Events Calendar

Feb
27
Sat
Landscape Design Refresher – Iowa Trees, Shrubs, Prairie Plants and Sustainable Landscapes
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
A Landscape Design Refresher sponsored by the Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa will be held at The Iowa Arboretum on Saturday, February 27, 2016.  This event is open to all interested parties including the general public, garden club members, and master gardeners.  The master gardeners may count eight (8) hour toward their Continuing Education requirement.
The cost is $40 including lunch and refreshments.
For more information or questions contact David Moody at pmmoody@mchsi.com or 515-576-6021.
Agenda and registration form:
Mar
5
Sat
All About Bluebirds @ Hughes Educational Building
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

One of the most conscientious bluebird trackers in the state, Karl Jungbluth, will lead this class. Come find out what makes bluebirds keep coming back each spring. Or did they stick around this winter? What do they like to eat? He will talk about all kinds of bluebird behaviors – migration, scouting, nesting, feeding, fledging, and back to migration. Get an update on the Arboretum’s bluebird trail. Learn what you can do to support these beautiful birds as their habitat continues to shrink. Karl will guide us in discovering the best design features among many bluebird houses on the market. You will take home the plans for building your own bluebird box. We will also have bluebird houses for sale in the Arboretum gift shop.

Karl gardens with wildlife around his rural Boone home. He is retired from the National Weather Service and is President Emeritus of the Iowa Audubon Society.

$10 members $15 non-members

Mar
13
Sun
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
25
Fri
Soup Supper
Mar 25 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Soup Supper

Warm up at the Arboretum with a hot bowl of soup, bread and fixings.  Finish with a warm slice of pie or cake.  A great way to connect with the Arboretum during the colder months.  Speaker TBD.

Fee:  $7 per person.

Apr
2
Sat
Spring Fever Symposium – Kevin Vaughn
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

 

A native of Massachusetts, Kevin Vaughn started hybridizing at age 9 and quickly had success, introducing the Sempervivums ‘Silvertone’, Emerald Spring’ and ‘Greenwich Time’ from his first crosses.  Nearly 80 Sempervivum hybrids of his creation have been introduced with ‘Lipstick’ and ‘Jungle Shadows’ winning awards from the Royal Horticultural Society.  Iris hybridizing started shortly thereafter and his first iris introduction, ‘Soothsayer’ was in 1974.  Several Miniature Tall Bearded iris followed, the hybrids ‘Little Bluebeard’ and ‘Real Jazzy’ were both award winners with American Iris Society.  Hosta pioneer Frances Williams gave Kevin a number of very choice hosta with the advice “it would be really good if you started crossing these”. He did and produced many award-winning cultivars.  From this work, Kevin was awarded the Eunice Fisher Hybridizing and Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award.

Kevin’s interest in the inheritance of variegation lead to a PhD in botany from Miami of Ohio and a career with the USDA in Mississippi, investigating weeds.  In Mississippi, Kevin started to work on Louisiana and spuria irises as well as daylilies.  All of these programs have been successful, with 20 Louisiana irises, 3 spuria irises and 9 daylilies finding their way to the market. Kevin’s first Louisiana iris cross gave the highly popular ‘Red Velvet Elvis’ that went on to win the DeBaillon Medal, Caillet Cup and Charles Arny Award.  Kevin became president of the Society for Louisiana Irises and won both their Service and Distinguished Merit Awards.  During this time, Kevin co-wrote the book “Louisiana Irises: Taming of a Native American Wildflower”.  Besides these horticultural efforts, Kevin produced 18 Tradescantia hybrids, 3 border bearded irises and started programs in hellebores and daffodils.
Retirement in 2010 saw a move to a nice piece of property in Salem, Oregon where the climate is perfect for growing all sorts of plants. Besides the projects started in Mississippi, the Sempervivum breeding has resumed at a rapid pace and the hybridizing of iris of all types, daylilies and daffodils increased ten-fold.  Pulmonaria, heleniums, asters and penstemon are recent additions to the hybridizing program.   Despite this recent move, Kevin’s Garden has been on the Pacific Regional daylily tour, the Tall Bearded Iris Society tour and the American Iris Society National Convention. 2015 saw the publication of his book, “Beardless Irises: a Plant for Every Garden Situation” that has drawn high praise in reviews. A book on Sempervivum is currently being written and scheduled for publication in early 2017.
There will be irises and other unique plants for sale during the symposium.  Lunch is included in the symposium price.

Early Bird:

$50 for members (before 3/18/16)

$60 for non-members (before 3/18/16)

After March 18:

$60 for members

$70 for non-members

 

Apr
7
Thu
Garden Study School
Apr 7 @ 8:15 am – 4:15 pm

Gardening Study School, Course III, Series 11, sponsored by Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa, April (8:15 am.-4:15 pm.) and April 8 (8:15 am.-12:15 pm). Courses are open to the public and can be taken in any order. Topics will be Pruning, Factors Influencing Plant Growth, Techniques for Growing Outdoor Flowers, Classifying Plants, Teaching Tour on the Grounds of the Arboretum and Xeriscaping. Testing is available to work toward the Gardening Study Consultant certificate. Master Gardeners qualify for 10 hours continuing education for the course. Price for the course is $50 and course plus exam $55. For information contact adamaelewis@gmail.com

Agenda and registration form:

 

Agenda Gardening Study III Session 11 Apr 7-8 2016 (1)

Apr
8
Fri
Garden Study School
Apr 8 @ 8:15 am – 12:15 pm

Gardening Study School, Course II, Series 11, sponsored by Federated Garden Clubs of Iowa, April 7 (8:15 am.-4:15 pm.) and April 8 (8:15 am.-12:15 pm). Courses are open to the public and can be taken in any order. Topics will be Pruning, Factors Influencing Plant Growth, Techniques for Growing Outdoor Flowers, Classifying Plants, Teaching Tour on the Grounds of the a Arboretum and Xeriscaping.  Testing is available to work toward the Gardening Study Consultant certificate. Master Gardeners qualify for 10 hours continuing education for the course. Price for the course is $50 and course plus exam $55. For information contact adamaelewis@gmail.com

 

Agenda and Registration
Agenda Gardening Study III Session 11 Apr 7-8 2016 (1)

Apr
9
Sat
Maple Syrup Celebration
Apr 9 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Maple Syrup Celebration

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.  The event will include timber sport demonstrations.  Iowa State University Forestry Honor Society Xi Sigma Pi members will be preparing a pancake breakfast to help support their honor society..

 

Maple Syrup Day
Apr 9 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Maple Syrup Day

 

Taste real maple syrup and learn about the art and science of home production of maple syrup.  Learn how to tap trees.  Xi Sigma Pi members will be preparing a pancake breakfast to help support their honor society. The event is free to the public.

Apr
23
Sat
Arbor Day
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Arbor Day

The celebration of trees is scheduled from 10am to 12pm and is free to the public.  Free trees will be given away at the event.  Tree climbing for children will be the highlight of the morning. Children will put on a harness and helmet and be guided by Iowa Arborist  as they climb a tree.  Demonstrations and other activities are planned for the morning.  There will be a special appearance by Smokey the Bear.   Join us for a fun and educational day at the  Arboretum.