Reasons to Visit the Arboretum in October

In the past, the gardens have been extremely quiet during the month of October.  We understand; the kids are back in school, the Cedar Valley has an abundance of cool fall activities, and the holiday season is just starting to begin – you’re busy!  However, we would love for you to take advantage of our 35 acre oasis this fall and come enjoy walking the gardens.  We promise you won’t be disappointed!  Still need convincing?  Keep reading for the four top reasons for you to visit the gardens this month!

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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.

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Trees of the Arboretum

tree article1“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.”

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A Thorny Subject: All Your Rose Questions Answered

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.

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Ways to Get Involved

  1. Visit

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.

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Spring Seeds and Gardening Supplies—Local Sources

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.

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