Gardening experts attend Iowa City gardens at regular times throughout the growing season. Visit the gardens for free food, inspiration, learning and fun.
Got gardening questions? Ask a Garden Guru.
From May through October, garden experts in bright t-shirts will help you...
Increase yields in vegetable and herb gardens
Successfully grow fruit trees and berry bushes
Mitigate the impact of climate change through gardening
Grow habitat for pollinators and birds
2020 Theme: Gardening for Hope and Healing
Gardening topics this year are designed to help communities cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hope and wellness can be found by going outside and getting your feet and fingers in the soil. This is the one activity you are “allowed” to do and it may be exactly what is needed for long-term well-being.
Until public gatherings are safe, events will be held via live streaming on Facebook. Follow our page and watch for events so you can participate and ask questions of the gurus.
Visit the gardens after each event to see what was done, pick up publications, tend the garden and harvest food.
We wish you an abundance of wellness.
Join neighbors to transform landscapes into spaces that help reduce the impact of climate change.
At all Garden Guru events, we'll provide top tips for how you can create a climate-friendly garden.
Grow vegetables, herbs or fruits.
Plant trees or shrubs.
Cover bare soil with mulch or ground covers.
Seed and grow cover crops.
Seed lawn with Dutch white clover or violets.
Use natural products instead of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.