Garden Festival takes root with 'Evening Extra'

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Prairie Pedlar education event blooms

The Annual Garden Festival will be held at Prairie Pedlar near Odebolt on Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 27 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Reservations can be made for an "Evening Extra," Saturday night from 7 - 10 p.m. The two-day gala will feature a variety of garden activities for the entire family.

Guest speakers include Jim Long, of Long Creek Herbs who lives in Ozark country and is a columnist for the Herb Companion magazine. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, his presentation, "What Was In A Doctor's Medicine Bag in 1850?, makes century old ties to current over-the-counter medications. Jim gleans his information from an 1859 formulas diary and includes interesting information from the patent medicine era of Lydia Pinkham and Kloss' Linament. This program is free to the public.

In addition, Kathleen Ziemer, owner of Butterflies of Iowa, who operates a cottage business in Des Moines that raises a variety of butterflies for wedding releases and other special occasions will entertain groups in the flower garden as she shares her knowledge. Butterfly walks will take place at 12 noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 130 p.m. on Sunday.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jim Long will present a workshop, "Ten Ways to Eat a Rose" in the refurbished schoolhouse on the property. A registration fee for the workshop is $10 and may be paid at the door.

In addition, Maypole Dancers will perform at 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. on Saturday, as well as 1, 2, and 3 on Sunday. Watch artist Katie Evers, at work in the garden, enjoy outdoor floral/herbal exhibits and children's activities, and sort through an array of perennial plants that will be for sale. Linger through more than 65 theme gardens, climb the Garden Mount for a spectacular sight, and visit the Garden Folly for a step back in time. View the flower harvest hanging in the lofty haymow of the restored bow-truss barn, and browse through the lower level gift shop. Ice cream refreshments will be available.

Admission to the daytime activities in the garden is free to the public. The Prairie Pedlar is located at 1609 - 270th Street, six miles north of Odebolt. For more information, visit the website web/ppgarden.

New to the Prairie Pedlar Garden Festival is "Evening Extra" celebration. A guided garden walk will explain theme gardens, identify flowers, and share interesting plant folklore and garden remedies. The tour will be followed by hors d'oeuvres at quaint table settings artfully arranged throughout the new Sanctuary Garden for small groups or large. Then sit back and enjoy Jim Long, of Long Creek Herbs, who will present a delightful program, "Dream Pillows and Love Potions."

He has traveled to the far corners of the globe hunting for new and interesting plants and researching new ways to use them. He's been seen on many Home & Garden TV and Discovery Channel programs. He's been a featured speaker at Disneyworld's Epcot Gardenfest and has spoken to a variety of national conference and groups.

Take this opportunity to glean from his extensive herbal knowledge and to appreciate his engaging garden conversation.

Admission to the evening program is $10 and reservations may be limited by space available. Call 668-4840 today to save your seat.