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CANCELLED: Taste of Plum Grove
July 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UPDATE: This event has been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Look back next year for similar events!
Celebrating 25 years of the Heritage Gardens!
The annual celebration, hosted by the Johnson County Master Gardeners, is a tribute to Iowa’s history and food.
Built in 1844, Plum Grove was the home of Robert and Friendly Lucas. Robert served as the first governor of the Territory of Iowa from 1838 until 1841. Iowa was admitted to the Union as a state December 3, 1846.
After years of negotiating with the Johnson County Historical Society that cares for the property, longtime Master Gardener Betty Kelly launched the garden in 1995 as the state planned Iowa’s Sesquicentennial. “The garden was another opportunity to inform the public about the state’s history, agriculture and its citizens.”
Through the years, Plum Grove heirloom gardens have received local, state and national recognition including the first Iowa State Service Award, National Smithsonian Garden Award and an Irving Weber Award. Twice Plum Grove has been a featured garden on the Project GREEN Garden Tour.
Each year, the food for the Taste is prepared and served by Johnson County Master Gardeners.
This event is open to the public. $5 suggested donation.