Tour Annuals Across Iowa

Keeping up with the new annual flower varieties can be difficult. Choosing the best flower varieties for your garden can be a daunting challenge. Fortunately, a wide variety of annual flowers are displayed at several of Iowa's public gardens.

All of the gardens listed below are All-American Selection Display Gardens that showcase past and upcoming All-American Selection Winners. Each year growers from across the United States select the best annual flowers and vegetables for AAS Winner status. These varieties typically perform well in Iowa gardens.

July is the best time to visit these gardens to view their spectacular show of annual flowers. Many of the listed gardens will display additional annual flowers that are sure to attract your attention and give you ideas for your garden. Armstrong Research and Demonstration Garden
Iowa State University
53020 Hitchcock Avenue
Lewis, IA 51544
712-769-2402

Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
3800 Arboretum Dr.
Dubuque, IA 52001
563-556-2100

Des Moines Botanical Center
909 E. River Drive
Des Moines, IA 50316
515-323-8900

Noelridge Park
4900 Council Street, NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402
319-286-5731

Reiman Gardens
Iowa State University
1407 Elwood Drive
Ames, Iowa 50010
515-294-2710

Vander Veer Botanical Center
215 West Central Park Avenue
Davenport, Iowa 52803
563-326-7818

This article originally appeared in the June 21, 2002 issue, p. 89.

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