MidWest Gardening forum: Discussion - MidWest Gathering (a.k.a Iowa GIG)

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Name: Cj
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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AlwaysWeeding
Sep 18, 2011 4:04 AM CST
What date do you think would work for the 2012 MidWest Gathering (a.k.a Iowa GIG) ?
Here is the place to have a discussion about the next gathering. Where, when, etc.
Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL (Zone 5a)
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BookerC1
Sep 27, 2011 2:46 PM CST
I'd love to see one in June, after school is out and my garden is a little more lively. Just my 2 cents worth.

Name: Cj
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Region: Iowa Hostas Daylilies Sempervivums
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AlwaysWeeding
Sep 27, 2011 2:50 PM CST
June is usually the hardest month to get a date, with the Iris, Daylily, Hosta,, Master Gardeners, etc etc. all having sales, garden walks, and Father's Day. It would be a great time to do it, but it is the most crowded month.
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Oct 7, 2011 7:52 AM CST
How about mid/later August before school starts? That way they are still doing well and we could dig them up to trade without severely damaging them??
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL (Zone 5a)
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BookerC1
Oct 7, 2011 4:32 PM CST
School starts around the second week of August around here. Seems like it was more the first week of September when I was a kid, but apparently times are a-changing!
Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
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philljm
Oct 14, 2011 12:54 PM CST
For me, anytime but August 11th through the 20th (county fair, of which I practically 'live' there for the week . Other than that, I am usually OK ~Jan
Name: Kim
iowa (Zone 5a)
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kimmer
Jan 23, 2012 10:19 PM CST
How about mid to late june before it gets really hot? Kim Thumbs up Really excited to see something here in iowa. I read about all those daylily clubs on here and it makes me jealous that I don't know of anything like that here in iowa.
Lincoln, NE
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Moby
Jan 23, 2012 10:36 PM CST
Ohhh, there are all kinds of good gardening things in Iowa! Where do you live?
Where are we going, and why am I in this hand-basket?
Name: Kim
iowa (Zone 5a)
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kimmer
Jan 24, 2012 9:28 PM CST
Moby I live in se iowa about an hour from des moines. Kim
Lincoln, NE
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Moby
Jan 24, 2012 9:48 PM CST
There are lots of hosta growers, especially around Cedar Rapids, and an iris grower in the SE part of the state. The Iowa Lily society is based in DM and we have our Spring sale during the Flower, Lawn and Garden Show at the fairgrounds. (Varied Industries Building) It's a lot of fun and there are all kinds of plants, bulbs and garden art to be had.

I've met AlwaysWeeding and BookerC by hanging with you fun Iowa people. Iowa has plenty goin' on! Smiling
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Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL (Zone 5a)
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BookerC1
Jan 26, 2012 7:41 PM CST
Kimmer, my parents live in Knoxville, nearly an hour SE of Des Moines. There is a great daylily hybriderizer (Wilson's, I think) near them. I love to go walk his fields while they're in bloom, and pick my plants in person! The owner will go walk the fields with you with a garden fork and a wad of plastic bags, and dig them for you on the spot.

Good to "meet" you! And Moby, loved meeting you at the gardening get-togethers! Hoping I can make it this year!

Angie
Lincoln, NE
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Moby
Jan 26, 2012 10:45 PM CST
It was nice to meet you too, Angie. Smiling
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Name: Kim
iowa (Zone 5a)
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kimmer
Jan 27, 2012 8:24 PM CST
angie, I have been to Wilson's, Bob is a busy guy. It took me 3 visits to finally find him there. But was well worth it. I ended up coming home with 3 big clumps and he only charged me 10.00. So I think I will have to make another trip there this spring. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Master Level Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Region: Illinois
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BookerC1
Jan 27, 2012 8:55 PM CST
I've been impressed at how quickly his daylilies multiply, too. I've already divided and shared several of them, only a couple of years after I bought them!

Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
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philljm
Feb 11, 2012 10:07 PM CST
Oh so that means a mid July gtg so we can ALL visit his gardens when they are in bloom......
Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Master Level Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Region: Illinois
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BookerC1
Feb 12, 2012 6:44 PM CST
Sounds good to me! Thumbs up
Name: Kim
iowa (Zone 5a)
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kimmer
Feb 19, 2012 8:06 PM CST
Sounds good to me, it would be great to get to meet other daylily lovers. Kim
Hurray!
Name: Jill
Weatherby, Missouri (Zone 5a)
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Dayjillymo
Feb 19, 2012 8:47 PM CST
Ok guys, I'm really intrigued. What do you generally do at your get-togethers? Is it a single day - a weekend - something more or something less? Would love more info and will be looking forward to hearing plans as they come together. Thumbs up Smiling
Lincoln, NE
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Moby
Feb 19, 2012 11:35 PM CST
It is mainly a plant swap. Many folks bring perennials that need dividing or starts of annuals, whatever you have extra and want to share. In the past there have been daylilies, irises, bluebells, jack-in-the-pulpit, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, herbs, lilies, bell flowers ~ you name it. One fall I scored a bunch of Kopper King hibiscus plants so I over-wintered them and brought them to our swap.

We have a potluck, talk a lot and eat too much, swap plants and then talk and eat some more. If there are several people traveling, sometimes there will be a casual get-together on Friday night.
Where are we going, and why am I in this hand-basket?
Name: Jill
Weatherby, Missouri (Zone 5a)
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Irises Region: Missouri Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Dayjillymo
Feb 20, 2012 12:09 PM CST
Sounds like wonderful fun! I'll keep a close watch on this thread - I hope I'm able to come.

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