Delaware Co. Master Gardeners Announce “Mondays in March” Speakers

The Delaware County Master Gardeners have announced the speakers for their upcoming “Mondays in March” series.

Each Monday night in March, the group hosts an educational lecture series about gardening with a different speaker each night.

Monday, March 5 “Crazy Plant Geek – Unleashed”

Keith Kovarik of K & K Gardens will discuss a large array of perennials, shrubs, roses, grasses, and other miscellaneous  plants, that people often forget about, don’t know exist, and just great basic plants for your garden. The presentation will be geared for both new gardeners and experienced gardeners.  K & K Gardens has been Iowa’s #1 Destination Garden Center since 1996, offering Northeast Iowa the largest selection of new and unusual perennials, annuals, woody ornamentals, water garden plants, water garden equipment, accessories, garden gifts, tools, and an incredible selection of hosta. K & K Gardens has nearly one acre of enchanting perennial gardens displaying endless ideas for all levels of the gardening enthusiast. Located on the southern edge of Northeast Iowa’s rolling hills in the small community of Hawkeye, Iowa, this retail nursery has been referred to as a “must see” destination for every gardener.

Monday, March 12 “Heavenly Hydrangeas” 

The first time Deb Walser was sent in to her grandmother’s gardens to pick raspberries, eating more than she brought back, she was hooked. Gardening was for her. In high school she took care of the school greenhouse, setting up experiments for the teachers. Many plants went home with her for the summer. These days a terrific day, rain or shine, is working in her gardens until the mosquitoes bite. Deb has been a Master Gardener in Linn County since 1995. You may have heard her on WMT 600. Professionally Deb has worked at a local garden center in Cedar Rapids for eighteen years, the last seventeen as a perennial specialist.

Monday, March 19 “Growing Strawberries and Raspberries Using Modern Production Practices”

Ray Kruse grew up on a Brown Swiss dairy farm east of Dyersville. Growing up he was involved in 4-H raising horticultural crops for the county fair. After graduation from Western Dubuque High School, he attended Iowa State University focusing on soils in the Agronomy, Bachelor of Science program. He was accepted into the Iowa State University’s Horticulture Graduate Program with Dr. Ajay Nair after completing his bachelor’s degree. In graduate school he focused his studies on sustainable vegetable production using cover crop rotations. Continuing his interest in research he worked in a soil analysis lab studying nitrogen in soil. As of July this past summer he has joined his fiancé in Dyersville and started his current position as a Food System Coordinator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Dubuque County.

Monday, March 26 “Native Plants for the Gardener: Sustainable Choices for Iowans”

Judy Nauseef is a landscape designer and writer working in Eastern Iowa. She is a certified fellow of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and an Iowa Certified Nursery Professional. Judy develops custom garden designs based on the needs, interests, and living style for your home.  Her recent book, Gardening with Native Plants in the upper Midwest: Bringing the Tallgrass Prairie Home, provides a guide to adding native plants to the residential landscape.

Anyone is welcome to attend the “Mondays in March” programs. They start at 7 pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Manchester, with a two dollar donation taken at the door.