Events Calendar

Feb
14
Sun
HIBERNATION CELEBRATION at the Iowa Arboretum Get off the gridiron
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

12 noon to 3 PM

Perfect for all ages- families, friends, singles-
Come enjoy the Hughes Education Center
and Arboretum grounds in winter.

Program Highlights

  • Family yoga – just right for everybody
  • Soup’s on- Meet the guest chef and take home a taste
  • Local artist- get acquainted with this special guest
  • Outdoor activities weather pending
  • Birdwatching at the feeders all afternoon
  • Silent zone with natural light available all afternoon
  • Bring a board game, hobby, journal or curl up with a good book.

Gift shop open. Light refreshments served.

Suggested good will donation $5-10.

We may have to cancel for really bad weather.

Sponsored by: Centering Porch LLC, Madrid, Iowa

 

Mar
6
Sun
HIBERNATION CELEBRATION at the Iowa Arboretum Get off the gridiron!
Mar 6 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

12 noon to 3 PM

Perfect for all ages- families, friends, singles-
Come enjoy the Hughes Education Center
and Arboretum grounds in winter.

Program Highlights

  • Family yoga – just right for everybody
  • Soup’s on- Meet the guest chef and take home a taste
  • Local artist- get acquainted with this special guest
  • Outdoor activities weather pending
  • Birdwatching at the feeders all afternoon
  • Silent zone with natural light available all afternoon
  • Bring a board game, hobby, journal or curl up with a good book.

Gift shop open. Light refreshments served.

Suggested good will donation $5-10.

We may have to cancel for really bad weather.

Sponsored by: Centering Porch LLC, Madrid, Iowa

Mar
13
Sun
“Sunday Sketchers”
Mar 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
"Sunday Sketchers"

Local artist Carla Boekelman and Richard Parker will be leading classes in drawing with oil pastels, watercolor paints, ink pen and pencil.  These two accomplished artists will provide the instruction and subject matter while the Arboretum provides hospitality in a great space. Participants bring all their own supplies- watercolors or oil pastels, paper, brushes, pencils, erasers, etc.  If participants do not already have supplies, Carla and Richard will provide a short list for recommended purchase at local craft stores. All levels of experience are welcome- even beginners.  The class is for High School age and older.

$10 per class per member                        $15 per class nonmember

Apple Grafting @ Cafferty Building
Mar 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are delighted to offer you an afternoon with Dan Bussey, the orchard manager from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. Learn how to graft and care for apple trees. He will discuss the history of the apple, apple propagation. You will be able to take home three grafted trees to begin your very own orchard. This is a hands-on experience with all materials provided. Joe McNally, Horticulture Project Manager for the Iowa Arboretum, will assist Dan Bussey. If you have questions about the class please contact Joe at joe@iowaarboretum.org or 515-795-3216.

Pleases pre-register. We have a maximum enrollment so registration is only being taken by phone at 515-795-3216. We ask that you pay when you make your reservation.

$35 for members                  $40 non-members

Mar
26
Sat
Build Your Own Willow Trellis @ Cafferty Building
Mar 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Build Your Own Willow Trellis @ Cafferty Building

Pam and Ryk Weiss, from Flock 9 Studio in Ogden will be at the Arboretum to guide you in building your own willow trellis. They are providing ALL the materials along with their construction expertise and imaginative designer spirit. This is a rare opportunity for you to build something very durable and special for your garden with professional and inspirational help every step of the way. All you have to do is bring an open mind and these tools: sharp anvil (vs. bypass) pruning shears, small hammer, and wire cutters. Optionally, you may bring interesting objects to attach to your trellis (rake, hubcap, metal, etc.).

$55 members                        $60 non-members
This is the cost per arbor. Two people can build one together.

PLEASE pre register. We have a minimum and a maximum enrollment so we are only taking registration by phone 515-795-3216. We ask that you pay when you make your reservation. If we do not meet minimum enrollment we will cancel the workshop on March 21st.

Apr
24
Sun
Getting Started with Ornamental Garden Class @ Cafferty Building
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Getting Started with Ornamental Garden Class @ Cafferty Building

Join Sandy Gossman, professional floral designer, in this hands-on session exploring the possibilities for building garden glass ornaments out of repurposed dishware. Sandy will show you many examples and then teach the basic principles and best practices. You will take home a whimsical glass mushroom and a fanciful ceramic bird feeder. Or is it a votive candleholder? You will leave with plenty of ideas to spark your imagination and all the skills you need to bring them to life.

We will be using glue that sets best with 24 hours to dry so we recommend that you leave your pieces at the Arborteum to dry and pick them up later. We will help you pack up your pieces for the road if you can not leave them at the arboretum.

$20 members                                                $25 non-members