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1. 8301 Southern Hills Court
Dubuque, Iowa ( Ron and Deb Schromen)
Feels Like Country – There are several extensive gardens featuring a fountain, raised beds, walkways and beautiful retaining walls, accenting flowering perennials, bushes, ornamental trees and annuals. A special Campsises Trumpet Vine climbs on our arbor and attracts many hummingbirds. Also, Hibiscus moscheutos, Rose of Sharon, and climbing Sweet Pea delight the senses.
Workshop – Growing Hydrangeas at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Directions – From Hwy 61/151 take Hwy. 52 South 1.4 miles, turn right on Kemp Road. Travel 1.1 miles, turn right on Southern Hills Court – first drive on right.
2. 1100 Victoria Place
Dubuque, Iowa (Pam and Bert Goffinet)
Victoria’s Secret Garden (aka Pam and Bert’s Plot o’ Dirt) – Nested in the cul-de-sac is a modest yard with a plethora of color and whimsical charm. Garden beds surround the perimeters of the property with a wide variety of perennials for both sun and shade. Take a moment to enjoy the splendor of the tri-color beech tree that greets you in the front yard or wander to the back patio to view the container gardens brimming with color.
Workshop – Home Composting at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.(noon).
Directions – From So.Hills Ct. turn left on Kemp Rd. and turn left on Hwy. 52 and turn right onto Hwy. 61/151. Take Grandview Avenue exit, then turn left on South Grandview. Turn left on Plymouth Court, and an immediate left onto Victoria Place.
3. 1060 Victoria Place
Dubuque, Iowa (Dick and Louise Strub)
Arboretum South – Incorporated into the garden beds are over 400 different Hosta species along with a wide variety of perennials and numerous antique iron pieces. The gardens have all been “hand-made” by the owners including the pond, gazebo, fencing, and even the rock placement contouring every bed. It is truly a garden made with love.
Directions – Next house on Victoria Place.
4. 909 Spires Dr.
Dubuque, Iowa (Sandi Besker and David Olson)
The Lemonade Garden – Imagine a small city lot 14 years ago; the perfect house with the worst backyard, comprised of only 2 trees, clay soil, grass, and weeds! Today, the lemon yard has been squeezed into lemonade with limestone terracing and many plantings including ground covers, grasses, iris, and hostas. A “tiny-house” greenhouse is a focal point that has produced many of the annuals planted in the garden. A birch rain garden absorbs the hillside overflow in storms.
Directions – From Victoria Pl. turn right on Plymouth Ct. then turn left on South Grandview Ave. and head north to 4-way stop intersection at Senior HS, turn right onto Clarke Dr. Turn left at Clarke Crest Dr. and right on Spires Drive.
5. 2393 Abbott St.
Dubuque, Iowa (Kassandra Powell and Karl Steichen)
Joyful Jazz Garden – This perennial garden exudes happiness and positivity. It is colorful and whimsical with Mississippi River driftwood and metal focal points throughout, including a natural stone and brick walkway, patio, and a backyard kitchen garden.
Workshop – Perennials in a Small Space at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Directions – From Spires Dr. turn left on Clarke Crest Dr., turn left on Clarke Drive. Turn left on Woodworth St. and left on Lowell St., and right on Abbott Street.
6. 790 Boyer St.
Dubuque, Iowa (Deanna and Terry Biedermann)
Secret Garden Hideaway – Mature trees anchor an ornate tapestry of free form beds – each bursting with color from spring through autumn. Vibrant perennials, tall prairie grasses, and a collection of labeled hostas are punctuated with favorite annuals – creating a peaceful oasis in the city.
Directions – Continue on Abbott St., turn right on Montcrest St. Turn left on Hempstead St, and left on Kaufmann Ave. Then turn right on Kane St. and right on Andrew Ct.; turn right onto Boyer Street.