WANTED: Your Garden
(Please note: Project GREEN has postponed our Open Gardens Weekend 2020 due to coronavirus concerns, but we still intend to hold it later in the year (we’re looking at early autumn). Your garden will still be needed, and if you sign up now, you’ll be the first to know about any changes in the event — and if re-scheduled dates won’t work for you, we’ll understand. Thank you for your patience and your support!)
Dear Iowa City Garden Owner,
Thank you for your interest in sharing your garden in Project GREEN’s Open Gardens Weekend 2020, June 27-28! We hope to again provide a FREE, enjoyable and informative event for garden visitors, as well as raise money for our community and school beautification projects.
The 2019 event was a wonderful success, with numerous positive comments from garden visitors — including some who were inspired to begin gardening themselves — simply because the event allowed them to see so many beautiful gardens and especially, to chat with friendly, encouraging garden owners. Sharing your garden can make a difference!
Your willingness to open your garden will result in a more beautiful community.
You may have some questions; here are a few guidelines that may be helpful (we’ll send you more information after the deadline of May 31):
• The Open Gardens Weekend will be June 27 & 28, 2020 (times to be announced). We encourage gardeners to open their gardens on both days so that every visitor has an opportunity to see all the gardens, but if you are only able to open your garden for one of the days, please specify that in the Special Instructions box.
• Any Iowa City resident who is excited about gardening and proud of their gardening efforts may open their garden – there are no qualifications concerning size, perfect weed-free maintenance or professional design. Your garden is a personal artistic expression and Project GREEN wants to offer visitors a wide variety of diverse gardens to see and learn from. (We hope to expand the event to other Johnson County areas in future.)
• We ask only that you make a reasonable effort at visitor safety, by common-sense steps like making sure paths are clear of toys or materials that pose a tripping hazard, etc. Project GREEN will carry insurance for the event, but if you’re uncertain about the safety of your garden, a Project GREEN member will be happy to stop by and take a look. We’ll send you a list of preparation tips well before the event.
• If there’s a part of your garden that’s not ready for visitors, just put a rope and note across it.
• If you know of any other admirable gardens, particularly in your own neighborhood (people are more likely to visit streets with multiple gardens for convenience), please encourage other garden owners to sign up here, or print out a questionnaire for them to mail in. We appreciate your help in spreading the word!
• We’ll let you know when and where you can pick up your Open Gardens sign prior to the event.
• Following the event on Sunday (time to be announced), there will be FREE Ice Cream at Ashton House!
• If an emergency arises and you can’t open your garden for part or all of the weekend, remove your Open Garden sign. Posting a note explaining that an illness, etc. has occurred will help visitors to understand that they did actually find the right address, but that your garden just can’t be open.
• Have fun talking with the many appreciative visitors who will stop by to see your beautiful garden!
If you’d like to open your garden, please fill out the Questionnaire by May 31, 2020, in order to be included in the Open Gardens Map. If you have any questions, please email or call one of us at our Contact page numbers.
We thank you for your generosity in sharing your garden and making the Open Gardens Weekend a fun and successful event!
Cindy Parsons and Diane Allen, Co-Presidents of Project GREEN