Dec
7
Sat
WinterFest
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – Dec 22 @ 3:30 pm
WinterFest

Enjoy seeing a room full of Christmas trees decorated by local organizations.

Weekdays – 9 am to 4 pm

Saturday – 10 am to 4 pm

Sunday – 12 pm to 4 pm

Jan
18
Sat
Snowshoeing
Jan 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Snowshoeing

Boone County Naturalist Katie Healy will be here to teach participants how to snowshoe before hitting the trails. Afterward, regroup in the Hughes Education Building for a cup of hot cocoa. If there’s no snow, join us instead for a winter hike along the same route. Call or email Katie Healy, Boone County Naturalist, to register and to reserve your snowshoes in advance 515.230.3285 or khealy@boonecounty.iowa.gov

Jan
24
Fri
Spud Night
Jan 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Spud Night

Create your own mouthwatering creations at the Iowa Arboretum’s spud bar. Butter, sour cream and all the fixings will be available.

Dr. Ajay Nair, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Vegetable Production Specialist, will speak at 5:30 pm about potato fun facts.

Tickets are $8 a person. Children ages 5 and under are free. Tickets are also available at the door.

Feb
15
Sat
Snowshoeing
Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Snowshoeing

Boone County Naturalist Katie Healy will be here to teach participants how to snowshoe before hitting the trails. Afterward, regroup in the Hughes Education Building for a cup of hot cocoa. If there’s no snow, join us instead for a winter hike along the same route. Call or email Katie Healy, Boone County Naturalist, to register and to reserve your snowshoes in advance 515.230.3285 or khealy@boonecounty.iowa.gov

Feb
21
Fri
Walking Taco Night
Feb 21 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for delicious walking tacos and yummy dessert. The guest speaker is TBA.

Walking tacos are served in a small bag of your options of Fritos or Doritos with taco meat and all the toppings.

This event is in place of Soup Supper.

Price: $8

Mar
27
Fri
Italian Night
Mar 27 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Italian Night

It’s Italian night! Come enjoy spaghetti, sauce and all the fixings. Mangia!

Our guest speaker will be Andy Bartlett, the park manager at Ledges State Park. Andy will be giving a presentation on the Iowa State Parks system as it will be turning 100 years old in 2020! He will provide information on Iowa parks and their happenings around the state, such as events and programs. Andy will also be speaking on the history of the state parks system.

Price: $8

Apr
18
Sat
Spring Fever Symposium – Speaker: Karen Chapman
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spring Fever Symposium - Speaker: Karen Chapman

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 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 specialize 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.

Apr
25
Sat
Run for the Trees
Apr 25 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Run for the Trees

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!

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 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Arbor Day

We invite you to come out and join us for the 1 mile or 5K run and meet and greet with Smokey the Bear! 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.

May
1
Fri
Garden Social and Auction
May 1 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Garden Social and Auction

It is time to attend the gardening social event of the year.   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.