Home Demonstration Garden Field Days, 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://farms.ag.iastate.edu/field-days for more information.





 Lyon County Fair Grounds

Rock Rapids

July 14


 Muscatine Island Research Farm


August 4


 Northern Research Farm


August 5


 Horticulture Station


August 6


 Northeast Research Farm


August 8


McNay Research Farm


August 10


Armstrong Research Farm


August 11


Northwest Research Farm


August 12



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.


Cynthia Haynes Professor

Dr. Haynes is a Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University in Ames.  Her primary responsibilities are in teaching and extension.  She teaches several courses for the Department of Horticulture including Home Horticulture and Herbaceous Ornamentals.  She also has extension r...

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