Events Calendar

Apr
1
Sat
Spring Symposium
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spring Symposium

This year’s speaker will be Nate Bremer. Nate owns Solaris which is located on an old dairy farmstead in Reedsville, Wisconsin.  Nate is a retired science teacher with a background in conservation and plant science.  Nate and his wife Kim run the nursery that specializes in daylilies, peonies, and lilies. The nursery offers over 3,000 cultivars of daylilies that can be grown in regions of the Midwest. Solaris Farms’ plants are sold online and at the nursery during the growing season. He will be speaking about tree peonies and daylilies. The Morning Talk will be: “Woody Peonies: ‘Wow Factors’ for Your Garden” and the Afternoon Talk will be: “Summer Color:  Daylilies for the Northern Garden”. Registration includes a free tree peony and lunch. Price: $55 for members and $65 for non-members (before March 24),  $60 for members and $70 for non-members after March 24th.

Apr
2
Sun
Botanical Quilts
Apr 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Botanical Quilts

Art exhibit created by Diane Muse, a regional artist with roots just up the road.

Location: Hughes Education Center Foyer

Opening Reception with Diane
Sunday, April 2, 2017, from 1-3

The exhibit will remain open through Sunday, April 23rd.
Viewing hours are Weekends 12:30-3:30; Weekdays 9-4

No charge. Open to the public.

Apr
8
Sat
Maple Syrup Celebration
Apr 8 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Maple Syrup Celebration

Taste real maple syrup and learn about the art and science of maple syrup production. See how to tap and cook sap into delicious maple syrup.  The event will include timber sports demonstrations.  Iowa State University Forestry Honor Society Xi Sigma Pi members will be preparing a pancake breakfast to help support their honor society.

Apr
9
Sun
Ornamental Garden Glass Revisited
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ornamental Garden Glass Revisited

Many people are discovering creative projects on sites like Pinterest.  That’s fun but sometimes what you need is a little coaching from experienced artists and suggestions from fellow crafters. So think of this class as a Pinterest party. Everyone brings their ideas, imagination, and materials they’d like to work with.  (Yes, it’s time to clean the cupboards and hit the garage sales.) Failed attempts and success stories in garden glass are also welcome. We will supply guidance from Sandy Gossman, professional flower designer, glue, some simply repurposed dishware, beads, and wire. Sandy will show the basic principles and best practices through several examples.  Then it’s hands-on, everyone, and we will see what happens.

CAUTION: We will be using glue that sets best with 24 hours to dry. So, if possible, we recommend that you leave your pieces at the Arboretum to dry and pick them up later. Otherwise, we will help you pack up your pieces for the road as best we can.

$10 members, $15 non-members

Apr
23
Sun
Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We will salute some outstanding projects completed in 2016 with an official 2017 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and assorted small celebrations. This event is family friendly! We will be honoring the one-room schoolhouse replica and several book exchange boxes.

Free and open to the public. Family friendly including well-behaved dogs on leashes

Apr
29
Sat
Run for the Trees
Apr 29 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Run for the Trees

Join the Iowa Arboretum and the Boone County Historical Society for a beautiful scenic 5K or 1 mi. Family Walk/Run on well-maintained trails. What could be a better spring location to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate Arbor Day!? A fun variety of Arbor Day activities will follow the race!

Arbor Day
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Arbor Day

The celebration of trees is scheduled from 10 am to 12 noon and is free to the public. Tree climbing for children will be the highlight of the morning. Children will put on a harness and helmet and be guided by Iowa Arborist Association members as they climb a tree.  Demonstrations and other activities are planned for the morning.  There will be a special appearance by Smokey the Bear.  Join us for a fun and educational morning at the Arboretum.

May
5
Fri
Garden Social & Auction
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Garden Social & Auction

Join us for our big “fun”draiser of the season! We start off with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction filled with fabulous plants, garden supplies, artwork and more. Then, we’re on to the live auction where you can bid on your favorite rare and exotic plants and other amazing items.