For nearly 25 years, the Iowa City Public Library and Project GREEN have partnered to host the Second Sunday Garden Forum series. This winter’s forums will be held on Jan. 10, Feb. 14, and March 13.

Chuck Porto, retail manager at Iowa City Landscaping & Garden Center and host of KXIC's Saturday Lawn & Garden Show, will kick off the 2016 series on Jan. 10 with “Something Old, Something New – Trees, Shrubs and Evergreens.” Porto will re-introduce attendees to traditional standards and share information about new plants gaining popularity on the market.

“Daylilies: Past, Present and Future” is the topic of Jonathan Poulton’s presentation on Feb. 14. A University of Iowa emeritus professor, Poulton’s interest in daylilies began while vacationing in Wisconsin in 2006. Since then he has developed a collection of registered daylilies and created several thousand seedlings by hybridization. Join Poulton as he explores the origins of modern daylilies, presents a selection of hybrids celebrated by daylily enthusiasts, and describes hybridizers’ efforts to reach the “holy grail” of daylilies – a true blue cultivar.

Feel like going on a trip? David Cavagnaro’s presentation, “Where Our Food Comes From,” on March 13 will take attendees "around the world in 80 minutes" to look at the origins of all our major food crops. Cavagnaro is the former Preservation Gardens Manager at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah.

All Second Sunday Garden Forum programs will be held on the second Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library. After each presentation, there will be a refreshment break followed by a question and answer session.

All programs will be broadcast live on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Date of publication

Monday, January 04, 2016