By Cindy Hadish/for Radish Magazine VAN HORNE – As many farmers are forced to expand their operations to stay in business, Ann and Eric Franzenburg intentionally found ways to keep their farm small. The couple, along with their three adult children, operate Pheasant Run Farm near Van Horne, Iowa, which supplies fresh cut flowers, produce […]
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Flowers for the socially conscious
By Cindy Hadish/for Radish Magazine Anne Armitage sells locally grown flowers at Bark & Bloom in the NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids, but sourcing locally is nearly impossible for Midwestern florists in the winter. “It’s very challenging,” said Armitage, who has to rely on what wholesale suppliers make available in Iowa during cold weather […]
Photo gallery: Eastern Iowa Orchid Show ...
UPDATE (Oct. 18, 2015) Nile Dusdieker sent this information about the results of the People’s Choice Award: Over 650 people attended the Fourth Annual Eastern Iowa Orchid Show at Noelridge Greenhouse in Cedar Rapids over the past weekend. The attendees voted for their favorite orchid display and race was very tight. Eastern Iowa Orchid Society […]
Free plant cutting demonstrations offere...
CEDAR RAPIDS – The gardens at Noelridge Park have been the site of some really incredible events this summer, with more scheduled for the fall. Free plant cutting demonstrations are the latest activities, with three dates scheduled: Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1, all beginning at 9 a.m.
Capturing a midsummer night’s garden at
CEDAR RAPIDS – It was a picture-perfect night Wednesday at the Noelridge Park gardens. As part of its season of “Art in the Park,” members of the Linn Area Photo Club and Friends of Noelridge photographers offered a photography night at the gardens, complete with picture frames to highlight various vignettes. “Art in the Park” […]
Noelridge announces Art in the Park in g...
The gardens at Noelridge Park, at Council Street and Collins Road NE, won second place in an international contest last year and for the second time, will be entered in the competition. Linn County Master Gardener, Becki Lynch, is again leading efforts with the garden design. See more about last year’s entry: Noelridge Garden Contest […]
Spring plant sales bloom in Eastern Iowa
This spring, it seemed like it might have been safe to plant earlier than usual, and then we get hit with a few nights of frost warnings. So, at least I don’t feel too far behind. If you’re eager to get your hands in the dirt, you’re in luck. Plant sales are kicking off this […]
Photo Gallery: Easter Showcase 2015 at t...
It’s one thing to look at photos, but another entirely to experience walking through the Noelridge Greenhouse in Cedar Rapids. During special events, such as this weekend’s Easter Showcase, the greenhouse is alive with people and plants, and the scent of the flowers in bloom is simply intoxicating. More than 1,000 people each day passed […]
Easter Showcase set for this weekend at ...
CEDAR RAPIDS – One of my perennial favorites, the Easter Showcase, is coming up this weekend. I love seeing a sneak peek of spring inside the Noelridge Greenhouse, where city staff and volunteers start the plants that will be used in Cedar Rapids public parks, as well as the tropical plants that make their home […]
Grandma’s living gift to two great-grand
Earlier this year, I wrote about my late grandmother’s “miracle flower,” an African violet that was left at the family farm, but somehow, came back to life after I thought all hope was lost. The violet bloomed, even when the plant looked like it wouldn’t make it and others before it had died.