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Iowa City IA 52242
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New UI Press book helps Iowa gardeners grow
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- For those who have faced the joys and difficulties that
come with gardening in Iowa, the University of Iowa Press has a new book designed
to help novices and seasoned veterans grow a better garden.
"Gardening in Iowa and Surrounding Areas," by Veronica Lorson Fowler,
gathers tips from some of the more than 2,000 members of the Federated Garden
Clubs of Iowa to assemble a book designed specifically for Iowa's unique climate
Despite the state's famously rich soil, gardening in Iowa is not carefree.
Harsh winters and rapidly changing weather limit gardeners' options in ways
less regional gardening books fail to account for.
Fowler presents a monthly checklist to aid gardeners in prioritizing seasonal
tasks. The book includes lists of the bulbs and perennials, trees and shrubs,
and ground covers and vines best suited for Iowa's climate as well as information
on mail-order suppliers, gardens to visit, where to go for help, and garden
Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa is a group dedicated to civic beauty and the
study of gardening.
Royalties from the sale of the book will be donated to the Reiman Gardens
in Ames. The 14-acre gardens are located just south of the Iowa State University
football stadium and include rose gardens, herb gardens, a wetland area, and
many other plantings.
Veronica Fowler, a freelance garden writer, is a former gardening editor
for Better Homes and Gardens special interest publications. She also is a
former editor for Flower Gardening Magazine and a former garden columnist
for the Des Moines Register.
Garden tips are attributed to clubs and individuals from Ackworth, Ames,
Audubon, Avoca, Boone, Buena Vista County, Cedar Falls, Colesburg, Coon Rapids,
Decorah, Des Moines, Durant, Independence, Kellogg, Lamont, Linn Grove, Mallard,
Marshalltown, Monona, Monticello, Northwood, Pella, Quasqueton, Shelby County,
Spirit Lake, Traer, and Ventura.
"Gardening in Iowa and Surrounding Areas" is available at bookstores
and garden centers throughout the state for $14.95 in paperback. The book
can also be ordered from UI Press by calling (319) 384-3807 (for calls within
Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson County).
Information is also available at the UI Press website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uipress/