The Iowa Master Gardener program is again offering a series of summer garden webinars to be hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The theme of this summer’s series is “Moisture Extremes in the Landscape.” “Iowa Gardeners are dealing with a variety of extreme conditions this summer,” said Denny Schrock, state Master Gardener coordinator. “There are areas of the state that have gone from drought and abnormally dry conditions to flooding, places that have received twice the normal precipitation amount, and areas that have received only a fraction of the normal amount of rain.” Schrock said plant selection and landscaping decisions can help gardeners manage the weather extremes and the summer webinar series will cover those topics.
It is open to anyone interested, Master Gardener training is not necessary to attend. Summer webinar dates, topics and presenters are as follows:
·Tuesday, July 23 – “Landscape Plants for Moisture Extremes” – Richard Jauron, horticulture specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; “Waterwise Landscaping” – Denny Schrock, Iowa Master Gardener coordinator, Iowa State University
·Tuesday, Aug. 13 – “Diagnosing Drought Damage, Flood Damage and Other Abiotic Stress Injury on Landscape Trees and Shrubs” – Jeff Iles, horticulture department chair at Iowa State University
·Tuesday, Sept. 3 – “Efficient Home Landscape Irrigation” – Mike Baron, irrigation and water management specialist, The Toro Company
Also, the sessions will be held from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Keokuk County Extension Office located at 400 220th Ave.-Suite A,, Sigourney. Register by calling 641-622-2680 or email Katrinna Bain at firstname.lastname@example.org The $5 registration fee will be collected at the door.