Volunteer Highlight-Vikki Brauer

for volunteering!

At the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, volunteers are a necessary part of our operation. Thanks to the volunteers who do weeding, watering, welcome center¬†greeting and all kinds of other odd jobs we provide a welcoming atmosphere that shares the beauty of nature with those in our communities. We want to thank our volunteers for the work they do. This month’s volunteer is Vikki Brauer.

Vikki lives in Hudson and works as one of our Welcome Center Greeters. She is married and has three children and three step-children, all grown up, 5 grandkids, and 14 step-grandkids. Vikki used to work as a quality engineer and manager before she retired. Vikki started volunteering at the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens so that she would have something to do in retirement. She enjoys working in the Welcome Center because of the variety. Some days are quiet and peaceful while others are busy and hectic.

Next time you stop by the Arboretum say hello to Vikki!

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Hobbits at the Arboretum

On Friday, June 16th Hobbits visited the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Hobbits, a popular character from the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series by¬†J. R. R. Tolkien, are small mythical creatures who enjoy living life to the fullest. To celebrate, the children’s garden committee held a Hobbit Hole open house and had great success! We had over 150 people in attendance and were so excited to share the magic of the Shire in our little garden.

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The completed Hobbit Hole in the Children’s Garden

Many visitors were able to see the final project but we thought it appropriate to show the progress that leads to such an event. The journey from paper to party began during our 2016 season. Last year the Arboretum purchased a Hobbit Hole playhouse kit and spent the season building, painting, and making the Hobbit Hole come to life. The finishing touches of landscaping were completed in early June. Read more below to learn how the Hobbit House came to be. Continue reading