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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Jul 31, 2016 11:50 AM CST
Hello All,

It's pretty hot outside now and my poor husband is out in it cutting down the prairie grass to start my new peony bed for the fall! I'm inside where it's cool, looking at pics from my trip in June. I actually went through the pics from a couple of the gardens that Tracey told me about and got them cleaned up a bit so am ready to share! The first set is from Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison WI.

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Walking in from the pretty entrance....
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Still walking....
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Such a wonderful setting!
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Liz
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Jul 31, 2016 11:57 AM CST
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Wouldn't you just love to sit here and enjoy this beautiful garden?
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Liz
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Jul 31, 2016 12:13 PM CST
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Liz
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Jul 31, 2016 12:22 PM CST
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Liz
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Jul 31, 2016 12:34 PM CST
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Liz
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Jul 31, 2016 12:40 PM CST
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Liz
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Birds Tropicals Hummingbirder Bulbs Region: Georgia
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Cem9165
Jul 31, 2016 2:11 PM CST
Stunning pictures! Thanks for sharing them, I love the variety of plants grown in this garden!
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Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Jul 31, 2016 7:43 PM CST

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You captured the gardens nicely, Liz. What a great thing to do on a hot day! Relive your trip to the APS Convention. The varieties of plants and peonies in that garden is astonishing. I often drive by it as I work nearby. In every season there is something striking, even as a drive by Smiling I am happy you got to visit there on your trip. Makes for great roadtrip memories.
Tracey
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Jul 31, 2016 9:26 PM CST
Thanks Annette and Tracey! I am so glad that I took the extra days before the convention, it was so worth it!
Liz
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Aug 1, 2016 1:19 PM CST
I think that I may try to make it to the APS convention the next time it is organized in Wisconsin. I would love to visit all the places that you visited, Liz esp. Solaris Farms and Klemn's Nursery.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Aug 1, 2016 9:13 PM CST
I enjoyed Klehm's but Solaris was AMAZING!!!! Not sure how long it'll be before it's back in WI, next year is Raleigh NC, year after is either Oregon or Washington, don't remember which and I heard 2019 was in Ann Arbor, MI. I'm hoping to make it to all of them for the next several years, would love to meet you there, Karen!
Liz
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Aug 2, 2016 7:56 AM CST
Wonderful! Thank you!
LG
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Aug 2, 2016 8:40 PM CST
This is just the start! Still have pics of the University trial garden and all of the tour gardens as well as Klehm's and Solaris...I'll be posting into the winter! It'll keep my mind off of all of the snow, anyway....
Liz
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Forum moderator Hybridizer Tomato Heads Pollen collector Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Cat Lover
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Garden Photography Seed Starter Region: Wisconsin
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magnolialover
Aug 2, 2016 8:42 PM CST

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I have farm Pictures to add too. Waiting for winter, too much to do now.
Tracey
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Aug 3, 2016 10:08 PM CST
I know what you mean, Tracey! I still have to rake and cover those 3 beds, then more weeding...too bad I can't solarize an existing garden....
Liz
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Aug 3, 2016 10:40 PM CST
What a beautiful garden! I especially like the crevice garden. It is something I would like to try someday, on a small scale of course.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Aug 4, 2016 6:48 AM CST
I agree, Connie--it was very eye catching. I'm normally not a rock garden fan, a lot of them just look hot and kinda bare, this one held my attention.
Liz
Name: Yan H
Westminster, MD (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Peonies
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huang049
Aug 20, 2016 11:06 AM CST

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Hi Liz, do you know the name of this plant???
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Aug 20, 2016 11:12 AM CST
That was a close up of the flowers from a Fringe Tree. It was relatively small, probably 8-10' tall and smelled AMAZING!!!!
Liz
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Forum moderator Hybridizer Tomato Heads Pollen collector Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Cat Lover
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Garden Photography Seed Starter Region: Wisconsin
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magnolialover
Aug 20, 2016 11:21 AM CST

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It's stunning! Likes wetter soil (i.e. Does not like to dry out at all) and is amazing in person. Pictures do not do it justice whatsoever.
Tracey

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