Like I mentioned, I was graciously given a tour of Meredith Corporations a few weeks ago and they let me take as many photos as my finger could keep up with. I'm going to share the test gardens first, because honestly-what is more gorgeous than a garden?
The gardens are in Des Moines, Iowa and they are gorgeous! I could have spent ALL day there..
They use the gardens to test different plants-I found everything so thoroughly fascinating and impressive. They don't just test one brand of fertilizer / barbecue / cooking ingredients, but collect a huge sampling of brands for their research so they can have the best testing environment similar to what their readers have.
I took enough photos in this here garden to inspire 4 or 5 fabric collections. I told the editors as much and they got this giddy look on their faces like I had just made their day. Other way around, I assure you.
And this plant below-I tried and tried to capture its beauty, but knew I wouldn't get it quite right. It was stunning- tons of little budding flowers all over the place.
And this little cropping of flowers - the coloration is what really attracted me here. I had this defining moment many years back before I had any true plans on a career in design. I was watching Trading Spaces and Genevieve Gorder made a comment about if you pull colors from Mother Nature, you will never go wrong. It really struck me then and has stayed with me ever since.
I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!