Events Calendar

Feb
24
Fri
Soup Supper
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Soup Supper

Join us for a delicious bowl of soup, dipping bread and yummy dessert. Jay Hartz, Hotel Patte owner, will give a presentation at 5:30 p.m. This is a great way to connect with the Arboretum during the colder months. Price: $8

Mar
11
Sat
Pancake Breakfast and Children’s Craft
Mar 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pancake Breakfast and Children's Craft

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. Join the Arboretum’s own Nan Bonfils and make a fun children’s craft. Price: $8

Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Snowshoe Hike at Iowa Arboretum
Mar 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Snowshoe Hike at Iowa Arboretum

Winter Family Fun for adults and children ages 5 and older

Cost: FREE

Meet in the Woodland Trails parking lot across the road from the Iowa Arboretum entrance

Hike for about an hour on rolling trails with beautiful winter vistas

Learn the history of snowshoeing and basic winter hiking skills

Click on this link to get suggestions for Dress for Winter Weather

Enjoy hot chocolate and a chance to warm up afterward

Borrow a pair of snowshoes and poles or bring your own

Boone County Conservation owns 40 pairs of snowshoes and adjustable hiking poles

Snowshoe equipment made possible through a grant awarded by the Leonard A. Good Trust and a donation from the Friends of Franklin PTO

Call or email Katie Healy, Boone County Naturalist, to reserve your snowshoes in advance
515-230-3285 or khealy@boonecounty.iowa.gov

Click on this link to view the Snowshoe Waiver that participants will need to sign

**We need a minimum of 3 inches of snow to use the snowshoes. If there is no snow, but enough people that still want to hike, we will go for a winter hike on the trails.

Mar
12
Sun
Apple Grafting
Mar 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are pleased to offer an afternoon with Dan Bussey, orchard manager from Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, Iowa.  Propagation techniques have evolved over the years, but as Dan will demonstrate, the whip-and-tongue graft is the most favored by fruit tree professionals. A truly hands-on experience, you will learn how to graft like the professionals do in this two-hour session. All materials are provided. Either begin your very own orchard or add variety to an existing one with apple scions sourced from Seed Savers Exchange, the Horticulture Research Station with Iowa State University, and the Iowa Arboretum. Each registered participant will be able to take three grafts home. Leah Worth, Horticulture Project Manager for the Iowa Arboretum, will assist with the workshop. If you have questions, please contact Leah at leah@iowaarboretum.org.

There is a maximum enrollment, so we ask you to pre-register by calling 515-795-3216. Payment is required at the time of registration.

Fee: $35 students, $40 members, $45 non-members

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