The Iowa Master Gardener Program with ISU Extension and Outreach Mahaska County will host a new Floral Arranging series including hands-on instruction with renowned floral expert Dan Brabec via webinar.

Designed to explore individual creative and artistic expression, this series will connect participants with an expert who has over 25 years of experience in the floral arranging profession. Brabec is an assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University. He teaches “Elements of Floral Design,” “Wedding and Event Floral Design” and “Houseplants and Interiorscapes.” Brabec was the previous owner of Coe’s Floral and Gifts in Ames and has been featured in “Better Homes and Gardens” and other wedding publications. He has also designed florals for Walt Disney World.

This series will occur at three different times throughout the growing season: early spring, mid-summer and late fall. Each session uses seasonal blooms and fillers to give students the skills needed to create beautiful arrangements throughout the year.

The second session takes place Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. with the final session taking place Nov. 16. Participants are welcome to attend just one, two or all three sessions, as each is a stand-alone presentation. No previous gardening or floral arranging experience is required.

In Mahaska County, interested individuals may participate in the Aug. 9 session one of three ways:

— Flowers and vases provided for a fee. Register and pay by Tuesday, Aug. 2 at the Mahaska County Extension office (212 North I Street, Oskaloosa).

— Bring purchased or from your own garden items: 30 or more stems of focus flowers, secondary flowers, filler flowers and foliage/greenery and vessel/vase, no fee.

— Observe only, no fee

Seasonal focus flowers can include sunflowers, hibiscus, canna, zinnia, snapdragons, lilies, gladiolas, dahlias and delphinium.

Secondary flowers can include daylilies, phlox, salvia, coneflower, yarrow, Joe-pye weed, bells of Ireland, black eyed Susan and penstemon.

Filler flowers can include golden aster, babies breath, Russian sage, Monte casino aster, Veronica, sea holly, bee balm/monarda, coral bells and spiderwort.

Foliage/greenery can include peony foliage, hosta leaves, ornamental grasses, weigelia foliage, spirea foliage, asparagus foliage, baptisia foliage, ninebark and smokebush.

Purchased focal flowers could include iris, roses, lilies, hydrangea, spider mums, gerber daisies and sunflowers.

Purchased secondary flowers could include carnations, daisies, Alstroemeria, mini carnations, matsumoto asters, stock and snapdragons.

Purchased filler flowers could include babies breath, solid aster, Monte casino aster, limonium and wax flower.

Purchased greenery could include leather leaf, salal, pittosporum, tree fern, ruscus and myrtle.

More information about this and other horticulture events can be found at the Mahaska County Extension Office, located 212 North I Street; by calling 641-673-5841; or visiting

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