Calling all perenial hoarders! It's time again to thin out your perenial beds, so why not donate them to a good cause?
The FHHP Annual Plant Sale is happening this May...and it can't be successful without your donations. Call Joan at 319-338-5331 if you would like to donate. Free pots are available for you if you need them- just ask.
Last year FHHP made around $2,000 dollars! That means the annual plant sale covers the cost of prairie and woodland burns. Or it covers part of the cost of hiring a work crew to make park improvements.
PLANT SALE DATES
Friday May 10th (4 pm to 7 pm)
Saturday May 11th (10 am to 4 pm)
Friday May 17th (4 pm to 7 pm)
Saturday May 18th (10 am to 4 pm)
The plant sale will be held in the backyard of 1167 East Jefferson Street in Iowa City. Plants can be dropped off the week and weekend before. Call Joan at 319-338-5331 if you would like to donate or for more information.
There is no doubt about it....volunteer labor has increased the native diversity and ecosystem health in Hickory Hill Park. And it's time again for our semi-annual request for more volunteers. Learn more and register online today!
THE 2013 FHHP Calendar is the PERFECT gift for the nature lover in your life! A great stocking stuffer!
The proceeds benefit conservation work in Hickory Hill Park.
All photos were taken in the park and donated for use by local photographers. The amazing cover photo is a Saw-whet Owl by Jim Scheib of the Iowa City Bird Club.
Buy a calendar at these local businesses:
- Prairie Lights Bookstore
- New Pioneer Co-op
- Ace Hardware on North Dodge Street
- Leaf Kitchen
- Eble Music
- Iowa Book and Supply
- Russ' Northside Service Station
- Iowa Artisans Gallery
- Fin and Feather
- Active Endeavors
Each calendar is only $9.00 - with all proceeds benefiting conservation work in the park!
Hickory Hill Park provides so much...
- A place to walk the dog
- Endless loops of running/walking trails
- Wilderness in the city
- A place to relax and reflect
- Native prairies and wild sightings
...can you find a reason NOT to give back?
Our fall volunteer work days begin this weekend and go into November. Donate a few hours of your time to help make Hickory Hill Park even more awesome than it already is! Clear invasive plants! Mend trails!
Upcoming event about Ralston Creek, which flows through Hickory Hill Park! Keep reading for more information.
Every time you cross a creek on the east side of Iowa City, it is Ralston Creek. Draining 8.9 square miles, this creek and its watershed are a mirror of the history of Iowa City, our values as a community, and our relations with nature. The creek is marked by centuries of human contact, as well as dangerous floods. What does it have to tell us about what Iowa Citians have valued over time? – mineral springs or real estate, high ground versus wetlands, plums, berries, timber, coal, railroads and industry, sewage disposal, visual aesthetics, suburban development?
The “Rendezvous at Ralston Creek” will be the first of a series of monthly nature walks sponsored by the Johnson County Heritage Trust. The leader will be Laura Rigal, professor of American Studies and English, who is writing a book about Ralston Creek.
The walk will begin with a short talk by Professor Rigal at the Hickory Hill Park, Bloomington Street Shelter house at 9 am, Sunday, August 19. People will then proceed up the creek to the nearby Flood Impoundment, built in 1983, where Professor Rigal will talk about the effects of the Impoundment on Creek ecology. The walk, talk, and question period will end at 10:30.
The event is free and open to the public, not just Johnson County Heritage Trust members, though contributions are welcome.
Sign up for the walk by calling the Johnson County Heritage Trust office at 338-7030 or Bob Sayre at 338-1428 – or just come to the Shelter house. For further information go to the Trust website, www.jcht.org
FRIENDS OF HICKORY HILL PARK ANNUAL PLANT SALE
The annual Friends of Hickory Hill Park Plant Sale will take place in the backyard at 1167 East Jefferson Street in Iowa City, at the following times:
May 11 - FRIDAY EVENING 4 to 7 PM
May 12 - SATURDAY 10 AM to 4 PM
May 18 - FRIDAY EVENING 4 to 7 PM
May 19 - SATURDAY 10 AM to 4 PM
Plant donations are needed as well as help BEFORE & DURING the sale. In the past, donations have included perennials such as, coneflowers, dahlias, asters, daisies, hostas, lily of the valley, wild ginger, celendon poppy and other woodland plants plus other groundcovers. Sometimes shrubs and small trees are donated.
This annual fundraising plant sale supports projects within Hickory Hill Park, funded by The Friends of Hickory Hill Park. In past years, FHHP has raised $1,800 to $2,000 from this sale.
For more information or to donate plants, please call J. Jehle at 319-338-5331.
The Great Garlic Mustard Pull is THIS weekend- Saturday April 21st from 9 am to noon. Your 3 hour commitment can make a world of difference to help control this aggressive invasive species! What a great way to celebrate Earth Day weekend!
Visit our volunteer page for more details. Anyone is welcome!
Can you donate just 3 hours of your time to improve Hickory Hill Park's ecosytems?
The Spring 2012 volunteer work days have officially been announced, and you can register now online. We have scheduled 7 sessions that that focus on removing honeysuckle and garlic mustard from the park. These invasive species need controlling - as left unchecked they dominate and alter the native ecosystems in the park.
And mark your calendars for the Great Garlic Mustard Pull on Saturday April 21st! Follow the link above to register and help us control this aggressive invasive species! What a great way to celebrate Earth Day weekend!
Visit our volunteer page for more details about each work session. Anyone is welcome!
Buy your 2012 Friends of Hickory Hill Park Calendar today! Proceeds help support conservation and improvement projects in the park.
The photos in the calendar, which are donated to the project by area photographers, capture the amazing natural setting that exists within Hickory Hill Park — woodlands, fields, waterways, and a variety of wildlife — throughout each season.
Calendars are now available for sale for $10 each at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center and the following Iowa City businesses: Ace Hardware on North Dodge, Active Endeavors, the East Side Artists Show (scheduled December 9-11 at the Masonic Temple), Eble Music, Fin and Feather, Iowa Book and Supply, New Pioneer Co-op, Prairie Lights Bookstore, and Russ’ Northside Service.
In 2010 and 2011, FHHP provided more than 2,000 hours of volunteer work in the park, which culminated this year with the first-ever controlled burn in the woodland area. The calendar is our principal fundraising tool.