Business Sponsorship of the Open Gardens Weekend

Project GREEN would like to invite your local business to join us in sponsoring our new event:

The Project GREEN Inaugural Open Gardens Weekend

The event, which will be held on July 13 and 14, 2019, will feature at least twenty to thirty residential gardens, open to visitors free of charge. Your sponsorship will allow us to offer numerous gardens for free, which will make it a popular annual event.

We believe, based on events like Buffalo, New York’s annual Garden Walk that attracts 70,000 visitors annually to visit 400 gardens, that the Open Gardens Weekend, advertised state-wide, will grow over the next few years to become a prominent annual cultural event attracting thousands of local garden enthusiasts, as well as out-of-town visitors.

As a sponsor of what will be a highly anticipated local event, your business will benefit from your association with the enjoyable and inspiring event itself, as well as with Project GREEN’s mission of beautifying our community’s public areas and schools. Project GREEN has contributed over $2 million to make Iowa City more beautiful during its 51-year history.

Local businesses that seek customers among local residents will receive attention from what we believe will be more than a thousand interested participants this first year. Demographic studies show that people who visit gardens are the primary household decisionmakers for purchases of healthcare, home & garden improvements, and household products. This is the targeted audience for local businesses, and the majority of garden visitors will be local Johnson County residents.

Gardens visitors will need to pick up Open Gardens Maps to find the addresses of the gardens that are open for the event. The maps will be free, before and during the event, and:

**Open Gardens Maps will be available to garden visitors only at sponsor retail locations.**

We expect availability of maps to drive traffic to sponsor retail locations, which will be identified on event flyers and the Project GREEN website, before and during the event.

We hope you will join us and be part of our new Open Gardens Weekend event from its beginning. Please contact us to find out more about how your business can join Project GREEN to make the Iowa City area an even nicer place to live an work!