In addition to workshops, attendees at the Winter Gardening Fair can buy plants and learn from representatives of organizations at informational booths set up during the day-long event. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – The 2018 Winter Gardening Fair, sponsored by the Linn County Master Gardeners, is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, at Kirkwood Community College.

Attendees can choose from nearly 50 workshops and classes in four sessions, along with a keynote speech.

Master gardeners and other experts will share their knowledge about ornamental grasses, native trees and plants, “miniponics” and raising butterflies, among dozens of other topics at the day-long event.

Related: 2017 Winter Gardening Fair photos

Attendees make garden globes during the 2017 Winter Gardening Fair. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Keynote speaker Adam Janke will discuss making landscapes work for wildlife.

Here is the description for Janke’s session:

“With growing urbanization and increasing recognition of the important role urban landscapes play in the natural world, landscapers, homeowners, and others are working hard to create landscapes that work with nature, rather than against it. This session will explore key principles and practices to make landscapes work for wildlife, including everything from butterflies to bats, using native plants and mimicking natural systems and processes. Increased adoption of the principles discussed in this talk will help ensure sustainable urban landscapes and increased awareness of native plants and animals in urban spaces.”

The $59 registration cost includes lunch.

To register, go to the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach website.

See photos from past Winter Gardening Fairs: