September 18, 2020
It is the end of an era.
This common phrase has never been truer than it is now.
Richard Jauron, the most recognizable voice behind the Iowa State University consumer horticulture effort is retiring after more than 36 years of dedicated service, effective September 30, 2020.
After graduating from Harlan High School in 1972, Jauron’s long and illustrious horticulture career started right here at Iowa State as he began work on a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. Once achieved, he went on to earn a Master of Science degree at Kansas State University.
Iowa residents are still feeling the impact of the Derecho that blew across the state on Aug. 10, 2020. While the loss to landscapes shouldn’t be overlooked or ignored, it is important to take a breather, wait and make a plan for spring.
It can be shocking to lose trees, especially large ones. Taking a breather and reassessing the landscape during the fall is OK, and fits in with herbaceous plants senescing, and woodies going dormant, as is natural this time of year.