Scarlet Pimpernel
2019 Stout Silver Medal Winner
(photo taken by Mary Baker)
Nan with Scarlet Pimpernel in Karol Emmerich's Garden

Walkabout Gardens
Nan & Merwyn Ripley
26391-595 Ave., Nevada, IA 50201


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I am Humbled and Honored to receive the 2021 American (Hemerocallis) Daylily Society's Steve Moldovan Mentoring Award. This award was established in 2007 to honor the memory of hybridizer Steve Moldovan for his life-long mentoring efforts.

My husband Merwyn Ripley and I have lived on 10 acres in rural Iowa since 1965. I retired from Iowa State University in 2003, where I was the Office Manager for the Athletic Compliance Department, to spend more time with my passions: family, friends, our horses, gardening, hybridizing daylilies, watercolor painting, and photography.

I served on the AHS Board as Director of Region One and Chair of the Educational Outreach program from 2010 through 2015. We need to extend a BIG Thank You to all those that take office or help in any way to our clubs or associations. They don’t run by themselves.

After the storm derecho hit our garden on August 14, 2020, we no longer open our garden for tours. I will continue selling my daylilies from my website all year and sell daylilies from the garden by appointment only in July. Please contact me by email ( or phone (515-460-6269) to make an appointment. To keep everyone safe from COVID-19, we wear masks and do social distancing until all have received the vaccine shot(s).

To date, I have 64 daylily introductions. We ship May, June, and September, weather permitting. For our order form, please click here.

It's a Beautiful Thing when a Career and a Passion come together.

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