Walkabout Gardens
Nan & Merwyn Ripley
26391-595 Ave., Nevada, IA 50201


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Unveiling of the ia Magazine 9.3.2017

An article on Nan's Daylily Program is in the May 2017 issue of Martha Stewart Living. Additionally, Nan Ripley’s Supreme Scream is on the front cover of the 2018 ia Magazine with an 8-page article on her gardening skills. You can see the full article by clicking here and scrolling to page 102.

Contact Nan if you need a speaker for an event. We are an Official 2017 AHS Display Garden. We welcome visitors, please call or email ahead to make arrangements before your visit.

My husband Merwyn Ripley and I have lived on 10 acres in rural Iowa since 1965. I retired from Iowa State University in 2003, where I was the Office Manager for the Athletic Compliance Department, to spend more time with my passions: family, friends, gardening, hybridizing daylilies, watercolor painting, and photography.

Being an active member of the National Conifer Society, Iowa Regional Lily Society, Ames Garden Club, Iowa Arboretum, Co-hort Member at Iowa State University Reiman Gardens, Master Gardener since 1994, Garden Judge and instructor for the American Hemerocallis Society, and having our garden be an American Hemerocallis Society National Display Garden keeps me busy all year. Walkabout Gardens will also be a new variety display garden for Ball Horticulture Company once again in 2017. I like writing articles on gardening and perennials and have done so for several newspapers, journals, and magazines. Teaching a class on hybridizing in our Walkabout Gardens every July is a joy. I served on the AHS Board as Director of Region One and Chair of the Educational Outreach program from 2010 through 2015.

My hybridizing program was one of the featured articles in the December 2009 "Daylily Journal". To date, I have 43 daylily introductions. We ship from May through October weather permitting. We have a daylily seedling sale in July in the garden (email or call for details).

It's a Beautiful Thing when a Career and a Passion come together.