Grafting Workshop

Wednesday, April 3 * 6 pm – 8 pm


Join Patrick O’Malley, Iowa State University’s Commercial Horticulture Field Specialist, for an evening of grafting at the Iowa Arboretum.  The class is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3rd from 6 pm to 8 pm. The class will cover the following topics:

  •  What is grafting?
  •  Reasons to graft
  •  How to graft
  •  Caring for grafted trees
  •  Live demonstration of grafting techniques (whip and tongue grafts)

Each participant will take home 2 self-grafted apple trees.

You must registered to reserve a space in the class.


Spring Fever Symposium - David Culp

Saturday, April 6  • 10:00 – 3:00 PM

Join David Culp, author and garden designer, for an captivating day of gardening talks. Brandywine Cottage is David Culp’s beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering—interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter.David is the author of The Layered Garden which demonstrates how to recreate Culp’s majestic display.


The Layered Garden

David Culp will show us how to recreate the majestic display of his beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden, Brandywine Cottage. It contains a basic lesson in layering—how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and tips on maintaining it. To illustrate how layering works, David will take you on a virtual tour through each part of his celebrated garden. The lecture culminates with his signature plants for all four seasons.

Making Meadows

Native plant meadows support many landscape purposes, from lawn alternatives on residential sites to larger scale, ecologically sound models that provide biodiverse habitats for a host of pollinators, birds and mammals. David will discuss practical and aesthetic considerations on how the design, installation and management of meadows complement the sites on which they exist

  • Lunch is included in the price of the ticket.