Events Calendar

Sep
6
Sat
Lecture – Jim Locklear – The View from Phlox Mountain
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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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.

Native Prairie Tour – 2pm
Sep 6 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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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. 

Sep
13
Sat
Fall Family Hike
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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It’s guaranteed family fun with Mike Havlik, an extraordinary naturalist. He’s Program Director for Environmental Education at the Y Camp in Boone County.  We’ll start indoors at the Cafferty Building (right next to the greenhouse) with songs, stories, and critters.  It’s so much fun, you may not realize that it’s education.  Then we’ll hit the trail with Mike leading the way.  Snacks await us at trail’s end.

 

Fee:  $10 per family for members and $15 per family for non-members

Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale – Saturday and Sunday
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Iris, Peony and Unique Plant Sale - Saturday and Sunday
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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.

To download a list of the items for sale click here

Oct
4
Sat
2nd Annual ARB BARK
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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How are dogs and trees alike?  Bark if you know the answer.  It’s time for our annual day designed for dogs and their people.  The program includes agility demos, ask the vet, ask the behaviorist, sniff and search, door prizes, cat jokes, and lots of wags and smiles. This fundraiser is designated for a pooch post (waste bag dispenser) at the Arboretum.  All dogs must be on a leash and you must present shot records.

Fee:  $6 per dog for members and $7 per dog for non-members

Oct
11
Sat
Emerald Ash Borer
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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EAB, Emerald Ash Borer is devastating trees in Iowa parks, woodlands and backyards.  Come learn from experts about the insect, vulnerable trees and strategies for protection, treatment and replacement.  Our panel of presenters from agriculture, entomology and horticulture will be anchored by Emma Hanigan, Urban Forestry Coordinator Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Brandt Jelken from CopperTree Consulting and Dr. Donald Lewis, ISU  Extension Specialist in Entomology.  Bring your curiosity, concerns, stories and questions.  Class time includes a short walk on the Arboretum grounds.

 

Fee: $10 for members and $15 for non-members

Oct
16
Thu
Pumpkin Carving
Oct 16 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 16 @ 8:00 pm
Pumpkin Carving
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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: info@iowaarboretum.org or by calling 515.795.3216

Oct
18
Sat
Hullabaloo
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Hullabaloo
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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.

Oct
25
Sat
Seed Saving Techniques for the Home Gardener
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Lisa Burke is an Arboretum neighbor with an expertise in seed preservation.  She works in a gene Bank at USDA in Ames.  Participants will learn how to select seeds and prepare them for future propagation.  This is especially of interest to gardeners with heirloom varieties to protect.  What is the best way to store seeds for future use? How can you check the quality of the seed? And how does the home gardener prepare seeds for spring planting?  Lisa will also discuss aspects of seed saving dealing with true-to-type and heirloom seed preservation.

Fee: $10 for members and $15 for non-members

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