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Delaware County Master Gardeners Announce Mondays in March

Each year, the ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County Master Gardeners hold an educational lecture series called “Mondays in March”.

These presentations are designed to educate and entertain anyone interested in gardening and growing. All programs are held at 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 116 Guetzko Court, in Manchester.  The first lecture will be held on Monday, March 7, and will continue each Monday evening throughout the month. The public is invited to attend, with a $2 donation taken at the door, and door prizes given away each week.  Weather related cancellations will be announced on KMCH.

Dates, presenters, and topics include:

Monday, March 7, “New Landscape Staples: Plants for Every Garden” with Bruce Quint.

Are you looking for the perfect plant for your garden or landscape? Or wondering how to diversify your plant palette? In the presentation Bruce Quint, owner of Select Landscapes of Iowa will discuss a wide variety of newer plantings that anyone can successfully grow.  Included will be shrubs, perennials, grasses, conifers, and trees.  Special attention will be given to native and pollinator plantings for those interested in naturalistic landscapes and bringing insect life to your yard.

Monday, March 14, “Preserve the Taste of Summer 101” by Kelsey Salow.

Love that fresh garden produce? Want to enjoy it year round? Preserve it! It’s not difficult, but you do need to follow safe methods.  Kelsey Salow, Food and Health Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach will teach you how to can, freeze, and dry foods safely at home with this introductory course.

Monday, March 21, “Garden Produce Anatomy” with Ray Kruse.

Did you know when you’re eating strawberries you are eating flowers or that potatoes are not true roots?  These may seem like random trivia knowledge but knowing what part of the garden produce we are eating is helpful when growing them in the garden.  This helps us understand why we hill up our potatoes, cut the seed heads off our rhubarb, and do not plant our onions too deep.  Hear Ray Kruse, Master Gardener coordinator with Dubuque County ISU Extension and Outreach dissect some of your common garden produce and learn tips about growing it.

Monday, March 28, “Everything you need to Know about Daylilies” by Gaylord Stauffer

Everything you wanted to know about daylilies but were afraid to ask! What is a daylily? Where do you plant or purchase daylilies? Learn from Gaylord Stauffer, a Black Hawk County Master Gardner who has 100-150 varieties of daylilies in his own garden! Other topics will include planting, transplanting, colors, shapes, and sizes.

For more information about the “Mondays in March” educational lecture series, visit: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/delaware/ or contact the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Delaware County Office at 563-927-4201.

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