There’s a lot of flower power in the Amana Colonies, and you can check it out during Colonies in Bloom
AMANA, Iowa – If you’ve ever wanted to know every blooming thing about the Amana Colonies, you’ll get your chance later this month during Colonies in Bloom, where visitors can get a bud’s eye view of the colonies, courtesy of residents’ backyard blossoms – and you can even find out how their gardens grow.
Visitors can take a self-guided tour of backyards at homes that have small German and American flags on the front steps. Please note that only homes with the flags are part of the tour.
Gardeners will be available to answer questions at each stop.
The tour brochure tells the garden tale of this once-communal German settlement. In the good old days, residents didn’t waste land on flowers. They planted grapes and vegetable gardens, not want to give up space to frivolous plants. When that era ended in 1932, flowers began to appear in gardens, and their beauty has spread since then.