Prairie's Edge Gardens

Region 2
Prairie’s Edge Gardens
4735 Black Oak Trail, Rockford, IL, USA
Contact: Carole Hunter
Phone: (815)-289-3231
Preferred Contact Method: Phone Call, Email
Best Time to Visit: The first two weeks in July are usually peak bloom, but visitors are welcome all summer.
Hybridizer's Garden, Children Are Welcome, Appointment Necessary, Mostly Flat Terrain, Private Garden

More about the garden:

We acquired this property mid-summer of 2015. The rest of the summer was spent creating new beds and moving shrubs, grasses, and perennials from our old house. We needed to move because I had gotten involved in hybridizing daylilies and quickly ran out of space. This lucky find had two lots. The house and existing gardens were on one lot, and the other was just lawn. I expanded the beds around the house to accommodate plants that I didn’t want to leave behind. There are now beds that get full sun, shade beds, and a large woodland wildflower bed that the previous owner created. The shady part of the yard is full of oaks, as this whole area used be an oak-hickory woodland. The sunny gardens are on an east facing slope, so we added limestone pieces from a neighbor’s old limestone barn that had caved in to create a rock garden. The larger pieces of limestone were installed as steps.

The other lot became my hybridizing space, where we transplanted about 200 daylilies from the old house to create my ‘bull pen’. In the following years, the rest of the lot has been filled with four 75’X20′ seedling patches and an area for seedlings under evaluation.

The entire property is visible and easily accessable from the road.








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