Japanese beetle watch begins

Japanese beetle watch begins

UPDATE (June 25, 2016) One day after posting this, I’ve seen the first Japanese beetles of the season. And of course, they’re after my raspberries! June 24, 2016 – It seems to be an especially bountiful season for raspberries, perhaps because of plentiful and timely rains in Iowa. But for the past decade or so, […]

Iowa couple grow “hosta heaven&...

Jay and Nancy McWherter's pet cat, Piper, finds its way through a myriad of stone pathways in this overview of the backyard gardens. More than 1,000 varieties of hosta, along with tropical plants and perennials, grow in the gardens under the shade of maples and other trees. (photo/Jay McWherter)

By Cindy Hadish/for Iowa Gardener Starting with one plant division from a friend, the gardens of Nancy and Jay McWherter have grown to include an impressive collection of more than 1,000 varieties of hosta, along with tropical plants and more. Variegated hosta, such as ‘Sagae,’ blues like ‘Blue Mammoth,’ and large-leaf cultivars including ‘Sum and […]

Plans set for open gardens in Cedar R...

A peony blooms at the garden of Wanda Lunn in May 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lunn is opening her gardens to the public later this month. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

If you’re in the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City areas on Sunday, June 26, you have great opportunities during two free events to see lovely gardens and learn more about the project at the historic Johnson County Poor Farm. In Cedar Rapids, Wanda Lunn, 526 Bezdek Drive NW, is opening her gardens to the public […]

What do lightning bugs eat?

What do lightning bugs eat?

Summer is still, officially, several days away, but summer insects already have been active. Lightning bugs, also known as fireflies, are among the insects that fascinate young and old alike. Several years ago, I attended a Winter Gardening Fair in which entomologist Donald Lewis answered some of my burning questions regarding this beneficial beetle. Lewis […]

Market and brews debut at Lion Bridge...

Laurie Carrick, produce specialist for Bass Farms of Mount Vernon, Iowa, talks to a customer at the Lion Bridge Farmers Market in Czech Village. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Local vendors sold mushrooms and more Thursday, June 9, 2016, during the first night farmers market at Lion Bridge Brewing Company in Czech Village. Customers enjoyed Lion Bridge brews while shopping from Ebert Honey, Full Moon Cafe, Local Crumb, Mushroom Mills, Bass Farms and Z Barn of Monticello, which offered antibiotic-free chicken. The […]

Photos: Downtown Farmers Market 2016 ...

Photos: Downtown Farmers Market 2016 opening day

CEDAR RAPIDS – We’ve been lucky, weather-wise, on the opening day of the Downtown Farmers Market for the past few years and today was no exception. Thunderstorms rumbled through Eastern Iowa overnight, but let up in plenty of time for the 2016 market kickoff in downtown Cedar Rapids. Strawberries, onions, radishes, lettuce and other greens […]

Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market ...

Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market relocates this season; opening set for Saturday

The farmers market season has been underway for a good month now, but this Saturday, June 4, is one that many in the Cedar Rapids area anticipate, with the first Downtown Farmers Market of the season taking place from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Presented by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, the market has become […]

Discovering beauty secrets in goat...

Discovering beauty secrets in goat’s milk

By Cindy Hadish/for Radish Magazine Goat’s milk — a beauty secret said to be favored by Cleopatra — is catching fire far beyond the Nile. While the Egyptian queen purportedly kept her skin supple with goat’s milk baths, the soap form of goat’s milk is gaining a modern-day following. “Quite a few people are making […]

Historic homes and gardens open for I...

Historic homes and gardens open for Iowa City tour

IOWA CITY – Friends of Historic Preservation will showcase historic homes and historically recreated gardens and offer wine-tasting at a former family vineyard during a tour next Sunday, May 29. The event provides a glimpse into some of the city’s grandest homes, as well as gorgeous gardens. Learn more about the 2016 tour from Friends […]

Houby Days 2016 Photo Gallery: mushro...

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CEDAR RAPIDS – A week’s delay in this year’s scheduled date for Houby Days translated into picture-perfect weather for the three-day festival. Carnival rides, live music, and of course, the festival’s Czech namesake – mushrooms – drew large crowds to Czech Village in Cedar Rapids. The event kicked off on Friday, May 20, with a […]