Weekend plant sale benefits Dodge House

Posted at 12:18 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 18:42:30-04

 A sale of heirloom plants will benefit the historic General Dodge house in Council Bluffs Saturday.

Whether veggies or flowers, Jody Edwards loves heirloom plants. For the past several years she's helped bring heirlooms to Council Bluffs.

"You're growing things your grandmother grew," she said.

This will be the 10th year Edwards and other volunteers have put on the heirloom plant sale. What started with a few sprouts, a handful of tomatoes, has taken root and grown to dozens of varieties of heirlooms of tomatoes, peppers, and flowers.

The seeds all come from the Seed Saver exchange in Decora, Iowa. From there, Diller's Greenhouse plant and help the seeds grow to starter plants. Heirloom seeds predate the 1950's, where they're pure. There's no cross breeding, nor GMO's.

The proceeds benefit the General Dodge House, a living history museum home that houses more than seven thousand more relics from the general.  Dodge was Ulysses S. Grant's an intelligence chief during the Civil War.

"General Dodge had a large farm or garden in the back of that estate," Edwards said.

From the historic general's farm to table, now your own garden to table.

The plant sale begins at 11a.m. at the Dodge house at 605 S 3rd St in Council Bluffs. The plants are one dollar.