Nan Ripley's Garden

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Nan Ripley's Garden

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Scarlet Pimpernel



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My husband Merwyn Ripley and I have lived on 10 acres in rural Iowa since 1965. I retired from Iowa State University in 2003, where I was the Office Manager for the Athletic Compliance Department, to spend more time with my passions: family, gardening, hybridizing daylilies, watercolor painting, and photography.

Being an active member of the National Conifer Society, Iowa Regional Lily Society, Ames Garden Club, Iowa Arboretum Plant Collection Management Committee and Board, Co-hort Member at Iowa State University Reiman Gardens, Master Gardener since 1994, landscape consultant with the National Garden Clubs, Garden Judge and instructor for the American Hemerocallis Society, and having our garden be an American Hemerocallis Society National Display Garden keeps me busy all year. Walkabout Gardens will also be a new variety display garden for Ball Seed once again in 2014. I like writing articles on gardening and perennials and have done so for several newspapers, journals, and magazines. Teaching a class on hybridizing in our Walkabout Gardens every July is a joy. I am now the AHS Director of Region One and Chair of the Educational Outreach program for AHS. I am looking forward to all the great new things that are coming from AHS.

Each spring I make a new garden area for the seedlings, along with adding many unusual annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. I love searching for new and different plants to add to the gardens. Approximately 2,000 seedlings are planted each spring, and remain in the garden beds for 3 years for evaluation. The garden is usually refreshed and replanted with new plants during the fourth year.

My hybridizing program was one of the featured articles in the December 2009 "Daylily Journal". To date, I have 30 daylily introductions. We ship from May through October weather permitting. We have a daylily seedling sale in July in the garden (email or call for details).

SHIPPING: We normally ship USPS Priority Mail with tracking unless other arrangements have been made. We ship anywhere in the USA but only in the USA. All plants shipped as double fans unless otherwise specified. We ship starting the middle of May and continuing until November 1st. Shipping charge: $15.00 for first plant, add $2.00 for each additional plant. Walkabout Gardens is Rust free.

Please email for availability of daylilies. Checks or Money Orders made out to Nan Ripley. Payment to be made upon confirmation of order unless other arrangements have been made.

Awards and Honors

I was elated at the National Convention, to have Scarlet Pimpernel win the Ned Roberts Spider/Unusual Form. What an honor to get this award with Region One being the host for AHS National Convention of 2013. This award, established in 2007, is to honor the memory of hybridizer, Ned Roberts. Ned worked tirelessly to promote these daylily forms, acting as an educator and mentor for both collectors and hybridizers. The award is to be given annually at the AHS National Convention for the most outstanding Spider or Unusual Form cultivar blooming in a clump in a convention tour garden, as voted by attending AHS members. Thank you to those that voted for our "Scarlet Pimpernel".

Other awards Scarlet Pimpernel won in 2013, tied for first place in Region One Pop Poll and Won Honorable Mention the first tier of the Stout Medal pyramid.

Nan Ripley
Walkabout Gardens
26391-595 Ave.
Nevada, IA 50201-7904
Tel: 515-382-6269
E-mail: nripley22@gmail.com or walkaboutgarden@gmail.com

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