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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

Historic Homes & Gardens of the Scottish Highlands Travel Show
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Join travel authority Bob Oliver from Legacy Tour & Travel to learn more about the trip to Scotland.

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
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

Dec
6
Sat
Dad’s Belgian Waffles
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dad's Belgian Waffles
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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.

$8.00 per person. Children 5 and younger are free.

Holiday Wreaths
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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We are delighted to bring back this arboretum classic.  Our team of practiced instructors, led by Nan Bonfils, will get you started on a simple wreath form and fresh evergreens.  The rest is up to you but we guarantee the results will be beautiful.  You’ll go home with a dazzling wreath and a proud smile.  This active class is ideal for family teamwork or individual adults.  All materials provided.  Bring your own clippers and light gloves.  Consider bringing a few special ornaments or favorite holiday bow too.

Fee:  $15 for members and $20 for non-members (Register in the Hughes Educational Center).

* Same day as the Belgium Waffle Breakfast so we accept rolling admission for this class.  You can start your wreath anytime between 9am and 11am as long as supplies last.