Civic Center

410 East Washington St.

Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Contact Project GREEN


Cindy Parsons:


Diane Allen:


Project GREEN is a citizen-volunteer nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization formed in 1968, which invests in public landscaping projects and promotes environmental awareness in the greater Iowa City area. The group focuses its efforts on beautifying green spaces, parks, major community entryways, roadsides, and median parkways, as well as all public school grounds within the Iowa City Community School District. By working cooperatively with city, county, state, and school district officials, Project GREEN benefits the life of our community by enhancing our natural environment.


Project GREEN is an acronym for Grow to Reach Environmental Excellence Now, and our membership consists of those who donate their time, talent, or resources – over 500 “members” to date.


Since its founding 50 years ago in 1968, the organization has raised and contributed over 2 million dollars to complete more than 30 city and county landscaping projects.


Every year Project GREEN sponsors these events:


Sunday Garden Forums

The Sunday Garden Forums, an annual wintertime series of programs for the year-round gardener, is co-sponsored by Project GREEN and the Iowa City Public Library. Click HERE for more information.


Garden Tour

“Each summer Project GREEN sponsors a Garden Tour.  We have been focusing on our important native pollinators, and in 2018 we featured “Quilts in the Garden” in partnership with Old Capitol Quilters Guild.  Summer 2019 will introduce our new format, which will revamp the annual event into one modeling the annual garden tours taking place in Buffalo, New York.   We will be hosting a free, "Open Garden Tour", which means that any and all Iowa City residents may register online with Project GREEN, pick up a sign ahead of time, and then open their gardens to the public on the designated days of the tour.  Project GREEN will provide a map and description of all gardens.


The vision is to make this a go-to event every year and one that will, ultimately, take place over a summer weekend in Iowa City and will attract visitors from all over the region. We will work in partnership with the City of Iowa City and the neighborhood associations, and the vision is that neighborhoods will jump on board and host complimentary events  such as house tours, refreshment opportunities, historic activities, etc. to add to the tour.  There will be a designated location – most likely the Robert A Lee Recreation Center - where tour-goers can pick up maps and use parking spots and bathroom facilities.  The dates are being finalized, so watch for more information soon.



We also feature a fall and spring newsletter. Click HERE for more information.




Thank you Judy Terry for such a nice article!

Click HERE.


2019 Garden Forum, Click HERE for more info.

Our Fifty Shades of GREEN Garden Party fundraiser was a great success, with over 100 people in attendance on a beautiful August evening at the beautiful Ashton House site. A HUGE thank you goes to all of our supporters!  Event business sponsors  included the City of Iowa City, Big Grove Brewery, Kalona Brewery, Tallgrass Business Services, New Pioneer Coop, Copyworks, RSVP, Oasis Falafel, and Wilcox Digging Tools.


Project GREEN is always looking for volunteers; they are our lifeblood.  Click HERE to see how you can help.

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