Civic Center

410 East Washington St.

Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Contact Project GREEN


Cindy Parsons:


Diane Allen:




Second Sunday Winter Garden Forums

To most people, winter means ice and snow.  But for some of us – the ones with mud in our veins – winter is time to start thinking, dreaming and planning for our gardens.   And what better way to get back in the mood to garden then by getting together with 150+ other gardeners to talk gardening!


For over 25 years, Project GREEN and the Iowa City Public Library have joined together to bring the Second Sunday Garden Forums to the gardeners in our area. These are free, educational and informative presentations relating to gardening, to inspire us all to make our own little corners of the community just a little more beautiful.  Programs have not yet been finalized, but one of the programs will feature


Seed Savers from Decorah.  The 2019 forum dates are:  January 13, 2019, February 10, 2019, and March 10, 2019. All programs will be held at the Iowa City Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m.  Please mark your calendar and save these dates!


Iowa City Farmer’s Market

In lieu of the Garden Fair and Plant Sale we have held in past years, we will be featuring home grown plants, shrubs and trees at the Iowa City Saturday Farmer’s Markets on selected dates, as well as gardening experts on hand to answer questions and give advice.  Please watch this site and our Facebook page for listings of the dates and the featured plants.



A weekend will be scheduled in June or July for the Garden Tour, which beginning in 2019 will have a  new and exciting approach.  The new format is modeled on the tours taking place in Buffalo, New York.  Any and all Iowa City residents who wish to have their garden open to the public on this designated weekend will register online with Project GREEN, pick up a sign ahead of time, and then open their gardens to the public on the scheduled day(s) of the tour.  Project GREEN, in turn, will provide a map and description of all gardens, and publicity regarding the event.


The vision is to make this a go-to event every year and one that will, ultimately, take place over a weekend in Iowa City and will attract visitors from all over the region. (In Buffalo, hotels for this tour are booked months in advance.)   We will be working in partnership with the City of Iowa City and the neighborhood associations, and anticipate that neighborhoods will jump on board and host complimentary events  such as house tours, refreshment opportunities, historic activities, etc. We expect that the open gardens will range from backyard vegetable gardens to quirky sculpture gardens to large landscaped yards with beautiful vistas – something for everyone’s taste.


There will be a central location – most likely the Robert A Lee Recreation Center - where tour-goers can pick up maps and use parking spots and bathroom facilities. More information regarding the signup process and the scheduled dates will be posted soon.