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2018 Second Sunday Winter Garden Forums


                                                            By Connie Goeb

Fall cleanup is nearly completed, and with the winter’s respite from active gardening, dreams and plans of a glorious garden and landscape for next year will soon be in the minds of our local garden enthusiasts.  We want to be a part of that glorious garden dreaming by bringing you three outstanding programs beginning in January 2018.

 All of the programs are from 2-4 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library and are free and open to the public. The 2018 Project GREEN Winter Garden Forums mark 50 years of Project GREEN’s beautifying and maintaining public spaces in the Iowa City area.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 14,  to hear Lisa Orgler, faculty member in the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University, and creator of the website, “Paper Garden Workshop”.  Lisa will present a program entitled “Creating Garden Rooms.”  She will share her design process for creating garden structure, which in turn, miraculously reveals garden “rooms” surrounding by planting beds.  Lisa is an award-winning designer, artist and educator .  She uses her illustration skills to teach the topics she adores - garden design and landscape graphics.

Ashton House-Project GREEN Gardens, Landscape Revival” will be presented on Sunday, February 11 by Laura Hawks.  Laura has been a registered professional landscape architect for 29 years and is principal of Hawks Design in Iowa City.  She will highlight various projects she has undertaken for Project GREEN, including the Project GREEN Gardens and REAP grant project at the Ashton House on the Iowa River in Iowa City.  Laura will share her specialty and passion for selecting suitable plant materials for challenging locations, such as Iowa City’s parkways, and the Ashton House with its flood prone location and a multitude of hungry deer.

On Sunday, March 4, we will wrap up our 2018 series with Deb Walser  presenting “Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Oh my!” and “Introduction to the Newest and Coolest Annuals and Perennials”  Deb, an avid gardener and recently retired perennial expert from Peck’s in Cedar Rapids, will share her experience and success in growing the best tasting berries in the backyard.  She will have tips for the right soil, location, watering and pruning techniques.  Deb will also challenge you to add some spunk to your garden by introducing new perennials and annuals to provide constant color throughout the seasons.

If you need added incentive to join us for expert, relevant and timely ideas and answers for your garden and landscape, we also offer home-made treats, coffee and camaraderie as well as a chance to win door prizes at each of our Forums.  Hope to see you there!

More info HERE.


The January 8th, 2017Garden Forum had over 160 in attendance to hear Ed Lyon speak on “Growing the Midwest Garden”. A copy of his presentation outline can be downloaded HERE.

Ed Lyon discussing, "Growing the Midwest Garden" at the January 8th Garden Forum.