IF you can entice Joyce Flies into it, or Marvin Lemke, these are two
superb gardens you could see and enjoy. My place is coming along, so
I appreciate Paula's plug, but I have not completed the infrastructure--it's
still a work in progress with retaining walls going in, lights, water
feature, etc., and lots of boulders still being moved into
place. About 350 varieties in the ground but still nothing to write
This is not the case for Marvin's Gardens (this good man sets a
world standard for database maintenance and attention to detail in plant
labeling). I cannot speak for Marvin, but if you're REALLY good and don't
step on any plants, he might even let you buy your very own copy of a Marvin's
Fabulous List (still a measely $12.00?) AND show you how he maintains it.
800+ plants, all expertly displayed, and 800+ plants all wonderfully
cataloged. For what more could a serious Hosta collector ask?
And Pantheon Gardens; how can I describe it? The whole place
literally takes your breath away. Every single plant and every
single pathway--all meticulously maintained by 100's of tiny munchkins who live
in the forests that surround the home of the King and Queen of
Pantheon. Joyce and John have done truly a marvelous job in
building an impressive display of their passion for the
genus. And, it will especially look nice if Joyce has been
successful at keeping the deer, hail, slugs, rabbits, and cutworms all
at bay. I'm sure she has several munchkin
knights posted all about, expressly for this purpose. NOT too
far off the beaten path, and worth every minute of the drive to get
These are two very exceptional gardens, well worth the price of
admission... And there many other fine offerings in between, as some have
shared, but these are two IOWA contributions that are world class, IMO.
Enjoy your trip!
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2001 6:29
Subject: Re: Minneapolis to Omaha
Hey I am in
Blaine...you could come see mine you know...lol.
and Tim's is just around
the corner, And Carol's is in Fridley.
If you get by Wilmar the Creative
gardens are there and they are awesome.
Hit the Arboretum in Iowa if you
Which way are you taking?
Have a good time.