Guest: Mike Bevins
Mike Bevins, IDALS, Horticulture and Farmers Market Program
Horticulture & Farmers Market Program : Horticulture Organizations
Prairie Nursery: Native Plants that Grow Under Pines
Des Moines Men's Garden Club Plant Sale
Guest: Bill Johnson, Natural Resource Biologist,
2820 Brushy Creek Road
Lehigh, IA 50557
Greenhouse Transplanting: Volunteers Needed
Date: Saturday April 13, 2013
Time: 10 AM - 2 PM
2820 Brushy Creek Road
Reiman Gardens Update
Plant Pals - This new program is a great opportunity to cultivate a garden at Reiman Gardens. We are going to grow huge vegetables like giant pumpkins, tomatoes and sunflowers, as well as beautiful flowers. Each session has hands-on activities to interact with all the wonderful plants that we enjoy and eat. Classes are great for kids of all ages to participate in with an adult.
Programs every two weeks. The next program is Friday, April 19th at 10am
Amorphophallus (Voo Doo Lily) Update
Aaron's Voo Doo Lily is almost ready to bloom!
How Stuff Works, Cardinal Flower
The Russ O'Harra Hosta Society will have its spring meeting on Sunday April 14 at the Newton Arboretum. Members and the public interested in hosta are invited to attend, with a great opportunity for new members to join the Society. The meeting starts at noon, with a potluck at 12:00, followed by a special speaker, Rob Mortko. Rob Mortko is from Kansas City and is a well-known hosta enthusiast in all facets, including breeding and vending. His presentation "Tissue Cultures for Dummies-Like Me" will be as entertaining as educational in describing his experiences of developing a home-based tissue culture process for growing hosta. The Newton Arboretum is located at 3000 N. 4th St. E in Newton. Further details are available thru the Russ O'Harra website at www.rohs.org, Reldon Ramsey at 641-780-9031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Outdoor activities next week, sponsored by our local Sierra Club
Invasive Species Removal
Volunteer at Yellow Banks County Park for invasive species removal beginning in April every Monday night at 6 p.m. Meet at the maintenance shed just inside the park and wear heavy work shoes or boots, sturdy gloves, long sleeves and long pants. Difficulty level: Moderate. Contact Penny at 262-1224 to sign up or to check on weather conditions.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6: 1:30 PM
Clive Greenbelt Hike
Meet at the shelter in Greenbelt Park off the 100th Street entrance. Cabin fever relief! There is usually a lot of wildlife along the trail or through the woods. Boots are recommended. Call George at 745-7563 for questions.
SATURDAY, APRIL 13: 10 AM
Spring Fever Symposium at the Iowa Arboretum
Amorphophallus update - BLOOMING!
Aaron's VooDoo Lily (Amorphophallus konjac) is almost ready to bloom!
and the bloom smells like rotten meat!
Spring is on its way!
Tulips emerging in Aaron's yard
and Crocus blooming!
Planting Asparagus in the Home Garden,Richard Jauron,
ISU Extension Horticulture & Home Pest news
Local Nursery Recommendations
Hardy bamboo listing from the Iowa Gardening Forum on GardenWeb
Some of our Favorite Early Spring Blooming Plants
- Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas)
- Vernal Witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis)
- Siberian Squill (Scilla sibierica)
- Danford Iris (Iris danfordiae)
- Pasque flower (Pulsatilla patens)
- Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum)
Gardening for Butterflies and Other Welcomed Insects
Who are these welcomed insects?
Butterflies and moths (of course)
Bees (honey, bumble, mason, and others)
Dragonflies and Damselflies
Pest Predators (Praying Mantis, Beetles, Lady Bugs & Other Beetles)
How do you welcome them?
Water source – (remember puddles not ponds)
Create plant corridors
Get the neighbors involved
Change some gardening practices
Reduce clean up in fall
What is Baby Corn? Washington State
Jim has grown the BONUS Variety from Shumway.
Guest: Susan Appleget-Hurst
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Guests: Holly & Joel Gettys
Holly and Joel Gettys
4240 Clinton Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
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