Join Master Gardeners at the Brucemore Garden and Art Show

Master Gardeners Brucemore

Brucemore Garden & Art Show
Saturday, August 23, 2014
from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at Brucemore
2160 Linden Drive SE
Cedar Rapids, IA

Amidst the historic charm of the Brucemore gardens and landscape there will be more than 60 artists and garden vendors from across the Midwest will share their expertise by showcasing unique products, vivid presentations, and pertinent information, including ceramics, plantings, jewelry, sculpture, glass, textiles, and more.

Educational opportunities will captivate attendees, whether it’s engaging in a one-on-one conversation, participating in an interactive display, or listening to a featured lecture. Main Stage presentation topics include seasonal gardening and historic grottos. 

The Linn County Master Gardeners will showcase several displays and demonstrations in the formal garden, including “walkabouts” identifying trees, invasive pests, and seed saving.

Demonstrations anBrucemore Main Stage Presentationd displays will be presented on the following topics:  
     • Straw Bale Gardening
– how to garden, construct, answer questions, photos
     • Creating Rain Gardens– how to construct a site, suitable plantings, photos, etc
     • Fall Tree Identification and Pests– how to identify trees and their pests
     • Seed Harvesting– how to begin harvest now for seeds over the winter
     • Greenhouse - how to bring practical methods to your home and use cold frames
     • Lotus Ponds– how to start your own
     • Mushrooms– identification display

The Plant Doctors will be answering gardening questions, garden guides will provide information on the formal beds, free pamphlets on gardening topics will be offered. New this year, we will be providing a few short “roaming” presentations on the Brucemore estate for Pruning Trees and Seed Saving.

PRESENTATION: “Seasons of Gardening – Growth and Change”
Brucemore Main Stage* at 10:00 am
by Linn County Master Gardener Jean Murray 
As we gardeners grow and change, so do our gardens. Linn County Master Gardener Jean Murray will take you through the seasons of our lives as gardeners, discussing our evolution from eager novices to easy-going mentors. She will also review the seasons of life in the garden with highlights of garden tasks for each month and an emphasis on fall gardening and preparing your garden for winter.
*This year the Main Stage will be inside the Carriage House with visual presentations.Master Gardeners at Brucemore Plant Doctor and Displays

Plant vendors and horticultural organizations will share unusual and standard specimens, and artists will discuss their original paintings, pottery, and more. Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency will provide free compost to all interested attendees. Children can participate in a complimentary, special project with the Ceramics Center, Linn County Master Gardeners, Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency, and Brucemore during the event.

Admission is $6.00 per person. Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are sold at the gate the day of the event or online at  Parking is off-site. Two shuttle buses will be available from Washington High School throughout the day. Handicap parking is available on-site by entering the First Avenue gate only. No pets, coolers, or outside food allowed during the event. Food and beverage vendors will be available on-site. The Brucemore Garden and Art Show is sponsored by Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency and Penford Products.  The festival’s main stage presentations are sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company. Free self-guided tours of the mansion’s first floor are brought to you by Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust. For further information on the Brucemore Garden and Art Show, please call (319) 362-7375 or visit

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