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Mark your Calendar - 2017 Garden Fair will be Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.!

The 2017 GREEN Garden Fair Number 47!

Project GREEN Garden Fair continues to grow success—Thank you!

by Karen Chappell

Calling all gardeners! We have had a crazy winter and everyone is now eagerly awaiting the chance to get hands into the soil and plant our gardens and yards. Spring is finally here, and with it comes Project GREEN’s Garden Fair where you can stock up on your favorite garden plants and find some special ones as well……... It is just a few weeks away; mark your calendars for May 6 when the Garden Fair will once again take place at Carver Hawkeye Arena.

Our 47th Garden Fair will offer a plethora of plants, along with our special gifts table. This year, gift items will include wood birdhouses and herb gardens for your garden patios. Project GREEN will be adding some outside vendors for the first time, who will be offering wood trellises and patio furniture as well as cement garden designs and ceramic art. Come ready to buy!

Plant “booths” are marked by colorful hanging banners. At the north end of Carver-Hawkeye Arena will be the Trees, Shrubs, and Vines. Next will be Sunny Perennials and then the Special Gifts table. Working your way to the south end of the Arena, you will find Hostas, Shade Companion Plants, Groundcovers and the special vendor tables. Cashier tables and check-out will be at both the north and south ends of the sale. We will also have two areas, one at the south end near the Groundcovers and one near the front doors, where you can sit and visit with friends or just relax with some food and drink after you have finished shopping. Once again, THE JAVA HOUSE will be supplying our Garden Fair Café with their special rolls, cookies, coffee and juices.

All Garden Fair plants have been grown in our experienced gardeners’ own gardens. They are choice, hardy plants that will survive Iowa’s weather. Choose from thousands of plants set out on tables that extend halfway around Carver-Hawkeye Arena. As you come in the front doors, grab a box or two and then begin to walk about collecting the plants that you like and need. Remember that you can always store your boxes of plants with the Plant Sitters (we will have two Plant Sitter areas - one at either end of the plant sale) while you continue to shop and get more! We even have volunteers who will help you carry everything out to your car on rolling carts. We will also have Greeters who can direct you to your favorite plants and answer questions.

Experts from the Master Gardeners of Johnson County, the DNR district forester, representatives from the Iowa City Landfill, and the City of Coralville Stormwater Specialist, along with experienced staff from the Iowa City Parks & Recreation and Johnson County Conservation Departments will be on hand to answer questions on woodland management, tree pruning, wildlife, gardening, and more. Project GREEN volunteers will be staffing each booth and can answer specific questions about their plants as well. Laura Hawks will be available to talk about the ongoing landscaping and restoration at the historic Ashton House. It is an exciting addition to our area and is being supported by Project GREEN funds.

Come and enjoy your morning with us! There is no admission charge and parking is free. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 6.