Johnson County Master Gardeners’ growing garden success will be available to the public on Thursday, Aug. 12, when the group will offer cut flowers for sale from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 3109 Old Hwy 218 S., Iowa City.
The demonstration garden on the Johnson County Fairgrounds has always showcased a variety of flowers. This year, a combination of the “right stuff” – rain and location – led to an abundance of zinnia flowers that Master Gardeners will offer to the public as a flower fundraiser.
Those who are interested in supporting the Master Gardener program may drive up to request a bouquet without leaving their vehicle. The one-day sale on Thursday, Aug. 12, will be offered from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cash and checks will be accepted; credit card purchase is not available at this time. The suggested cost is $9 for two bouquets.
Project leaders, Sharon Jeter, Ann Ruppenkamp and Chris Sedrel, are joined by a host of Master Gardener volunteers to plant and maintain the garden throughout the growing season. Recently, the garden that provides gardeners inspiration and informational exhibits about growing produce was on display during the Johnson County Fair. Produce grown in the garden is donated to area community pantries and Table to Table.
Proceeds from the flower fundraiser will support JCMG programs and operations, 4-H Awards and Kirkwood Community College Horticulture Scholarships.
The local Master Gardening group has enjoyed a long association with the Johnson County Agricultural Association (JCAA). The demonstration garden was organized in 1993. In 2017, the demonstration garden was moved and celebrated its fifth year in the present location.
In 2021, Johnson County Master Gardeners are celebrating its 39th year of service. The local program was organized in 1982. The educational volunteer program, sponsored by Iowa State University Johnson County Extension and Outreach, uses research-based horticulture and gardening knowledge and practices to educate people and coordinate projects that promote healthy communities. Master Gardeners receive horticulture training and volunteer to promote a mission of education and service. The program is open to anyone 18 or older with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on their local community.