Posts tagged David Morton

A note from Brucemore’s head gardener

The following is from Deb Engmark, head gardener at Brucemore in Cedar Rapids:


     October 1st turned out to be a beautiful evening for the Wrapping up the Garden workshop at Brucemore. An intimate group of home gardeners attended and all were eager to ask questions and share their knowledge about plants and getting the garden ready for winter. My only disappointment of the evening was running out of sunlight. However, the dwindling sun was the perfect interruption in our lovely walk through the Brucemore formal garden. Experiencing the late season colors of the flowers and foliage as the orange sky glowed behind the trees to the west was a beautiful site most do not get the opportunity to experience. Perhaps we will have another gorgeous day to experience the estate in all its autumn glory in the upcoming Fall Landscape Hike…


     At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, David Morton, Brucemore’s Assistant Gardener and I will lead guests on the annual Fall Landscape Hike. David developed the concept for the seasonal hikes as he and I were oohing and aahing over every color change, floating cloud and shadow cast that we came across during his first autumn employed at Brucemore.  The hikes allow us to share and enjoy the 26 acres we call our “office.”  Informal and casual, topics included on the hikes are seasonal chores and preservation issues, while questions and discussions are also encouraged.  Admission is $10 per person and $7 per Brucemore member. Registration required. Space is limited, call (319) 362-7375 or register online at for further information.



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Wrapping up the garden

   Brucemore gardeners Deb Engmark and David Morton will demonstrate and discuss the tasks involved in preparing individual plants and the garden for winter during a “wrapping up the garden” workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1.

   Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for Brucemore members. Reservations are required. Call (319) 362-7375 to reserve a spot.

   Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, is at 2160 Linden Dr. SE, in Cedar Rapids.



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Great combinations

Two upcoming gardening events where you can learn about container gardening and more:


Great Combinations
Wed., April 30, 6:30 PM Register Now!
Join Brucemore gardeners at the Brucemore Visitor Center for a 90 minute discussion on theories of great planting combinations for containers, the garden, and the landscape. Deb Engmark and David Morton will analyze the tried and true, latest trends in color, texture, and garden design. They will show you how to apply what you learn at Brucemore to your gardens at home.

Admission: $10/adult and $7/Brucemore member. Reservations required. Call (319) 362-7375 to reserve a spot.






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.

Saturday, May 17, 10 to 11 am.

Bring your lawn chair and garden gloves and listen to master gardener, Mike Duggan, as he shares his expertise regarding appropriate plants best suited for containers and how to maintain them. Then 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.

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