The Garden

Just in time for the 2021 Iowa State Fair, Fairgoers of all ages enjoyed the new garden north of the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center. Filled with crops, plants, trees and even a tunnel with pole beans, gourds, and other vegetables growing overhead. This unique space showcases a combination of rural and urban agriculture.

The area is packed with garden beds and displays to teach kids how vegetables take root in Iowa soil and grow to feed the world. A special composting exhibit also teaches the value of ecology and sustainability.