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The Prairie Pedlar

1609 - 270th Street

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


Ashley Sharp

Sunday, July 2, 2017
Amazing place for weddings and worth the drive. The owners are jack and Jane. They were amazing, so kind, and helpful. They went above and beyond for us and for that I am grateful for this once in a lifetime moment. We were able to be at venue Friday night for rehearsal, all day Saturday for the wedding, and Sunday to clean up. Which I know most places don't allow. The venue itself is beautiful. Lots are flowers, gardens, and birds chirping. The reception was outside and food was set up inside which was nice. They also allowed the reception party to go on till midnight which was awesome. Highly recommend. You will not be disappointed.

Maren Smith

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Such a beautiful, peaceful place for any special event!!!


Monday, June 6, 2016
This place is the best. Their quality of plants exceeds the usual choice around. If you want your plants to live, invest in theirs. The owners are absolutely wonderful. Even if you live 3+ hours away, it is worth the drive! Just to see their gardens and shop in their store is worth it. Also they have a huge variety including beautiful succulents.

Talia Van Haaften

Friday, June 6, 2014
Jack & Jane are the epitome of lovely people! They are such hard workers and keep their grounds just breath taking. They really want your day to be a special one.

Matthew Will

Saturday, July 7, 2018

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