Where in the World – Back Stories Behind the Images – Hostas, Hostas Everywhere


This week we travel to the heart of the Midwest.

Though relatively modest in size – and less than 40 years old – Dubuque, Iowa’s Arboretum and Botanical Garden is quite wonderful. Particularly spectacular are the thousands of hostas you’ll find there. The garden boasts more than one thousand different varieties of these shade-loving beauties, and they’re arranged in such a way that, in spite of the masses of plants, allows the unique features of each one to be showcased.

You can truly appreciate the wide range of colors, from light to dark to variegated, and from pale green to nearly blue. You will see an amazing variety of sizes, from massive to dainty miniatures. There are all sorts of features like ruffled edges and stems of red.

Because hostas thrive in the shade, the areas in which you’ll find them at the Garden have thick canopies overhead created by huge, specimen trees – meaning even on the warmest of days, you’ll find this home to the hostas to be cool and inviting.

Interestingly, all of the hostas at Dubuque’s Botanical Garden have been donated.

If you’re in the general vicinity of Dubuque, I highly recommend a trip to the Garden. There is no admission charge. From May until October, the garden is open from dawn until dusk, 7 days a week. The rest of the year, hours are more limited, but it remains accessible in each season.

3800 Arboretum Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001
Website: http://www.dubuquearboretum.com/

The image above was incorporated into one of our newest Personalized Friendship Gifts.

Here’s what it looks like:


Stop by again next Saturday to see where in the world we go next!

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