Events Calendar

May
26
Thu
Arboretum Amble-Breathe and Stay Cool
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

My doctor said, “Take two walks and call me in the morning…” Join us this May for Thursday evening wellness walks. These ambles vary in length, route and focus so there is sure to be something for everyone. (Read the details below.) And, of course, you can always shorten or extend any of these guided walks.

All walks begin at the Hughes Education Center at 7 p.m. Our education coordinator, Nan Bonfils, will lead you to parts of the Arboretum you might not normally explore. She’ll also be collecting your comments and ideas as we look to expand this pilot program.

All walks are open to all ages — definitely family friendly. Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to come along too. We ask for a goodwill donation to cover our costs.

Breathe and Stay Cool
Thursday, May 26
Visit gazebos and shade gardens with time out to try some restorative breathing techniques. A nice way to ease into summer.

Jun
5
Sun
Classic Car Day
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Classic Car Day

Car Registration (free): 10 a.m. to 12 noon
12 noon to 3 p.m. – Bring your car or your camera and enjoy an afternoon admiring some of Iowa’s best-loved cars. Classic tunes will help set the mood and lunch will be available for purchase. Free to the public.

Jun
7
Tue
Plein Aire–Outdoor Drawing
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Carla Boekelman will provide instruction as participants create images of plants and flowers using oil pastels. Carla taught the oil pastel class series here last fall and guided the mixed media studio sessions this winter. “Drawing directly from nature is fun and inspiring” enthuses Carla. Participants at every level of practice are welcome, including beginners.

This class is designed for high school age and older. Everyone needs to bring basic drawing materials, pencil, eraser, paper, oil pastels, a firm board, and a comfortable, portable outdoor chair.
We have a minimum enrollment so we are only taking registration by phone 515-795-3216. We ask that you pay when you make your reservation. If we do not meet minimum enrollment we will cancel the workshop on Sunday, June 5 and contact you.

Fee: $10 members $15 non-members

Jun
14
Tue
Gentle Yoga for Gardeners
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

So you’ve been busy in the garden after a long winter of underused muscles. Time for a tune up? Jan Mitchell from Yoga Center of Boone will lead this class for gardeners of every stripe and condition. You don’t have to know anything about yoga. The movements will be gentle, restorative, and easily replicated at home. This class is designed for grownups. Youngsters grades four and above may also attend with an adult. We will have some yoga mats to share; if you have your own, please bring it.
Fee: $10 members $15 non-members

Jun
19
Sun
ECO Weavers for Families
Jun 19 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This art project is called Eco Weavers because it intertwines re-purposed materials (ECO) on looms (weavers) made from gardening fence. Each participant makes two squares. One is a make & take for the young artist to take home. The second square is donated to the Arboretum. Staff here will assemble and interweave these donated pieces to create a huge outdoor mural for the children’s garden. Any age visitor from toddler to teen can be an ECO Weaver. Lots of children will do so as part of a school field trip or summer day camp. But we also wanted to provide opportunities for individual families to get involved. Pick a date that suits you and meet Nan Bonfils, our education coordinator. Nan says, “I’m delighted with Eco Weavers because it combines two great loves for children of all ages- making stuff and being outdoors.”

Sunday, June 19 from 2:30-3:30 Cafferty Building
Sunday, July 10 from 2:30-3:30 Hughes Education Center
Sunday, August 7 from 2:30-3:30 Cafferty Building

All the ECO Weaver family events are free. No registration required.

Jun
21
Tue
Flower Bouquets–More than Blooms in a Vase
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

There’s real artistry to creating stunning floral bouquets and Beth Kemp from Elizabella Flower Farm knows all about it. She will show us the best practices for displaying a variety of cut flowers in an assortment of containers. Participants can bring their own containers if they wish. In addition, participants are invited to bring cut plants that they would like to incorporate in a floral design. If you can’t bring any plant material or a special container, don’t worry. We will have plenty to share. Just bring your imagination and plant clippers. Take home a gorgeous bouquet.

Fee: $10 members $15 non-members

Jun
28
Tue
Explore the Grounds with Kevin
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This is an exclusive opportunity to spend time with Kevin Lantz, Arboretum Horticulturist. Tour the grounds with Kevin, taking a closer look at the great plant collection. Tap into 30+ years of Kevin’s dedicated connection to our plants, trees, and shrubs. Listen to great stories about the people who made it all happen. Nan Bonfils will cohost. We will cut some flowers as we make our way so everyone can take home a fresh bouquet.

Fee: $10 members $15 non-members

* Check-in for all classes is in the Hughes Education Center

Jul
10
Sun
ECO Weavers for Families
Jul 10 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This art project is called Eco Weavers because it intertwines re-purposed materials (ECO) on looms (weavers) made from gardening fence. Each participant makes two squares. One is a make & take for the young artist to take home. The second square is donated to the Arboretum. Staff here will assemble and interweave these donated pieces to create a huge outdoor mural for the children’s garden. Any age visitor from toddler to teen can be an ECO Weaver. Lots of children will do so as part of a school field trip or summer day camp. But we also wanted to provide opportunities for individual families to get involved. Pick a date that suits you and meet Nan Bonfils, our education coordinator. Nan says, “I’m delighted with Eco Weavers because it combines two great loves for children of all ages- making stuff and being outdoors.”

Sunday, July 10 from 2:30-3:30 Hughes Education Center
Sunday, August 7 from 2:30-3:30 Cafferty Building

All the ECO Weaver family events are free. No registration required.

Aug
7
Sun
ECO Weavers for Families
Aug 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This art project is called Eco Weavers because it intertwines re-purposed materials (ECO) on looms (weavers) made from gardening fence. Each participant makes two squares. One is a make & take for the young artist to take home. The second square is donated to the Arboretum. Staff here will assemble and interweave these donated pieces to create a huge outdoor mural for the children’s garden. Any age visitor from toddler to teen can be an ECO Weaver. Lots of children will do so as part of a school field trip or summer day camp. But we also wanted to provide opportunities for individual families to get involved. Pick a date that suits you and meet Nan Bonfils, our education coordinator. Nan says, “I’m delighted with Eco Weavers because it combines two great loves for children of all ages- making stuff and being outdoors.”

Sunday, August 7 from 2:30-3:30 Cafferty Building

All the ECO Weaver family events are free. No registration required.

Sep
10
Sat
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale – Saturday and Sunday
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale - Saturday and Sunday

Saturday, September 13 & Sunday, September 14, 2014 – 9am  – 4:00pm

Dazzling, Eye-catching, Exquisite. Take your garden to the next level at the annual Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale in the Arboretum’s greenhouse

Join as a new member at the plant sale and receive a free plant.