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The Eastern Iowa Orchid Society’s flowers and smiles brightened the table at the 2013 Winter Gardening Fair in Cedar Rapids. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

With the wind-chill at 50-below zero, this might not seem like the ideal time to think about gardening.

But really, there is no better time to dream about what the summer may hold when you have the clean slate that an Iowa winter brings.

The Linn County Master Gardeners’ Winter Gardening Fair provides that perfect opportunity. Every year, I make my way to the gardening fair, and every year, I learn something new.

Last year, it was blueberries, drought-superheroes, gardening myths and vertical gardening.

This year’s fair is set for Saturday, Feb. 15, at Kirkwood Community College.

Here is more from ISU Extension about what’s to come:

The garden’s been harvested, the last blooms clipped and the tools stored for the winter, but it is not too early to start planning for spring’s growing season!

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Linn County Master Gardeners will hold their annual Winter Gardening Fair at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Participants will have the opportunity to choose between two tracks of five class sessions.

With more than forty-five classes to choose from, there is something for everyone, from beginning gardeners to seasoned veterans.  The large variety of topics range from herb gardening, trees and shrubs and vegetable gardening to garden art, food preservation and container gardening. Tuition is $49 for all day and includes a boxed lunch.   An additional materials fee applies to the hands-on classes.

To see a complete list of classes and register online, go to http://bit.ly/wgf2014. You may also enroll by calling Kirkwood Community College directly at (319) 398-1022 or 1-800-332-8833.  Class size is limited. Register early for best selection.

Contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County office at (319) 377-9839 or eward@iastate.edu with questions.

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