Dr. Denny Schrock

Denny Schrock
Denny Schrock, Eat Your Flowers

Dr. Denny Schrock is the Iowa State Master Gardener Coordinator and Lecturer in the Department of Horticulture, where he teaches Hands-on Horticulture and Plant Propagation. He was previously a garden editor with Meredith Corporation, where he edited 40 garden books under the Better Homes and Gardens, Scotts, Miracle-Gro, and Ortho brands. He was also a digital editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and provided garden content for the bhg.com/gardening website. In addition, Schrock is a freelance garden lecturer, writer and photographer, and serves on the editorial advisory board of The American Gardener magazine. In 2015 Schrock was honored as a Fellow by GWA, the Association for Garden Communicators.

Denny is an avid gardener and self-described plant nerd. When he moved into his Urbandale, IA, home twelve years ago, he moved 850 perennials, trees, and shrubs with him! The ½-acre garden now has hundreds more plants of all types, from vegetables, fruits and herbs to native perennial flowers, succulents, and tender tropicals.

Eat Your Flowers. Mom always said, “Eat your vegetables.” Perhaps she’d have had more luck by including edible flowers in her directive. With bright colors, exotic fragrances and intriguing flavors, beautiful blossoms perk up otherwise humdrum dishes. From herbal delights such as chives, basil and dill to garden standbys such as rose, daylily and violet, to less well-known blooms, this class will teach you how to identify, grow, and harvest edible flowers. Rather than providing a collection of specific recipes, usage information will be general. Learn how to please your palate with edible flowers!

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