September – November 2014
Travel on a luxury motor coach bus to visit two very special gardens in Minnesota. The first stop is to Noerenberg Memorial Park and Gardens featuring a wide variety of unusual annuals, perennials, assorted grasses and daylilies. The next stop is the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum which features 1,100 acres of gardens and woodlands.
The fare per person is $110. For more information call 515.795.3216
The View from Phlox Mountain
Phlox is a genus of 60 species that includes many of America’s most beloved wildflowers, and has yielded plants that are cultivated by gardeners around the world. Jim Locklear spent a decade researching and writing a book on this important group of plants that was published by Timber Press in 2011. His illustrated presentation will explore the ecology of phlox species in the wild and the history of their use in the garden. Jim is director of conservation at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, and he will also briefly describe the garden’s efforts to conserve endangered plants in the Great Plains. He has worked in the field of public horticulture for nearly 30 years, previously at the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Kansas, the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, and the Morton Arboretum in Illinois.
Sponsored by the Iowa Native Plant Society.
Celebrate Iowa Prairie Heritage Week at the Iowa Arboretum.
Kick off Iowa Prairie Heritage Week on September 6th 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.
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.