Thinking about Yards and Gardens — There's an App for that

July 7th, 2010

AMES, Iowa — Demonstrating the newest computer applications in horticulture will be one of several presentations at the All Horticulture Field Day on July 29. The field day will be held at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station near Gilbert from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The computer demonstrations will include hands-on sessions covering the latest landscaping software. Presenters will demonstrate traditional computer applications as well as iPhone/iPod and Touch/iPad applications.

Attendees also can learn about Earth-Kind® roses and hydrangeas. Earth-Kind® is a new program that addresses sustainable landscape management. Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Iowa State University horticulture professor, will share results from a two-year study of roses and hydrangeas examining eligibility for the Earth-Kind® designation in northern climates. Both the rose trial and hydrangea trial will be on display.

The event also includes demonstrations on high-tunnel fruit and vegetable production, crabapples, chainsaw safety, air-blast spraying, aquatic research, orchard care, apple disease management, weed control, insect control, turf maintenance, lawn mower selection, a vineyard tour and an opportunity to purchase fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables at an on-site farmers market. The vineyard tour will include weed control, soil quality and canopy management presentations.

The field day also will include commercial exhibits and displays from various horticultural organizations. Iowa State researchers will answer questions during and after tours.

The Boone County Cattleman's Association is cooking lunch, which is included in the $20 registration fee.

The field day is being held at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station near Gilbert. The station is located at 55519 170th St.; three miles north of Ames on Highway 69 and east on 170th Street one and a half miles. For more information and to register, contact Barb Osborn at 515-294-5624 or e-mail


Barb Osborn, Department of Horticulture, (515)-294-5624,

Linda Naeve, ISU Extension, (515) 294-8946,

Barbara McBreen, Communications Service, (515) 294-0707,