Shown is a display of Nan Ripley’s “futures” to be introduced.

The early morning crew of helpers at Walkabout Gardens this past Saturday included (seated, from left) Dave Law, Nan Ripley, Sue Henze, “Rip” Ripley; and (standing) Trish Patrick, Kathy Law and Lee Osborn. The Laws are from Des Moines and have come to several sales in the past. This year they decided to come and help. Henze and Osborn are from the Madrid area. Patrick is a neighbor of the Ripleys.

Nan Ripley (right) points out some things to Trish Patrick (left) and Sue Henze before the daylilies sale at Walkabout Gardens begins.

Nan Ripley explains to the first customer of the day, Bob Clark of Boone, how the sale works, as her husband and other helpers listen in.

The beautiful color combinations and lovely edges that are created when hybridizing flowers are evident here.

The Ripley’s dog Savannah, a German Shepherd, is what Nan calls the “biggest treasure of all” at her farm. “She’ll even smell the flowers if she’s asked,” Nan said.

Lee Osborn and Sue Henze work to bag a seedling that Sue’s picked out for purchase.

Nan Ripley talks about her daylilies as she stands in the middle of her flower field. Ripley was featured this spring by the magazine, Martha Stewart Living, for her passion and breeding of hybrid daylilies. She holds a sale at her place, Walkabout Gardens, once a year and said that it is normal to see about 100 shoppers during the day. She’s had groups of people come to shop from out of state, Wisconsin and Ohio, in recent years.

The purple ribbon on the daylily is showing a particularly nice plant, which may sell for up to $30. “In that clump, there’s probably 50 fans,” Nan Ripley explained.

Standing above the daylily seedlings is this lilium, which Nan Ripley said adds a beautiful aroma in the flower field at Walkabout Gardens, southwest of Nevada.

Photos by Marlys Barker