2019 Spring Garden Conference

The West Pott. Master Gardeners hosted their 2019 Spring Garden Conference today at Holiday Inn & Suites at Ameristar Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The conference sold out in just a few weeks at 160 attendees due to an impressive lineup of speakers. They included Kim Todd with Backyard Farmer, Scott Evans, Jan Riggenbach, Michelle Biodrowski, Cait Caughey, Brandy & Ashley, Melba Struble, Minnie Fisher and Phyllis Henrich, Kathy Bokelman, Tina Koch, Alisa Roth, Carol Waters, Diana Benzing and Dean Sparr.

Topics included landscape design, gardening mistakes, native plants for a backyard habitat, seed starting, incredible edibles, native wildflowers, container gardening, fairy gardens, succulents, clematis, flower arranging, conifers and growing vegetables.

Event gold sponsors including Dallas Johnson Greenhouses, Holiday Inn & Suites at Ameristar Casino and TS Bank while silver sponsors included Mulhall’s and Sherbondy’s Garden Center.


Keynote speaker Kim Todd with Backyard Farmer spoke about how to think differently about how to redesign your landscape for what you want and need.


Cait Caughey presenting on Seed Starting 101.


Michelle Biodrowski, a naturalist with Pottawattamie County Conservation presented on native plants for a backyard habitat.


Kim Todd during her second presentation on incredible edibles for sustenance and sustainability.


The one and only Jan Riggenbach, presenting on her garden mistakes. Make sure to check out my interview with Jan Riggenbach.


Tina Koch presenting on her passion for clematis.


Kathy Bokelman presenting on the wonderful world of succulents.


Alisa Roth with Bloomworks Floral on flower arranging and garden party decor.


Now that we are finally heading toward warmer weather, I have been worried about not feeling as inspired as years past. The conference fixed that for me. Listening to Kim Todd talk about how to transform your space gave me loads of new ideas and for the first time this year, has me REALLY excited to get out and dig in the dirt. Kim Todd – thank you for coming and for being entertaining, informative and INSPIRING. You rock.

Learn more about becoming an ISU Extension Iowa Master Gardener on their website. Make sure to save the date for our upcoming plant sale on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Learn more about this event and others on our Facebook page.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane says:

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful photography. A fun day filled with information and motivation!


    1. Melissa Peterson says:

      Thanks Jane. It was so great!


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