United States of America, Iowa, Johnson County, Iowa City
Plum Grove Historic Home (Iowa City, Iowa)
The garden at Plum Grove Historic Home, the former home of the first Governor of Iowa, were created in 1996 to display 19th century vegetables and flowers. The Johnson County Master Gardeners use the gardens to train the public in 19th century methods such as propagation, maintenance, plant supports, seeding collections and garden design. The gardens are open to the public from May 31 to October, Wednesday to Sunday from 1-5 p.m.
Persons and firms associated with the property and garden include: Governor Robert and Friendly Lucas (original owners, 1844-1866); Walter Hoyt (former owner, 1866-1883); Joseph Switzer (former owner, 1883-1923); Morgan Davis Family (former owners, 1923-1925); William Hughes Family (former owners, 1925-1941); State of Iowa (current owners, 1941-present); Johnson County Historical Society (managers, 1993-present); Betty Kelly (master gardener, researcher, 1996-present); and Johnson County Master Gardeners (gardeners, 1996-present).
The folder includes a work sheet, site plans, narrative description, brochure, archaeology exhibit guide, and copies of articles and plant lists.