Iowa Regional Lily Society     (IRLS)
Growing Lilies in Iowa and neighboring states since 1973
                 Fourth Annual Lily Garden Bus Tour  July  2012
The 2012 Lily Garden Bus Tour included visits to four gardens from Marshalltown to Shellsburg
to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The temperature topped 100 degrees but the bus was fully air-conditioned!
IRLS members and friends visited a local nursery in Cedar Rapids plus dined in the Amanas before
returning home to the Des Moines area .
This National AHS Daylily Display Garden features not only a large display of True Lilies, but also
a large shade garden plus thousands of  seedlings hybridized by Don over the years !
IRLS members scatter in the gardens under the trees
Time to talk with other Lily enthusiasts is part
of the fun of being on a Lily garden Tour.
A tall stand of Black Beauty shows why this
orienpet lily is so popular in Iowa gardens!
L. lancifolium(aka Tiger Lily) has been grown in
Iowa gardens since the 1870s.
More garden talk!
Don grows a large selection of perennials
including this hardy hisbiscus.
Betsy's Pet Eels---
Huge unusual form daylily blooms
unfaded by the 100 degree heat.
One last look before we board the bus!
We loved wandering thru huge daylily  beds featuring beautiful
registered daylilies plus seedlings from his hybridizing crosses.
Don Lovell's "Timbercreek Gardens"  Marshalltown, IA  
A shady spot under the tall trees to escape the heat of early morning.
The Lovell's greet our bus load of IRLS visitors.
See Me-Feel Me Daylily
Denia  Asiatic Lily
Mindy captures some memories
Happy hosta under the tall shade trees.