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Polk County Master Gardeners

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Polk County

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Bus Trips

We are excited about the 2024 Bus Trip to Iowa City!


Saturday, June 8, 2024
Organized by Polk County Master Gardeners
Open to the Public - Cost Is $95 (meal included)

3 hrs. Continuing Education for Master Gardeners

  • Stop at the Newton Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, a six-acre, nonprofit, privately managed, public garden.
  • University of Iowa Arboretum: Explore the diverse collection of trees on the University of Iowa’s campus, an accredited arboretum with two American Conifer Society reference gardens. Enjoy a presentation by university staff on the unique trees on campus (eligible for MG education credit).
  • Admire two beautiful gardens in the Iowa City area. One private garden and Plum Grove Gardens, a Johnston County Master Gardner Project. 
  • Nursery stops, which will include shopping opportunities:
    • Iowa City Landscaping & Garden Center (Iowa City) - A well-known nursery with an impressive collection of plants and unique offerings.
    • Forever Green (Coralville) - A garden center, nursery and greenhouse. Enjoy a presentation on native plants (eligible for MG education credit).
  • Note: Lunch will be at Pizza Ranch, the cost is included in the registration fee.
Registrants are to meet at the ISU Polk County Extension Office, bus loading begins at 6:15am and bus departs at 6:45am. Bus is to return at the Extension Office at 6:30pm. Please email Carolyn Magnani at with any questions about the tour. Questions about registration? Please contact Gina Buelow at 515-957-5785.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations by April 15, 2024, will be refunded the registration fee, minus a $10 processing fee per registrant. If the trip is canceled due to low registration, you will be notified no later than May 1, 2024, and will receive a refund minus a $10 processing fee per registrant.

             Register Now!

Your 2024 Bus Trip Hosts Are:

A special thank you to the volunteers on the Polk County Master Gardener bus trip committee:

Susan Ging, Carolyn Magnani, Ellen Malmanger,

Elise Stucky-GreggCeleste Egger, Charlene Butz, Neil Barrick, and Laurie Barrick. Again, thank you to all of them for creating a wonder day for this Garden Tour to Iowa City!

Contact Us
Office: 515-957-5768

ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County:
1625 Adventureland Dr.
Suite A | Altoona, IA 50009

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