August 23, 2010 2 Comments

This coming Saturday (August 28th) is an event I have looked forward to all year.  And when I say all year, I mean since this time last year!

Brucemore is a 26-acre estate in the middle of Cedar Rapids.  It is a National Historic Trust Site and is a museum and a lot more!  It has Queen Anne style mansion that was built in the 1880s and lots of green space.  There are events on the estate all year long but my favorite is the Brucemore Garden and Art Show which takes place from 9 AM to 4 PM. 

Courtesy of Brucemore, Inc., Cedar Rapids, IA

One of the gardens. Courtesy Cedar Rapids Gazette.

I went for the first time last year and, of course, left my camera at home. But it was a wonderful experience.  There are “classes” that you can sit through and even participate in.  This year Linn County Master Gardener Bill Oliver will give a presentation on heirloom vegetables and fruits, the Brucemore Cutting Garden’s florists will demonstrate ways to create unique and simple arrangements using materials from their gardens and Bobbi Marti and Hope Gericke from Mercy Medical Center will teach you how to prepare delicious meals using fresh garden produce.  There will also be a demonstration on how to create vessels using a potter’s wheel along with a walking tour of the estate with Brucemore’s Head Gardener, Deb Engmark. 

There will also be dozens of artists and vendors (over 60 according to the Brucemore Garden and Art website) that you can peruse and enjoy. Some of the artists from last year offered garden art made from old pieces of cars, or garden art from metal (I bought what looks like a cuckoo bird), pieces of furniture painted with garden themes, ceramics, bird feeding stations that I couldn’t buy because they wouldn’t fit in the car, jewelry, glass works and many other items.  There are also plants that you can purchase as well as a lot of food to try.  I spent almost the entire day there and still didn’t get to see everything.  I managed to keep my spending to a minimum, but mainly because there is only so much you can fit into a smaller car.  This year I’ll bring the truck!  Don’t tell Dwayne….

If you want to learn more about Brucemore and the events that are coming up, click here.

And check out the information I found on Wikipedia here, including the history of the three owners of the estate.

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  1. Shannon says:

    I was just wondering if there ever would be a chance to see all of the inside of Brucemore ? I’m very interested in that since I saw some of the inside but I would REALLY want to see more ?!

    • Eileen Loan says:

      Shannon, I don’t know that they let you see ALL of the inside of Brucemore, but I know they have tours. As a matter of fact, there is one in May. From the Brucemore website:

      Free Mansion Tours!
      Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, May 15, Noon to 3 p.m.
      May is Preservation Month! Spend the day exploring Iowa’s only National Trust Historic site. Enjoy a free guided tour of the Brucemore mansion in honor of Preservation Month.
      Tours begin every fifteen minutes with the last tour beginning at 3:00 p.m.
      For more information call Brucemore at (319) 362-7375.

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