how to start beekeeping to pollination and from honey making to bee stings are all topics at this interactive session. We will use audience questions and interests to direct our flight path. Come learn about these amazing creatures.

  4. HARDY ROSES - Deb Walser, Linn County Master Gardener
    Are you in love with roses but not the work required? Learn how to plant, where to plant and the many types of hardy, more disease resistant and compatible roses to grow in today’s gardens.

  5. GROWING MELONS IN FRUITLAND, IOWA - Dominic Snyder, Iowa Stater
    This seminar goes over how to grow watermelon and cantaloupe in Fruitland, IA. Our soils are very unique, which provides a great opportunity to grow melons. We will discuss why our soils are great for growing melons and also give some tips so everyone can be successful.

  6. GOING WILD: WILDFLOWER ID AND GARDENING - Hannah Howard, The Nature Conservancy
    Did you know that Muscatine County is home to the most bio diverse landscape in our state? Join Hannah to learn more about the native wildflowers that are a part of that diversity and figure out how you can begin to Go Wild and use them in your gardening!

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

  1. COLOR FOR ALL SEASONS - Peggy Burrows, Meyers Landscaper
    Seasonal blooms, shades of green, fall foliage, texture and colors of branches and bark; All create a landscape of color or interest. Stop for ideas whether large or small.

  2. BIRDS, BEES AND TREES - Hannah Howard, The Nature Conservancy
    Thinking of adding a few new trees and shrubs to your landscaping this year? Hannah will discuss native trees and shrubs that will attract birds, bees, squirrels and many other wildlife to your yard!

  3. A CRUISE AROUND JAPAN - Zora Ronan, Linn County Master Gardener
    Travel is the next best thing to gardening. Take a photo journey to Japan. Travel with me on a cruise ship from Osaka to Sapporo visiting some famous and iconic Japanese gardens along the way.

  4. BEGINNING VEGETABLE GARDENING - Diane Wiesenfeld, Linn County Master Gardener
    Diane will present information and ideas for the beginning gardener who wants to grow produce and isn’t quite sure how to start. Included will be a discussion about site selection, soil amendment, containers and raised beds, planting schedules and proper care for plants as they grow and produce.

  5. THE SHADE GARDEN - Jay McWherter, Linn County Master Gardener
    Are there difficult areas in your garden due to insufficient sunlight? Explore the wide variety of annuals, perennials and tropicals which can be grown successfully in the shade while adding both beauty and interest. Jay will share his comprehensive knowledge through discussion and photographs.

  6. MONARCH’S - Chris Sample and Candi Witmer, Muscatine County Master Gardeners
    Information and discussion about gardening for Monarch butterflies, whose numbers are in decline. Presentations will include planting flowers that attract butterflies, how to raise the Monarch in your garden and some facts about the life and migration of this butterfly.

 

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.