Maple Syrup Day
Mar 30 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

Taste real maple syrup and learn about the art and science of maple syrup production. See how to tap and cook sap into delicious maple syrup.  The event will include timber sports demonstrations.  Iowa State University Forestry Honor Society Xi Sigma Pi members will be preparing a pancake breakfast to help support their honor society.

Pancake Breakfast: $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.


Spring Garden Symposium – Speaker – David Culp
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spring Garden Symposium - Speaker - David Culp

Join David Culp, author and garden designer, for an captivating day of gardening talks. Brandywine Cottage is David Culp’s beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden where he mastered the design technique of layering—interplanting many different species in the same area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter.David is the author of The Layered Garden which demonstrates how to recreate Culp’s majestic display.

David’s topics for the day are:

The Layered Garden

David Culp will show us how to recreate the majestic display of his beloved two-acre Pennsylvania garden, Brandywine Cottage. It contains a basic lesson in layering—how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, how to design a layered garden, and tips on maintaining it. To illustrate how layering works, David will take you on a virtual tour through each part of his celebrated garden. The lecture culminates with his signature plants for all four seasons.

Making Meadows

Native plant meadows support many landscape purposes, from lawn alternatives on residential sites to larger scale, ecologically sound models that provide biodiverse habitats for a host of pollinators, birds and mammals. David will discuss practical and aesthetic considerations on how the design, installation and management of meadows complement the sites on which they exist

  • Lunch is included in the price of the ticket.
Spring Plant Sale
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm