Events Calendar

Dec
2
Sat
WinterFest
Dec 2 – Dec 17 all-day
WinterFest

Come and celebrate the best of Iowa Grown Christmas trees at the Iowa Arboretum. Each tree is decorated by local clubs, schools and organizations. This event is free and open to the public.

Open from 9am to 4pm during the week, 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 12 to 4pm on Sunday.

Dad’s Belgian Waffles
Dec 2 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dad's Belgian Waffles

Dad’s Belgian Waffles returns to the Arboretum to serve mammoth size waffles that will fill your plate and satisfy your appetite. See wonderfully Iowa Grown and decorated Christmas trees. Santa will be flying in from the North Pole to make a guest appearance. A great event for the entire family. Price: $9

Evergreen Centerpiece Workshop
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

In this make-and-take class, participants will use fresh-cut greens to create a tabletop arrangement that will last well into the new year.  Sandy Gossman will join us again to teach you how to produce the perfect centerpiece for your table. Enjoy it in your own home or make it a great gift for another.  You will learn how to distinguish between different kinds of evergreens and how to use floral wet foam, wrap, picks, and wire.  Review basic elements of design and experiment with embellishments such as ribbons and ornaments.  You are encouraged to bring your own clippers and light work gloves.

Children are welcome accompany an adult in making their project.  Children who wish to complete a separate project need to pay a separate workshop fee.

$25 members, $30 nonmembers

Dec
9
Sat
Evergreen Wreath Workshop
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for this festive class!  Participants will use fresh-cut greens to create an evergreen wreath for the holiday season that you can hang up that day.  You will have the opportunity to make a wreath that will last into the new year.  Class fee includes a $5 materials fee for 1 wreath.  Please indicate when you register if you would like to make an additional wreath that day for an additional $5 in materials.  Make sure to preregister to secure your spot in this popular class!

$30 members, $35 nonmembers

Additional $5 materials fee for additional wreath, limit 2 wreaths per person.

Jan
13
Sat
Snowshoeing
Jan 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come and test out some snowshoes!  Boone County Naturalist Katie Healy will be here to teach participants how to snowshoe on January 13th and February 3rd.  Join us for a discussion about snowshoeing before hitting the trails to experience snowshoeing for yourself.  Afterwards, regroup in the Hughes Education Building for a cup of hot cocoa.  If there’s no snow, join us instead for a winter hike along the same route.  Snowshoes will be provided.

Free event

Feb
3
Sat
Snowshoeing
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come and test out some snowshoes!  Boone County Naturalist Katie Healy will be here to teach participants how to snowshoe on January 13th and February 3rd.  Join us for a discussion about snowshoeing before hitting the trails to experience snowshoeing for yourself.  Afterwards, regroup in the Hughes Education Building for a cup of hot cocoa.  If there’s no snow, join us instead for a winter hike along the same route.  Snowshoes will be provided.

Free event

Apr
7
Sat
Spring Symposium – Speaker: Joseph Tychonievich
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spring Symposium - Speaker: Joseph Tychonievich

Speaker: Joseph Tychonievich

Morning Topic: Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style for Today’s Garden

 Afternoon Topic: Dealing With Your Hosta Addiction: Cool Alternatives for the Shade 

A life long gardener and lover of plants, Joseph has worked for nurseries in the US and Japan, has been a repeated guest on public radio’s food show The Splendid Table, and was named by Organic Gardening Magazine as one of “…six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens.”
Joseph is the author of
Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener, The Complete Guide to Gardeners, and Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style and is the editor the North American Rock Garden Society Quarterly.