Apr
27
Sat
Run for the Trees
Apr 27 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join the Iowa Arboretum for a beautiful scenic 5K or 1 mi. Family Walk/Run on our trails. What could be a better spring location to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate Arbor Day? A fun variety of Arbor Day activities will follow the race! Click here to register.

Please note: We strive to preserve the natural elements of our woodlands; therefore, trails may be muddy due to weather. Please dress accordingly.

Arbor Day
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The celebration of trees starts at 9 am and is free to the public. Tree climbing for children will be the highlight of the morning. Children will grab a harness and helmet and be guided by Iowa Arborist Association members as they climb arboretum trees.  A tree planting dedication along with other activities are planned for the morning.  There will be a special appearance by Smokey the Bear. Everyone receives a free tree. Join us for a fun morning at the Arboretum.

Apr
28
Sun
Spring Woof Walk
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Spring Woof Walk

Sunday, April 28 · 1:00-3:00 PM

Join us for our spring Woof Walk – a fun afternoon for canines and the people who love them. Bring your dog for a little socializing with others as you walk a trail of seasonal riddles, all Floppy approved and sure to make you chuckle. The official start time is 1 PM from the Hughes Education Center porch. Latecomers can join in any time until 3. Well behaved dogs on leashes are always welcome. No dog, no problem. You will still get exercise, meet new people, and smile.

Free event.

May
3
Fri
Garden Social & Auction
May 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

It is time to attend the gardening social event of the year. The event theme and plant sale theme is “Big and Small Plants for All.”  Whether it is to connect with friends, enjoy delicious food or sip wine, the Arboretum’s Garden Social has it all!  As many of you know, event ticket holders have the first chance at purchasing the best plants at the spring plant sale (Saturday for the general public). Leah Worth, Horticulture Project Manager for the Arboretum, will have a wonderful selection of plants.

You will be treated to an evening featuring live music along with a delicious dinner.  The live auction follows with hundreds of unique plants, garden-related items, and gifts to bid on. Auctioneers J&J Auction Company will set the stage for an entertaining and engaging evening. We also added a wine swap to further support this important fundraising event.

Come early to buy plants and stay late to enjoy the festivities.

Plant Sale – 4:00 PM-6:00 PM

Dinner – 5:30 PM

Live auction – 6:30 PM

 


Arboretum Garden Social & Auction Sponsorship and Donation Information

For those of you looking to Donate or become a Sponsor for this years 2019 Iowa Arboretum Garden Social you have found the right place.  Use the links below to either purchase a Sponsorship or Fill out a form in order to donate garden decor, artwork, tickets to events/restaurants or other unique gifts.

        

May
4
Sat
Spring Plant Sale @ Iowa Arboretum
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thinking small often produces some big ideas. This year’s spring plant sale features some of the best plants for small spaces, and yet, ones that can be planted in mass groupings for a big effect. You will be sure to find a plant that fits your yard, garden, or planter. For best selection and VIP shopping, please purchase a ticket to our Garden Social and Auction event the night before!

Scroll down for a complete plant sale list!

Scientific Name & Cultivar Common Name Light Requirements Bloom Time Bloom color Hardiness Zone Pot Size
Achillea ptarmica ‘Peter Cottontail’ Sneezewort Full Sun/Part Sun Early Summer to Early Fall Ivory white 3-8 1 gallon
Achillea ‘Sassy Summer Taffy’ Yarrow (Sassy Summer Collection) Full Sun Early to Late Summer Dark salmon pink 3-8 1 gallon
Allium ‘Millenium’ Ornamental Onion Full Sun Mid to Late Summer Rosy purple 4-8 4″
Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Storm Cloud’ Blue Star Full Sun/Part Sun Late Spring to Early Summer Perwinkle blue 4-9 1 gallon
Anemone ‘Sweetly’ Fall in Love Wind Flower Full Sun/Part Shade Late Summer to Early Fall Semi-double, rose pink 4-8 1 gallon
Arabis blepharophylla ‘Spring Charm’ Rock Cress Part Sun Spring Reddish-rose 3-7 4″
Arabis caucasica ‘Snowfix’ Rock Cress Part Sun Spring Small white 3-7 4″
Artemsia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’ Silver Mound Artemsia Full Sun/Part Sun Grown for foliage NA 3-7 4″
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed Full Sun Early to Late Summer Tangerine-orange 3-9 4″
Aster ‘Kickin’ Purple’ Aster (Kickin’ Series) Full Sun Summer Deep violet 5-9 4″
Aster novi-belgii ‘Winston Churchill’ Aster (Kickin’ Series) Full Sun Summer Bright raspberry-red 3-9 4″
Astilbe ‘Amber Moon’ Astilbe Full Shade/Part Shade Midsummer Rose pink plumes 4-9 1 gallon
Astilbe chinensis ‘Vision in Red’ Chinese Astilbe Sun to Shade Midsummer Deep red to pink red plumes 4-9 1 gallon
Athyrium ‘Godzilla’ Giant Japanese Painted Fern Full Shade/Part Shade Grown for foliage NA 3-8 1 gallon
Baptisia ‘Pink Lemonade’ False Indigo Full Sun/Part Sun Late Spring to Early Summer Yellow aging to raspberry-purple 4-9 1 gallon
Bergenia cordifolia  ‘Winter Glow’ Hearleaf Bergenia Full Sun/Part Shade Early Spring to Late Spring Bright pinkish-red 3-8 4″
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Sterling Silver’ Heartleaf Brunnera Full Shade/Part Shade Early to Mid Spring Light blue 3-8 1 gallon
Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’ Japanese Sedge Part Shade Grown for foliage NA 5-9 1 gallon
Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’ Turtlehead Part Sun Summer to Fall Hot pink 3-8 4″
Cimicifuga ramosa ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ Black Snakeroot Full Shade/Part Shade Late Summer to Mid-Fall White brush pale pink 4-8 6″
Clematis ‘Bees’ Jubilee’ Clematis Full Sun/Part Sun Late Spring and Late Summer Varied shades of pink 4-8 4″
Clematis ‘Sweet Autumn’ Clematis Full Sun/Part Sun Late Summer to Fall White 5-10 4″
Coreopsis ‘Show Stopper’ Perennial Tickseed Full Sun Early to Late Summer Bright rose-pink 5-10 1 gallon
Delosperma ‘Granita Raspberry’ Ice Plant Full Sun Spring to Summer Iridescent raspberry 6-10 4″
Delosperma ‘Topaz’ Ice Plant Full Sun Summer Orange and white 5-10 4″
Delphinium cultorum ‘Dark Blue White Bee’ Perennial Larkspur (Magic Fountain Series) Full Sun Early to Late Summer Purple with white accents 3-8 4″
Delphinium elatum ‘Rose White Bee’ Dwarf Larkspur Fun Sun Early to Late Summer Rose with white accents 3-9 4″
Dianthus ‘Appleblossom Burst’ Pinks Full Sun Early Summer, Early Fall Semi-double pink blush 4-9 1 gallon
Dianthus barbatus ‘Scarlet Fever’ Perennial Sweet William Full Sun Late Spring to Early Summer Bright red-orange 4-9 1 gallon
Dianthus interspecific ‘Supra Pink’ Garden Pinks (Supra Series) Full Sun/Part Sun Summer Fringed pink 4-9 4″
Dicentra spectabilis ‘White Gold’ Golden Bleeding Heart Full Shade/Part Shade Mid to Late Spring White 4-8 1 gallon
Echinacea ‘Balsomemyim’ Lemon Yellow Improved Coneflower Full Sun Early to Late Summer Rich yellow 4-9 6″
Echinacea ‘Colorburst Orange’ Coneflower (Colorburst™Series) Full Sun Summer to Fall Double orange 4-9 1 gallon
Echinacea purpurea ‘Green Twister’ Purple Coneflower Full Sun/Part Sun Midsummer to Early Fall Outer yellow-green bleed to pale-pink center 4-9 4″
Echinacea x hybrida ‘Baja Burgundy’ Coneflower (Sombrero® Series) Full Sun/Part Sun Midsummer to Early Fall Watermelon pink 4-9 6″
Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ Barrenwort Full Shade/Part Shade Mid to Late Spring Bright yellow with orange centers 5-8 1 gallon
Fescue glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ Blue Fescue Full Sun/Part Sun Early Summer to Midsummer NA 4-8 4″
Geum ‘Sunkissed Lime’ Sunkissed Lime Avens Full Sun/Part Shade Mid to Late Spring Brilliant orange 5-8 1 gallon
Geum ‘Tim’s Tangerine’ Totally Tangerine Avens Full Sun/Part Shade Late Spring to Midsummer Apricot-orange 4-7 1 gallon
Geum triflorum Prairie Smoke/Old Mans Whiskers Full Sun Late Spring to Early Summer Pink 3-6 4″
Helleborus ‘Black Tie Affair’ Lenten Rose (Wedding Party™ Series) Full Shade/Part Shade Early to Mid Spring Near black shades 4-9 1 gallon
Helleborus ‘Shotgun Wedding’ Lenten Rose (Wedding Party™ Series) Full Shade/Part Shade Early to Mid Spring Double white with burgundy speckles 4-9 1 gallon
Helleborus ‘Tropical Sunset’ Lenten Rose (Honeymoon™ Series) Full Shade/Part Shade Early to Mid Spring Creamy yellow with burgundy streaks 4-9 1 gallon
Helleborus ‘Wedding Crasher’ Lenten Rose (Wedding Party™ Series) Full Shade/Part Shade Early to Mid Spring Pink with dark pink spots 4-9 1 gallon
Heuchera ‘Appletini’ Coral Bells (Dolce® Series) Part Shade Midsummer Rich ruby-red 4-9 1 gallon
Heuchera ‘Lemon Love’ Coral Bells (Dolce® Series) Full Shade/Part Shade Early Summer Cream 4-9 1 gallon
Heuchera ‘Timeless Treasure’ Coral Bells (Timeless Collection) Part Shade Early to Late Summer Rosy pink 4-9 1 gallon
Heucherella ‘Gold Zebra’ Foamy Bells Full Shade/Part Shade Late Spring to Early Summer White 4-9 1 gallon
Hibiscus ‘Cherry Choco Latte’ Rose Mallow Sun/Part Sun Midsummer through Early Fall White with deep pink veining 4-9 3 gallon
Hibiscus ‘Holy Grail’ Rose Mallow (Summerific® Collection) Sun/Part Sun Midsummer through Early Fall Deep red 4-9 1 gallon
Hosta ‘Lakeside Paisley Print’ Hosta Full Shade/Part Shade Midsummer Light lavender 3-9 1 gallon
Hosta ‘Neptune’ Hosta Full Shade/Part Shade Late Summer to Early Fall Lavender 3-9 1 gallon
Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ Blazing Star Full Sun Early to Midsummer Rosy lavender 3-9 1 gallon
Monarda ‘Cherry Pops’ Bee Balm (Sugar Buzz® Series) Full Sun/Part Sun Mid to Late Summer Cherry red 4-8 1 gallon
Monarda ‘Leading Lady Orchid’ Bee Balm (Leading Lady Series) Full Sun/Part Sun Early to Midsummer Orchid and light pink bicolor 4-9 1 gallon
Nepeta hybrid ‘Cat’s Pajamas’ Catmint Full Sun Late Spring to Early Fall Indigo blue 3-8 1 gallon
Penstemon hybrida ‘MissionBells Deep Rose’ Hybrid Beard-tongue Full Sun/Part Sun Midsummer to Mid-Fall Deep rose with white throats 5-9 4″
Penstemon ‘TNPENDB’ Dakota Burgundy™ Penstemon Fun Sun Summer Lavender to violet 3-8 1 gallon
Phlox divaricata ‘Chattahoochee’ Woodland Phlox Full Sun/Part Shade Mid-Spring to Early Summer Deep blue/purple 4-9 4″
Phlox paniculata ‘Glamour Girl’ Tall Garden Phlox Full Sun Midsummer to Late Summer Hot coral pink 4-8 4″
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ Lungwort Shade Late Spring Blue-pink 3-9 1 gallon
Pumlonaria ‘Pretty in Pink’ Lungwort Shade Late Spring Bright rose-pink 3-9 1 gallon
Saliva nemorosa ‘Sensation Sky Blue’ Sensation® Perennial Salvia Full Sun Late Summer to Mid-Fall Two-toned purple and blue 4-9 6″
Salvia ‘Pretty in Pink’ Perennial Salvia (Fashionista™ Collection) Full Sun Late Spring to Early Summer Vibrant lavender pink 3-8 6″
Sedum ‘Mr. Goodbud’ Stonecrop Full Sun Late Summer Deep purple-pink 3-9 1 gallon
Sedum rupestre ‘Lemon Ball’ Lemon Ball Stonecrop Full Sun Spring Yellow 5-9 4″
Sempervivum arachnoideum ‘Forest Frost’ Hen and Chicks Full Sun/Part Sun Grown for foliage Light pink 2-9 4″
Sporobolus heterolepis  Prairie Dropseed Full Sun Late Summer to Early Fall NA 3-9 4″
Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’ Betony Full Sun Early to Midsummer Vivid rose purple 4-8 4″
Veronica ‘Aztec Gold’ Creeping Speedwell Full Sun Early to Midsummer Perwinkle blue 4-8 1 gallon
Veronica ‘Lavender Lightsaber’ Spike Speedwell Full Sun Early to Midsummer Soft lavender 4-9 1 gallon
Veronica spicata ‘Giles Van Hees’ Speedwell Full Sun/Part Sun Late Spring to Early Fall Sunset pink 3-8 4″
Veronica spicata ‘Sunnyborder Blue’ Speedwell Full Sun/Part Sun Midsummer to Late Fall Pink buds open to blue 3-8 4″
x Sedoro ‘Blue Elf’ Stonecrop Full Sun Late Summer Pink 4-9 4″
May
24
Fri
Boone River Valley Festival
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The arboretum will be participating in this years Boone River Valley Festival,  held throughout Boone County, over Memorial Day weekend. Come and celebrate one of Boone County’s greatest features…The Des Moines River Valley. Join us on Friday, May 24th for programs for all ages. At 10 am, the arboretum’s director will read a children’s story about boats followed by a river boat and apple boat snacks building activity.   Adults are invited to take a free tour of the grounds at 11 am with Horticulture Project Manager Leah Worth.

This is a Free event.

Jun
9
Sun
Classic Car Day
Jun 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Car Registration (free): 11 a.m. to 12 noon
12 noon to 2 p.m. – Bring your car or your camera and enjoy an afternoon admiring some of Iowa’s best-loved cars. Classic tunes will help set the mood and lunch will be available for purchase. Free to the public.

Aug
29
Thu
Volunteer Celebration
Aug 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come and help us honor the great work our
volunteers do throughout the year! There
will be a barbeque picnic served.