Events Calendar

Feb
14
Sun
HIBERNATION CELEBRATION at the Iowa Arboretum Get off the gridiron
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

12 noon to 3 PM

Perfect for all ages- families, friends, singles-
Come enjoy the Hughes Education Center
and Arboretum grounds in winter.

Program Highlights

  • Family yoga – just right for everybody
  • Soup’s on- Meet the guest chef and take home a taste
  • Local artist- get acquainted with this special guest
  • Outdoor activities weather pending
  • Birdwatching at the feeders all afternoon
  • Silent zone with natural light available all afternoon
  • Bring a board game, hobby, journal or curl up with a good book.

Gift shop open. Light refreshments served.

Suggested good will donation $5-10.

We may have to cancel for really bad weather.

Sponsored by: Centering Porch LLC, Madrid, Iowa

 

Feb
26
Fri
Soup Supper
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Soup Supper

Warm up at the Arboretum with a hot bowl of soup, bread and fixings.  Finish with a warm slice of pie or cake.  A great way to connect with the Arboretum during the cooler months. At 6 pm enjoy a presentation from a extraordinary naturalist with the Dallas County Conservation Board, Mike Havlik.  His presentation is “Look Up and Look Out” – birds of prey.  Come out to listen to Mike talk about owls, eagles, and other birds of prey.

$7 per person

Feb
27
Sat
Landscape Design Refresher – Iowa Trees, Shrubs, Prairie Plants and Sustainable Landscapes
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
A Landscape Design Refresher sponsored by the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa will be held at The Iowa Arboretum on Saturday, February 27, 2016.  This event is open to all interested parties including the general public, garden club members, and master gardeners.  The master gardeners may count eight (8) hour toward their Continuing Education requirement.
The cost is $40 including lunch and refreshments.
For more information or questions contact David Moody at pmmoody@mchsi.com or 515-576-6021.
Agenda and registration form:
Mar
6
Sun
HIBERNATION CELEBRATION at the Iowa Arboretum Get off the gridiron!
Mar 6 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

12 noon to 3 PM

Perfect for all ages- families, friends, singles-
Come enjoy the Hughes Education Center
and Arboretum grounds in winter.

Program Highlights

  • Family yoga – just right for everybody
  • Soup’s on- Meet the guest chef and take home a taste
  • Local artist- get acquainted with this special guest
  • Outdoor activities weather pending
  • Birdwatching at the feeders all afternoon
  • Silent zone with natural light available all afternoon
  • Bring a board game, hobby, journal or curl up with a good book.

Gift shop open. Light refreshments served.

Suggested good will donation $5-10.

We may have to cancel for really bad weather.

Sponsored by: Centering Porch LLC, Madrid, Iowa

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

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.

$8 per person (children 5 and younger – free)

Mar
13
Sun
“Sunday Sketchers”
Mar 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
"Sunday Sketchers"

Local artist Carla Boekelman and Richard Parker will be leading classes in drawing with oil pastels, watercolor paints, ink pen and pencil.  These two accomplished artists will provide the instruction and subject matter while the Arboretum provides hospitality in a great space. Participants bring all their own supplies- watercolors or oil pastels, paper, brushes, pencils, erasers, etc.  If participants do not already have supplies, Carla and Richard will provide a short list for recommended purchase at local craft stores. All levels of experience are welcome- even beginners.  The class is for High School age and older.

$10 per class per member                        $15 per class nonmember

Mar
20
Sun
Spring Into Blooms @ Hughes Educational Building
Mar 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Spring Into Blooms @ Hughes Educational Building

The calendar says this is the first day of spring but the weather may be telling us otherwise. Let’s cheer on spring with paper blossoms till the real ones emerge. This is definitely a hands-on class. You will learn to make a variety of paper flowers from super simple to gently challenging. We will use repurposed as well as higher end materials. Everything will be supplied, except we ask you to bring along scissors. You will take home a colorful bouquet with seasonal accents. Nan Bonfils and Sandy Gossman are co-leaders.

Children as young as grade two can participate, but an adult must accompany every child. Grown-ups without youngsters are also welcome.

$15 per family (members) $20 per family (non-members)

Mar
26
Sat
Build Your Own Willow Trellis @ Cafferty Building
Mar 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Build Your Own Willow Trellis @ Cafferty Building

Pam and Ryk Weiss, from Flock 9 Studio in Ogden will be at the Arboretum to guide you in building your own willow trellis. They are providing ALL the materials along with their construction expertise and imaginative designer spirit. This is a rare opportunity for you to build something very durable and special for your garden with professional and inspirational help every step of the way. All you have to do is bring an open mind and these tools: sharp anvil (vs. bypass) pruning shears, small hammer, and wire cutters. Optionally, you may bring interesting objects to attach to your trellis (rake, hubcap, metal, etc.).

$55 members                        $60 non-members
This is the cost per arbor. Two people can build one together.

PLEASE pre register. We have a minimum and a maximum enrollment so we are only taking registration by phone 515-795-3216. We ask that you pay when you make your reservation. If we do not meet minimum enrollment we will cancel the workshop on March 21st.

Apr
2
Sat
Spring Fever Symposium – Kevin Vaughn
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

A native of Massachusetts, Kevin Vaughn started hybridizing at age 9 and quickly had success, introducing the Sempervivums ‘Silvertone’, Emerald Spring’ and ‘Greenwich Time’ from his first crosses.  Nearly 80 Sempervivum hybrids of his creation have been introduced with ‘Lipstick’ and ‘Jungle Shadows’ winning awards from the Royal Horticultural Society.  Iris hybridizing started shortly thereafter and his first iris introduction, ‘Soothsayer’ was in 1974.  Several Miniature Tall Bearded iris followed, the hybrids ‘Little Bluebeard’ and ‘Real Jazzy’ were both award winners with American Iris Society.  Hosta pioneer Frances Williams gave Kevin a number of very choice hosta with the advice “it would be really good if you started crossing these”. He did and produced many award-winning cultivars.  From this work, Kevin was awarded the Eunice Fisher Hybridizing and Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award.

Kevin’s interest in the inheritance of variegation lead to a PhD in botany from Miami of Ohio and a career with the USDA in Mississippi, investigating weeds.  In Mississippi, Kevin started to work on Louisiana and spuria irises as well as daylilies.  All of these programs have been successful, with 20 Louisiana irises, 3 spuria irises and 9 daylilies finding their way to the market. Kevin’s first Louisiana iris cross gave the highly popular ‘Red Velvet Elvis’ that went on to win the DeBaillon Medal, Caillet Cup and Charles Arny Award.  Kevin became president of the Society for Louisiana Irises and won both their Service and Distinguished Merit Awards.  During this time, Kevin co-wrote the book “Louisiana Irises: Taming of a Native American Wildflower”.  Besides these horticultural efforts, Kevin produced 18 Tradescantia hybrids, 3 border bearded irises and started programs in hellebores and daffodils.
Retirement in 2010 saw a move to a nice piece of property in Salem, Oregon where the climate is perfect for growing all sorts of plants. Besides the projects started in Mississippi, the Sempervivum breeding has resumed at a rapid pace and the hybridizing of iris of all types, daylilies and daffodils increased ten-fold.  Pulmonaria, heleniums, asters and penstemon are recent additions to the hybridizing program.   Despite this recent move, Kevin’s Garden has been on the Pacific Regional daylily tour, the Tall Bearded Iris Society tour and the American Iris Society National Convention. 2015 saw the publication of his book, “Beardless Irises: a Plant for Every Garden Situation” that has drawn high praise in reviews. A book on Sempervivum is currently being written and scheduled for publication in early 2017.
There will be irises and other unique plants for sale during the symposium.  Lunch is included in the symposium price.

Early Bird:

$50 for members (before 3/18/16)

$60 for non-members (before 3/18/16)

After March 18:

$60 for members

$70 for non-members

 

Apr
7
Thu
Garden Study School
Apr 7 @ 8:15 am – 4:15 pm

Gardening Study School, Course III, Series 11, sponsored by Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa, April (8:15 am.-4:15 pm.) and April 8 (8:15 am.-12:15 pm). Courses are open to the public and can be taken in any order. Topics will be Pruning, Factors Influencing Plant Growth, Techniques for Growing Outdoor Flowers, Classifying Plants, Teaching Tour on the Grounds of the Arboretum and Xeriscaping. Testing is available to work toward the Gardening Study Consultant certificate. Master Gardeners qualify for 10 hours continuing education for the course. Price for the course is $50 and course plus exam $55. For information contact adamaelewis@gmail.com

Agenda and registration form:

 

Agenda Gardening Study III Session 11 Apr 7-8 2016 (1)