First, a bit of history. When the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens began, two of the largest trees in the pasture were honey locusts. It was the natural setting for planners to begin work on what is now our current Shade Garden, and the same trees still tower over the setting.
Some years ago, Lynn Kramer, an Arboretum supporter, arranged to obtain specimens of all the daylilies that had won the prestigious Stout Award up to that point. The plants came from the extensive collection at the Kansas State University Gardens in Lawrence, Kansas. In 2011, that collection was updated to replace plants that had not survived and to obtain the newer varieties that were not a part of the original grouping. Since that time new Stout winners have been added as they receive the award and become available.
“I think that I shall never see; a poem lovely as a tree.”
This old verse is often quoted and was created by an American writer known as Joyce Kilmer. According to Wikipedia; “Joyce Kilmer (born as Alfred Joyce Kilmer; December 6, 1886 – July 30, 1918) was an American writer and poet mainly remembered for a short poem titled “Trees” (1913), which was published in the collection Trees and Other Poems in 1914.”
The Children’s Garden has always been a particular favorite of many visitors to the Arboretum, and I don’t necessarily mean just the kids. It appeals to the inner child in many of us.
This year, we have been lucky enough to welcome a passionate rosarian, Edwina, onto our gardening staff. She has worked tirelessly to ensure that our Rose Garden will be looking beautiful all season, and wow, her work has paid off! If anyone reading this has been fortunate enough to be able to visit our Rose Garden this year, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t had the time to visit this year, I strongly encourage it! Let’s learn a little more about Edwina’s background with roses, and then we’ll move on to some burning questions you may have about your own rose bushes.
Our gardens and the farmers’ markets offer a bounty of this season’s crops, including strawberries and rhubarb. The blog writers are eager to share some of their favorite recipes for these tasty treats. Enjoy!
“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did”
– 17th century English writer Dr. William Butler, referring to the strawberry
Visiting is the easiest way to get involved at the Cedar Valley Arboretum, and this time of year is an excellent time to do so. The beautiful, fragrant Rose Garden has started to bloom, we have irises and peonies, and a multitude of other gorgeous flowers looking lovely this time of year. June in Iowa is also known for having near-perfect weather. So grab the kids and your furry friends (yes, we are dog-friendly, but please bring a leash and a doggy bag!), and head on out to the gardens this month to see lots of beautiful flowers and enjoy the gorgeous weather.
Spring is upon us and as such, so is the time for planting many of the flowers and crops that our Iowa soil nourishes so well. Ironically however, although Iowa is known for its cultivating abilities many Iowans do not have the space, time, or resources needed to join in the fun of growing their own produce or blossoms. Luckily, the last few years have brought with them many opportunities for the gardener in training, many of these options being very cost effective as well as convenient. Seed libraries, community plots, and garden tool rental are all available within our community; you just have to know where to look.
Many visitors may not know this, but The Cedar Valley Arboretum was created by volunteers, and, for many years after, was maintained solely by volunteers. Because of this, we have a large group of very dedicated helpers – some have even been involved at the Arboretum since its inception in 1996. Today, we have a base of over 150 people who come to the gardens to help us each year – whether it’s a one day service project or a volunteer job as a weekly mower.
They make our organization not only possible, but they help it run much more smoothly. Because of this, we love to show them some deserved recognition. Sometimes, we recognize them through a simple verbal thank you or a hand-written note card, other times, like in this case, we write a blog article about them.