Hometown Farmer - Prairie Pedlar
Odebolt, IA —
Spring's in the air, even if the trees don't quite look like it yet.
But you can always see more than just green inside the seven greenhouses at Prairie Pedlar Gardens outside of Odebolt, Iowa.
"Now there's just a lot of new pink and mauve and lavender, purple, white, bi-colored geraniums," said Jack Hogue, co-owner of the gardens.
Jack and his wife Jane started the business in the early '80's.
Things have grown a lot since then, now the family sells many plants.
Surprisingly, a lot of'em have unique smells.
"It's called 'opal innocence' and it's one of the most fragrant plants of any of the plants that we sell," said Jack.
There is a veritable smorgasbord of scents, depending on the type of plant you pick up.
There are scented geraniums, and you could even pick popcorn.
Brush a certain plant and that's what you'll be smellin'.
"We actually live on the farm that Jolly Time started back in 1914, so we just love this popcorn cassia," said Jack.
And so do the little critters.
It's not unusual to see a little bee buzzing around the flowes.
Jack says he tries to sell a lot of pollinator plants, too, in order to attract all kinds of flying and pollinating insects.
"Lantana is one of the plants that butterflies just love," said Jack.
If you're in a mid-century mood, you can always stop by the succulent house, too.
If you would like to learn more about Prairie Pedlar Gardens, please visit this web site: prairiepedlar.com.
If you'd like to nominate someone to be featured on "Proud to be a Hometown Farmer," please email Jake at: email@example.com.