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2018 PROJECT GREEN GARDEN TOUR





LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of so many volunteers, friends and supporters of Project GREEN, the 2017 garden tour broke records in terms of the number of people who took part. Around 800 people were welcomed to the event, which featured a lovely selection of eclectic gardens within the Lucas Farms neighborhood in central Iowa City – a neighborhood that surrounds the Plum Grove Historic Home on 1030 Carroll Street.

The larger-than-expected turnout was due in part to the fact that the Lucas Farms History Day was scheduled the same day, with historic reenactors and displays present at various homes throughout the neighborhood, and pony rides for the children.
The 2017 tour homes featured a number of “secret” gardens that delighted tour-goers who had no idea what surprises awaited them as they ventured into the delightful backyards. The Master Gardeners of Plum Grove were also kept busy as hundreds gathered in the home’s expansive yard to learn about the fruits and vegetables that would soon be harvested for the annual Taste of Plum Grove.

As Project GREEN celebrates 50 years of existence in 2018, tour organizers are busy working to make the 2018 tour another splendid event. Do mark your calendars for June 23 from 10am to 3pm! The 50th anniversary tour will feature three “walkable” neighborhoods in Iowa City, and in addition, Plum Grove will once again open its gates to Project GREEN garden lovers.

Next year’s gardens will showcase a number of diverse gardens created by some of Iowa City’s most visionary garden enthusiasts! There will be something for everyone: beautiful vistas, hand-built engaging hardscape, and edible gardens. Children are also welcome – they will be presented with a “scavenger hunt” sheet at various checkpoints in the tour to help them look for and learn about the importance of green spaces in our lives and how to live alongside local pollinators.

The theme of the 2017 tour was “Bee Friendly”, and that initiative will continue into 2018 in an effort to inspire all of our supporters to plant pollinator-loving flowers, shrubs and trees in their yards and support those in public places.