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Iowa Native Plant Society

Memorials and Gifts


The Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, welcomes donations and memorial gifts to further the preservation and enjoyment of Iowa's native flora. Contributions and inquiries should be addressed to the INPS Treasurer.

Memorial gifts are a fitting way to recognize someone who loved native plants. Such funds will be used to support the INPS Grant Program, educational efforts, endowment, or an initiative of the family's choice. Thus far memorials have been established in memory of:

  • Linda Scarth
  • Anna Gardner
  • Janet Christensen
  • Hal Schedl MD. PhD
  • Rose Christensen

About Linda Scarth

Linda Loos Scarth, 76, died July 3, 2017, at Hospice of Mercy, Hiawatha, Iowa, of mesothelioma. Daughter of Clinton George Loos and Helen Vaitonis Loos of Colby, Wisconsin, she was born April 19, 1941. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Robert Douglas Scarth, daughter Jennifer Short (Dr. Daniel Short), grandchildren Ethan Short (Mackie), Benjamin Short, and Eliana Short, and sister Jane Ellen Loos. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Constance Fischer.

Linda received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (home economics) and master’s degrees from Pennsylvania State University (child development and family relations), the University of Georgia (Ed.D.-Doctorate early childhood education), and the University of Iowa (M.A.-Masters library and information science). Her unusually wide range of careers speaks to her equally wide range of interests: assistant professor of education, Brenau College, Gainesville, Georgia; assistant professor of family and child development, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama; child development specialist, educational consultant, and assistant professor of pediatrics, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri; school counselor, New England Girls School, Armidale, New South Wales; and most recently reference librarian, Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A strong commitment to conservation and an abiding appreciation of beauty led Linda and Robert to photography as a means of highlighting and preserving the natural world. They traveled widely, photographing in Australia, Africa, the Falkland Islands, and South America, focusing most closely on nature’s smallest inhabitants in exquisite detail. They also photographed animals, birds, landforms, and other lovely and interesting subjects. In 2009, they published the book Deep Nature: Photographs from Iowa, a celebration of the flora and fauna of their Iowa community; its epigraph, Walt Whitman’s “every leaf is a miracle,” captures the essence of Linda’s outlook on life. She generously shared her love of nature by giving many presentations on ecology and photography across the Midwest. From January through May 2018, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art will host an exhibition of Robert and Linda’s photographs.

Linda had skill, grace, and dedication in abundance and the energy and persistence to transform these qualities into tangible contributions; she brought a thoughtful passion to everything she said and did.

Donations in her honor may be made to the groups that she was most active in: the Iowa Native Plant Society, Cedar Rapids Audubon Society, Iowa City Bird Club, Althea R. Sherman Chimney Swifts’ Tower Project, and Prairie States Mushroom Club.

Note: Linda had been on the INPS board for many years and has served as president. Memorial gifts in her name will support the Iowa Restore! grants, helping to get youth out into natural areas to do restoration work. (See Grants for more details.)

About Anna Gardner

Anna Gardner, 1958-2006 Anna and her husband, David Marlow, designed and built their energy-efficient home in the mid- 1980s above the Des Moines River in Boone County. They protected and restored the land near their home, and much of that land now has the protection of an Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation conservation easement. After Anna's son Gavin grew old enough that she no longer needed to be a full-time mother, she earned a Bachelor's degree at Iowa State University in Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration and a Master's in interdisciplinary graduate studies with project components from Art, English and Botany. For her Master's project, she designed the Grasses of Iowa website, an important reference for Iowa's botanists and plant-enthusiasts. She also served as webmaster during the early years of the INPS website and assisted with newsletter production. Anna was a botanist, artist, freelance botanical and medical illustrator, web page designer, organic gardener, and musician.

About Janet Christensen

Janet K. Christensen, 67, of Davenport passed away on May 9, 2007. Janet was born in Anamosa and graduated from the University of Iowa. Her passion for flowers and wildflowers of the prairie and woodland was unparalleled. She became a Master Gardener in 1990 and was a dedicated volunteer at the Scott County Extension. A member of the Iowa Native Plant Society, she taught adult education classes to the community on landscaping with native plants and landscaping for wildlife, passing on her love of these special plants to her students. Janet was also an active volunteer with her church and the Boy Scouts.

About Hal Schedl

Hal Schedl MD. PhD, was a faculty member of the U of Iowa Department of Medicine from 1959 to 1992. He published many research papers relating to oral hydration, calcium and vitamin D. When he retired from the Department of Medicine at the U of I in 1992, he had time to enjoy his many interests ranging from cross country skiing to listening to classical music, gardening and environmental issues.

About Rose Christensen

Rose Christensen (1931-2015)

Rose Marie Weppler was born in Lenox, Iowa. After high school she moved to Des Moines where she met the love of her life. She and Wayne were married in 1949, spent some years farming but spent most of their years living in Lenox, Iowa. They were married 65 years, and had 12 children, 43 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren.

“One of Rose's passions in life was her love of gardening and her flowers. You could always find her in her garden hoeing and then you would see her and Wayne in the swing on the patio admiring the flowers.”


In August 2015, James Fluck and Julie Scott met with Connie Mutel (center, representing INPS) and the Community Foundation of Johnson County, to establish the Iowa Native Plant Society Endowment.

In August 2015, James Fluck and Julie Scott of Iowa City established the Iowa Native Plant Society Endowment at the Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC). This generous gift is used primarily to supplement our grants program, with the first endowment earnings feeding into grants payments in 2017.

James and Julie have discovered the joy of native plants relatively recently, but their passion and knowledge of such plants has grown rapidly and tremendously. As a result, they have restored a high-quality oak-hickory woodland in their large wooded yard, which has become a showcase for the benefits of restoration. It is now visited by classes and by interested individuals. James and Julie also have become quite active in the Bur Oak Land Trust, based in Iowa City. INPS is very fortunate to have James and Julie as members who both love plants and are so generous and creative with their gifts! We sincerely thank them for this unexpected gift to our organization, which supports and will multiply the passion our members feel for native plants. James and Julie encourage others to make donations to the endowment.

See the membership page for directions on making a gift to the endowment.


  • You can make a memorial donation by sending your contribution to our Treasurer.


  • Earn a 25% state tax credit with a gift to the INPS endowment.