Mother Nature has seen fit to make this Winter last as long as possible. My fingernails are wondering if I am mad at them since they don’t have any dirt, or mud, under them at the end of March. While I can’t get to cleaning out my gardens or planting too much of anything, there are still things to do…
Make lists of all the plants I will have in my veggie and flower gardens (I’ll figure out how to fit it all in later).
Figure out where to put some rhubarb plants in our garden that we are getting from a friend.
Figure out where all the stuff is going in the Youth Garden.
Make it to Brucemore’s Cool-Season Plant Sale April 10-12.
If you haven’t been to Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, I highly recommend it. They have a wonderful 19th century mansion that you can tour to give you an idea of life in the early days of the city. Three different Cedar Rapids families have lived there. You can wander around the grounds any time of the year. They have events all of the time, both indoors and out. And they have terrific gardens. They also have a couple of greenhouses, one of which was was recently refurbished. It was in pretty rough shape.
The Lord and Burnham Greenhouse was originally put on the property in 1915. It originally had a small head house and 450 feet of glasshouse as well as detached cold frames in the rear. They expanded the glasshouse in 1940 and doubled the size and moved the cold frames. Those dimensions weren’t very conducive to the current state of interpretation or for growing, so the decision was made to return the greenhouse to it’s original dimensions.
The process was just completed last year. For more information on the greenhouse, click here.
Brucemore’s Cool-Season Plant Sale will be held Wednesday, April 10th through Friday, April 12th from 5 to 7:30 each evening. It will be held in the Lord and Burnham Greenhouse so you can get a first-hand look at the way it was meant to be.
I have been informed by Brucemore’s Head Gardener Deb Engmark and Marketing and Program Director Tara Richards that a variety of cool-season plants will be available. These will include pansies, cabbages, snapdragons, sweet peas and spinach. Brucemore will also be selling early blooming perennials like Bleeding-hearts and Delphiniums. This early planting will give them a strong root system for the upcoming year. The Cool-Season Plant Sale prices range from $3.50 to $7.50 and all the proceeds will benefit garden and landscape rehabilitation projects at Brucemore. If you have any questions or just want to listen in, the garden staff will be on hand to give expert advice on selecting, placing and caring for your garden’s new residents.
There will be Summer Plant Sale on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. so make sure to put that on your calendar as well. This sale will feature annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and herbs.
Not sure where Brucemore is? It is at 2160 Linden Drive SE in Cedar Rapids. You can drive past it on First Avenue to get the full feel of how much space there is for you to enjoy when you enter the grounds! For more info, call 319-362-7375 or check out their website.
Maybe I’ll see you there!
This post was written by Eileen Loan on March 25, 2013