IOWA CITY – Spring is here which means it’s time for area gardeners to start making lists for the Project GREEN annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale. The annual event will be held Saturday, May 6, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The 48th annual GREEN Garden Fair offers gardeners a wide variety of hardy plants that have been grown and acclimatized to thrive in our area. Shoppers come back year after year for plants they know will grow well.
The Garden Fair will again offer a variety of creative items for a very special Mother’s Day gift. This year, Project GREEN gifts will include wooden birdhouses, herb gardens for your garden patios, painted clay pots, along with kokedama – a Japanese moss hanging that makes a great hanging plant made of a combination of peat soil and akedama, or bonsai soil.
For the first time, outside vendors will offer wood trellises and patio furniture, as well as cement garden designs for the lawn and patio.
Watch Project GREEN’s website and Facebook page for a listing of plants, trees and shrubs that will be available at this year’s sale.
Since 1970, this annual event has offered thousands of plants perfectly suited and grown by volunteers that do especially well in our area. Gardeners will find sunny perennials, shade perennials, hosta and companion plants, groundcovers, shrubs and trees. Shoppers will find selection areas are marked by colorful hanging banners.
Java House will provide coffee and refreshments for sale. Shoppers can “park” purchases at one of two designated Plant Sitter areas while shopping for garden treasures or enjoying a treat. Cashiers will be located in three areas of the arena.
Johnson County Master Gardeners, DNR district forester, and representatives from Iowa City East Side Recycling Center / Landfill, Kent Park and Johnson County Bur Oak Land Trust, Johnson County Conservation, Monarchs in Eastern Iowa representatives will be available to answer questions concerning the environment, woodland management, tree pruning, wildlife and gardening. Iowa City staff will have displays of the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, and the special event facility, Ned Ashton House. Both projects are supported by Project GREEN. Landscape architect Laura Hawks display includes plans for Ashton House and Project GREEN Garden improvements that are supported by REAP Grant funds.
Since launching in 1968, the nonprofit Project GREEN (Grow to Reach Environmental Excellence Now) has funded $2 million in public landscape improvement and beautification projects and maintenance. The mission continues: enhance and beautify green spaces, parks, major entryways, roadsides, riverfront and median parkways. Through the years, the all-volunteer Project GREEN effort has grown to include public school grounds. Project GREEN also supports efforts to educate citizens about the importance of beautifying private property as well. The organization will celebrate 50 years of service to the community in 2018.