MAHASKA COUNTY — Start the holiday season by creating a fresh wreath for your front door.

The Mahaska County Master Gardeners’ wreath-making workshop will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. The workshop will be held at the Mahaska County Extension office, 212 North I Street, Oskaloosa. Please allow two hours to make a wreath.

Workshop materials include fresh boughs (white pine, Norway spruce, and balsam fir) which will be used to fill a 14” wreath frame. Attendees are encouraged to bring unusual greens, cones, fruits, assorted decorations, ribbon and/or your favorite ornaments to include on their wreath.

Attendees will also need to bring gloves to wear, scissors, and hand pruners. Attendees may also bring the wire frame from past workshops to use.

Prior registration with payment is required. Cost is $15 per wreath made. Workshop is limited to 20. To register to attend call Mahaska County Extension Office 641-673-5841 or email

Suzette Striegel (striegel@iastate.edu) by Noon November 27. The fees for service will be used to offset direct expenses and to support the Agriculture and Natural Resources County Extension Program.

Mahaska County Master Gardeners are celebrating their 16th year. The local program organized after the county held their first training. The educational volunteer program, sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, provides current, research based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through programs and projects.

Master Gardeners receive horticulture training, and volunteer to promote a mission of education and service. The program is open to anyone 18 or older with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on their local community.

More information about this and other horticulture events can be found at the Mahaska County Extension Office; 212 North I Street; Oskaloosa Phone 641-673-5841; and www.extension.iastate.edu/mahaska/yardgarden.htm.

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