2525 4th Avenue Rock Island, IL 61201
Let’s take a drive and explorer some of Iowa’s back country. You never know what surprises await!
Our first pull off is the Kloubec Koi Fish Farm. Located on an 80 acre farm near Amana, this pond complex is one of the largest in the USA. Who doesn’t enjoy watching fish as they swim around. Learn about the breeding and care of these beautiful fish.
Our next back road discovery is the Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery in Swisher. This family owned business was the first licensed distillery in Iowa since prohibition. They grow and harvest 5000 grape vines to make their award winning wines and use local corn to produce their Bourbon Whiskey. Make plans to visit their tasting bar.
Cedar Rapids is our next destination with a stop at the National Czech & Slovak Museum. This Iowa treasure has on exhibit works of Internationally renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, Venetians Collection. A must see event for art lovers!
Just across the street is the Czech Village, ‘some walking required’. It has a variety of small shops to visit and Sykora’s Bakery.
Let’s get back on the road and travel through the rolling hills to Anamosa. There we will find one of the most unique restaurant destinations in Eastern Iowa.
Teddy’s Barn & Grill is situated in an old dairy barn overlooking miles of open sky. Enjoy dinner in the stunning hay loft ‘Stairs - No Elevator’ admiring the barn’s original wood rafters and arched roof.
Enjoy a day of exploring and new discoveries!
Iowa's Back Road Discoveries
Thursday, July 20th
Our first destination is Klehm’s Song Sparrow Nursery’s Open House. This mail order nursery which specializes in rare and specialty plants, opens its doors to the public once a year. Gardeners could pre-order plants early from their website while choices are best and pick up your order on the 20th. The other option is to have fun browsing through their hoop houses in search of that special plant.
Next we are off to Janesville to visit K&W Greenery. This garden center has it all, from trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals to a great gift shop.
After a relaxing lunch, it’s time for more plant shopping. This time at the Flower Factory featuring the Midwest’s largest selection of perennials. Find yourself a little red wagon and start shopping.
Wait, your shopping day isn’t done yet! After a scenic drive through the Wisconsin countryside, we will be stopping at the Swiss Colony Outlet Store in Monroe. Afterwards, dinner is waiting for us in a hay loft at the Rafter’s Restaurant. Constructed of 2 old dairy barns, it’s sure to capture your attention.
Come join us, what better way to start out your Spring gardening season.
Member Price: $120
Non-Member Price: $130
Do you still need to fill in some gaps in your perennial garden? Well, you’re in luck, find that perfect plant at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore, Illinois. Located in an old historic factory setting, this nursery is guaranteed to excite your curiosity.
Situated along the Rock River, Nicholas Conservatory is our next destination. Its tropical gardens and sculptures are sure to delight. Adjacent to the conservatory is the Sinnissippi Rose Garden. All you have to do is follow the fragrance of hundreds of roses in full bloom to find this garden.
After a stop for lunch, we’re off to visit Anderson Japanese Garden. Rated as one of North America’s top Japanese Gardens, this 12 acre site is home to beautifully trained conifers and 16th century traditional architecture. Take a breathtaking adventure through the winding pathways along gentle streams and cascading waterfalls.
On our journey home we will follow scenic Rt. 2 with its overhanging trees and views of the Rock River. Make sure to bring your camera on this tour.
Member Price: $100
Non-Member Price: $110
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