Miss Effie’s Country Flowers & Garden Stuff

Recently I took a Sunday afternoon drive to visit Miss Effie’s Country Flowers and Garden Stuff, located just outside of the Quad Cities in Donahue, Iowa. Nestled in the rolling hills of farm country, off a gravel road, is one of the most beautiful places you can visit.

20620892_754972788026464_2818948262584311699_nIt is a “you-pick” flower farm, the first of its kind in Iowa, opened in 2002. You pay $20 and they give you an empty milk jug gallon with the top cut off and some gardening sheers.  You then can wander all around the farm, picking flowers and enjoying the scenery.

20727855_754972611359815_8920813446318177150_nThe are many types of flowers grown all over the farm, all of them up for grabs. The farm uses organic pesticides and fertilizers, so the environment is a safe place for all ages.

20622065_754972458026497_3881620103959886194_nMiss Effie’s hosts a lot of different kinds of events. In the past they’ve hosted rehearsal dinners, weddings, and showers of all kinds. Often times people will bring out a picnic lunch or share a bottle of wine while enjoying one of several cozy places to sit, the “Corn-Zebo” being a favorite.

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The “Corn-Zebo”

If you’re curious as to the availability of space or if it would be the right place for your next event, the owners welcome calls and visits during operating hours. Their season is from June 1st until the first frost (typically in October).

Hours are:

  • Thursday & Fridays –  9am – 5pm
  • Saturdays –  9am – 3pm
  • Sundays – 9am – 3pm

Miss Effie’s also sells farm fresh eggs, homemade jams, hand spun yarn, and other neat little items in their gift shop.

20708382_754972348026508_6919054291661020806_nMiss Effie’s Country Flowers & Garden Stuff is a wonderful place to get out of the city for a bit and enjoy the country lifestyle.

For more information, visit their website here. Or call 563-282-4338.

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Deborah Davis Deborah Davis, otherwise known as QCAlegirl, was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, where she currently resides. A self-proclaimed craft beer fanatic, she spends her days either working at a local nano-brewery or researching and writing for her blog, qcalegirl.com. While she’s not traveling around the Midwest in search of new experiences, she also enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

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