The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us


100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2008; fax (319) 335-2055

Release: Immediate

New UI Press book helps Iowa gardeners grow

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- For those who have faced the joys and difficulties that come with gardening in Iowa, the University of Iowa Press has a new book designed to help novices and seasoned veterans grow a better garden.

"Gardening in Iowa and Surrounding Areas," by Veronica Lorson Fowler, gathers tips from some of the more than 2,000 members of the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa to assemble a book designed specifically for Iowa's unique climate and soil.

Despite the state's famously rich soil, gardening in Iowa is not carefree. Harsh winters and rapidly changing weather limit gardeners' options in ways less regional gardening books fail to account for.

Fowler presents a monthly checklist to aid gardeners in prioritizing seasonal tasks. The book includes lists of the bulbs and perennials, trees and shrubs, and ground covers and vines best suited for Iowa's climate as well as information on mail-order suppliers, gardens to visit, where to go for help, and garden club membership.

Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa is a group dedicated to civic beauty and the study of gardening.

Royalties from the sale of the book will be donated to the Reiman Gardens in Ames. The 14-acre gardens are located just south of the Iowa State University football stadium and include rose gardens, herb gardens, a wetland area, and many other plantings.

Veronica Fowler, a freelance garden writer, is a former gardening editor for Better Homes and Gardens special interest publications. She also is a former editor for Flower Gardening Magazine and a former garden columnist for the Des Moines Register.

Garden tips are attributed to clubs and individuals from Ackworth, Ames, Audubon, Avoca, Boone, Buena Vista County, Cedar Falls, Colesburg, Coon Rapids, Decorah, Des Moines, Durant, Independence, Kellogg, Lamont, Linn Grove, Mallard, Marshalltown, Monona, Monticello, Northwood, Pella, Quasqueton, Shelby County, Spirit Lake, Traer, and Ventura.

"Gardening in Iowa and Surrounding Areas" is available at bookstores and garden centers throughout the state for $14.95 in paperback. The book can also be ordered from UI Press by calling (319) 384-3807 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson County).

Information is also available at the UI Press website: