Oct
17
Thu
Pumpkin Carving
Oct 17 @ 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
19
Sat
Arb”boo”ween
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Arb"boo"ween
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.
Ar”Boo”scare
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ar"Boo"scare

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.

Oct
25
Fri
Stargazing
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Stargazing

Explore the Autumn Sky

When:
October 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Join the Ames Area Amateur Astronomers for a guided tour of the autumn night sky. You’ll have a chance to trace out the constellations as well as see colorful double stars, nebulae, galaxies, and possibly a planet or two. We will have several large telescopes and binoculars on sight. The event is open to all…

Nov
16
Sat
Holiday Sale
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Holiday Sale

Let the arboretum help you find the perfect gift for the holiday season.  Sip hot apple cider and eat delicious cookies as you shop for the coming season.

Dec
7
Sat
Dad’s Belgian Waffles
Dec 7 @ 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. Price: $9

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

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

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.