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Owners Janice & Dick Schlicht with granddaughter Miranda.

by Chris Wilbeck
September 2009

I was told by local garden enthusiasts that "Inspiration Gardens" in Rippey was a must-see.  So, I decided it was high time I paid Janice and Dick Schlicht's place a visit. 

What I saw was a wonderful surprise surrounded by corn and bean fields.  I expected to see a beautiful garden.  I didn't expect to see what I saw - plot after plot of a wide variety of beautiful garden scenes!  Every turn I made on my tour brought a new lush colorful view of Janice's labor of love.  There were seating areas - some with ponds - for relaxation and reflection.  Charming vignettes showcased special family tributes or Dick's humorous touches.  Small buildings were converted into welcoming rooms for groups to enjoy a meal or just sit and chat. 

Words fail when trying to describe what only a photo can convey.  So I won't try.  Please enjoy a few photos of my summer's visit to "Inspiration Gardens."

"Inspiration Gardens" is located in the countryside at 2475 250th St Rippey IA 50235.  Visitors and bus groups are welcome (reservations required).  Pond supplies also available for sale.  For more information or to make a reservation to tour the gardens, call 515-203-6358 or send an email to





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