Entering Autumn - 2014 - This backyard view from upstairs in the dining room.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


For an enjoyable tour, visit the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden, billed as an Urban Oasis!
This less-than-an-acre at 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA is packed with plants and ideas for gardens of any size.  (Click the garden title above for a link to their website.)

Finally, you can enjoy the "one-stop" retreat; visiting several gardens in one stop:  A testing ground for plants,  A display garden, and A photography studio!

Open to the public from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., May 4 to October 5, 2012.
Group tours by appointment.

FREE admission.


"Green  Space - Your Place!" 
You might like to visit Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens,
a beautiful public green space.  (Click the garden title above for a link to their website.)

This 72-acre arboretum is open daily from April 1 to October 31.

Guided tours are available and depend upon availability. Please call the office at (319)226-4966 two weeks in advance to make a reservation.

FREE admission.

Looks like a great opportunity to tour some gardens this Spring, Summer and/or Fall!


Corner Gardener Sue said...

What a fun, creative way to display "f" and "g"!

We have places around here that I have not been to. I am always so busy with gardening and other things, that I don't take the time to take advantage of these spaces/places. One of these days, I will. Maybe, I'll even make it to those gardens in Iowa!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Sue, I know what you mean about not taking "field trips." However, if you decide to take a trip to Iowa, let me know!!! :-) I'd love to meet you!