2023 ADS Regional Summer Meeting Open Gardens

Our featured open gardens are located in eastern and southeastern Iowa. As of March 17, we have the following gardens to offer:

Frank & Mary Ancell (Muscatine County):

Bob & Jane Bancks (Scott County)

Deb & Brian Bentley (Muscatine County):

Cornell College, Mount Vernon (Linn County):

Barbara McCreight (Cedar County):

Tom & Linda Jones (Des Moines County):
Here is some information about our yard and garden. We’re not fancy, but enjoy visitors. Tom counts 214 daylilies. We treasure the 32 that have been hybridized by Gerald Hobbs, who got us interested and shared growing information to get us started in 2007. We also have a big vegetable garden with raised beds, drip irrigation, rain barrels, and a 3-section compost system. We are not organic, but try to keep our yard as natural as possible to encourage pollinators.  We like many different kinds of perennial and annual flowers, and also raise grapes, raspberries, blackberries, rhubarb, apples etc. Last summer, we were photographed by Our Iowa Magazine and are hopeful that an issue in the future will feature us as the Prettiest Farm in Iowa.

Dave & Sue Kramer (Linn County):

Gary Oster (Cedar County):
I have been involved with gardening from a young age, but not until 1972 did I discover daylilies. I was overwhelmed. A friend gave me 44 plants and after joining CVIDS in 2008 I have now built my collection to about 600. Even though I have hybridized many daylilies, I have only registered one, named 'Gary’s Unstoppable Gold', named by a friend, Jack Jones. Looking forward to enjoying my garden with you.

Joyce & Larre Petersen (Cedar County):

Bruce & Becky Whitaker (Van Buren County):
Bruce and Becky Whitaker's garden features easy to grow and maintain perennials with daylilies the most frequently used plants.  Flower season begins in early spring with lentils and ends in late fall with asters and mums.  Walkways make for easy viewing and a central pergola for R & R.

If you would like your garden to be added to this list, please contact Nancy Carlisle (njcarlisle56@gmail.com).