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.
The ArenaCo board members and Xtream Arena & GreenState Family Fieldhouse staff invite the community to come out to Vesta for a community open house. At this month’s event, we will hear from Johnson County Historical Society Director, Alexandra McKendree about their eventual relocation into the new facility attached to Xtream Arena. Also, hear from city representatives, Mortenson Construction, staff members from facility operators, and Spectra Venue Management. A short program will start at 5:30pm. Hope to see you there!
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of JCHS, the 1876 Schoolhouse and Old Town Hall will be open to the public as part of the 4thFest celebration. The open houses will feature exhibits about the history of both buildings. Discover how the 1876 Schoolhouse was an important piece to starting Coralville’s 4thFest tradition! Shuttles will be available at Coralville City Hall (1512 7th St.) courtesy of the City of Coralville. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes with the last shuttle at 3:45 pm.
As part of the Coralville Aisle of Lights the Old Town Hall will be open to the public to learn about Coralville’s History while enjoying the Sled and Children’s Riding Toy exhibit on display. Coralville’s 36th annual Aisle of Lights weekend includes free events throughout Coralville on Sunday, December 11, 2016, and miles luminarias beginning at 5:00 pm.
Visit the Coralville Old Town Hall and learn about the History of Coralville and view our Sled and Riding Toy Exhibit.