genesis gardens

Last Saturday my husband and I took a country drive to a beautiful place in the Loess Hills just south of Malvern, Iowa.

I love ‘getting away’ on a road trip with my best friend in the fall! It’s one of my favorite things to do!

Our destination was the home and business of some friends, Debbie and Tony Huetter.

Their little piece of heaven is gorgeous! Tony and Deb live in a 1914 Craftsman home on which they’ve worked diligently over the years, only increasing it’s splendor. They gave us a tour, which caused me to long for such a classic, historic, well-built home!  Their expansive front porch was lined with boxes of apples, and quaint bird houses. I just wanted to grab an apple and sit down to quietly drink in the surroundings!

Our favorite part of their place was their property. An expansive lush green lawn with giant trees and gardens, Genesis Gardens is what they’ve named their business and it’s gorgeous! Check it out on Facebook!

Even though we were there at the end of the growing season, beauty was still in abundance! There were rows and rows of flowers and plants.

They offer a ‘you pick’ option where you are given clippers and you go around cutting the flowers you want. While we were there, another friend, Pam, was assembling a large bouquet of stunning and unique flowers.

Deb pointed out a freshly mown “lawn” which had formerly been a field of wild flowers, also for u-pick.

We walked past a darling, ivy-covered building which they hope someday to turn into a shop.  It’s the kind of place I’d dreamt

about as a young girl, idyllic and a bit mysterious. We walked past it to a small shed in which Deb had hung bunches of flowers upside-down to dry. In front of them was an artfully arranged chair and door with piles of their harvested gourds and pumpkins.

I just didn’t want to leave! There is a part of me, maybe it goes back to my grandparents roots to the farms they grew up on in Canada, but I found myself longing to have a place like that out in the country to enjoy. The only problem is, to have a place as well-kept and beautiful as theirs, means a lot of back-breaking hard work! There wouldn’t be much time to just ‘sit and stare’ as I imagine I’d do! (sigh)

Tony and Debbie do landscaping for homes and businesses as well as trimming, pruning, clean-up and maintenance. Check them out on their website.

Night was nearing and we needed to return to Omaha, but we weren’t going to leave empty-handed! We took home some pumpkins, apple butter and pear butter, a potted mum and two different kinds of hydrangea with instructions on where to plant them for optimal growth. They even gave us a huge bouquet of basil to make into pesto! We’d hit the jackpot!

I left there feeling encouraged. It was refreshing and restorative to be able to leave the ‘big city’ for a drive to Genesis Gardens and Third Day Nursery. Breathing in fresh air, being surrounded by natural beauty and re-connecting with life as it used to be was just what I needed!

The next day, Les planted our hydrangea and mum and I arranged our gourds as a centerpiece on our table. My daughter washed the pumpkins and placed them on the hearth. Because of our trip to Genesis Gardens, Fall has officially arrived in our home!

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5 Responses to “genesis gardens”

  1. Mom B. Says:

    Checking my e-mail messages. Don’t know how I missed this one
    Thanks for painting a wonderful word picture of your fall trip. ” For the beauty of the Earth.” We Praise you oh God!
    Mom and Dad Beauchamp

  2. Mom B. Says:

    Going back through old “letters” I enjoyed this one, especially seeing all of the lovely sights through your eyes, Kris. Now we’re entering the Spring season and the flowering bushes and trees are breathtaking. The cherry blossoms will be in full bloom this week.
    Miss you,
    Love, Mom

  3. angie williams Says:

    i was searching for Genesis Gardens on google early this am.. And here, i see you writing about them!…(not suprised). : )
    Praying i can go someday. Sounds incredibly beautiful!!! Love you, Kris. As always, thank you for jotting down your precious thoughts and sharing them with us.


  4. Nicolette Says:

    Tony and Deb have done a wonderful job at Genesis gardens. The kids and I plowed around out there this spring and enjoyed the same peace, hospitality and sense of adventure that it sounds like you and Les did. Knowing these little niches carved out by diligent, faithful hands exist is a blessing to me. Just over the top of the hill one can find all kinds of beauty…

  5. Karen Says:

    Thank you for a slice of Heaven and a touch of the clamness. It is jsut what I needed today.

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