United States of America, Iowa, Polk County, Des Moines
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens (South Amana, Iowa)
This garden is part of the Amana Colonies, which comprises seven villages. The Amana Colonies began in the 1850s with German immigrants seeking a location to start a religious-based community. The community dissolved in 1932, but a zoning commission seeks to preserve the historical character of the National Historic Landmark. Cottage-in-the Meadow began in 1900, and retains the German influence in material and design. Since 1986, they have maintained a seed bank that preserves vegetable varieties brough from Germany to the Amana Villages during the 1850s. Trellising, originally for grapes; a rabatte, or raised bed; and asparagus bed are a few of the original features. By the mid-1900s, the owners added an outdoor fireplace and rock borders. Many of the plantings are organized into garden rooms with over 300 varieties of plants. Some mimic the angularity of the Amana architectural style, while others seek to soften it.
The folder includes a work sheet, garden plans, a detailed narrative history and description of the garden, and photo copies of articles.