June 27, 2012

Explore the Gardens and Arboreta of Iowa

The Amana Colonies, Okoboji, and Living History Farms are popular weekend destinations for Iowans during the summer. When planning your next weekend getaway, include the gardens and arbo

Be On the Lookout for Impatiens Downy Mildew

Have you checked you impatiens lately? If your plants appear stunted, yellowing, or have just a couple of leaves left, you might want to consider sending us a sample.

Impatiens downy mildew is a relatively new disease that wreaked havoc in homeowner gardens and greenhouses in 2011. This disease is yet to be confirmed in Iowa but it has already been reported in several states throughout 2012.

Woolly Aphids -- Interesting but Messy

The peculiar sight of "flying-fuzz balls" has been described before.  Several species of woolly aphids live on ornamental and fruit trees in the Iowa landscape.  When the winged