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Oct
4
Sat
2nd Annual ARB BARK
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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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

Oct
11
Sat
Emerald Ash Borer
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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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.

 

Fee: $10 for members and $15 for non-members

Oct
16
Thu
Pumpkin Carving
Oct 16 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 16 @ 8:00 pm
Pumpkin Carving
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Test your carving skills and enjoy a hot bowl of chili, a warm piece of cornbread and a cool dessert. The pumpkins will be displayed during the Arboretum’s Halloween events.

RSVP: info@iowaarboretum.org or by calling 515.795.3216

Oct
18
Sat
Hullabaloo
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hullabaloo
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Put on your favorite super hero, princess or creative costume and join the parade of activities and treats at the Arboretum.  Scarecrows and pumpkins will be decorated for the holiday. Enjoy hayrides, the hay maze and games at this fun family Halloween event.

Ar “Boo” Scare
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 18 @ 9:00 pm
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As the sun sets over the Iowa Arboretum… the Halloween Ar “Boo” Scare event begins. Darkness, sounds of time past and hidden surprises set the stage for Halloween night. Walk the “No Return Hidden Trail” and ride the “Hayride to the Valley of Darkness.” Bring a flashlight, wear a costume and enjoy the cool night air. Look for carved pumpkins, scare crows and lots of treats and treasures at this night event.

Oct
25
Sat
Seed Saving Techniques for the Home Gardener
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Lisa Burke is an Arboretum neighbor with an expertise in seed preservation.  She works in a gene Bank at USDA in Ames.  Participants will learn how to select seeds and prepare them for future propagation.  This is especially of interest to gardeners with heirloom varieties to protect.  What is the best way to store seeds for future use? How can you check the quality of the seed? And how does the home gardener prepare seeds for spring planting?  Lisa will also discuss aspects of seed saving dealing with true-to-type and heirloom seed preservation.

Fee: $10 for members and $15 for non-members

Nov
1
Sat
Prairies Everywhere
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Have you noticed patches of prairie at 65 mph? Brad Riphagen from Trees Forever will explain it all. He’ll start with information about Iowa Roadway Management operations, funding and sites where you can see the work in bloom.  With an emphasis on native plants and their benefits, Brad will apply prairie cultivation practices to the home garden or acreage. Discussion will cover timelines for planting, seed sources and maintenance practices.  Class time includes a guided walk in the Arboretum prairie.

Fee: $10 for members and $15 for non-members

Nov
8
Sat
Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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This is a make-and-take class for families or individual adults.  Sandy Gossman will guide you in making an oblong arrangement of dried flowers with seasonal accents.  Sandy’s a pro and she will make you look like one too.  All materials are provided.  Bring light gloves and small garden clippers.

Fee: $10 for members and $15 for non-members

Nov
15
Sat
Holiday Sale
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Delight in holiday treats and sounds as the festive season begins at the Arboretum’s gift shop. Find the perfect gift at the Holiday Sale.

Trees in Transition to Winter
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Welcome back, Jeffrey Carstens! (Agricultural Science Research, USDA).  Last year, Jeff’s delightful class on nuts made us think about trees.  He’s back to help us understand how plants get ready for winter.  What are the physiological changes, both visible and hidden? How do different plants handle seasonal changes? Are there things people do to help or hinder plants in transition? Our class time includes a walk on the Arboretum grounds in which Jeff will comment on his observations.  You asked for it – a nature hike for grownups with a friendly, knowledgeable leader.  Dress for the weather.

Fee:  $10 for members and $15 for non-members