Iowa Master Gardener News and Updates

ProHort Trainee Program Announced

Interested in the Master Gardener training, but not volunteer hours?  Become a ProHort Trainee!

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach now offers a Professional Horticulture Trainee certification.  This is a non-volunteer, non-credit training offered in conjunction with the Master Gardener Core Training Course each fall.

The ProHort Training fee is $550 for the 40-hour core training course and a certificate upon completion. The volunteer time commitment and continuing education requirement to maintaining Master Gardener status are not required. Trainees may not use the "master gardener" title.

Register for the training at one of the county extension offices offering training this fall.  See training locations online at the Iowa Master Gardener Program website.

The bi-annual International Master Gardener Conference will be held at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs on Sept. 22-25. Co-hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, the conference theme "Horticultural Horizons in the Heartland" will be explored with 15 presentations on plants and animals native to the Midwest.

"If you want to learn more about the 4000 species of bees that call North America home and how gardeners can support thriving pollinator populations, this is the conference to attend." Heather Holm, author of Pollinators of Native Plants and landscape designer from Minneapolis, Minn. will present on "Native bees and their role as pollinators of native plants."  

June registration is $385; the cost after July 1 is $440. There is also single-day registration available at the 3-day conference. All fee options include lunch and registration closes Aug. 31. The Mid-America Center is located at 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Learn more at the International Master Gardener Conference website.

All remaining Iowa Master Gardener apparel is available for half price from June 15 through July 15, 2015, or until current stock is depleted. Limited quantities and sizes of Master Gardener polo shirts, long-sleeve shirts, and t-shirts are available (some as low as $7.50).  Order online at the Extension Online Store or contact the Extension Online Store: or 515-294-5247.  Discount is applied at check out.

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