A History Rewritten 2001

By Paul Kammerdiner


We have landed in the first year of the new century and once again let’s take a look.


The entrance road and service road are more defined by now. We can see the green building, which is the Head House about in the middle of the photo. Notice the line of White Spruce along the North, behind it, are becoming more established.

To the South is the Ethnic Garden (the round one) seen in 1999 and farther on, closer to the road we can see a line of what are lilac bushes. I only know that because they are still there today. Looking East across the path from the Ethnic Garden on the Southside we can see the Green Scene Gardens. Present day there are trees in this spot.

The major activity is still going on to the East of the Head House, we can see the Nursery and then what looks like tilled ground and in the middle of that the new Rose Garden. (see the white crescent and short path)

We can see the greenhouse for the Enabling Garden beyond that.

Notice especially that there are no trees yet right next to the service road as it turns West from the entrance down towards the Head House.

Notice also the path South of the Head House where it turns East toward tower hill, this is where the Arrival Garden will be, in front of the Green Scene Gardens.


Again, this year I am without any photos or documents that talk about the annual retreat. That doesn’t mean no planning took place in the Winter, I am sure it did. I have one document that suggests that plans for the Children’s Garden are in full swing. This document is evidence of a huge fund-raising campaign.



I had to search diligently to find something for this year. I finally came across something in a copy of the View. Notice at the bottom where it says 2001 CVABG Highlights


We had a class put on by Jean Durbin, an Ice cream social, and the Fall Festival



  • Rose Garden

There were actually two rose gardens called out in the master plan: a formal rose garden and a shrub rose garden. Our rose garden started out as a vision from two of our volunteers, Arnold Webster and Craig Gibleon. Because of Arnold’s association with one of the most famous of rose hybridizers, Griffen Buck, our rose garden was to be a tribute to him and planted primarily with Buck Roses: see the quote from a document written by Arnold Webster;

“It should be no great surprise that one of the first formal collections at the Cedar Valley Arboretum would be those in the garden of Buck Roses. Every rose aficionado knows the story of  Dr. Griffith Buck (1915-1991) and the eighty-plus roses that are attributed to his brilliant work as a hybridizer.”

Furthermore, Mr. Webster was a former roommate in college with Griffith Buck who become a professor of horticulture at Iowa State.

This garden began during the growing season of 2001 but sadly in December of that year, Mr. Webster passed away. However; under the expertise of Craig Gibleon the Rose Garden continued to take shape. Early plant lists in our archive show 30 different cultivars of Buck Roses in this space.


Arnold Webster

Let’s take a look at what the Master Plan had to say on this topic

First, the Formal Rose Garden: “the rose, more than any other ornamental plant embodies a long and enduring history of ornamental horticulture in Western civilization” it goes on to say:

“The plan for the Formal Rose Garden represents traditional European design with a classically shaped fountain at the lowest grade in the garden. Around this central feature, the proposed beds offer an opportunity to display hybrid tea roses by type, category, history, and color.” The red dot on the image below that says Formal Garden shows the location for the Formal Rose Garden


I am going to speculate that this is not the type of garden Arnold and Craig had in mind.

The other mentioned rose garden was the Shrub Rose Garden, it is the green dot on the plan above. Quoting from the Master Plan: “shrub roses are gaining popularity owing to their long blooming periods and disease resistance.”

Let’s say that this is closer to what Arnold and Craig were looking at doing, although we know for sure from the documents that their idea was all about Buck Roses, which are shrub roses. In any event, our Rose Garden started out as a showcase for Buck Roses and was located much farther West, on tower hill between the Head House and the Community Gardens.


The Rose Garden


The Rose Garden



Nothing in the way of individual photos of gardens. This is all I have


We can see the Community Gardens and a glimpse of the Herb Garden


In the foreground of this one is the new Rose Garden, in the background to the left is some of the Enabling Garden


My computer disk only shows 4 Hackberry and 10 Techny Arborvitae planted this year. However, there is the following record of at least one more tree.


This is the Federated Garden Club planting a Kentucky Coffee, they are calling the freedom tree to commemorate 9/11.


I must always stop and pay tribute to that most special group of people that make everything happen.

Every aspect of this place is touched by them and happens because of them. If I had 50 photos of volunteers from 2001 I would post them, but I only found 2.


Bob Frenchick and Scott Dimburg

One of the unique things about our folks is that we have fun while we work.


Linda Shulte, Jan Guthrie, Sara Jansen, Maurine Crisp

As we bid farewell to 2001, one last look at tower hill


Time to go, another year awaits!


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