Iowa PBS gardening specials grow into a series

Gardening enthusiasts dreaming of spring and getting their hands in the dirt can dig into inspiration with the launch of Iowa PBS’s Gardening With Steil as a limited series. Beginning January 22, the four-part series will air on Saturdays at 4 p.m. 

In each episode, host Aaron Steil, consumer horticulture extension specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, and co-host Cindy Haynes, associate professor and consumer horticulture extension specialist at Iowa State University, plant ideas for a wide variety of projects. From succulents and cutting gardens to fairy gardens and hostas, the series is full of gardening goodness.

Bringin' the Outdoors In — Saturday, January 22 at  4 p.m.

  • Learn about succulents and air plants from industry expert Josh Spece. Plus, create your own indoor planting, discover how to promote pollinators in your backyard and meet a volunteer from the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network.

Cutting & Vegetable Garden Tips — Saturday, January 29 at 4 p.m.

  • Join Cindy Haynes as she designs a cutting garden and makes flower arrangements, follow volunteers from Plant a Row for the Hungry, learn why containers can be a good option for growing vegetables and meet a young vegetable gardening aficionado.

Mushrooms, Fairies & Frogs, Oh My! — Saturday, February 5 at 4 p.m.

  • Venture into the woods to learn best practices on a morel mushroom hunt. Learn about fairy gardens and how to create one of your own. And, tour an art display of larger-than-life frogs.

Shady Characters — Saturday, February 12 at 4 p.m.

  • Many shade gardens consist primarily of hostas, but not all! Visit two very different styles of shade gardens and learn how to make a mixed container that is the perfect companion to your shade garden display.

Gardening With Steil first appeared on Iowa PBS as two 90-minute specials that aired in March 2020 and February 2021. A new 90-minute Gardening With Steil special will debut on February 19 at 4 p.m. as part of Iowa PBS’s Festival 2022. Tune in for tips on growing tomatoes, planning for perennial success and caring for tiny houseplants. 

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