Events Calendar

Apr
26
Sat
Arbor Day
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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The celebration of trees is scheduled from 10am to 12pm and is free to the public.  Free trees will be given away at the event.  Demonstrations and other activities are planned for the day.  There will be a special appearance by Smokey the Bear.   Join us for a fun and educational day at the  Arboretum.

May
3
Sat
Four Seasons Family Series – Plant a Pouch of Annuals @ Cafferty Building
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 9:15 am
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It’s time to get started in the garden. And you can take home a little bit of garden today. We’ll look at how plants get started (propagation) and explore the difference between annuals and perennials. Every family will take home a hanging flower pouch. Nan Bonfils, Arboretum staffer, will co-teach with our invited instructor.

Fee: $10 per family per class for Arboretum members and $15 per family non-members. Click here to Register

Registration Deadline:  May 1
Meet in the Cafferty Building.

Spring Plant Sale – May 3 & 4 – Saturday and Sunday
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Spring Plant Sale - May 3 & 4 - Saturday and Sunday
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The Iowa Arboretum’s annual two day spring plant sale is scheduled from 9am to 4pm.  Find the most unique varieties of perennials, shrubs and fruiting plants that will grow in Iowa.

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May
4
Sun
Spring Plant Sale – May 3 & 4 – Saturday and Sunday
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Spring Plant Sale - May 3 & 4 - Saturday and Sunday
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The Iowa Arboretum’s annual two day spring plant sale is scheduled from 9am to 4pm.  Find the most unique varieties of perennials, shrubs and fruiting plants that will grow in Iowa. 

May
9
Fri
National Public Gardens Day
May 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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This national event is designed to raise awareness about the role America’s public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship.  Visit the Iowa Arboretum and the other public gardens in Central Iowa.

The Brenton Arboretum, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden and  Reiman Gardens – Iowa State University.

May
10
Sat
Wildlflower Tour
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
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Celebrate Wildflowers at the Iowa Arboretum!

Join the Iowa Arboretum in celebrating Iowa Wildflower Month.  Visit the Iowa Arboretum May 10th, at 10am, for a one hour staff guided wildflower tour through the Woodland Trails system and Native Prairie, as well self-guided tours any weekend in May. Explore the Woodland Trails system and discover Dutchman’s Breeches, Virginia Waterleaf and the unique Mayapple. The prairie tour offers a view into Iowa’s historical native tall grass prairie. Discover many vibrant colors among the tall grass with Prairie Phlox, Purple Prairie Clover and False Indigo in full bloom.

Sep
7
Sun
Native Prairie Tours – 9am & 11am
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Celebrate Iowa Prairie Heritage Week at the Iowa Arboretum.

Kick off Iowa Prairie Heritage Week on September 7th 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. There will be two tours, the first will begin at 9am and the second at 11am, that last for about 45 minutes. Visit iowaarboretum.org for more details and other upcoming events.

Sep
13
Sat
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale – Saturday and Sunday
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale - Saturday and Sunday
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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.

Sep
14
Sun
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale – Saturday and Sunday
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale - Saturday and Sunday
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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

Oct
18
Sat
Hullabaloo
Oct 18 @ 12:00 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.