Decorated Tree Display at the Iowa Arboretum
Come and celebrate the best of Iowa grown Christmas trees at the Iowa Arboretum. Each tree is creatively decorated by local clubs, schools and organizations. Last year the following organizations participated: Boone County Master Gardener Association, Story County Master Gardener Association, Ames Garden Club, Boone Garden Club, Centering Porch (Madrid), Macaroni Kid – Story and Boone County, Madrid Garden Club, ISU Horticulture Club, United Community School PTO, Woodward Resource Center, ISU Women’s Club Gardening Division, Genesis Development, Boone County Girl Scouts, and the Boone County Family YMCA. The event is free and open to the public
Open from 9am to 4pm during the week, 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 12 to 4pm on Sunday.
Iowa Arboretum’s own Kevin Lantz and family members will be making scrumptious pancakes. Come hungry and challenge Kevin to make interesting shaped pancakes for you. Price: $8
Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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. 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.
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.
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!
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.