Events Calendar

Classic Car Day
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Classic Car Day

Car Registration (free): 10 a.m. to 12 noon
12 noon to 3 p.m. – Bring your car or your camera and enjoy an afternoon admiring some of Iowa’s best-loved cars. Classic tunes will help set the mood and lunch will be available for purchase. Free to the public.

Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale – Saturday and Sunday
Sep 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale - Saturday and Sunday


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.

Join as a new member at the plant sale and receive a free plant.

To download a list of the items for sale click here

Pumpkin Carving
Oct 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Pumpkin Carving

Test your carving skills and enjoy a hot bowl of chili, a warm piece of cornbread and a cool dessert. The pumpkins will be displayed during the Arboretum’s Halloween events.

RSVP: or by calling 515.795.3216

Ar “boo” ween” Halloween Event
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ar "boo" ween" Halloween Event

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.

Holiday Sale
Nov 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Delight in holiday treats and sounds as the festive season begins at the Arboretum’s gift shop. Find the perfect gift at the Holiday Sale.

Home Grown Holidays
Dec 3 @ 9:54 pm – Dec 18 @ 10:54 pm

 Decorated Tree Display at the Iowa Arboretum


Come and celebrate the best of Iowa grown Christmas trees at the Iowa Arboretum.  Each tree is creatively decorated by local clubs, schools and organizations. Last year the following organizations participated: Boone County Master Gardener Association, Story County Master Gardener Association, Ames Garden Club, Boone Garden Club, Centering Porch (Madrid), Macaroni Kid – Story and Boone County, Madrid Garden Club, ISU Horticulture Club, United Community School PTO, Woodward Resource Center, ISU Women’s Club Gardening Division, Genesis Development, Boone County Girl Scouts,  and the Boone County Family YMCA.  The 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.