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.

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.