Retter Garden

Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography

In 2012, Cassidy and Alicia Retter purchased The Iris Place.  Situated atop a hill southeast of Lawrence, the property was established in 1979 when rare peonies and iris were planted as a commercial enterprise.  By 2012, when the Retters purchased the home and gardens, much of original plants had been sold off.   Cassidy and Alicia saved the few small remaining rhizomes and peonies, nurturing the plants while enjoying the beauty they provide each spring.  The couple expanded their landscape design, introducing a vast array of cut flowers, fruits and vegetables.  They were so successful that for several years they participated as vendors for the Lawrence Farmer’s Market, providing customers with beautiful flower arrangements, baked goods, and organically grown vegetables and fruits.  Since “retiring” from the market, Cassidy and Alicia have focused on enhancing their gardens.  The landscape now includes low maintenance rock gardens dotted with shrubs, perennials and colorful annuals.  Perhaps one of the most captivating additions is a magnificent Koi pond featuring a 3 foot cascading waterfall with a view of the the old Sibleyville Hills in the background.  Hyacinth, water willow, hibiscus, iris, and water for-get-me nots engulf the pond.  The property also features an organically grown blueberry patch, strawberry patch, and multiple fruit trees.  Sustainable garden practices are evident throughout the gardens.  A drip irrigation system delivers well water to thirsty plants and a small vegetable garden space is maximized by no till gardening.  Leaf mulch and grass clippings help the soil retain its moisture while providing a weed barrier and soil conditioner.   

Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography
Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography
Photo by Diane Guthrie Photography

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