Inspiration stage

THE INSPIRATION STAGE - 

 Talented speakers will provide tips to help you dig into your gardening adventure.

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Rose Farm

Rose Farm, Norwalk, Iowa

Travel just 20 minutes outside the city center of Des Moines and be greeted by the beauty of Rose Farm, family-owned and lovingly-managed by Hobby Farmers Karri and Patrick Rose. With 25 acres of sprawling ground, you will find yourself immediately transplanted to a place of tranquility. The white farmhouse set against the backdrop of deep rolling hills, and the charming, idyllic barn housing The Retreat at Rose Farm (opening 2020), are neatly nestled on the property. With soaring ceilings, natural light flooding the space, and a Southern sophistication, The Retreat at Rose Farm will house a community of learners through Lifestyle Workshops, Learning Lectures and Master Classes, as well as provide a unique venue for special events.

Karri and Patrick developed the dream of Rose Farm with a deep belief resting in sustainability, stewardship of the land and conservation. They raise honey bees, harvest hay fields, and create habitats for birds, pollinators and other wildlife. Multiple breeds of non-GMO fed, free range hens happily wander and produce a striking array of colored eggs. Fresh vegetables are grown from seed, guaranteeing quality from soil to table. Breathtaking fields of flowers delight the senses, filling the air with a sweet aroma and dotting the property with a spectrum of colors. White hydrangeas bloom displaying their lavish, rounded shape, as do several varieties of David Austin English roses, ranunculus, dahlias, tulips, cosmos and asters. Find an assortment of seasonal florals to welcome the changing of the seasons. Watch the ornamental grasses, Bells of Ireland and eucalyptus dance in the wind. Blueberries, raspberries, aronia berries, apple and pear trees provide flavorful fruit, along with many other varieties thriving on the farm.

As a family farm, Karri and Patrick wholeheartedly believe in sustainable business practices. They are passionate about supporting local farms and the dreams of others. By supporting Rose Farm, you are rallying around a movement that builds community-supported agriculture.

Click Here to learn more about Rose Farm.

 

Stage Presentation Dates and Times:

Thursday, February 6, 2020- 6pm "Turning a Dream into a Modern Day Farmstead"

Friday, February 7, 2020- 3pm- "Turning a Dream into a Modern Day Farmstead"

Sunday, February 9, 2020- 2:30pm- "Turning a Dream into a Modern Day Farmstead"

Ready 2 Fruit Mushrooms

Ready-2- Fruit Mushrooms

Research mycologist Matt Ratliff, has spent nearly a decade honing mushroom cultivation techniques and has successfully grown over 50 varieties of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms from all over the world. His company, Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms, produces and distributes mushroom kits and cultivation supplies nationwide through garden catalogs, nurseries, greenhouses and select retailers.  
This basic introduction to mushroom cultivation will explain how to cultivate a variety of gourmet mushrooms at home using basic materials and simple techniques; allowing home gardeners to grow indoors annually or outdoors perennially.   

Click Here to learn more about Ready-2-Fruit Mushrooms

 

Stage Presentation Dates and Times:

Thursday, February 6, 2020- 3pm "Cultivating Mushrooms at Home"

Friday, February 7, 2020- 2pm- "Cultivating Mushrooms at Home"

Saturday, February 8, 2020- 12:30pm- "Cultivating Mushrooms at Home"

Sunday, February 9, 2020- 1:30pm- "Cultivating Mushrooms at Home"

Half-Thyme

Half-Thyme Company, Nevada, Iowa

Half-Thyme Company is a collection of farm to home lifestyle opportunities.  Whether you have an interest in learning how to efficiently add some of your own, home-grown products to your family’s table,  an enjoyment of  locally raised flowers, or a desire a to connect with others on garden related topics, Half-Thyme Company offers an outlet to connect into. While the company is in it’s infancy, established in 2019, the dream of it has been maturing for many years.  Half-Thyme Company is the culmination of owner Angela Fritz’s passion for gardening, love of connecting with people, and desire to build a business and brand to bring those things together in a flourishing community.

Click Here to learn more about Half-Thyme Company

 

Stage Presentation Dates and Times:

Thursday, February 6, 2020- 5pm "Herb Gardening"

Friday, February 7, 2020- 5pm- "Garden Basics"

Saturday, February 8, 2020- 11:30am- "Garden Basics"

Sunday, February 9, 2020- 12pm- "Backyard Cut Flower Garden"

PepperHarrow

PepperHarrow, Madison County, Iowa

A locally grown boutique flower farm right in the heart of Iowa. Our farm sits on twenty acres nestled amongst the covered bridges of Madison County, Iowa. Located outside of Des Moines, this beautiful piece of land, sitting above the Middle River Valley is home to our family, three acres of cut flower gardens, bees, 12 acres of pasture for our cows and chickens, and the rest devoted to the forest and fauna that made this place home long before it was a farm.

We are committed to using organic and sustainable practices that preserve and enhance the land. A thriving ecosystem and healthy soil are the foundation on which our farm grows and we are always learning and finding ways to improve our farm’s ecological balance. Our farm is a work in progress, continually changing, evolving and always improving. We look forward to sharing the beauty and bounty from our boutique Iowa flower farm with you. PepperHarrow Farm is committed to sustainable farming practices that preserve and enhance the land. The goal is always a thriving ecosystem. Our efforts to minimize the environmental impact and plan for self-sufficiency make our small farm a diverse and educational experience.

Click Here to learn more about PepperHarrow

 

Stage Presentation Dates and Times:

Saturday, February 8, 2020- 2pm- "Getting Back to the Land!"

West End Architectural Salvage

West End Architectural Salvage

Our goal at West End is to insure that Des Moines residents have a successful search of “salvaged” items from larger cities and foreign countries.

Our inventory comes from New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, England, the Middle East, and various other places-making us anything but boring! The unique, classically appealing items available at West End are found just about everywhere, but we offer a central location for them to be seen.

No matter how far you travel you’ll never forget the experience our store has to offer! Our passion is rescuing craftsmanship from the past and offering it to you for renovations or creative re-purposing. Someone’s trash is always someone else’s treasure!

West End has everything from furniture to stained glass to doors to tin panels. These one-of-a-kind items are organized by category throughout the four floors of the West End building. This makes it possible for you to find what you want in a minimal amount of time.

Click Here to learn more about West End Architectural Salvage.

 

Stage Presentation Dates and Times:

Thursday, February 6, 2020- 2pm "One Man's Trash is another Man's Terrarium... Planting inside the Box!""

Friday, February 7, 2020- 12pm- "One Man's Trash is another Man's Terrarium... Planting inside the Box!"

Saturday, February 8, 2020- 5pm- "One Man's Trash is another Man's Terrarium... Planting inside the Box!"

Sunday, February 9, 2020- 3:30pm- "One Man's Trash is another Man's Terrarium... Planting inside the Box!"

Eddie Robinson- Master Gardener

Container gardens are one of the fastest growing segments of gardening. Containers can be grown where traditional gardens are not possible including apartment balconies, small courtyards, Decks, patio's, and areas with poor soil.They are an ideal solution for people in rental situations, with limited mobility, or with limited time to care for a large landscape.

 

Stage Presentation Dates and Times:

Thursday, February 6, 2020- 4pm "Container Gardening, Allowing Creative Expressions in Small Spaces""

Friday, February 7, 2020- 4pm- "Container Gardening, Allowing Creative Expressions in Small Spaces"

Saturday, February 8, 2020- 3:30pm- "Container Gardening, Allowing Creative Expressions in Small Spaces"

Sunday, February 9, 2020- 3:30pm- "Container Gardening, Allowing Creative Expressions in Small Spaces"