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Home Demonstration Garden Field Days, 2009

This article was published originally on 7/15/2009

 Every year several ISU Research and Demonstration Farms host field days to showcase new and/or unusual vegetables and annual flowers. Each garden at the different locations is planted with the same types of plants in essentially the same layout.  These replicated trials provide an opportunity to evaluate plants that perform well (or not) throughout Iowa.   At the field days presenters discuss how the plants have been performing across the state and how to use the plants in the garden.
 
Because annual plants are the primary component of all the Home Demonstration Gardens, the plants change completely from year to year. The themes for this year's garden are: vegetables that can be stored or easily preserved, white pumpkins, a few annual ornamental grasses, and new or unusual flowers. Winter squash, bush beans, potatoes, onions, and pickling cucumbers are a few of the plants on display that store or preserve easily. A few of the annual ornamental grasses include 'Purple Baron' millet, 'Live Wire' or Fiber optic grass, 'Bunny Tails' grass, and a variegated corn called 'Tiger Cub'. Unusual rudbeckias, marigolds, zinnias, angelonia, osteospermum, and others round out the floral section of the garden.
 
Field Days
 
With 8 locations around the state, there is an Iowa State University Extension Home Demonstration Garden near you. So join us for a couple hours in the garden – it will be worth it!
 
Locations, dates, and times for the 2009 Iowa State University Extensions Home Demonstration Gardens are listed below or visit http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.php for more information.
 

 Farm Town Date Time
 Lyon County Fair Grounds Rock Rapids July 14 6:00pm
 Muscatine Island Research Farm Fruitland August 4 6:00pm
 Northern Research Farm Kanawha August 5 6:30pm
 Horticulture Station Gilbert August 6 6:00pm
 Northeast Research Farm Nashua August 8 4:00pm
McNay Research Farm Chariton August 10 6:00pm
Armstrong Research Farm Lewis August 11 6:30pm
Northwest Research Farm Sutherland August 12 6:00pm

 
Queen Red Lime Zinnia (Zinnia elegans) has a unique color combination on double blooms.
Queen Red Lime Zinnia has a unique color combination on double blooms.
 
Tiger Cub Corn is an outstanding dwarf ornamental, variegated corn.
Tiger Cub Corn is an outstanding dwarf ornamental, variegated corn.
Pearl cucumber is naturally white at harvest.
Pearl cucumber is naturally white at harvest.