Welcome to Willowglen - the home, farm and studio of Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee. On a wooded hill country farm in northeast Iowa it is here that we practice our trades of willow basketry and landscape design. We hope that you are as excited as we are about our endeavors.
Willow is such a natural and totally renewable resource - a sturdy basket woven of its boughs will carry countless cargoes while delighting the eye for many years. Please click on our 'Willow' page to learn more.
Garden design, on the other hand, is what I call 'the supreme art form' which I have studied and practiced much of my life. Whether you seek help with your home landscape or a commercial setting my goal is to help you obtain a 'perfect fit' with your gardening plans. The 'Garden Design' page will deliver more information on this fascinating service.
Please be patient with us as we update these pages - our hands do better with soil and sticks - keyboards are another matter!
For more than 20 years Willowglens gardens have grown to support a wide variety of hardy perennial flowers, woody shrubs, and trees. These gardens are a living catalog and serve as a reference and inspiration for Lee & Lindsay in their work. They are open for viewing to those taking a class at Willowglen or visitors during the Northeast Iowa Studio Tour each October.
There's a song called 'Willow, Weep for Me' along with countless other lyrics all implying weakness and tenderness. Yet we can weave willow rods together to make a basket that can be filled with stones. For centuries, vessels made of willow have carried cargoes heavy and light, from coal to carrots. Check out this recent article on Lee and her willows published this spring.
Click on one of the the side menu choices to continue learning about this wonderful, natural, renewable resource.
Beautiful landscapes are not the result of owning this flower or that patio set. A beautiful landscape happens when all the parts are considered and arranged with an eye toward creating a feeling of continuity and style.
Click 'More' to see how Lindsay can help you create your 'beautiful' landscape.