Press ReleaseSecond Sunday Garden Forum Returns to ICPL

winter gardening

Winter may have only just begun, but for those who are happiest spending their time in the dirt, the countdown to spring started long before the first snowflake fell. Luckily, the Second Sunday Garden Forum series begins next month.

For more than 20 years, the Iowa City Public Library and Project GREEN have partnered to host the Second Sunday Garden Forum series each winter. This winter’s forums will be held on January 12, February 9, and March 9.

Jennifer Jordan kicks off the series on January 12 with “Resources for Gardeners at the Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center.” Jennifer, the City of Iowa City’s Recycling Coordinator, will give the inside scoop on the many resources and services of interest to gardeners that are available at the Iowa City Landfill and East Side Recycling Center.

On February 9, Polk County Master Gardener Rita Minard will present “Social Climbers … Clematis for All Occasions.” Rita, who is a member of the Volunteer Advisory Councils of the Iowa Botanical Center and a member of the American Clematis Society, has more than 100 clematis plants in her own gardens. Rita will offer suggestions on planting, pruning, displaying and photographing different varieties of clematis.

If you’re a fan of gardening magazines, you may be familiar with the March 9 speaker. Susan Appleget Hurst is the former garden writer and editor at Better Homes and Gardens and other gardening magazines, and a returning guest to the Second Sunday Garden Forums. This year she’ll present “Dream Garden Design” in which she’ll share the lessons she has learned about gardens and garden design through years of scouting gardens. She’ll break down garden design the easy way.

All Second Sunday Garden Forum programs will be held on the second Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library. After each presentation, there will be a refreshment break followed by a question and answer session. All programs will be shown live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 10.

For more information, contact Beth Fisher at or (319) 887-6024.

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