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CANCELLED-Tomato Taste at Plum Grove

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Look back next year for similar events!

The public is invited to sample tomatoes at the annual Tomato Taste at Plum Grove, hosted by the Master Gardeners of Johnson County. The Tomato Taste is a tribute to heritage tomatoes in Iowa’s long history with food.

Several varieties of heritage tomatoes will be sampled.

The historic residence was the home of Robert and Friendly Lucas, built in 1844. 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 heritage garden in 1995 as the state planned Iowa’s Sesquicentennial. Kelly, who has researched the family including Friendly’s diaries and letters, and newspapers to identify what people were eating, says every effort is made to be authentic in the garden and for each tasting opportunity.

Master Gardeners plant and maintain several gardens at the historic property. Today, Plum Grove boasts three gardens: Kitchen Garden (1995), Flowers (1998), and a Wildflower Garden (2000).

This event is open to the public. Suggested donation is $3.

 

CANCELLED-Taste of Plum Grove

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.

 

Heirloom Tomato Taste at Plum Grove

Tomatoes will be plentiful this August at Plum Grove. If you want a taste of sun-ripened tomatoes (and some of the goodies made from them) come on over and grab a bite.

Lucas Farms History Day (JCHS Activities)

The Lucas Farms History Day is chock full of fun things to do around the Lucas Farms Neighborhood! Pony rides, free burgers and hotdogs, bicycle tours of the area and much more are all available. See below for a full schedule of events.

The JCHS’s contribution this year is a display of antique automobiles (on loan from the Antique Car Museum of Iowa) that help tell the unique story of Iowa City life in the 1800s and early 1900s.

The Master Gardeners will provide tours of the three gardens at Plum Grove: the Flower Garden, the Wildflower Garden, and the Kitchen Garden.

Activities at Plum Grove are free; see the schedule below for details of community activity prices.

 

Taste of Plum Grove

The gardens at Plum Grove are producing a harvest! The Johnson County Master Gardeners are preparing a feast to celebrate the three bountiful gardens at Plum Grove that are what remain of Friendly Lucas’ three historical gardens: the Kitchen Garden, the Flower Garden, and the Wildflower Garden.

Friendly Lucas, the wife of the first Territorial Governor of Iowa, was a beloved hostess who cooked with plums, veggies, and herbs that came from these gardens. Come on over to Plum Grove and sample treats from historical recipes made of fresh green herbs and veggies found in gardens just like Friendly’s.

A recipe booklet of the historical recipes that will be served (plus additional delicious recipes not prepared for the event!) will be on sale and the Post Office Brass Band will play as you eat in style.

This event is free with a $5 suggested donation.

Taste of PG Flyer

Garden Tour at Plum Grove

The Johnson County Master Gardeners will give tours of the three fine gardens at Plum Grove each Sunday through August.

This is free and open to the public. Tours only from 2-4 p.m.

Tomato Taste at Plum Grove

Taste the luscious tomatoes that are grown and maintained by the Johnson County Master Gardeners. These sun-ripened tomatoes come straight from the historical 1850’s garden of Friendly Lucas, wife of Iowa’s first territorial governor.

Taste of Plum Grove

Eat the fruits of the Johnson County Master Gardeners’ labor. Sample an assortment of fruits, vegetables, and herbs from the 1850s historic garden of Friendly Lucas, wife of Gov. Robert Lucas.

Plum Grove Season Opening Celebration and Picnic

The Season Opening of Plum Grove will feature the talents of many Johnson County locals: a spinner from the Amana Colonies, weavers from the Craft Guild of Iowa City, a local Civl War historian, and a scholar of the Littleton Brothers. Come to Plum Grove to make crafts, use a table loom, and learn about Iowa City’s local history before, during, and after the Civil War.

The Picnic at Plum Grove is from 2-4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring a sack lunch to enjoy on Plum Grove’s beautiful back lawn. Samples of 1800’s food will be provided by the Historic Foodies of Iowa City.
This event is free and open to the public.

Master Gardeners Annual Tomato Taste

Johnson County Master Gardeners will host its fifth annual Tomato Taste. The public is invited to attend and taste red, orange, green, yellow, striped and even blue tomatoes. Held outdoors under the historic Plum Grove oak trees, participants will learn the latest information on tomato nutrition, saving seed, and growing tomatoes.

Plum Grove Historic Home will be open to tour during this event.