Who is having a garden walk?

ironbelly1May 25, 2004

The month of June is usually the time for garden walks. Many communities have them and they offer some of the best opportunities to learn about plants, landscape design and gardening in general. Of course, the pure enjoyment of viewing wonderful gardens is perhaps the best part. My wife and I like to take in as many as we can and don't mind traveling a bit from our home in Walcott.

Although we have gone on many walks throughout the midwest, our favorite remains the event put on by the folks in the small town of Lowden, Iowa. (On US Hwy. 30 about halfway between Clinton and Cedar Rapids) This is friendly, small town living at its best. With the culmination of the event capped off by a butterfly pork chop picnic in the park -- included in the $10 ticket price -- what a deal!

Also included in the $10 ticket are two gardening lectures (in air conditioned rooms). Ken Lafferty, Linn County Master Gardener and WMT radio garden expert will be presenting the first speaking session at 10am. I am honored to be asked to present the second session at 11am on "A Different Approach To Landscape Design".

Saturday, June 26th -- 9am to 4pm -- Tickets available that morning at city hall. (Trust me -- Lowden is small enough you will be able to find city hall.)

I hope to meet many of you there. :-)


Also, Muscatine is having a garden tour on Saturday, June 19, 2004, (10am to 5pm) titled "Garden Moments". Advance tickets are $13 or 2/$25 or $15 at the door. They list three phone numbers for more information: (563)263-0959, 263-8282, 263-5701


OK. Post all the other wonderful events around the state.


Here is a link that might be useful: Map to Lowden

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LeslieL(z5a IA)

that sounds like great fun, maybe I will see you in Lowden!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2004 at 6:28PM
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iowa_jade(C 5b H 6)

I am having an low key Rose Walk Sunday 5-30-04 in Bettendorf- signs posted at Utica and Golden Valley. My sister asked me to help raise some $ for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. My Niece is 10 years cancer free. They are doing a marathon.

What can I do? I grow roses!

Hopefully they will put on a good show.

Bored Sunday afternoon - come help me fight off the wildlife!

1 block East of Utica Ridge on Golden Valley (just North of Jumers)
North on Magnolia Court to top of hill- white house/purple trim.

1:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday 05-30-04

See the hordes of marauding bands of rabbits, ground hogs, and possums unleash their depredations on helpless young roses.

See a riot of color ( if it stops raining.)

See Ark '04 under construction ( If it doesn't stop raining.)

See large 20'X 40' worm bed. Don't get too close! Munch! Munch!

See prime examples of such famous roses as 'Rose de Rescht,' 'Sombreuil ,' 'Reine Victoria,' (I lied it died) and her sport 'Mme. Pierre Oger,' 'Rambling Gertie,' and many others. The Rugosas are already in their second flush, along with 'Creeping Charlie' and 'Quack Grass.'

Donations of $1.00 per head suggested. Children free. All proceeds will be given to:

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

    Bookmark   May 26, 2004 at 3:12PM
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uidigger(z5 IA)

Friday, June 18, 5:30 to 8:30 and Saturday, June 19 from 9:00 to 2:00 the HLV band parents are hosting a garden walk in Victor, IA (exit 205 or 201). There are five gardens on the walk and the proceeds go to the HLV band.
There will be a perennial sale, live music, refreshments and small town hospitality. Tickets are $5.00, students are
free and if both dates are rained out it will be on Sunday
from 1 to 4.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2004 at 11:31AM
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IowaJade --I'm so PROUD of you --What a great and wonderful idea!!! And congratulations to your niece!


PS --I'll come to your party if you come to mine!!! See Cancer Benefit posting below.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2004 at 12:57PM
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ISU Polk County Master Gardeners 2004 Garden Tour, June 26

Seven gardens in West Des Moines and Waukee will be the focus of
"Extraordinary Gardens by Ordinary People," the Polk County Master Gardener
2004 Garden Tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, on Saturday, June 26.

The gardens include a Waukee site that contains more than 300 varieties of
daylillies and a three-level water garden with waterfalls, goldfish and a
collection of aquatic plants. In West Des Moines, gardens on view will
include sites with slope and soil challenges as well as creative solutions
to everything from keeping rabbits out of vegetable patches to inventive
ways of garden screening for privacy.

Other featured sites will include:
A garden that mixes several styles, all chemical-free.
Unusual shrubs and perennials mixed with native grasses, plus a variety of
hardy roses, including Buck, Canadian, antique, rugosa and hybrid teas.
A "mature" backyard garden boasting an arbor-covered spa with mature trumpet
A sun-and-shade garden that blends a conglomeration of gift plants,
"rescued" plants, and recycled found "treasures," including a brick pond
patio created out of the remains of an old farmhouse.
At one garden, three demonstrations, "Living Wreaths," Backyard Birdbaths"
and "Twig Art." are scheduled.

Tickets, priced at $10, will include a tour map, garden descriptions and
location directions. They will be available at metro Des Moines Earl May
stores, metro area Holub stores, Herndons Des Moines Seed & Nursery, Goode
Greenhouses and the Woodsmith Store.

Proceeds from the tour support Master Gardener activities in Polk County,
including the Horticulture Helpline, speakers service bureau, Demonstration
Garden in Urbandale, the new Enabling Garden in Altoona and the Discovery
Garden at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

For more information, call the Iowa State University Polk County Extension
Office, 515-261-4221.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2004 at 5:44PM
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iowa_jade(C 5b H 6)


Sorry I didn't see your post until after the fact.


We had fun and raised a few bucks for a good cause.

My sister appreciated my humble efforts.

I have been cancer free myself for about 3 1/2 years with prostate cancer. A friend had his operation a month later than mine and is not having such a good outcome as it is getting into his bones. His doctor wants him to get more radiation treatments. He has refused todate. I kidd him he dosen't have that much hair to loose so whats to worry.

All men over 50 should have a yearly PSA test. Early detection is the key.

Good luck with your walk.


    Bookmark   June 8, 2004 at 11:41AM
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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

Project AWAKE 2004 Garden Walk, Newton, Iowa, July 17th 10 AM TO 3 PM and July 18th Noon to 3 PM.
Tickets are $10 ( $8 in advance), there will be 10 gardens showcased, all proceedes go to AWAKE to be used for tree planting and community gardens.
Take the east exit off of I-80 in Newton and drive north about 3 miles....past Walmart and through the traffic light to the Newton Arboretu and Botanical Center....the first road on your left.
You can get directions to the gardens there.
Or call 641 791 3021 for more info....or email me.
Linda C

    Bookmark   June 9, 2004 at 12:35AM
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The fifth annual Mills County garden walk has been scheduled for the
Mineola/Silver City area. Visit some extraordinary gardens and backyard
ponds at the homes of some Mineola/Silver City area residents. In its fifth
year, the popular tour will feature six unique gardens and/or backyard ponds.
The self-guided tour is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, June 26, from
9 a.m. to Noon. The owners will be on hand at each site to answer your
questions. All participants will receive a folder filled with information
on garden topics that will be visible on the tour. The purpose of this tour
is to provide pertinent information to gardeners and grow ideas one garden
at a time!
The cost for the Garden Walk is $5 per person. RESERVATIONS ARE
REQUIRED. Please contact the Mills County Extension Office at 624-8616 to
make your reservation or to learn more. The Garden Walk is sponsored by the
Mills County Master Gardeners & Co-Horts and the Mills County Extension
Office. The tour will feature the Malvern area in 2005 and the Glenwood
area in 2006.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2004 at 3:58PM
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GeeGee_(z5 IA.)

Master Gardener's Club
Invites you to the 8th Annual
Grinnell Garden Tour
Saturday June 19,2004
9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
(Rain Date) June 26,2004

Purchase tickets 8:30-11:30 at the 4-H Fairgrounds on East St.and receive a map to the gardens open for visitation.Begin your tour by viewing the 8 gardens at the fairgrounds.
Tickets are $5.00 each
Children 12 and under are FREE!
Club members will be available at the gardens to answer questions.

It sounds like fun, I will be going to the one in Victor though.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2004 at 9:16AM
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Emandden(z5 IL)

Cambridge Main Street Garden Tour
Cambridge, Illinois
Sunday, June 27, 2004
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Rain or Shine
Tickets $6.00 Each (Kids under 12 are free)
Proceeds donated to Main Street Program

Seven local gardens and one model home are on the tour

Purchase tickets and pick up map at Shar-Leta's Catering in downtown Cambridge (111 N. Prospect Street)
Refreshments provided; coffee, drink and homemade cookies.

Lunch is available by reservation at Shar-Leta's

    Bookmark   June 18, 2004 at 1:16PM
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I'm sorry. I gave a little misinformation about the scheduling times for the events at Lowden this Saturday.

Saturday - June 26th
9am - 4pm

Butterfly Porkchop Lunch
11am - 2pm

Ken Lafferty will speak at 10:30am - "Low Maintenance Landscaping"

I will be speaking at 1:30pm - "A Different Approach To Landscape Design"

By the way ... Although the gracious folks in Lowden don't know it yet, I will be giving away a number of very nice plants at my presentation. I had a few extra divisions of unusual plants that I feel more people should be growing. I will be sharing those with my audience.


    Bookmark   June 22, 2004 at 9:06AM
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I really want to come to the Lowden garden walk this Saturday. Whether I get to or not may be another matter. A good friend is coming to town for just that day and part of Sunday, so I will try to meet up with her sometime. We also need to be in Kalona between 1 and 2 pm to pick up some fresh free range chickens that aren't ranging no more, except maybe to my freezer... We'll see tho, I'd really like to scoot down the road to see these gardens.

IA Z5a

    Bookmark   June 22, 2004 at 4:58PM
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Ironbelly --

Spill the beans --what are you giving away? What do I ABSOLUTELY need to run out and buy right now!?! You always have something that is SOOO cool!

You need to see the painted tongue --looking good this year --Have it in a nice location but I've still lost a lot of it to rain damage.

Our best to Cyndia


    Bookmark   June 22, 2004 at 5:49PM
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The Friends of the West Branch Public Library is hosting a garden tour Sun June 27, from 1-5.There are 4 homes &
the garden of the Bethany Lutheren Church. We were asked to be on the tour, but dclined. I was afraid it would be too stressful & the way the weather has been, I'm way behind.Doris

    Bookmark   June 24, 2004 at 6:36PM
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uicricket(z5 IA)

Iris, I'm going to miss my first West Branch Garden tour in 3 years. I'm so disappointed! It's even on a Sunday this year which is the best day of the week for me! I'll probably buy tickets anyway because it supports the library which I visit regularly.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2004 at 9:23AM
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Our Garden Club is planning the first garden walk in Evansdale Iowa. You have some great ideas in this thread. I'm sure we will have trial and error. Our group meets on the 15th to start our planning. I'm glad I went back and checked the past threads!

    Bookmark   February 8, 2005 at 9:12AM
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I'm sure that your club will have a fine event. You folks would have to work really hard to screw-up a garden walk. I think you will witness "trial and error" turning into "trowel and flair". ;-)


    Bookmark   February 8, 2005 at 10:36AM
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