Johnson County Master Gardeners’ growing garden success will be available to the public on Sunday, Aug. 14, when the group will offer cut flowers for sale from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 3109 Old Hwy 218 S., Iowa City.
The organization offered a successful flower fundraiser last year. This year, Master Gardeners duplicated its colorful zinnia garden and added a variety of sunflowers.
The drive-up fundraiser allows supporters to purchase bouquets without leaving their vehicles. The one-day sale on Sunday, Aug. 14, will be offered from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Cash and checks will be accepted; credit card purchase is not available.
The suggested cost for a single bouquet cost is $5 or $9 for two. Specialty bouquets will not be available this year.
Project coordinators Chris Sedrel, Ann Ruppenkamp and Sharon Jeter are joined by a host of Master Gardener volunteers to plant and maintain the garden throughout the growing season.
The garden provides gardeners inspiration and informational exhibits about growing produce. It was on display during the Johnson County 4-H & FFA Fair. Produce grown in the garden is donated to the CommUnity food pantry and Table to Table.
Proceeds from the flower fundraiser support the demonstration garden, JCMG programs and operations, 4-H Awards and Kirkwood Community College Horticulture Scholarships.
The local Master Gardening group has enjoyed a long-term association with the Johnson County Agricultural Association (JCAA). The demonstration garden was organized in 1993. In 2017, the demonstration garden was moved. In 2022, the garden celebrated its 6th year in the present location.
In 2022, Johnson County Master Gardeners are celebrating its 40th year of service to the area. 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.