Iowa Regional Lily Society     (IRLS)
Growing Lilies in Iowa and neighboring states since 1973
Third Annual Lily Garden Bus Tour  June 18, 2011

On June 18, 2011 a comfortable coach bus carried 55 lucky  Lily Society members on a trip to five gardens
South of the Des Moines area.

We spent the day walking thru incredible gardens as we admired the Lilies and other plants in bloom. Our
trip also included a lovely lunch in Knoxville plus a stop to a plant nursery for a little shopping!
The Garden of Carole and George Main

IRLS members Carole and George created a
beautiful mixed garden on the steep slope of
their back yard. Trails meander up thru a
wonderful variety of Lilies and other plants.

This full sun wonder is so beautiful that it has
inspired similar gardens in their neighbors'
adjoining yards!
IRLS Members wonder at the complexity of gardening on a steep hillside.
It's mid-June, but already the
Delphiniums are showing off!
Carol shows us how to negotiate her garden paths.
The lower part of the garden is dedicated to raised vegetable plots.
Late Spring--The first red Asiatic Lilies are blooming!
Climbing Clematis and Lilies make good use of the vertical garden area.
Four neighboring gardens are making good use of the hillside too!
Hmm. Looks like a strange bird is calling this garden "home"!
Pink Hydrangeas are starting to add their spring to summer color.
Slick gathering of rain water for later use in the garden!