Flower Patch and Diamond House Bed and Breakfast gardens, elegantly engineered by Lynne and her fairy crew

Gardens, Bed & Breakfast, Arcola, Arthur, Amish

Arts & Gardens

If you love gardens, you understand the wisdom of gardens. Victoria Glendinning said,

"Science, or para-science, tells us that geraniums bloom better if they are spoken to. But a kind word every now and then is really quite enough. Too much attention, like too much feeding, and weeding and hoeing, inhibits and embarrasses them."

One should not be obsessed with the work, but, rather, delighted with the beauty, and quietly awe-struck by the marvelous variety of flower textures, leaves, colors, and shapes. One can explore and discover. The potpourri garden amazes with its contrasts and appeals to birds, butterflies, and, when the timing is right, humming birds.

"Planting a garden for our guests is like painting a picture," says Lynne. "That's why, before planting, we consider color, texture and placement, all of which relate to good composition." The real test of success is realized in the summer and fall.

The Flower Patch Gardens are more than a picture, however. Lynne uses a variety of herbs such as rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and oregano in preparing the legendary breakfast. The garden also produces grapes which are processed into juice, and tomatoes, onions, peppers, beans, and peas.

The garden gazebo, the attractive stone garden with its fishpond, and the meandering paths all serve as a pleasant breakaway from conferences and group activities, a place where couples can be alone, or a place where one can relax and forget about puzzles and problems.

The garden also works itself into artistic interior of the house. Lynne, an artist of several mediums, who specializes in porcelain painting, has been painting for many years. Many of the flowers find their way into the pictures that decorate several walls of the house.

Lynne also gathers flowers and herbs under her yard tent, and sells them during the months of April and May.

The work of other artists are found in the attractive gift shop, such as:
  • Janet Roney
  • Larry Wetherholt
  • Amy Boettcher
  • Larry Kanfer
  • Curt Starkey
  • Sarah Coulter
  • and many others