UPDATE: July 16, 2020 — Organizers have decided to cancel the 2020 Project GREEN Open Gardens Weekend in Iowa City. “We’d hoped to postpone it and do something in September,” chairwoman Beth Cody said, “but decided that with the uncertainty of this year, it would be best to just wait until next year.”
Original post: Two events that highlight gorgeous gardens in Eastern Iowa are being modified in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Linn County Master Gardeners have scheduled a scaled-back garden walk in July, while Project GREEN is postponing its Open Gardens Weekend, originally set for June 27-28, 2020, in Iowa City.
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“We’re hoping to do a normal event in September,” said Beth Cody, chairwoman of the Open Gardens Weekend. New dates have not been set, however, so gardening enthusiasts can watch for updates on Project GREEN’s Facebook page.
In Linn County, master gardeners have opted for “A Garden Walk in the Park,” a free event highlighting the gardens at Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th St., in Marion.
Master gardeners maintain a variety of garden beds at Lowe Park, including roses, perennials, annuals and more.
A Garden Walk in the Park will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 10, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020. Signs in the gardens will help visitors maintain social distancing and face masks are highly encouraged.
Master gardeners will be on-site to answer questions and publications will be available, both for free and for purchase.
In the past, Linn County has showcased a half-dozen or so private gardens on each of its summer garden walks.
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