Be inspired! The La Porte City FFA Historical and Ag Museum will host a Garden Walk on Sunday, June 22nd from 12-5 PM. Tickets are available in advance for $5.00 each at the Museum (408 Main) or at LPC Bakery ETC, and on the day of the Garden Walk either at the Museum or at Bob and Becky Smith’s garden. New this year will be a “garden market” in the barn at the garden of Bob and Becky Smith. Bird houses, bird feeders, benches, cement work, vintage sprinkler cans and vintage garden items will be for sale. All proceeds from the Walk and garden market will benefit the restoration of the Museum’s 1861 log cabin.
This year’s walk will feature four outstanding gardens that will inspire you to look at gardening as an art form. They feature a wide variety of color themes, textures, architectural elements and plant varieties that will stimulate your creative senses. Linger in the gardens and talk to the homeowners, see how other gardeners use innovative landscape designs and vibrant colors to add interest and appeal. Be inspired!

• Glenn and Mary Delagardelle
11511 Barnes Ferry Rd, La Porte City
Creative chemistry marries vintage country charm with California chic. Classic old fashion flowers such as bee balm, holly hock and coneflower are paired with imaginative, repurposed containers to create unique displays. Over 20 breeds of exotic chickens lend a colorful accent to the setting. A three-tier, natural-stone pond feature creates a dramatic view from the California-style cable-railed deck.

• Ron and Barb Bader
823 Commercial, La Porte City
New beginnings! Visit Ron and Barb’s just-completed patio. Follow the winding brick path by the garage and see the stunning views. Knockout roses are the featured flower along with hostas and other perennials with large pots adding instant splashes of color.

• Bob and Becky Smith
1672 51st St., La Porte City
Classic country charm! Multiple gardens tucked under large shady trees beckon visitors to come and “sit a spell” and enjoy the peaceful life of the country. Galvanized containers and rustic elements add vintage charm to the beds. Visitors will have a chance to stroll through the barn and purchase unique garden items to benefit the Museum.

• Jerry and JoEllen Krug
2035 52nd St., Mt. Auburn
Fifty shades of green! Enjoy a myriad of green from moss, to lime and sea green to olive, mint and forest green. The gardens showcase enchanting conifers of all kinds. Other plants in hues of yellow, red and blue add splashes of color and punctuate scattered garden accents. A pond brings tranquility to the setting. Follow the winding path to enjoy a restful moment under the pergola.
For more information visit www.lpcmuseum.com or call 319-342-3619 during the hours of 10-2 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays or 10-2 pm on Saturdays.