More than seven acres are grounds for 75+ display gardens, a large refurbished bow-truss barn, a country school house, and several other buildings. A splash of color has transformed the acreage into a magical place where the simple joys of nature are shared and appreciated. The Prairie Pedlar has become a haven for Iowa tourists and another peaceful retreat for area visitors.
A Garden Folly serves as a nostalgic retreat for visitors who would enjoy a rest stop in the flower garden. Here they will find comfort on the porch swing and quilt-laden lawn furniture.
Visitors are always welcome to browse through the gardens and enjoy self-guided walks during these hours. Guided lecture/tours are also available for groups/organizations of ten or more, from late June until frost. We share plantlore, identify theme gardens and flower varieties, and explain the history of our gardens. In addition, visitors can view the drying rooms and see the everlasting flower harvest in progress. We would prefer that appointments be scheduled for early mornings or late afternoons to avoid customer interruptions, however we will try our best to accommodate the group's scheduling plans. Please allow one and one-half hours for the complete tour. The gardens generally reach their peak of color in mid-to-late July and remain colorful throughout the growing season. Many of the perennial flowers are in full splendor by late June, but the annual varieties (including many of the everlasting flowers) bloom later in the month of July. No tours are recommended after September 30th. Charter buses are welcome. Restroom facilities and a picnic area are provided.
More than 75 flower and herb beds are neatly arranged into theme gardens that delight visitors throughout the summer. Each garden plot is a history lesson that explores the utilization of plants spanning generations. Whimsical and primitive accents will amuse you, while informative signs are posted to help guide you through the gardens.
The Prairie Pedlar is open everyday from April 1 through October 31.
Visit us on Mondays - Saturdays from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM or on Sundays from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM