For 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 from 2 to 4 p.m. on January 8, February 12, and March 5.

Ed Lyon, author of “Growing the Midwest Garden,” will present Midwest Gardening: Possibilities Beyond the Prairie on January 8. Lyon became director of Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University in 2015. Before moving to Iowa, he was the director of Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison, Wis. and had positions at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Ill., Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wis., and Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, Wis.

“Lives Written on the Land” is the topic of Connie Mutel’s presentation on February 12. Mutel will talk about the ongoing ecological story of Iowa’s agricultural transformation and what our past has meant for Iowans, and for the state’s native plants and animals. Mutel is a senior science writer for the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research - Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of Iowa. She has written and edited more than a dozen books on restoration ecology and environmental subjects. Her most recent memoir, "A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland," is named after an unnamed stream on land near her home that she calls Sugar Creek.

Juli Seydell Johnson, director of Iowa City Parks & Recreation, will discuss Iowa City’s current park areas and its master plan for parks, natural areas, trails, and trees during “Iowa City’s Gather Here – Growing Parks & Community” on Sunday, March 5. Johnson is responsible for the city's 46 parks, extensive trail network, 1,600 acres of open space, two recreation centers and the city-owned Oakland Cemetery. She’s a graduate of Iowa State University and the University of South Dakota.

All Second Sunday Garden Forum programs are held 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

Tuesday, December 27, 2016