Archive for April 28, 2008

Great May events!

Following is a list of area gardening events in Eastern Iowa for the month of May 2008. If you know of other public events, add it in a comment or send an email to: cindy.hadish@gazcomm.com

Thurs. May 1 through Sat., May 3 – Annual tulip festival in Pella, Iowa. See schedule at: www.pellatuliptime.com

 

Sat. May 3 –  9 a.m. to noon, Indian Creek Nature Center annual spring plant sale featuring wildflowers, prairie grasses and flowers, hosta, geraniums, and a variety of garden perennials, as well as garden art and accessories.

 

Sat. May 3 and Sun. May 4 – Urban permaculture workshop at 3409 Seminole Valley Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. See schedule at: www.myearthwatchexperience.com/pcw/

 

Sat. May 10 – 9-11:30 a.m.,  Project GREEN’s annual Garden Fair at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City. Perennials for shade and sun, hostas, wildflowers, trees and more will be sold.

 

Sat. May 10 – 9 a.m. to noon, Brucemore annual plant sale, featuring several types of perennials and annuals from Brucemore’s greenhouse, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids.

 

Sun. May 11 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Noelridge Park Greenhouse open house, corner of Collins Road and Council Street NE, Cedar Rapids. Blooming planted baskets will be sold at $30 each as a fundraiser for the greenhouse. The open house also will feature a gardening and nature book fair, Bonsai display, and beekeeper and mushroom displays.

 

Sat. May 17 – 8 a.m. to noon, Johnson County Master Gardeners Garden Flea Market and Plant Sale, Food Booth Building, Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds, featuring garden and lawn tools, plant containers, yard art, horticulture books and plants, seeds and bulbs for sale.

 

Sat. May 17 – 10-11 a.m., Garden Containers with Pizzazz for Decks & Balconies with Mike Duggan Wyatt – Class will be in the Hy-Vee Garden Center, 5050 Edgewood Road NE, Cedar Rapids. The class fee will cover soil, plants and instruction. $20.  Pre-register at Customer Service, (319)378-0762.

 

Sun. May 18 – 2-4 p.m., Second Annual Master Gardener “Top Gardening Tips,” Iowa City Public Library, Room A, Betty Kelly will present top organic gardening tips and Sherlyn Flesher will present easy composting.

 

Sat. May 24, 8 a.m. to noon (or until plants are gone) – Linn County Master Gardeners annual plant sale, Extension office parking lot,  3279 Seventh Ave.,  Marion. Many kinds of perennials for sun or shade,  hosta, daylilies, wildflowers, groundcovers, ornamental grasses and some annuals,  from Master Gardeners’ own gardens will be sold.

 

 

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Market blooper

Lynn Perry, market master of the Cedar Rapids Eighth Avenue farmers market, pointed out that both the Noelridge and Eighth Avenue markets were left out of the list published in Sunday’s Gazette.

We’re still trying to figure out what happened. Both were in the original list and somehow got dropped in the editing process. It was certainly unintentional.

Information for the markets is included in the list on this blog and also appears below.

Noelridge Farmers Market in Cedar Rapids, 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays

and Fridays, May 2 through Oct. 24, corner of Collins Road and Council Street NE,

contact Teresa White at (319) 286-5731.

 

City parking lot at Eighth Avenue and Second Street SE in Cedar Rapids, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 1 through Oct. 25, contact Teresa White at (319) 286-5731. Closed June 7 and 21, July 5, Aug. 2 and 16, 

Sept. 6 and Oct. 4 in deference to downtown market.

Both markets have a wonderful selection of fresh produce, live plants, soap and other handcrafted items. I’ve also found organic meat and great baked goods at the markets. Lynn notes that Cedar Rapids is unique in this area in having a farmers market every day of the week, except Sunday. (And Hiawatha has its market on Sundays!)

 

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