Events Calendar

Mid Summer Blooms Membership Appreciation
Jul 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We love our members and we are always ready to welcome new ones too.  Join us for a special afternoon of guided tours, refreshments and craft for children.  Bring a perspective new member and they can join at half the membership rate.

Explore the Grounds with Kevin
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This is an exclusive opportunity to spend time with Kevin Lantz, Arboretum Horticulturist. Tour the grounds with Kevin, taking a closer look at the great plant collection here. Discover the niches you may have missed. Tap into 30+ years of Kevin’s dedicated connection to our plants, trees, and shrubs.  Listen to great stories about the people who made it all happen. Nan Bonfils will co-host. We will cut some flowers as we make our way so everyone can take home a fresh bouquet. Motorized cart available.
$10 members        $15 non-members

Hughes Education Center

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.