June 25-28, 2014

Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center

Bettendorf, Iowa

The Scott County Iowa Master Gardeners have worked hard, lining up a fantastic program and tours for the Upper Midwest Master Gardener Conference June 25-28, 2014 at the Isle of Capri in Bettendorf, Iowa. The theme for the conference is “Growing Along the River”, a reference to Master Gardeners’ common interest in growing and learning about plants, and the mighty Mississippi River, which not only flows by the conference facilities but also unites the states in the Upper Midwest region.

Nationally known speakers Lauren Springer-Ogden, Scott Ogden, Melinda Myers and Felder Rushing headline a host of talented presenters who will be teaching classes during the conference. In most cases, you’ll have a choice from among six concurrent sessions. But you won’t be sitting in classrooms the entire time. The conference includes tours of private gardens, Iowa State University horticulture demonstration and research sites, public gardens such as the Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Vander Veer Botanical Park, and Quad Cities Botanical Center, and behind-the-scenes tours of commercial horticultural operations.

The Upper Midwest Master Gardener Conference provides plenty of opportunity to share ideas with Master Gardeners from other locations—from the opening reception on Wednesday evening to informal conversations during coffee breaks to Search for Excellence Awards presentations to informative classes and tours. Come join the fun in the Quad Cities this June!

Online advance registration has closed to begin materials preparation. However, registrations will still be accepted on-site during the conference.