Local Plant Sales:
Kramers Flower Farm
The Farm will be open during May and June with the following schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 am - 6 pm and Friday-Saturday during 9 am - 4 pm. They have a good selection of hardy sunny and shady perennials. Large clumps of field grown daylilies will be available all season long. The daylilies should start blooming in June. They usually peak around the 4th of July. They also have mature clumps of a number of hosta varieties. The Farm will have a stall at the NewBo market on Saturdays starting May 11th. They will also be at the Downtown Market during June and July and at the Indian Creek Nature Center Plant Sale the first Saturday in May. If you want to pick up plants at the markets, give them a call beforehand and they can deliver your order.
Address and contact information: 3592 Rogers Rd NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405. 319-396-3429, www.kramersflowerfarm.com
June 26-30: The Iowa Regional Lily Society will be hosting THE NORTH AMERICAN LILY SOCIETY Inc LILY SHOW AND SYMPOSIUM "Celebrating Lilies in the Heartland" at The Sheraton West Des Moines (1800 50th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50266). For more details, click here.
Open Gardens, Garden Walks, and Special Events:
Bob & Barb Papenhausen (East Moline, IL) and Dave & Carole Appelquist (Milan, IL): Please call before visiting.
Zora & Paul Ronan (Central City): For visiting times, click here.
The Lowden Garden Club will hold its 8th Garden Walk on Saturday, June 29th, from 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine! For more details, click here.
Gerald Hobbs has kindly issued the following invitation to visit his garden: "Hi, y'all come down South if you want to see some early bloom before yours or pick out some grand seedlings. Come this week (late June) and next week. The main bloom should be about July 4th & later. The garden should have the best bloom in years - lots of newer cultivars and seedlings. I'm here about all of the time, early am & late pm, weekdays & weekends included, but please call if you're coming from a distance (319 372-4178). Bring your cameras! Gerald, 2597 Hwy. 2 Ft. Madison, near the junction of Hwys. 2 & 61 west of Ft. Madison".
A Celebration of Life service for John "Jack" W. Jones will be held on Saturday, July 13th, at 11 am at the Jones family farm at 13824 Newport Road, just north of Olin, Iowa. Please click here for further information including driving directions. Please note that, if you cannot attend that day but would like to visit the gardens at the farm, they will be open on the weekends throughout July from 9 am to 5 pm. There is no need to call before visiting.
June 3, noon: Jonathan Poulton will present "Bitten by the Daylily Bug" at the Iowa City Noon Rotary Club Luncheon, Senior Center, Iowa City
March 26: Jonathan Poulton presented "The Quest for a Blue Daylily" at Washington County Master Gardeners' meeting, Washington, IA
March 16: CVIDS Table at Muscatine Master Gardeners "The Art of Gardening", Muscatine Community College, Muscatine, IA. Volunteers: Sylvia Seymour, Mel, Colleen & Catherine Hansen, and Heather Harroun.
February 16: CVIDS Table at Winter Gardening Fair, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA. Volunteers: Loren & Myrna Hass, Verne and Mary Moore.
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