While we may not be ready to get together, we can still BLOOM TOGETHER!

This year's Festival of Flowers is a month long community celebration and fundraising event that includes virtual workshops for all ages, a Community Garden Art Exhibit in downtown Iowa City, flowers delivered to your doorstep, and a chance to win some amazing prizes.  Below are 4 ways that you can support local youth and families so that we, as an entire community, can #bloomtogether.

Bloom Together!  Every gift of $50 or more comes with a packet of Bloom Together Butterfly Mix seeds, provided by Forever Green.  Look inside your seed packet to see if you are one of five winners of a fresh floral arrangement from a local florist.  Winners will also have a shot at winning the Mystery Seed Packet Grand Prize - a bouquet of Iowa City's greatest offerings, valued at $1,000.

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4 Ways to Bloom Together:

Plant a Seed by Making a Donation Today

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Make a Flower for our Community Garden


Participate in Virtual Workshops


Closing Award Ceremony May 27th (Details Coming Soon!)


Special Thanks to our 2021 Festival of Flowers Sponsors

Bloom Where You Are Planted,

Title Sponsors

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Community Bouquet,

Major Sponsors

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Laurie and Mark Zaiger

Establishing Roots,

Supporting Sponsors


Sue and Dave


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Seed Saver,

First Time Sponsors

Joy Smith & David Rust


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Add Your Flower to UAY's Community Garden Art Exhibit

UAY needs your help "planting" our Community Garden! People of all ages and artistic abilities are invited to participate in UAY's Community Garden Art Exhibit by submitting a piece of floral artwork. Draw, paint or collage a flower that represents you on a 5x7 card (or any piece of paper that is approximately 5x7). Your flower will be displayed in the windows of the Swaim Youth Center in downtown Iowa City (355 Iowa Avenue).  Prizes will be given to the 1st, 20th, 50th, 75th, 110th and 150th flowers we receive!  For detailed instructions of how to participate in UAY's Community Garden Art Exhibit, click the PDF icon below.  Art work can be mailed to United Action for Youth, PO Box 892, Iowa City, IA 52244.