"Kiss Me over the Garden Gate" was among the varieties of flowers in bloom during the Brucemore Garden & Art Show in 2014. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

“Kiss Me over the Garden Gate” was among the varieties of flowers in bloom during the Brucemore Garden & Art Show in 2014 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – One of the can’t-miss events of the gardening season is coming up this Saturday, Aug. 22, with an added bonus.

Admission to the Brucemore Garden & Art Show will be free this year, thanks to generous sponsors, said Tara Richards, Director of Community Engagement for the historic estate at 2160 Linden Dr. NE.

Even having sprained my ankle while running one year, I hobbled over afterward to the Brucemore Garden & Art Show. It’s just that good. Besides learning from incredible speakers and browsing the plants and art available to buy, it’s always enjoyable to take a stroll through the Brucemore gardens, and I’ve often come away with recipe ideas for seasonal produce.

See images and find one of the awesome recipes from last year’s show here: Brucemore Garden & Art Show and read on for more about this year’s event from Brucemore:

Brucemore is excited to announce free admission for the annual Brucemore Garden and Art Show on Saturday, August 22, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The historic landscape will provide the setting for more than 45 artist and garden vendors from across the Midwest showcasing unique products, including ceramics, plantings, jewelry, sculpture, glass, textiles, and more.

Educational opportunities, interactive displays, and demonstrations will captivate attendees. Main stage presentations will feature New Pioneer Food Co-Op, Brucemore garden staff, Linn County Master Gardeners, and more. The Ceramics Center will offer activities for children and families throughout the day. Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency will provide free compost to all interested attendees.

These "garden diva" planters were among the art for sale during the 2014 Brucemore Garden & Art Show. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

These “garden diva” planters were among the art for sale during the 2014 Brucemore Garden & Art Show. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Admission is free. Parking is off-site, except for handicap parking which is only available by entering the First Avenue gate. Shuttle service is available from Washington High School throughout the day. No pets, coolers, or outside food allowed during the event. Food and beverage vendors will be available on-site.

Main Stage Presentations
From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center
Presentations by Linn County Master Gardeners, New Pioneer Food Co-Op, and Brucemore’s Head Gardener David Morton

Master Gardener Activities
“MG Community Outreach Gardens” Chair, Beulah Dvorak
“Planting for Pollinators” Chair, Becki Lynch
“Butterfly Gardens” Chair, Laurie Azeltine
“Lavender Love” Chair, Sharon Reilly
Plant Doctors to answer any horticulture questions and a publication table with free and other brochures at cost.
MG books, “Getting Your Hands Dirty and Your Feet Wet Again” will be available to purchase.
Garden Guides to ID plants and answer questions.

Master Gardener Walkabouts
10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Tree identification walkabout with Mike Anderson and Kay McWhinney
11:30 a.m. – Seed Saving Walkabout in the Brucemore Cutting Garden with Peggy Green
12:30 p.m.- How to take plant cuttings near the Lord & Burnham Greenhouse with Shelby Foley and Colleen Kint

The Brucemore Garden and Art Show’s presenting sponsor is New Pioneer Food Co-Op. Additional sponsorship provided by Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency and Penford Products. For further information on the Brucemore Garden and Art Show, please call (319) 362-7375 or visit www.brucemore.org.

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families. Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit www.brucemore.org.