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Polk County Master Gardeners and isu Extension and outreach in polk county  Presents


March 16, 2024 


Event Details- Open to the public 

Early Bird Registration opens 12.28.23 - $75

After 1.30.24 regular price - $85

Ankeny DMACC Campus | FFA Enrichment Center | 1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny, IA

March 16, 2024 | 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Exhibit Booth Reservations:

The event will feature a unique opportunity in our area to meet and network with over 200 local gardeners, horticulture field experts and professionals! Make a plan and reserve your space! Exhibit booth reservations are now open. Learn more on our Exhibitors Page.


Speakers and Schedule

This year's symposium feature speaker topics that support the "growing a Greener Tomorrow" theme. Morning keynote is Benjamin Vogt of Monarch Gardens  speaking on "A new Garden Ethic" and afternoon keynote is Ed Lyon director of Reiman Gardens who will be speaking on "Climate Smart Gardening". To see full schedule and line up GO HERE or Download full event info HERE.

Get Gardening.

Gain insight through research based information presented by a variety of experts from ISU staff to industry leaders. You will have the chance to choose from 6 popular workshop topics.  This event is open to the public.

Be inspired!

Enjoy plenty of time to browse industry exhibits and visit with vendors and more! Explore gardening trends, products, and creative ideas to jump start the season and get your green thumb inspiration. 

Dig In.

Exceptional keynote speakers with innovative and current topics such as "A New Garden Ethic" by Benjamin Vogt and "Climate Smart Gardening" by Ed Lyon, bookend your day with great garden thoughts from beginning to end.


Meet gardeners, Master Gardeners and Horticulture experts. Learn and share tips with one another and network with like minded individuals.   Fun and inspired learning offers growth for gardeners of all levels and expertise.

2024 Sponsors:

    Sponsorship Opportunities:

Polk County Master Gardeners is a volunteer service program of ISU Extension and Outreach. The 350 plus Master Gardeners in Polk County provide an average of 13,000 volunteer hours a year. Our projects provide free gardening education, youth engagement, and restful demonstration gardens. Among our service projects is growing and donating produce to area food pantries--during 2023, our projects donated over 5,000 pounds of fresh food!

Master Gardener projects rely on funding support from our communities. Your sponsorship will allow us to provide a blue-ribbon educational event, and it may also help us  to continue our other outreach programs during 2024.  And, the Dig into Gardening Symposium is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your business or organization to this garden-focused audience!

 Check out the various sponsorship levels and opportunities here! 

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