Gardening the Amana Way

Location

Meeting Room A

Gardening the Amana Way

Larry and Wilma Rettig will have you itching to get out working in your gardens! Larry is the author of Gardening the Amana Way, published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. He’ll have books available for purchase.

Larry and Wilma organized the Amana Heritage Seed Bank, which preserves vegetable varieties that their ancestors brought with them from Germany in the mid-1800s. Wilma and Larry raise all their own fruits and vegetables organically and no-till. Their gardens—flower and vegetable—have been featured in local, regional, and national media and on many tours to the Amana villages. The gardens, aptly named Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens after a cottage that sits on their property, are currently listed in the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Their Cottage-in-the-Meadow website is popular with gardeners on the Internet.