United States of America, Iowa, Linn, Cedar Rapids
Nau's Green Valley (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
Located on nine acres, six of the acres are densely forested with mature hardwood trees and the remaining three acres are the footprint for the gardens. The gardens were initiated after the house was built in 1984 beginning with foundation plantings of evergreens, deciduous shrubs and herbaceous perennials. Deer predation was a serious problem and an ornamental iron fence was installed around the garden in 2005. The owners do all the work themselves and keep adding borders and garden beds, reducing the size of the lawn. There are more than one hundred varieties of conifers, 40 to 50 varieties of hosta (one 8 foot hosta was named 2004 hosta of the year by the American Hosta Association), and in total more than one thousand different cultivars in the gardens including common and rare varieties. In addition to ornamental plantings there is a small pond with a water garden, a small vegetable garden, a chicken coop and a large conservatory. Thousands of annuals are propagated in the conservatory and planted out in the spring to follow the flowering of hundreds of bulbs. The chickens provide eggs and manure that is composted and used throughout the garden.
Persons associated with the garden include) Roger Hadley (architect, 1984) .
The folder includes worksheets and a photocopy of an article.
Garden featured in "Inside the Fence" by Shirley Ruedy published in "The Gazette", July 16, 2006