Events Calendar

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 History Museums 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!

To register click here or calling (515) 795-3216

Thank you to the following sponsors:
Hy-Vee
Thompson Financial
EOR Iowa
Boone County Chamber of Commerce/CVB
H&R Block
Karen and Harry Dannen
Sigler
Pizza Ranch
Midland Power Cooperative
Casey’s General Store
Nerem & Associates Real Estate Insurance
Boulder Contracting, LLC
McFarland Clinic
Hardin City Sweet Corn
Members 1st Community Credit Union
Muscle Recovery

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

Arboretum Garden Social and Auction
Friday, May 5
Plant Sale: 4 pm to 6 pm
Appetizers and Dinner: 5 pm – 6:30 pm
Silent Auction: 5 pm – 8 pm
Live Auction: 6:30 pm
Theme: COLOR IN THE GARDEN
Price: $50 before April 28th, $60 for after April 28th

It is time to attend “the” gardening social event of the year.  Whether it is to connect with friends, enjoy delicious food or sip wine, the Arboretum’s Garden Social has it all!    As many of you know, event ticket holders have the first chance at purchasing the best plants at the spring plant sale (Saturday and Sunday for the general public).  Leah Worth, Horticulture Project Manager for the Arboretum, will have the most sought after plants fitting this year’s theme of Color in the Garden.

We are honored to have three celebrities at the Social. Yes – three! Josh and Sue Spece from Independence are owners of In the Country Garden and Gifts and are dynamo gardeners that have a life-long passion for plants.  Josh’s expertise is with hostas, water gardening, succulents, handmade crafts and unusual plants.  His mother Sue has assisted him with the family business.  Josh and Sue’s business has been a huge supporter of the Arboretum’s Garden Social and Auction for years.  We are honored that they are taking the time to make the trip to kick off the Auction.

The third celebrity we are honored to have attend is Matthew Bailey.  Matthew has a PhD in Crop Genetics and Breeding from the Univ. of Georgia.  His experiences with the agribusiness industry and academia (ISU) have led him to become a Heuchera (Coral Bells) hybridizer and business owner of Steadfast Plants.  He has several potential varieties now in commercial trials.  One of the varieties he developed was named for a close friend of his, ‘Paula Flynn’.  Many of you know our board member Paula for her dedication to the Arboretum and to gardening in Iowa.  Matthew is donating several of his Heuchera’s to the Auction including ‘Paula Flynn’.

You will be treated to an evening featuring live music along with savory appetizers and a delicious dinner.  The live auction follows with hundreds of unique plants, garden related items and gifts to bid on. Auctioneers J&J Auction Company will set the stage for an entertaining and engaging evening.  We also added a wine swap and a 50/50 raffle for you to enjoy and to further support this important fundraising event.

You can help make this event even better by donating items to the auction or by becoming an event sponsor (click here for information about donating or becoming a sponsor).

Come early to buy plants and stay late to enjoy the festivities. I looking forward to seeing everyone!!

Jamie Beyer
Board Member & Committee Chair

May
6
Sat
Plant Sale
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Plant Sale

The latest and greatest plant sale. Iowa Arboretum’s Annual Spring Plant Sale. Find unique and interesting plants for your Iowa garden.

Presentation by Dr. Mathew Baily Ph.D. & Owner of Steadfast Plants, LLC.
May 6 at 10 am  *  Hughes Education Center

Breeding Durable and Vigorous Heucheras for Iowa
The genus Heuchera, also known as coral bells or alumroot, has seen an explosion of new varieties entering the commercial trade over the last decade. New varieties have stunning foliage in a wide range of colors and showy flower displays. Despite their popularity, many Heuchera varieties have a reputation for being weak and/or short-lived. Matthew will present his efforts to combine the showy traits of Heuchera with durability and vigor in Iowa.

Click here for the 2017 Spring Plant Sale list

May
7
Sun
Plant Sale
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Plant Sale

The latest and greatest plant sale. Iowa Arboretum’s Annual Spring Plant Sale. Find unique and interesting plants for your Iowa garden.

Click here for the 2017 Spring Plant Sale list

Woof Walk
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Woof Walk

It’s our first WOOF WALK of 2017 – a fun afternoon for canines and the people who love them.  Bring your dog for a little socializing with others as you walk a trail of seasonal riddles, all Floppy approved and sure to make you smile. No dog, no problem. You will still get exercise, meet new people, and grin.  Refreshments and small porch prizes await you.  Nan Bonfils and Tobey are your hosts. Start at Hughes Education Center porch any time between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Free for members, $5.00 for non-members
Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.

Jun
4
Sun
Classic Car Day
Jun 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Classic Car Day

Car Registration (free): 11 a.m. to 12 noon
12 noon to 2 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
11
Sun
Garden Rendezvous
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

18th Annual Iowa Garden Rendezvous

Sunday, June 11
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

It’s time to make plans to attend the annual IOWA GARDEN RENDEZVOUS. Tour some of the best conifer gardens in central Iowa. Meet other confer enthusiasts, talk about plants, see new plants, and get ideas for your garden.  Meet at the Iowa Arboretum to start your day.

 

Schedule
9:00AM to 11:30AM – Arrive and tour the Iowa Arboretum. Receive a Rendezvous Souvenir Handout Folder. This will have maps and directions to the other gardens,

11:30AM to 12:30 PM Lunch at the Iowa Arboretum.  Lunch is included in your ticket price.

12:30PM to 5:00PM Visit Gardens (Constance & Greg Skinner, Cindy and Mathew Bailey, Judi & Larry Greene, Paula & Joe Flynn)

To register download the form or contact Gary Whittenbaugh at (319) 283-3050/email: franmara@mchsi.com.

Click here to download registration form

Sep
9
Sat
Plant Sale
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Plant Sale

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.

Sep
10
Sun
Plant Sale
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Plant Sale

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.