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By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan What started as a hobby has grown into something much more for Mary and Brian Grimm. “I’d call it an addiction,” Mary said of the couple’s 700 different varieties of peonies planted at their acreage in rural Lamont, in northeastern Iowa. When they relocated from Strawberry Point in 2011, the Grimms […]

Iowa couple grow “hosta heaven”

By Cindy Hadish/for Iowa Gardener Starting with one plant division from a friend, the gardens of Nancy and Jay McWherter have grown to include an impressive collection of more than 1,000 varieties of hosta, along with tropical plants and more. Variegated hosta, such as ‘Sagae,’ blues like ‘Blue Mammoth,’ and large-leaf cultivars including ‘Sum and […]

Capturing a midsummer night’s garden at

Capturing a midsummer night’s garden at Noelridge Park

CEDAR RAPIDS – It was a picture-perfect night Wednesday at the Noelridge Park gardens. As part of its season of “Art in the Park,” members of the Linn Area Photo Club  and Friends of Noelridge photographers offered a photography night at the gardens, complete with picture frames to highlight various vignettes. “Art in the Park” […]