Sep
20
Sun
ArbFeast – Cancelled
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
ArbFeast - Cancelled

Join us for our fourth annual ArbFeast. Enjoy an afternoon in the garden tasting delicious food and drinks while listing to live music. The funds from this event will be used to support our summer intern program. A fun afternoon supporting a good cause!  Tickets will be available at the door as well as online.

Sep
27
Sun
Arb Fall Florals
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

ARB FALL FLORALS: Sandy Gossman, a professional floral designer, will guide your imagination and hands to create an arrangement just right for autumn. You’ll take home three small pieces you can use right away as a trio or individually. You’ll also get tips from Sandy for quick switch outs to give your piece a fresh look for winter. Please bring garden clippers and light gloves. All materials will be provided.
Nan Bonfils will co-teach with Sandy. $20 members $15 non-members

 

*The project theme is subject to change

Oct
15
Thu
Pumpkin Carving
Oct 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Pumpkin Carving

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.

Oct
17
Sat
ArBooWeen
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
ArBooWeen

Put on your favorite creative costume and join the parade of activities and treats. Pumpkins will be decorated for the holiday. Enjoy hayrides, the hay maze and games at this fun family Halloween event. Tickets will be available at online or at the door.

ArBooScare
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
ArBooScare

As the sun sets over the Iowa Arboretum…the Halloween Ar “Boo” Scare event begins. Walk the “No Return Hidden Trial” and ride the “Hayride to the Valley of Darkness.” Bring a flashlight, wear a costume and enjoy the cool night air. Look for carved pumpkins, and lots of treats at this night event.   Tickets will be available online or at the door.

Dec
5
Sat
Art Mart
Dec 5 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Art Mart

Enjoy handmade gifts made from local artisans. An informal consortium of local crafters offer you their best of the season with some vendors dedicating a percentage of sales to charity.  Payments by checks and cash are always appreciated. This event will take place in the Cafferty Building.

Dad’s Belgian Waffles
Dec 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dad's Belgian Waffles

Dad’s Belgian Waffles returns to the Arboretum to serve mammoth size waffles that will fill your plate and satisfy your appetite. See wonderfully Iowa Grown and decorated Christmas trees.

Santa will be flying in from the North Pole to make a guest appearance. A great event for the entire family.

Tickets are $9

Dec
6
Sun
Holiday Wreath Workshop
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Holiday Wreath Workshop

Join Sandy and Nan in a festive, very hands-on workshop just right for the season. You will take home a stunning holiday wreath to adorn your front door, porch, or entryway.  We will demonstrate how to make the wreath base. Then you can select a grapevine wreath made from Arboretum materials. You will choose from an assortment of fresh evergreens, berries, holiday accents and bows to complete your project.  All materials provided, but you are welcome to bring along favorite color accents or ornaments. Also, please bring small garden clippers.

This is a great activity solo but lots of fun for a family or group of friends. The costs below are per wreath.

$20 for members             $25 for non-members

 

*Project is subject to change

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

Morning Talk:  Deer-Resistant Drama

Learn how to create a beautiful fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer. Discover the importance of a strong design, non-edible focal points, and be inspired by plant combinations that you will love but the deer won’t.

Afternoon Talk:  Foliage & Focal Points

Ideas for gardens and budgets of all sizes

Karen’s Bio

Born in England, she grew up with a trowel in her hand.

After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 she joined one of the leading garden nurseries as a garden plant specialist. Helping hundreds of customers create beautiful combinations of plants to enhance their outdoor living spaces was always a delight. Ten years later she established Le Jardinet in order to provide a service that takes all the time, stress and guesswork out of the design process.

In the recent past, she has taught container gardening at Edmonds Community College and continues to teach both container and landscape design in occasional workshops and events as well as offering a range of online learning opportunities .

With excellent reviews on the Great Garden Speakers website, she frequently gives presentations at flower & garden shows, trade conferences, horticultural organizations, nurseries and garden clubs.

When she is not teaching garden design or talking about it she is writing about it, and her articles and designs have been featured in many national gardening publications including Fine GardeningCountry GardensSunset, and Garden Design. She has co-authored two books with Christina Salwitz: the award-winning Fine Foliage (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013) and the highly acclaimed Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017), and the next book Deer-Resistant Design is due for release in July 2019 (Timber Press).

She specializes in creating artistic plant combinations with a four-season foliage framework, functional outdoor living spaces and deer resistant, summer-dry designs.

Lunch included in the price of the ticket.  Karen’s books will be available for sale.