Nan & Merwyn Ripley
26391-595 Ave., Nevada, IA 50201
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Contact Nan if you need a speaker for an event. We are an Official 2018 AHS Display Garden. We welcome visitors, but please call or email ahead to make arrangements before your visit.
Being an active member of the National Conifer Society, Iowa Regional Lily Society, Ames Garden Club, Iowa Arboretum, Co-hort Member at Iowa State University Reiman Gardens, Master Gardener since 1994, Garden Judge and instructor for the American Hemerocallis Society, and having our garden be an American Hemerocallis Society National Display Garden keeps me busy all year. I like writing articles on gardening and perennials and have done so for several newspapers, journals, and magazines. Teaching a class on hybridizing in our Walkabout Gardens every July is a joy. I served on the AHS Board as Director of Region One and Chair of the Educational Outreach program from 2010 through 2015.
Each spring, I make a special place in the field garden for the daylily seedlings and plant about 1,500 seedlings each year. We move our selected and line out our futures in the fall in this garden. We have four large designed gardens with every hardy & unusual perennial I can find. Also on the north part of our property is our arboretum including the splendid white pines and our magnificent sycamore. To the west of this area, we have our weeping willows, bald cypress trees, hosta garden, a berm with miniature conifers, drift wood pieces, and other dwarf plants. On the southern part of the grounds, we have a small orchard, four smaller designed gardens, the field with the daylily seedlings, our introductions, and hybridizing plants.
To date, I have 54 daylily introductions. We ship from May through September for Northern gardens, and May through October (weather permitting) for Southern gardens (see order form).
We have a daylily seedling sale in July in the garden (email or call for details). The date in July is picked usually by April 15th.