After going virtual in 2021, due to the pandemic, the Winter Gardening Fair plans to return to an in-person format for 2022. See photos from the 2020 Winter Gardening Fair. The daylong event, hosted by the Linn County ISU Extension Master Gardeners, is scheduled to return to the Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson […]
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Master Gardeners open registration for W...
CEDAR RAPIDS – Registration has opened for the 14th Annual Winter Gardening Fair, to be held Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Kirkwood Community College. Tuition is $59 for the all-day event, which features more than 40 workshops by Iowa Master Gardeners and other gardening experts. See photos from the 2018 Winter Gardening Fair Learn more […]
Registration opens for 2018 Winter Garde...
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 […]
Winter Gardening Fair returns “home” in
After a one-time move to a different location, the Winter Gardening Fair is returning to its longtime site at Kirkwood Community College. The annual event, by the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Linn County Master Gardeners, will be Feb. 25, 2017. In 2016, the Winter Gardening Fair was moved to Coe College, but organizers […]
Photo gallery: Winter Gardening Fair 201...
I’ve tried many times to sum up the Winter Gardening Fair, but it never quite conveys all that happens during the full day of gardening classes. With more than 50 workshops, the Linn County Master Gardeners continue to explore new topics and revisit perennial favorites with a different twist. The best way to understand the […]
Registration opens for Winter Gardening ...
As Iowa heads into the deep freeze of January, it’s the perfect time to think spring and one of my favorite ways to plan for spring planting is the annual Winter Gardening Fair, sponsored by the ISU Extension Linn County Master Gardeners. Registration opens today, Monday, Jan. 5, for the 2015 fair, held at Kirkwood […]
A Winemaker’s Tale
Michael DeCapria is one of those Renaissance men who seem to have accomplished a bit of everything in life. I met Michael in Kirkwood’s Viticulture class last year, where I don’t think he missed a day in the entire eight months of the course and was, above all, always entertaining. Michael is teaching Wine, Beer […]
Photo gallery: 2014 Winter Gardening Fai...
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 […]
Viticulture: The final class
CEDAR RAPIDS – A few random thoughts as the eight-month Vineyard Management course at Kirkwood Community College wrapped up tonight with its last class of this session. If you have to spend a lovely September evening “studying,” the Kirkwood vineyard is not a bad place to be.
Viticulture full circle: harvesting grap...
CEDAR RAPIDS – Who can blame Kirkwood Viticulture Instructor, Lucas McIntire, for being in what I can only describe as a state of grape Nirvana. At our most recent class, the weather was Iowa-perfect and early grapes were good to go, allowing us to not only harvest the fruit of the vineyard, but to take […]