The View from Phlox Mountain
Phlox is a genus of 60 species that includes many of America’s most beloved wildflowers, and has yielded plants that are cultivated by gardeners around the world. Jim Locklear spent a decade researching and writing a book on this important group of plants that was published by Timber Press in 2011. His illustrated presentation will explore the ecology of phlox species in the wild and the history of their use in the garden. Jim is director of conservation at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, and he will also briefly describe the garden’s efforts to conserve endangered plants in the Great Plains. He has worked in the field of public horticulture for nearly 30 years, previously at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Kansas, the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, and the Morton Arboretum in Illinois.
Sponsored by the Iowa Native Plant Society.
Celebrate Iowa Prairie Heritage Week at the Iowa Arboretum.
Kick off Iowa Prairie Heritage Week on September 6th with a guided tour through the 8 acres of native prairie at the Iowa Arboretum. Experience the Iowa landscape as it used to be, covered with tall grass and colorful forbs. Bring your camera or binoculars to capture the many birds that call the prairie home, including the brilliantly feathered Bluebird and the majestic Bald Eagle. The Iowa Arboretum’s Horticulture Project Manager, Joe McNally, will guide you through the prairie and talk about how valuable this ecosystem is to the animals and plants that inhabit it.
It’s guaranteed family fun with Mike Havlik, an extraordinary naturalist. He’s Program Director for Environmental Education at the Y Camp in Boone County. We’ll start indoors at the Cafferty Building (right next to the greenhouse) with songs, stories, and critters. It’s so much fun, you may not realize that it’s education. Then we’ll hit the trail with Mike leading the way. Snacks await us at trail’s end.
Fee: $10 per family for members and $15 per family for non-members
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.
To download a list of the items for sale click here
How are dogs and trees alike? Bark if you know the answer. It’s time for our annual day designed for dogs and their people. The program includes agility demos, ask the vet, ask the behaviorist, sniff and search, door prizes, cat jokes, and lots of wags and smiles. This fundraiser is designated for a pooch post (waste bag dispenser) at the Arboretum. All dogs must be on a leash and you must present shot records.
Fee: $6 per dog for members and $7 per dog for non-members
EAB, Emerald Ash Borer is devastating trees in Iowa parks, woodlands and backyards. Come learn from experts about the insect, vulnerable trees and strategies for protection, treatment and replacement. Our panel of presenters from agriculture, entomology and horticulture will be anchored by Emma Hanigan, Urban Forestry Coordinator Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Brandt Jelken from CopperTree Consulting and Dr. Donald Lewis, ISU Extension Specialist in Entomology. Bring your curiosity, concerns, stories and questions. Class time includes a short walk on the Arboretum grounds.