OSKALOOSA — Local residents learned how to show plants at The Southern Iowa Fair at a Tuesday evening class at the Iowa State University Extension Office.
Suzette Striegel, horticulturist at the Mahaska County Extension Office, said that the purpose of the class is to educate people how to plant flowers and the steps they need to take in order to have a successful garden.
“We are doing this for people who have never shown, either in 4-H or the open class, and are interested in learning what it entails and how to have good results when you do show,” Striegel said.
4-H is a youth organization for kids between the ages of 10 and 18 years of age. Those kids have projects dealing with flowers and methods to prepare and grow their garden.
In addition to kids learning to grow their gardens, Striegel said that the showing of horticulture products is done every year. While some are offered every few years.
“To prepare for the fair, we offer these programs every few years because we know that every few years, there are people that don’t know how to show horticulture things at the fair,” she said.
She said there are also variations in how plants react to types of care.
“Some plants prefer to be in the sun and some plants prefer to be in the shade,” she said.
Striegel mentioned the types of things that will be on display at the fair.
“The horticulture and floriculture shows at the Iowa Fair include vegetables and many flowers that people grow in their gardens,” she said.
She added the vegetables can be grown in someone’s home garden for consumption. Or, flowers can be planted for enjoyment purposes.
“Its a very popular hobby, especially in this area,” she said.
Striegel said there is a distinction between horticulture and floriculture.