Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

March 11, 2014

Master Gardeners to host speaker

The Daily Iowegian

---- — At the upcoming March monthly meeting of the Monroe County Master Gardener and Friends group they will be hosting an educational guest speaker, Sarah Rummery, from Reiman Gardens in Ames.

The meeting will be Thursday, March 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Extension Office located in Albia at 219 B Ave. E. If you have any questions or want any more information contact the Monroe County Extension Office at (641) 932-5612.

This meeting is free and open to everyone and they encourage you to attend and rid yourself of the winter blues with some education, spring blooms and gardening fellowship. There will be light refreshments served and donations are always accepted and appreciated.

Rummery is the Manager of Horticulture at Reiman Gardens. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Department of Horticulture and a Horticulture, Greenhouses and Facilities committee chair for the American Public Garden Association. Reiman Gardens is the 17-acre public garden of Iowa State University, in Ames, and its mission is “to educate, enchant and inspire an appreciation of plants, butterflies and the natural world.”

Rummery will be speaking about “Spring Flowering Shrubs at Reiman Gardens.” Iowa is host to a large variety of flowering shrubs with many of them suitable for your landscape providing beauty, cover and feed for birds, wind and soil erosion protection.

Plants are amazing in their ability to adapt and prosper wherever they begin growing. This is especially true of woody plants, including trees and shrubs. Here in southeast Iowa they must endure remarkable extremes of temperature, wind, and moisture, and fend off attackers without the pollinators and other animals to help ensure their long-term prosperity. The foundation for entire ecosystems, trees and shrubs support a vast variety of interconnected wildlife.

We are integrating the powers of trees and shrubs in our communities in increasingly innovative ways. For instance, we recognize their ability to stabilize and restore landscapes, beautify roadsides, slow and treat runoff, reduce the heat island effect of urban areas, and reduce greenhouse gases by capturing and storing carbon.