New Year’s Garden Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions.  Everyone has them, but how difficult are they to keep?  I challenge each and every one of you garden-lovers, whether you’re a Master Gardener or a novice, to pick the perfect New Year’s Garden Resolution for yourself and stick to it!  Not sure where to start?  Here’s a list of some ideas to get your wheels turning about how to get outside and get something done in your garden this growing season.
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Libby’s Top 5 Nature-Themed Books

Many gardeners and nature-lovers have difficulty during the winter months because, even with the availability of winter sports and activities, a lot of the time it’s just too dang cold to go outside!  While this year that hasn’t been the case (yet!), it’s always best to be prepared – I’ve heard that “winter is coming”.  What better way for a nature-lover to pass the time during those cold months than to curl up with a good book (or five) that depicts the beauty of the outdoors?  These are not only great gifts for yourself (you deserve it!) but they are also great gifts for any fellow gardeners or outdoorspeople in your life.  Disclaimer:  This list is in no way definitive or complete.  There are, of course, many wonderful nature-themed books out there.  This is just a sampling of one person’s favorites.  I would love to hear what your favorites are in the comments!

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Not-an-Amaryllis for the Holidays

By Rita Lynn

amaryllis1      Many see the promise of an impressive show of flowers when amaryllis bulbs appear in stores this time of year.  Many of us have actually experienced their marvelous display after we have tended our bulbs for a few weeks.  Those who have been successful in growing these flowers know that  it takes very little effort to be rewarded with their beauty.
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Helen Guernsey: Leaving a Legacy

Max & Helen Guernsey

On October 21st, 2015, The Cedar Valley lost one of its most prominent and generous philanthropists:  Helen Guernsey.  Helen was born and raised in Waterloo.  During her 96 years of life, she accomplished many great things right here in the Cedar Valley and its surrounding communities.  Among other worthy nonprofits, Helen loved the Arboretum and was an enthusiastic supporter for over fifteen years.

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