Grow at the Glidden

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The Grow at the Glidden campaign is a way for everyone to select plantings that will continue the area’s heritage and beautify the site. At the historic red brick barn at the Glidden Homestead and Historical Center, a living buffer of restored prairie plants, trees and bushes is being continually expanded.

The sustainable area acts as a living buffer between the 1870 barn and commercial parking areas. It also offers a charming natural landscape for all to enjoy in the heart of the West Lincoln Highway area.

Joseph Glidden invented barbed wire at the homestead, patenting his invention in 1874. The prairie represents the land as it looked when Glidden settled it in 1845. It also recalls the flowers that Mable Glidden, Joseph’s niece, grew here – flowers that led to the successful floral business that continues today.

To be a part of this campaign, people can purchase a tree, a bush, prairie grass, a prairie flower, a bee or a seed packet. There is something for everyone, at every price level, that will help grow the prairie area. 

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Applications are currently being accepted for 2016 Volunteers. View application.