On hills that are part of the Wapsipinicon River Valley is the setting for this herb farm. From spring through the fall, Julia Ladd, a floral designer, and her staff keep busy growing, harvesting, and drying flowers from two-acres of gardens and the surrounding fields. All of the harvest is turned into seasonal arrangements. Julia over the years has experimented with varieties and drying techniques so that the arrangements developed show the natural beauty of each plant. Visitors can purchase flower arrangements at the site.
At the same time, for those who wish to grow their own gardens, the facility maintains a greenhouse and bedding frames. Perennial flowers and herb plants can be purchased. In season, visitors can walk through a fenced herb garden, terraced perennial beds, and displays of flowers for cutting and take notes of the plants they are interested in. Garden furniture, trellises, and bird houses are available. Classes and workshops are offered at different times during the year.
Admission – None
Directions – ½ mile north of Central City Water Tower off of Red School Road
Hours – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday — Saturday
Phone – (319) 438-6687