Following are Eastern Iowa gardening events scheduled during June. If your group has an activity not listed, please add information about the event in a comment below, or send an email to: Cindy.Hadish@gazcomm.com
Mon. June 2, noon to 3 p.m., and 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., – informational meeting for Marion street tree inventory, Trees Forever office, 770 Seventh Ave., Marion.
Tues. June 3 and Wed. June 4, noon to 3 p.m. and 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., – tree identification training at Trees Forever. Call (319) 373-0650 for information.
Fri. June 6 – National Garden Fitness Day – get off the treadmill and into the garden. Watch the Homegrown blog for tips on this day!
Sat. June 7, 9:30 a.m., – Brucemore in Bloom – also June 14, 21, and 28 – at Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids. Wander among the unique flowers and plants as the Brucemore garden staff traces the development of the formal garden from conception to the current design. Admission: $10/adult and free to Brucemore members. Call (319) 362-7375 for reservations or register online.
Tues. June 10 – Fri. June 13 – Native plant identification course, hosted by the Iowa Valley RC&D Council in and around the Amana area. Robert Mohlenbrock of Biotic Consultants, Inc. will teach this intensive hands-on field course where the distinguishing characteristics of every plant encountered will be discussed. The class will visit several different types of wetland and prairie sites. The course is designed for environmental specialists, wetland scientists, agriculture consultants and other professionals, but is open to anyone interested in identifying plants native to this area. Call (319) 213-9243. Course cost is $600.
Sat. June 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., – Linn County Master Gardener’s garden walk, $5 for adults or $10 per family. See the Master Gardeners category on the Homegrown blog for details or go to: www.extension.iastate.edu/linn
Sat. June 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., – Garden Walk in Clarence. Tickets are $10 and include eight gardens, lunch and presentations by Bill Oliver and Zora Ronan of the Linn County Master Gardeners. With the exception of the gardens, all events take place at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 320 Ninth Ave. Clarence. Sponsored by Friends of the Zybell Library. Ticket sales begin at 8:30 a.m.
Sat. June 14, 9-10 a.m., – Plant your own herb pot with Mike Duggan Wyatt, Hy-Vee garden center, 5050 Edgewood Road NE, Cedar Rapids. Bring your lawn chair and garden gloves and listen to master gardener, Mike Duggan, as he shares his expertise regarding appropriate herbs best suited for containers and how to maintain them. You will plant your own container to take home. Containers will be available for purchase or bring your own container (up to a 12” pot). The class fee will cover soil, plants and instruction. $20. Pre-register at customer service, (319) 378-0762.
Sun. June 22, 7-10 p.m., – Indian Creek Nature Center, 6665 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids, “Nature Rocks – The Year of the River” second annual green benefit for the Indian Creek Nature Center & SPT Theatre Company. Features live music concert by SPT; Wine from Cedar Ridge Vineyards; lessons about conservation, recycling, sustainability and our natural waterways. Families are encouraged to bring food, beverages and lawn chairs. Tickets are $25 for adults; children 12 and under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Indian Creek Nature Center at (319) 362-0664.
Sun. June 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., – Project GREEN Garden Tour, Iowa City, $5 for adults; children 16 and under are free. Includes five gardens in Iowa City. See www.projectgreen.org for more information.