Garden webinar will look at moisture extremes

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a series of summer garden webinars to be hosted by ISUEO Region 7 (Hamilton, Humboldt, Webster, and Wright counties). Because weather patterns over the past couple of years have moved rapidly from drought to flood, the theme of the 2013 series is “Moisture Extremes in the Landscape.”

“Iowa Gardeners are dealing with a variety of extreme conditions this summer,” said Yvonne McCormick, ISUEO Region 7 horticulturist. “There are areas of the state that have gone from drought and abnormally dry conditions to flooding, places that have received twice the normal precipitation amount, and areas that have received only a fraction of the normal amount of rain.”

McCormick said plant selection and landscaping decisions can help gardeners manage the weather extremes and the summer webinar series will cover those topics.

Summer webinar dates, topics, and presenters are:

July 23 – “Landscape Plants for Moisture Extremes” – Richard Jauron, horticulture specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; “Waterwise Landscaping” – Denny Schrock, state Master Gardener coordinator, Iowa State University

Aug. 20 – “Diagnosing Drought Damage, Flood Damage, and Other Abiotic Stress Injury on Landscape Trees and Shrubs” – Jeff Iles, horticulture department chair at Iowa State University

Sept. 24 – “Efficient Home Landscape Irrigation” – Mike Baron, irrigation and water management specialist, The Toro Co.

The summer webinar series, in its fourth year, is offered by the Iowa Master Gardener program in response to requests for more Iowa gardening educational opportunities. The sessions are open to all interested gardeners; participants are not required to have completed Master Gardener training to attend. Cost per session is $5 for Master Gardeners and $10 for all others. Registration is limited to 40.

Sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Webster County ISU Extension office, 217 S. 25th St. To register, call the ISU Extension and Outreach, Webster County office, 567-2119.