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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