It’s one thing to look at photos, but another entirely to experience walking through the Noelridge Greenhouse in Cedar Rapids. During special events, such as this weekend’s Easter Showcase, the greenhouse is alive with people and plants, and the scent of the flowers in bloom is simply intoxicating. More than 1,000 people each day passed […]
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So many incredible lectures are planned at area libraries in coming weeks. Already, the Linn County Master Gardeners have started their spring library talks, listed here. Three free lectures, presented by ISU Extension and Outreach Linn County Master Gardeners, also will take place this month, at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
CEDAR RAPIDS – A Cedar Rapids gardener is making it easy for visitors to donate to a good cause, while enjoying the scenic beauty of her ponds and gardens. Monica Morley hosted the first Koi for a Cause last year to benefit the HACAP Food Reservoir in Hiawatha and is expanding on the idea this […]
Noelridge is everyone’s park, as evidenced by a dedicated group of volunteers who keep the lush gardens looking incredible throughout the growing season. Anyone who would like to contribute to the scenic beauty of Noelridge Park is invited to a series of “weeding parties” that take place on select Saturdays, beginning today, May 31, 2014.
Just love this new statewide program coming from the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines. The zoo is teaming up with 10 organizations to introduce Plant.Grow.Fly., a conservation effort to bring back native pollinators. Through Plant.Grow.Fly., Iowans are encouraged to plant pollinator habitat in yards, schools and businesses.
The name of the Winter Gardening Fair was especially fitting today. Looking out the windows of Kirkwood Community College, we could see the snow accumulating as, indoors, master gardeners and other experts discussed perennial plant combinations, straw bale gardening, mushroom hunting and more. This is one event that I return to year after year because […]
We shouldn’t be surprised that in mid-to-late October, we have a frost warning in Iowa. Normally, we would have seen at least a light frost by now, if not already a killing freeze. In fact, this map from The Weather Channel shows that Iowa is already past the average date of the first freeze. Here […]
The first weekend in August was a beautiful one for Iowans to enjoy the outdoors. About 100 people walked through the sensational gardens tended by Monica Morley and her mother, Elena Murillo, in northeast Cedar Rapids during Koi for a Cause, a benefit for the HACAP Food Reservoir. Visitors at Abbe Hills Farm near Mount […]
Fellow journalist, Dave DeWitte, who brought you his review of reel lawnmowers and awesome mushroom photos, now shares his battle strategy with ants, using non-toxic diatomaceous earth. By Dave DeWitte A long time ago when I bought my first house, I was in for a surprise.
UPDATE: More plant sales have been added in Oxford and Iowa City. Scroll down to find sales in May 2013. If you’re hoping to add a bit more green – or color – to your landscape, local plant sales are the way to go. Not only are the plants reasonably priced, but because they are […]