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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
Holiday Sale
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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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.

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
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.

Dec
7
Sun
Home Grown Holidays
Dec 7 – Dec 22 all-day
Home Grown Holidays
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See Iowa grown Christmas trees creatively decorated for the holidays by local clubs, schools and organizations. Look for model trains rolling around the track. Find the perfect holiday present in the Arboretum’s gift shop. Fun for all ages.