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Summer in the Test Garden

The other day, the folks at Heartland Gardening asked me to do a guest post on the Better Homes and  Gardens Test Garden. I went out, grabbed a couple of shots, and typed up my post.

While I was out in the garden, which is right here at Better Homes and Gardens headquarters (downtown Des Moines, Iowa), I was amazed at how beautiful everything was looking considering how strange the weather’s been.

I was also surprised at some of the things blooming. The Russian sage looks glorious; the phlox are in their fragrant glory, the Shasta daisies are looking their cheery best and are perfect accents to the warm, rich colors of yarrow and gaillardia. Of course, the coneflowers are looking amazing, too! And this despite two weeks of hot, humid weather.

If you’ve never visited the Test Garden, now’s the perfect opportunity. It’s open to the public Fridays from 12-2 p.m. from May to October.

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