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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Polk County

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    • 9 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • ISU Extension Office
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    Come to the extension office for 2.5 hours of education on Thursday, February 9, 2023.

    Topics:

    Fire ecology -- Fire has been been a major force affecting much of the world's vegetation and ecosystems for millions of years. It is especially an important ecological factor in grasslands and savannas. This presentation will cover some of the basic principles of fire ecology and its role in the Midwest.

    Invasive species -- Plant and animal species that are non-native and invasive in our natural ecosystems now pose the most significant threat to our natural areas the native plants and animals that live there.  This presentation will review some of the most troublesome invasive species that confront land managers in Iowa, including the ecological challenges they present and methods to control them.

     Dr. Thomas Rosburg is a Professor, Department of Biology, and Curator of Drake University Herbarium. 

      Thursday, February 9, 2023
      6:30 - 9:00 PM  (2.5 hours of education)

      Agenda:
      6:00 PM  Soups on! Bring a side if you like or just come to eat!

      6:30 PM  Housekeeping / Introduction / Program Begins
                      
      9:00 PM  End of evening

    This event is 2.5 hours of education credit for Polk County Master Gardeners toward their continuing education credits. Master Gardeners must complete 10 hrs. yearly.  5 of those hours should be in person or a live webinar with Q&A. 

    A soup supper will start at 6 p.m. before the 6:30 p.m. presentation.

    • 7 Mar 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • ISU Extension Office
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    PCMG Mentor Night

    Mark your calendar and please join us on March 7 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. for Mentor Night at the Polk Co. Extension office! There will be fun and games and a chance to meet and connect with mentors and mentees! Your new PCMG Volunteer Representative, Lindsay, will also be there to answer any questions you have! We hope to see you there!


    Please contact lindsay.gilliatt@gmail.com if you still need a mentor or if you have any questions. 


    • 20 Mar 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Urbandale Library
    This event is for Master Gardeners who volunteer at Demonstration Garden.
    • 23 Mar 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • ISU Extension Office
    Register

    Come to the extension office for 2.5 hours of education on Thursday, March 23, 2023.


    Topic: TBD

    Aaron Steil, ISU Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist, is also the host of "Gardening with Steil" on Iowa PBS TV and regular guest on Iowa Public Radio's weekly show Hort. Friday segment on Talk of Iowa.   

      Thursday, March 23, 2023
      6:30 - 9:00 PM  (2.5 hours of education)

      Agenda:
      6:00 PM  Soups on! Bring a side if you like or just come to eat!

      6:30 PM  Housekeeping / Introduction / Program Begins
                      
      9:00 PM  End of evening

    This event is 2.5 hours of education credit for Polk County Master Gardeners toward their continuing education credits. Master Gardeners must complete 10 hrs. yearly.  5 of those hours should be in person or a live webinar with Q&A. 



    • 11 Apr 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1326 Forest Ave- Forest Ave Library

    A Sustainable Garden for Climate Change

    You can’t control our weather but you can plan a climate resilient landscape. Design your flower bed, vegetable garden, or landscape to withstand extremes from wind, temperature, and moisture. Learn short- and longer-term strategies for your lawn and garden from Polk County Master Gardener Nancy Eichmann.

    Program is open to the public and located at Forest Ave Library. 

    Speaker Biography

    Nancy Eichmann enjoyed a diverse career with Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for 30 years. Post-retirement from Wellmark, she worked for Polk County Extension supporting agriculture programs for several years. Nancy now enjoys time for her many hobbies, traveling with her spouse, and meeting new people by volunteering with non-profit organizations such as Polk County Master Gardeners. Nancy has been a Certified Master Gardener since 2014. A self-study food science nerd, she has taught classes a variety of garden topics but is best known for talks on growing and preserving herbs.


    • 15 Apr 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Demonstration Garden
    This event is for Master Gardeners who would like to volunteer at Demonstration Garden. The objective of this event is to do spring cleaning and prepare the garden for planting and the upcoming season. 
    • 20 Apr 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • ISU Extension Office
    Register

    Come to the extension office for the spring awards celebrations and 1.5 hours of education on Thursday, April 20, 2023. We will 


    Topic: Raised Gardens

    Megan Will is the Dallas County Master Gardener & Master Conservationist Coordinator.

      Thursday, April 20, 2023
      6:30 - 9:00 PM  (1.5 hours of education)

      Agenda:
      6:00 PM  Soups on! Bring a side if you like or just come to eat!

      6:30 PM  Awards Program- Master Gardener Milestones & Recognition 

     7:30 PM Raised Garden Beds Presentation 
                      
      9:00 PM  End of evening

    This event is 1.5 hours of education credit for Polk County Master Gardeners toward their continuing education credits. Master Gardeners must complete 10 hrs. yearly.  5 of those hours should be in person or a live webinar with Q&A. 



    • 22 Apr 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Discovery Garden- Iowa State Fair
    This event is for Master Gardeners who would like to volunteer at Discovery Garden by helping with seasonal pond clean up. It is a great opportunity for those who want to learn more about pond and other water feature maintenance. 
    • 22 Apr 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Enabling Garden

    Enabling Garden Plant Sale 2023.

    Details to TBD.

    • 21 May 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Demonstration Garden

    Demonstration Garden Plant Sale 2023.

    Details to TBD.

    • 23 May 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Enabling Garden
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    Water features is an educational session provided by Master Gardener Dean Brand

    Details to TBD.

    • 13 Jun 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Enabling Garden
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    "Plants that Make Beer" is an educational session provided by Master Gardener Aaron Ostrem. 

    Details to TBD.

    • 17 Jun 2023
    • Cedar Valley Arboretum

    We look forward to reconnecting with past travelers and meeting new friends in 2023. We’ve planned a day full of garden views, education, and shopping in Waterloo-Cedar Falls and Independence. This trip is open to the public.

    The cost of the trip is $99 and includes travel, lunch snacks and admission to all gardens!  

    •  We will visit several private gardens on the Grout Museum District Garden Tour presented by Friends of the Grout Historic Houses.
    • You’ll have time to wander through Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens and eat lunch here while enjoying an educational presentation.
    • In the Country Garden and Gifts located in Independence, Iowa is our plant-shopping destination. The mother and son team, Sue and Josh Spece, started the business in 1998 on the family farm. The nursery blends into the display gardens that surround the Spece's home. Customers are encouraged to meander through the ever expanding garden which features three ponds with streams and waterfalls, over 900 varieties of Hostas, rock gardens, trough gardens, ornamental grasses, dwarf conifers, unusual trees and shrubs, and many uncommon sun and shade perennials. During our stop here, Josh will make a presentation on hostas.

    The morning of the trip, we will meet at the Polk County Extension Office located at 1625 Adventureland Drive in Altoona. There are plenty of places to park your car for the day. We will begin loading the bus at 6:00 a.m. Departure time is 6:30 a.m. We plan to return to the Extension office by 7:00 p.m. Final trip instructions will be emailed two weeks prior to departure.

    You can expect a moderate amount of walking on the trip. Higher fuel costs have caused the bus fees to increase substantially in recent years. The committee worked hard to keep registration fees as low as possible and still provide the full tour experience we have delivered on previous trips. Please register by April 30, 2023.

    We anticipate Master Gardeners on the tour will earn several education hours. The final number of hours will be determined at the conclusion of the tour.

    If you have questions about the trip, please email Carolyn Magnani  at: cersgarden@aol.com



    Register HERE

    • 25 Jul 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Enabling Garden
    Children's Art in the Garden at Enabling Garden is back for another wonderful evening of Story Telling, Art and Crafts, Music, and Bug Zoo!

    More details to come!

    • 22 Aug 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Enabling Garden
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    Wild Birds in the Garden will be Presented by Scott from Wild Birds Unlimited. This event is open to the public.

    Details to TBD.

    • 12 Sep 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Enabling Garden
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    Master Gardeners Ruth O’Connor and Eva Henderson with Sharon Nelson-Vaux will present various gardening topics. 

    Details to TBD.


Contact Us
Office: 515-957-5768
polkmg@iastate.edu

ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County:
1625 Adventureland Dr.
Suite A | Altoona, IA 50009

extension.iastate.edu/polk/

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