The 2017 GREEN Garden Fair a Success!
Project GREEN Garden Fair continues to grow success—Thank you!
Gardeners may be ready for a winter rest, but they will still be dreaming about Spring 2018 and a new gardening season.
Mark your calendar as next year promises to be very special – it is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Project GREEN. Our annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
It should be no surprise that our volunteers are already hard at work to make certain shoppers who support the organization have the most reliable, locally-grown plants to support our fundraising efforts. Soon snowy days will provide inspiration for our imaginative volunteers to come up with something new for our anniversary year sale.
In 2017, our shoppers were delighted with the Mother’s Day gift table featuring creative herb gardens inspired by innovative Karen Chappell, colorful birdhouses and new Project GREEN hats. For the very first time, outside vendors offered wood trellises, patio furniture, ceramic art and concrete garden designs that were well received by our shoppers.
Garden Fair co-chairs, Fern Allison and Barbara Gartner, are grateful for the many dedicated volunteers and friends who work so hard to make the Garden Fair successful every year. These include booth chairs and loyal volunteers who work at the fair and advise customers, plant sitters, cashiers and checkout helpers. A special thanks goes to the Scouts who help deliver plants to shoppers’ vehicles and the many professionals who staff information tables for Johnson County Master Gardeners, DNR District Forester, Johnson County Conservation departments, Iowa City Landfill and Parks and Recreation staff, and Laura Hawks, Hawks Landscape Design.
This year, our Garden Fair and Plant Sale brought in more than $30,000. Profit from our sales provide ongoing maintenance for numerous projects. The proceeds are also a source of funding for new and ongoing projects, such as Project GREEN Gardens at the Ned Ashton House, and Mary Gantz GREEN Grants and Kindergarten Trees project, which provide each Iowa City Community School District kindergarten class a tree to plant on its own school grounds, as well as opportunities to enhance school campus landscaping beautification efforts.
We encourage you to consider becoming a Project GREEN volunteer. The rewards are many. You will make new many friends, learn about Midwest gardening and become a force to enhance the beauty of the natural environment in our community!