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March/April 2012

volume 60  |  number 4


Pioneering the Purple

A new niche crop is changing the
agricultural landscape in Iowa.

The Gentle Doctor Is In

ISU’s veterinary teaching hospitals
receive a $120 million makeover.

Iowa Hospitality

The art is elevated at Kirkwood.

Iowa Gardening

The Hydrangea Hunt

Discovering the Best (and Possibly Bluest)
Bloomer for Your Iowa Garden

Fresh Flavors

Best Veggie Bets for the Iowa Garden

The Zoneworthy Garden

Environmental Stewardship Takes
Root in Your Own Backyard

Bloom Time 2012

Gardeners, Start Your Trowels!


From the Editor

All Aboard


Dishing up news, events, people, and ideas


e-Lit and the New Best Sellers Lists
New roles, no rules: Publishing
will never be the same.


Betting the Farm
Commodity crop recovery is a challenge
and a gamble in western Iowa.


The Missouri River floodwaters set a
new stage for flora and fauna.


Welcome to Iowa
Maps, pie, and song greet travelers
at the state’s northern gateway

Last Word

Our Iowa Roots
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is now.”


Points of Interest

Cities featured in this issue of The Iowan



Hotel management student Ouyang Xinchun came from China for the unique hospitality arts experience at Kirkwood College.

Portfolio: Ride On!
Reflections, by photographer Tim Ackarman

See more of Iowa's tricked-out rides in the latest issue of The Iowan, on newsstands now.

Spring into Spring!

See the special Iowa Gardening Section
Photo courtesy Bailey Nurseries


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