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The Story County Master Gardener Association (SCMGA) 2014 Spring Plant Sale will beheld on Saturday, May 10, 2014 (8AM–3PM) at the Reiman Gardens maintenance building in Ames – rain or shine. Cash or check payment accepted.

Sure to satisfy your gardening needs, this unique selection of plants – many from the gardens of our very own ISU Master Gardeners- includes rhubarb, heirloom tomatoes, house plants and a wide variety of perennials including both the 2014 and 2015 Hosta of the Year.  Also for sale will be hanging baskets for Mother’s Day and a large assortment of nursery stock plants. Save the date– and think spring!

Proceeds from this annual fundraising event support in full or in part: the Story County library book program (garden-related books to the11 Story County libraries in 2013), horticulture scholarships, 4-H horticulture awards, Community Gardens, and summer internships for Reiman Gardens and the Iowa Arboretum.


38th Annual Loess Hills Prairie Seminar

 These Special Loess Hills

 May 30 evening-June 1 noon, 2014

 Information about the 2014 Loess Hills Prairie Seminar is now available in the Programs and Services section of the Northwest AEA website at:

The registration form is also available at the website. Registration is free and is only necessary if you are ordering meals or want to participate in the Missouri River boat tour, a special BugGuide workshop, or make an herbicide applicator during a session on invasive species. The limited seats for the river tours will be filled in order of registration, and waiting lists will also be kept. Meals need to be ordered by May 22.

Please share the website and seminar information with your colleagues. Feel free to print the poster or mini-poster and help post these in your community or workplace.

The information on the website includes:the detailed program listing the activities that are available for adults, children and families; a list of the facilitators; information about the Silent Auction; a list of our generous sponsors; a letter for K-12 educators explaining the option for License Renewal Credit, which is being offered at a discounted rate; and much more information.

The Great Race Against Shrubs and Shade (G.R.A.S.S.) is a pre-seminar activity offered on Friday, May 30 from 9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. This will be held at the newly acquired Turin Prairie.

Whether you are able to attend or not, you are encouraged to donate to the Silent Auction or directly to the seminar. The seminar depends on the Silent Auction and support from our sponsors and individuals.

 For more information, please contact Gloria Kistner at Northwest AEA at 712/222-6080, 800/352-9040, extension 6080, Iowa Only or or contact Dianne Blankenship at