Gardening in Iowa

Here in the heart of the corn-and-soybean belt, we Iowans appreciate the beauty of great gardens. Our gardens grow ornamental flowers and shrubs, vegetables, and, increasingly, native prairie and woodland plants. However, we don't merely grow plants. We also appreciate the arrangement of plants into groupings that enhance other features of the landscape, such as our homes. Our gardens often take advantage of the seasons by making sure that there is something beautiful at every season, whether it is in bloom, in seed, or a in dormant-season state.

A photographic service I offer, on a commission basis, concerns our gardens. Does someone you know expend all those hours outside, getting every detail to fall in place? Or sit quietly on a warm, mosquito-free spring day reading among the profusion of colors and shapes and sizes? Or maybe you yourself would like a framed photo of a particular season or scene to look at during those other three seasons? Would you like to have a family or an individual picture amongst the beauty of your garden? Are you looking for an especially stunning close-up or mood with which to thrill the recipient of a picture gift or to ornament a certain spot on the wall?

Let the photos below stir your imagination. Then contact me for a free consultation on your vision for a photo shoot. I'd love to work with you and become another appreciative visitor in your garden.

Above left: A backyard prairie restoration with a nearby Redbud tree and a bluebird house.
Above right: The beauty of flowering crabapples in the spring, in a residential lawn.

Above left: Close-up of tulips, Drake University.
Above right: the same backyard prairie shown above, from a different vantage point, in a different season, and
with the mood lighting of foggy weather.

Above left: The color contrast of a  close-up bottle tree (Rebaricus glassicus) against a foggy background.
Above middle: A formal garden, the Robert Ray Asian Gardens in Des Moines.
Above right: Even past their prime, these purple coneflowers combine with the trellis and lighting to offer some eye candy.

Above left: Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) after a rain.
Above right: With different lighting and a different point of view, this cluster of objects has
a different "feel" than in an earlier photo.

Above left: This waterway combines the practical goal of moving groundwater seeps and surface water without erosion, with the whimsical beauty of rocks (most are glacial erratics), nonnative forbs and shrubs, and a good layer of wood mulch. The waterway ends in a rain garden that is just over the grassed bank at the bottom. The rain garden has mostly native wetland plants, such as swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), blue flag (Iris virginiana), Virginia mountain-mint (Pycnanthemum virginiana), great lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica), fox sedge (Carex vulpinoides), and others.
Above right: The beauty of spring is captured in the flowering of the redbud (Cercis canadensis).