Winter Gardening - Seminars, Seed Catalogs & More

All about Geraniums

These summer annuals can grow year-round indoors.  If you wish to start them from seed, they are slow to get going and should be started in February. So here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension on these classic annuals!

Orchid Fest At Reiman Gardens

Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Exotic orchids in a variety of species and colors will be on display and available for purchase both days. The Central Iowa Orchid Society will also staff a question and answer booth, providing both novices and experienced growers valuable insight on care and keeping of orchids.

Here is a photo of one of the cool orchids Aaron got at last year's Reiman Gardens Orchid Fest!

Thinking about a Container Vegetable Garden?

Here is a little information to help you get planning for this spring.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Think Spring Garden Seminar includes inspiring speakers, door prizes, time to shop in the garden marketplace plus a delicious catered lunch.  Master Gardeners earn 4 CEU credits.  

Join Marcia Leeper, Horticulture Writer and retired Corporate Gardener for Garden Gate magazine and August Home Publishing for 20 years, who will show us How to Spice Up Our Gardens with Edible Landscapes and Containers.   

Dr. Russell Benedict has taught at Central College since 2002 and has spent 30 years studying and exploring the prairies and woods of the Midwest.  He will teach and inspire us to contribute to the restoration of this vanishing landscape – The Prairies of Iowa.  

Lisa Orgler, ISU Senior Horticulture Lecturer and owner Paper Garden Workshop, will walk us through the design process to create garden structure, which in turn miraculously reveals garden rooms!  

Matthew Bailey, founder of Plant Sync, received his Ph.D. in Crop Genetics and Breeding from the University of Georgia in 1993.  Throughout his career he became concerned about climate change and launched Plant Sync in 2015.  Learn about our changing climate and what we as gardeners can do to adapt to and help prevent, climate change. 

Register now!  Simply call 515-961-9420 or register online at, click Register Online and search Think Spring.  You must pre-register for this event. Check-in the day of the event begins at 8:30 a.m.  The Kent Campus Center, 701 N C Street, is located just west of Buxton Park in Indianola.

Information about Straw Bale Gardening

We had several listeners inquire about this method of gardening today.

Here are several resources that may be helpful.

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