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Feb
21
Sat
Growing and Training Fruit Trees and Ohter Edibles in Central Iowa
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Join Joe McNally (Horticulture Project Manager) and learn what varieties of fruit trees, shrubs and other edibles grow best in Central Iowa. Get hands on experience learning the proper planting, cultivation and pruning techniques to ensure years of tasty success. Dress appropriately for the weather, there will be some outdoor learning activities.

 

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

Feb
28
Sat
Birds and Breakfast
Feb 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Come eat and tweet! We’ll serve up breakfast for people and our feathered friends. Enjoy bird watching at our classroom window where you can be entertained by a variety of birds. We’ll have a bird watching expert here to help you locate and identify the birds. (If you have your own binoculars, bring them.) Make a winter craft to take home. Come as early as you can and stay as long as you wish. It’s a party!
$ 10 for members and $15 for non-members

Mar
21
Sat
Pruning 303
Mar 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Join Joe McNally, Horticulture Project Manager, for this informative class. This class will be a hands on continuation of last year’s Pruning Basics 101 and 202. We will briefly go over what was covered in 101 and 202 and then comes the fun part. We will be out on the arboretum grounds, barring below freezing temperatures, with our pruners in hand. Flowering tree and shade tree pruning techniques will be covered in the tree canopy, so dress for the weather and bring your hand pruners and loppers.

 

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

Mar
28
Sat
Maple Syrup Celebration
Mar 28 @ 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
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Taste real maple syrup and learn about the art and science of maple syrup production. See how to tap and cook sap into delicious maple syrup.   Xi Sigma Pi members will be preparing a pancake breakfast to help support their honor society ($6 donation).

 

Apr
18
Sat
Spring Fever Symposium – Bob Fincham
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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Topics:  Dwarf conifers for small gardens (morning session) and Conifers that Enhance the Garden (afternoon session).

Born, raised, and educated on the East Coast, Bob was a science teacher for over 40 years. His interest in and passion for conifers began in 1974 when he traded a fern fossil for three choice conifers to landscape his new home. In 1979 his passion led to the start of a part time, mail order nursery business named Coenosium Gardens.

In 1986 Bob agreed to move to Oregon to become vice-president of Iseli Nursery. Ten days before he was to move, Jean Iseli, owner of Iseli Nursery and a dear friend of Bob, passed away from a heart attack. In spite of this turn of events, Bob and his wife Dianne along with 10,000 plants moved from Pennsylvania to the Northwest where he made the nursery business his full time job. In 1993 he returned to teaching in the state of Washington. In 1996 he and Dianne made their permanent home in Eatonville, Washington, where they continued selling plants through Coenosium Gardens while
maintaining two acres of rare and unusual conifers in a pinetum surrounding their home. His wife, best friend and business partner, Dianne, passed away in the summer of 2013.

In 1999 he was invited to present a paper at the Fourth International Conifer Convention held in
England. He was the only presenter not associated with a botanical garden or academic institution.

Always the educator, Bob has written for the American Nurseryman, the NARGS Quarterly, Fine Gardening, and the American Conifer Society Bulletin; he has produced three videos on conifers and propagation methods and has written three books: Small Conifers for Small Gardens, Dianne, and Paradise Lost an Angel. He is currently working on his 2nd conifer book and third in his series on Dianne.

One of the co-founders of the Conifer Society, Bob served as its first President for five years. He is considered around the world to be one of the great experts on rare and unusual conifers. We are very excited to have him as our speaker for the 6th annual Spring Fever Symposium.

Early Bird:

$50 for members (4/3/15)

$60 for non-members (before 4/3/15)

 

After April 3:

$60 for members

$70 for non-members

 

Apr
25
Sat
Arbor Day
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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The Iowa Arboretum will be planting a tree, giving away free tree seedlings and conducting fun tree related activities for families. Smokey the Bear will be making a guest appearance.  Mark Hirsch who published the book That Tree will be planting a ceremonial tree at 10:30am.