Sunday, July 31, 2011

Community Gardens Part Two

While we were in Iowa visiting our son, we went to Anamosa, IA.  It is a small town, with a population of just under 6,000.  One thing I thought that was nice, is that through downtown, people have 'adopted' corner gardens that have been made at the intersections.  I don't know if it is in coordination with Iowa State University - but this little sign indicates that it may be in some way.  

I thought the little picket fences in each flower bed were so cute, as it gave the caregivers to each bed recognition.

We also went to the Wapsipinicon State Park on the edge of town.

As you drive through the park, there is a road who's accessibility depends on how much rain they have received.  Instead of the road going over the gully, you drive on the road through the gully.  Excuse the car antenna. 

 There is also a large pedestrian bridge that extends over the Wapsipinicon River.

On both sides of the walkway, leading to the bridge, there are many wildflowers and native grasses.

While we were standing on the bridge, a deer walked across the path we had just been on and we also found this soft shell turtle sunning it's self on a log in the water.

We hope to spend more time in the park in the future when we visit our son and his family.


  1. I love the little 'picket fence' markers. What a lovely place. Thanks for the tour!

    Have a great evening.

  2. Looks like a nice visit!! I enjoy seeing gardens in different parts and places! Certainly a neat idea about having different people tend to them!

  3. Hi Judy,
    I love the idea of adopting side gardens. It's like different organizations adopting areas of the highways to remove litter. We have that in Michigan, do you have that in Nebraska?

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog.

  4. Oh how fun! It looks hot though. I love the yellow wild flowers. I love the idea of community gardens. A caregiver told me the other day, she has vegetable gardens for each of her clients. They get to pick out the veggies and help in the garden as they can. Then they get the fresh produce! Thanks for the lovely comments and visit to my blog.

  5. I love those corner gardens! I enjoyed your other photos, too. You have been to some interesting places this summer.

    Yes, spike gayfeather is one of the liatrises I planted. That could be what the one is that you suggested it may be.

    I hope we get some relief from all this heat soon. I go back to work the 11th.

  6. I couldn't find an email address for you. Just wanted you to know that you've been featured on my weekly Welcome Wagon Friday post. I do love gardening, and your photos are wonderful too. Welcome to the blogosphere!

  7. What a great idea to adopt and look after those otherwise neglected areas!
    Just found your blog via Brenda at Cozylittlehouse, so glad I popped over!
    Gill xx

  8. Welcome to blogland!

    Brenda at Cozy Little House sent me over here to say hi.

    I want to invite you to my Bunny Hop blog party. It is a way for new bloggers to network with other new bloggers.

    Come on over a take a look :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  9. Great garden ideas. Loving the little picket fence signs, soo cute. I have a wash tub in my garden turned upside down with an extra large, pot setting on it that has my cactus plant in it. Thanks for all of the garden ideas. Decor. Lady

  10. I saw your blog mentioned on Cozy Little House. Cute pictures. There is one area in our town that the people took upon themselves to beautify" a square area, that is town owned but often neglected. It looks so cute and now they have a garden to look at.
    I am following you now...

  11. Greetings from Colorado! I love to garden, too, so am looking forward to seeing more of your pictures as I am a new follower.♥♫

  12. Hi! Visitor from Cozy Little House here. Your photos are stunning - just delightful! And I think I'm going to have to borrow some of your ideas for next year. Your blog is just that inspirational!

  13. Thanks for the tour by sharing those photos and telling a story.

    The people in that place are environment friendly.

    Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons