February 2021 Events: Iowa Native Plants Education and Training

Updated: Jan 20

Each month, I try to round up a list of educational events relevant to native plant gardeners. I'll update this list as new events are announced, and as I happen to stumble upon them. Know of a great event not listed here? Reach out and let me know about it!



Native Rain Garden Training

Thursday, February 11 and Friday February 12 from 8 11:30 AM

Hosted by the Iowa Stormwater Education Partnership


Description: Rain garden experts are ready to share new design guidelines, case studies, lessons learned, and much more in this FREE two-day virtual training! Join from the comfort of your office or home and kick off the new year with an indepth look at a popular stormwater best management practice, the rain garden. Learn how to incorporate rain gardens into your future landscaping projects!

View a detailed description of the agenda and materials to be covered here.


How to Attend: Register for this free event by clicking here.


Planning and Design for Native Plant Gardens

Wednesday, February 17th from 2-3:30 PM


Description:Vern Stephens of Designs By Nature LLC will present details on how to select a site and design for various types of native gardens. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Vern questions. A link to the webinar will be emailed to you prior to the date.


How to Attend: The event will be hosted on Zoom. You can register to receive a Zoom link by clicking here.


Feather Your Garden with Natives

Sunday, February 21 from 2 4 PM


Description: Dotty Zales and Dave Hoferer are Loess Hills Wild Ones, and Loess Hills Audubon Society members who will present "Feather Your Garden with Natives, Native Plants Attract Native Birds". With colorful slides they will introduce you to many native plants, the insects that pollinate them, and the birds that eat the caterpillars. See how it’s all connected!! You won’t want to miss this program.


How to Attend: Stay tuned for information on how to register for this free event.


Top Ten Things Every Native Gardener Needs To Know

Sunday, February 21 from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Description: Please join us for the first lecture in our Midwest Native Gardening Basics series.

Even if you are an experienced gardener, using native plants is somewhat different. This talk by Chicago-based horticulturist Ken Williams will give you an overview of what native plant gardening is, why it is important, and how it is different from other types of residential gardening. You will need a computer with access to the internet for this presentation.


How to Attend: The event will be hosted on Zoom. You can register to receive a Zoom link by clicking here.