520 Highway 1 West
Iowa City, Iowa 52246

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Garden Center Hours Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holiday Hours

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Seminars & Workshops

Planting the Seeds of Education

At Iowa City Landscaping and Garden Center, we want to share our knowledge with you. We offer seminars, workshops ,and special events throughout the year on topics including Container Gardening,  Landscape Design, Integrated Pest Management, Basic Horticulture, Vegetable Gardening, Edible Landscaping, and much, much more.  Unless noted, all seminars are free and open to the public, although we do encourage you to pre-register.  Call (319) 337-8351 or visit the contact us page.

Upcoming Seminars for Winter 2018


Saturday/Sunday January 6th & 7th at 2:00pm
Terrarium Workshop

Our popular terrarium workshop is being offered again. A selection of containers will be available for purchase, or bring your own container from home. A $20 fee covers instruction, foundational elements of gravel, charcoal, peat moss, potting soil, decorative moss, and 3 plants. Additional miniature decor will be available for purchase as well.

 Fee: $20.00 (Includes instruction, basic ingredients, 3 plants. Container extra fee-see details above)


Saturday, January 13th at 10:00am
“Know-Maintenance” Landscaping and Gardening

Chuck Porto, ICL & GC Retail and Maintenance Manager: There is no such thing as no-maintenance. Learn how to maximize your efforts in the garden, with a minimum of time and effort by doing things at the right time and in the right way. Chuck will discuss planting, edging, mulching, and a lot more.


Sunday, January 21st at 2:00pm
The Art of Kokedama Workshop

Discover the ancient Japanese art of Kokedama, the practice of suspending the root ball in mud then covering it with moss. The moss balls are a living planter for your favorite specimen plant. It can be hung or mounted in your home for an interesting focal point.
Fee: $30.00 (Includes instruction, one plant, moss, and soil)
Saturday January 27th at 10:00am
Tried-and-True Shrubs & Perennials

Andy Swartzentruber, ICL & GC Landscape Designer: Learn about low maintenance trees, shrubs, and perennials that ICL designers frequently use. These reliable plants will look great in your yard with very little effort on your part! If you’re wanting to transition to a low maintenance yard or starting from a blank slate this seminar would be perfect for you.

Saturday February 3rd at 10:00am

Gardening with Deer

Tammy Yoder, Owner of Green Earth Designs: Did the deer eat your favorite flowers for dinner? Discover the trees, shrubs, and perennials that the deer won’t bother. Tammy will help you incorporate these deer resistant plants into your existing landscape.

Saturday/Sunday February 3rd & 4th at 2:00pm
Air Plants as Art Workshop

Design your own framed air plant art for your home. Arrange air plants and pieces of bark in the pre-assembled frame to make a unique piece of plant art. Instruction on how to care for air plants will be included. Additional air plants and decor will be available for purchase as well.
Fee: $40.00 (Includes instruction, frame, air plants, moss, bark, and embellishments).

Saturday February 10th at 10:00am
Pruning Tips and Techniques

Ed Rinderspacher, Owner of Rindy Inc.: Start thinking about what pruning you’ll need to do in your garden this spring. Ed will guide you through pruning techniques and the best time of year to prune trees and shrubs. This educational talk is a great introduction for beginners and a good refresher for experts.