Out digging hostas for the Garden Fair!
The 2018 Garden Fair!
Garden Fair will be Saturday, May 5, 2018
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Project GREEN Garden Fair continues to grow success—Thank you!
Dedicated Project GREEN volunteers are extremely grateful for the gardeners and shoppers who support our annual Garden Fair and plant sale. Our reputation as the most trustworthy and reliable source of locally grown plants fuels our fundraising efforts. This year’s sale, held May 7, 2016, raised more than $28,000.
Organizers developed the first Garden Fair in 1970, and it has continued to be held annually. This long-
held May tradition is our organization’s primary fundraiser that helps fund new projects and provides
funds to maintain our numerous past improvements, made to enhance and beautify green spaces,
parks, major entryways, roadsides, riverfronts, and median parkways on state, county, and city
properties in the Iowa City area. Since Project GREEN was founded in 1968, our nonprofit organization
has provided over two million dollars for local public beautification and landscaping projects.
Garden Fair Co-Chairs Fern Allison and Barbara Gartner credit the 2016 Garden Fair’s success to the
dedicated volunteers and eager gardeners who seek the dependability and new varieties of plants
offered each year. Karen Chappell provided inspired creativity to offer special Mother’s Day gifts.
Featured this year were terrariums and hypertufa miniature gardens. The entire gift table sold out
quickly. Plant locations throughout Carver-Hawkeye Arena made it easy for buyers to find the plants
they desired. Project GREEN volunteers were available to offer advice about planting and care. Plant
sitters cared for plants while shoppers continued to search for items. The Garden Fair Café offered
seating to rest, relax, and enjoy a great cup of coffee and pastry. Thanks to the Java House for its
Project GREEN volunteers and coordinators are indebted to the many people who make the Garden Fair
successful every year. Planning efforts for the Garden Fair begin each year long before spring makes an
appearance. A special thank you to all the booth chairs and their many volunteers—from those who
donate plants, line them out, dig them up, and pot them, to the volunteers who work at the fair and
advise customers, or serve as plant sitters, cashiers, and checkout helpers.
We also appreciate the many professionals who staff information tables at the Garden Fair, including
Johnson County Master Gardeners, DNR District Forester, Iowa City Landfill representatives, and Parks & Recreation staff promoting the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area and Ashton House, two developments
supported by Project GREEN.