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ISU Field Day caters to gardeners seeking new plants

Iowa State University’s Research and Demonstration Farms will hold a Demonstration Home Garden Field Day July 23 in Ames.

“Homeowners looking for new and different plants to try in their yards and gardens will have a nice variety of vegetables and flowers to view at the field days,” said Cynthia Haynes, an associate professor in the Iowa State horticulture department.

The field day will feature:

• Purple vegetables, including beans, carrots, basil, eggplant, cabbage, potatoes and tomatoes

• Sun-loving impatiens, including New Guinea types and rose balsam, that are resistant to impatiens downy mildew

• Compact zinnias, including dwarf cultivars of all colors

• New cultivars of annual flowers and vegetables, including more unusual items

Haynes said the field day in Ames will be July 23, 6 p.m., at the Horticulture Research Station, 55519 170th St., Ames. Three miles north of Ames on Highway 69, the farm’s on the north side about 1.5 miles east on 170th Street.

More information is available at http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.php.

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