By filling out an evaluation at the Annual Meeting,
you were qualified for a drawing to receive free registration
for the 2007 Meeting. The evaluations are very helpful for the
committee that plans the IHPA events. The information contained
in the evaluations lets us know what you, the membership, desires
and lets us plan accordingly. Some of the suggestions are not
possible, and you will see why in a series of articles that will
be in THE BUZZ this year. The name of the lucky person to receive
the free 2007 registration fee is Ron Wehr. Congratulations Ron.
Submitted by Donna Brahms
Siouxland Flower, Lawn and Garden Show
The Siouxland Flower, Lawn and Garden Show will
be held on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2007, at the
Bluffs Area Family Center in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. Educational
sessions, how-to demonstrations, and exhibits are all part of
this new, one-of-a-kind event in northwest Iowa.
Exhibits will include tried-and-proven as well as new and innovative
products and services that make flower, lawn, and garden care
easier and more enjoyable. Exhibitors are also permitted to sell
or take orders for horticultural products and services during
the show. Booth spaces are very affordable. A few spaces are still
available but they are going fast.
“The planning committee is really excited about the quality
of the exhibits and topics,” said Sherry McGill, Woodbury
County Extension Education Director. “One of our featured
speakers, garden writer Jan Riggenbach, will present Confessions
of a Compulsive Planter.” Other well-known speakers include
Jamie Beyer, Dawn Chapman, Dr. Eldon Everhart, Kelly Feehan, Harlan
Hamernik, Dr. Cindy Hanes, Jane and Jack Hogue, John Kluver, Kelly
Norris, Don Poggensee, Jan Riggenbach, Dr. Steven Rodie, James
Romer, Gary Whittenbaugh, Megan Will, and Kathleen Ziemer. Multiple
presentations will be running concurrently on both days.
Numerous topics will be covered in presentations, hand-outs, how-to
demonstrations, workshops, and by venders and Master Gardeners.
Some of the topics include native perennials, herbs, perennials
for shade, house plants, ornamental grasses, shrubs, iris, coneflowers,
dahlias, conifers, conifer companions, groundcovers, aggressive
plants, rain gardens, water gardening, butterfly gardening, gardening
with children wildlife, photography, lawn care, conserving water,
landscape problem-solving, basic landscape design, sustainable
landscape design, home greenhouses, and edible landscapes.
Demonstrations will include topics related to container gardening,
vegetable gardening, transplanting, and ponds. This “family-friendly”
event will also include workshops and activities for children.
Admission is only $4. Food and refreshments are available during
the show. Parking is free.
The planning committee for this event includes representatives
from Iowa State University Extension, University of Nebraska Extension,
horticulture businesses, and Master Gardeners.
For more information on attending, volunteering, being a commercial
vendor, or displaying as a nonprofit organization, please contact
Woodbury County Extension at 712-276-2157 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury