Prairie Pedlar – Odebolt, Iowa

Praire Pedlar FlowersPrairie Pedlar – Odebolt, Iowa

Originally a backyard business, it now has been relocated to a seven-acre farmstead near Odebolt, Iowa. That property, which had been described as “tumbled down,” has been changed into a colorful garden retreat. More than 50 theme gardens have been developed and arranged. Each plot shows unique plant combinations of flowers and herbs. Signs give the history of each garden. Nearby is a greenhouse with collections of annuals, hard-to-find perennials, and quite an assortment of herbs.

A Sears & Roebuck, bow-truss barn was rescued and moved to the site. In its lower level, a gift show has been developed. Many of the items—wreaths, swags, and bouquets—are handcrafted from the summer harvest. Evidences of the harvest appear in the upper level where the varieties are sorted, bundled, and hung to dry. A country schoolhouse has also been refurbished.

There are seasonal events: spring open house in April, garden festival in July, and a moonlight garden party sometime in August or September. Guided garden tours are conducted each Sunday afternoon in July and August, weather permitting. Private garden tours for groups and clubs may be arranged.

Admission – None

Directions – 5 miles south of U. S. Highway 20, near the intersection of County Roads M43 and D37 near Odebolt, Iowa 51458

Hours – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, April – October (November and December, by appointment)

Credit Cards – None

Phone – (712) 668-4840  


  1. about the moonlight garden party….the lights are pretty…. but…. you can see the gardens much much better by day light …. the place where they had the food needed screen doors in places where they just had open doorways…. the guy who talked was long winded and at more times then not boring…. they should have charged less…. had more stuff to give away….and taken a lot more care with the food ……

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