A History Rewritten- 2011

2011

Welcome to the more recent past; let’s take a look from our favorite perspective.

2011-1

The drop off circle drive has been established around the tower; the compost and brush piles are behind the Red Cedar Trees on the north end of the property. Where the corn maze was, is now Run the Rabbit. We have been fortunate to have volunteer extraordinaire, John Miller, create some very popular attractions for us in recent years with his agricultural wizardry. The rabbit maze is made from soybeans. The grass field East of tower hill has had a small circle cut into the tall grass as seen on the left.

PLANNING

No documents or photos, but things are happening this year.

EVENTS

  • Fall Harvest Festival

I have one photo of events this year. It is related to the fall festival and reminds me that in those years, we let the grass grow in the East field, but needed to use it during the festival. The solution was to mow it right before (someone donated their time and equipment for this task in exchange for the hay bales.)

2011-2

PROJECTS

  • Maintenance Building

During our time journey, we landed in 1997 and talked about a Master Plan Element called the service building which is the red dot. We built the Head House in a different location and used it for a service building.  This year we are going to build a new service building, we will call the Barn. It is going in the spot called for in the Master Plan

 

2011-3

Funding for the Barn comes from three grants; Leighty Fund with the Community Foundation for $1,000, the Waterloo Hotel/Motel Tax Fund for $10,000, the Black Hawk Gaming Commission for $42,000 and private donations totaling $10,000.

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  • Rock Garden

From meeting notes of the planning and operations committee we learn:

This space had been called the Alpine Garden but the group of volunteers that care for it decided a more appropriate designation would be, the Rock Garden. They will be incorporating various types of ground cover and succulents as well as making a stepping stone path.

2011-9

This space includes the “gully” and a space adjacent to the entrance to the Education Center.

2011-10

  • Tree Collection

A sub-committee was established to re-inventory the trees and update the entire collection database. The existing record for the tree collection was a computer disk that had an inventory for 1996-2003. This record used d-base software, which is somewhat difficult to use. The new record is an Excell spreadsheet and is current through the present day.

  • Benches

One on-going project for several years is the creation and repair of our Leopold benches thanks to John Miller.

2011-11

GARDENS

There is a major focus on the existing gardens and it pays off big time.

Rose Garden

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The new containers in the Rose Garden pergola are planted with new annuals each year.

2011-15

  • Rock Garden

Even the fence in this garden has plantings

2011-16

Many of the new plantings in the Rock Garden are succulents

2011-17

There are various forms of ground cover and even some prickly pear cactus!

2011-18

  • Community Gardens

Spectacular!!

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This would be the last year for the Community Gardens. A decision was made by the planning and operations group to take them out this fall. The idea is to add a tent pavilion in close proximity to the Rose Garden to enhance Wedding Rental income.

2011-23

  • Arrival Garden

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  • Shade Garden

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  • Display Gardens

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  • Annual Garden

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There are a few areas that are sort of mini-gardens like in front of the pond and the plantings in the Children’s Garden like the pumpkin patch

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TREES

VOLUNTEERS

Sorry to have to leave these two very important aspects blank this year due to lack of records or photos

Our time here is over and our journey is taking us ever nearer to the present day. Let’s say a fond farewell to 2011 and marvel again at this tranquil oasis carved out of cow pasture.

2011-38

My how you have grown Sesquicentennial Forest

2011-39

We have moved into a new Barn and the Head House is looking pretty empty.

2011-40

See you next year!

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 2010

We have flashed into another year, starting to catch up to the present. As we descend take a peek at what our Cedar Valley treasure looks like now.

2010-1

As we approach our favorite green space, we are struck by the difference from the first time we landed here. The landscape is buffered by the graceful sweep of trees. We see color peeking out at us. The old stockyard fence has been replaced by stately brick columns. There is just enough of a rise to give a small air of mystery as we proceed. Let’s go in and see what is happening this year.

PLANNING

Notes for the year

As the new growing season starts a number of small projects are planned. We will plant a variety of perennials in the Rose Garden to add year-round interest; the enabling beds will be planted with annuals and grasses; a variety of fruits and vegetables will be planted in the Children’s Garden; tracks will be added to the Railroad Garden with additional dwarf conifers and six new directional signs are to be installed. Hired Tyler Franklin as a summer intern. Sub-committee formed to produce a Site Development Report, the following is the report summary.

SITE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

RECOMMENDATIONS REPORT

MAY-SEPTEMBER 2010

The report is a result of review of the original master plan and the most recent site plan, brainstorming, online and other research, visits to other public gardens, review of the Arboretum’s mission and values, and systematic rankings by the committee of generated ideas.  The committee consisted of members with a variety of backgrounds and experience at the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanical Gardens (CVABG). While developing this report, the committee took into account the fact that development & maintaining of current hardscapes and soft-scape requires volunteer/staff time, as well as funding. Therefore, the emphasis of this committee and its resulting report is to present recommendations that will enhance, not eliminate, existing features of the Arboretum, while taking into consideration that funding and time are requirements for current and future hardscapes and soft-scape.

This report will set forth recommendations for future development and planning of the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanical Gardens for the next three to five years. The report is divided into two types of development; hardscapes and soft-scape.

The next step is to present this plan to arboretum stakeholders and obtain their feedback concerning the plan.  Stakeholders would include volunteers, staff, individual donors, foundations, HCC staff and board, educators, and other community leaders.

Then the committee will incorporate the feedback into a final plan, which will be presented to the board of directors.  The board of directors will approve, disapprove, or approve with changes, the plan.  The plan will become a major part of the strategic planning session which will be held January 29, 2011.  At that time concrete plans will be made to initiate the implementation of the site development plan, under the umbrella of the arboretum’s strategic plan.

SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS

Hardscape consists of buildings or other structures

  1. Visitor Comfort/Accessibility (pave existing paths, benches, shade structures, path network development)
  2. Direction/Educational Signage (visitor directions, plant identification)
  3. Visitor/Event Center (long term permanent structure)
  4. Office Space/Information Center (present head house location)

Soft-scape consists of plantings & organization of planting areas

  1. Tree Collections (existing inventory, future expansion)
  2. Collection Gardens (specific plan for additions of like varieties)
  3. Small Event Garden (site development for specific requests such as small weddings)
  4. Wild/Natural Areas (development of areas with emphasis on making it child friendly)
  5. Shade Garden (enhancement of existing garden)

 

EVENTS

  • Wine and Scare Crows

This was an annual fund raiser held right before the fall festival, we had wine and hors d’œuvre and usually a silent auction. It looks like this year we had a demonstration from Deb Ewolt an area artisan.

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  • Fall Harvest Festival

It rained this year!

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PROJECTS

This is a copy of an end of the year report, it highlights the projects for the year.

2010-27

  • Entrance Gate

In the past, this gate was kept closed when the site was not open. It was deemed problematical whether this was necessary. It was decided to remove the gates from the pillars but without losing the decorative value of either the gates or the pillars. This would also help to accentuate the newly revised entrance garden.

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  • Rose Garden Pergola

The following is an image of a newsletter that explains this project

2010-34

The family provided $15,000 to fund this project. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in May.

2010-35

Once again, we are amazed at our volunteers, as a group of them have decided that they will do the construction for the pergola and the planters. This will start with the removal of the older style structure, it is deteriorating and the new pergola will be built in this same spot.

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GARDENS

  • Rose Garden

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Examples of new plantings in the Rose Garden

  • Enabling Gardens

What with the re-configuration of this space and re-purposing of the raised beds, it now functions as our Annual Gardens. This is especially relevant since the old spaces where annuals were planted have changed. The iris bed is gone, the tulip bed is gone, the wattle garden has become Tim’s garden, and the space to the East is now the Display Gardens

2010-50

New Annual Gardens

2010-51

  • Pond Garden

2010-52

  • Arrival Gardens

2010-53

2010-54

  • Display Gardens

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  • Rose Garden

2010-57

  • Community Gardens

2010-58

There were photos this year of the individual community gardens labeled with last names

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TREES

Nothing about trees except the brief mention in the planning notes about some new conifers.

 

VOLUNTEERS

As always, we could not do without them.

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One last hurrah for the Community Gardeners

Yolanda Little                                     Stacey Palmer

Howard and Roberta Craven              Dorothy Wright

Kay Rewerts                                       Paul Kammerdiner and Melinda Young

Jack and Diane Golden                       Mona Storm

Cassie Luz                                           John, Kelly and Renee Fisher

Dick King                                           Mary Fratzke

Tim Spengler                                       Janet Ludolph

Brandi Lynch

 

Time to leave one more year behind.

A History Rewritten-2009

2009

Our jumps back in time are becoming shorter and as we pop out onto Orange Road again, the surroundings look very familiar.

PLANNING

From the Director’s Notes

Board to develop policies for acquisition of public art, facility rentals, gift acceptance, and on-site professional photography. Developed volunteer program. Purchase of a John Deere Gator (utility vehicle) with a grant from the Young Foundation and private donations.

EVENTS

  • Volunteer Orientation

There were five orientation sessions for both new and seasoned volunteers, 30 people attended.

  • Memorial Day Event

Education co-chair, Mary Fratzke, and Orange Elementary School provided a program for this event.

  • Mid-Summer Celebration

Board member Cindy Wells organized this event.

I don’t have any more information or photos of these events

  • Wine and Scare Crows

For a while, now, this has been an event that is held right before the Fall Harvest Festival

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  • Fall Harvest Festival

Another great line up of activities: fun for kids, food, entertainment, vendors, pioneer village, and lots and lots of scarecrows.

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PROJECTS

  • Parking Lot

It has only been a few years since we planted the beautiful Catalpa trees in the center of the parking lot but like all living things, trees can get diseases. In this case an untreatable fungus killed all of them and they were removed.

2009-23

This project was to repair the landscape and this was accomplished with the addition of a row of Honey Locust trees in this spot.

2009-24

  • Shade Garden Path

We were able to establish a hard surface path that connected the tower hill activity lawns with this great garden space. Funds provided by the Northeast Iowa Community Foundation.

2009-25

  • Enabling Garden

The following is a quote from the site files

“Modernizing the Enabling Garden was a major emphasis of the 2009 season.  The greenhouse was no longer useful to the Arboretum and was removed with the cement walls lowered, covered and remodeled into a large raised bed to match other raised beds in the space.  Volunteers from the Cedar Falls Kiwanis civic group remodeled the base of the greenhouse with no cost to the Arboretum.  The metal frames were also removed from each of the shade structures and replaced with flat shade cloth strung with heavy rope.  Along with the metal structures, the white lattice was removed.  The “Maintenance Men” completed the final touches on the renovation to modernize the space.  The clean lines and more open space allowed the gardens to shine, rather than the structures.”

2009-26

GARDENS

Several smaller gardens were removed and returned to sod this year. They were some directly West of the Herb Garden, around the tower, and nursery beds East of the Children’s Garden

The gardens are maturing and looking extraordinary!

 

  • Arrival Garden

2009-27

  • Community Gardens

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  • Herb Garden

2009-33

  • Enabling Garden

2009-34

  • Espalier

This will be the last time we see the apple wall

2009-35 

TREES

Found a note that said we got 3 Maple, 6 Serviceberry, and 3 Dogwood trees with a Green Scene grant.

 

VOLUNTEERS

We sometimes forget how much work it takes to put on an event, especially the Fall Festival. The scarecrow group works for months. Here is this year’s committee

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Community Garden volunteers

 

Howard and Roberta Craven       Linda Fisher

John, Kelly and Renee Fisher      Mary Fratzke

Nancy Friedman                               Jack and Diane Golden

Sandy Hunter                                    Paul Kammerdiner and Melinda Young

Yolanda Little                                     Janet Ludolph

Cassie Luze                                         Pat McGivern

Beth Primrose                                   Tim Spengler

Mona Storm                                       Stephanie and Curtis Witte

Dorothy Wright

2009-44

We are going to leave as Winter is coming to the Rose Garden, this first decade of the 21st century is almost gone. What next?

A History Rewritten-2008

by Paul Kammerdiner

2008
We have arrived and are, as always, looking for documents and photos, and as sometimes happens, there is a gap in the documentation.

PLANNING
As to be expected, nothing on record, but I did find a few notes.
This year we Hired Mollie (Luze) Aronowitz as full-time Director of Horticulture.

Mollie Luze, Director of Horticulture

Mollie Luze

From Director’s Notes:
General cleanup included edging around all gardens and trees; removal of the remaining “livestock” fence; repainting the interior of the Education Center and the installation of an air conditioner. In addition, we purchased lab tables, GPS devices, telescopes, digital cameras, computer and projector for the educational programs. Hired two full-time summer gardeners

EVENTS
No joy!

PROJECTS
• Fence Completion
Construction was completed of the cedar fence East of the Rose Garden toward the South. It was, then dedicated to the Community Foundation, the funding source for this project

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The second photo shows the South section of the fence and the other stone column on the end

GARDENS
• Children’s Garden

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• Community Gardens

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• Display Gardens

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• Enabling Garden

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• Fern Gully

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• Head House

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• Herb Garden

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• Labyrinth

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• Pond Garden

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• Rose Garden

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• Shade Garden

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• Tim’s Garden

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TREES
No records for this year

VOLUNTEERS

32
Dave Berns

33
Don Rassmussen

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Guy Gardiner and Howard Craven

35

Renee Fischer: our volunteers are not usually this young but she looks like she might be pulling a weed or two.

Community Gardeners for 2008
Becky and Brooke Berg
Howard and Roberta Craven
Kelly, Renee and John Fischer
Linda and Phil Fisher
Mary Fratzke
Nancy Friedman
Diane and Jack Golden
Sandy Hunter
Janet Ludolph
Ridgeway Place Assisted Living Facility
Tim Spengler
Carol and Dave Tjaden
Stephanie and Curtis Witte
Dorothy Wright

We left the time machine running for this stop, so let’s take off for ’09.

A History Rewritten-2007

2007

What a difference a few years can make! We started this journey on a windswept, swampy, pasture. We have looked in on landscapes and people that may not be familiar to all of us.

Along the way we have become accustomed to the rhythms of the growing season and the unique patterns of CVABG activities, we have a way to go yet, but let’s look at where we are.

2007-1

This probably looks much more like what we are used to. The outline is pretty much as it is, present day.

The entrance from Orange Road, the service road West to the parking lot. From here, a subtle difference, the service road continues North a bit past the Head House (all of that space present day is the Hill Side Garden) and then goes East to around behind the Children’s Garden and dead ends back there. We can clearly see the new trail up toward tower hill, along which the Arrival Garden has been planted. We can see the Rose Garden in the center and on the North the Children’s Garden fronted by the Education Center. Of course, as time passes the trees are becoming more mature.

PLANNING

Here is an image of some of the items on the planning agenda.

2007-2

Remember the committee that was formed in 2005, some things have been changed, some accomplished, some dropped,  and some will be implemented this year.

From the Director’s Notes

Hired two full-time summer gardeners

 

EVENTS

Once again, no information about events.

 

PROJECTS

I was a bit uncertain what to include here as several of the projects are the creation of gardens. I could have put them in the garden section but since their creation is really a project, let’s put them here.

  • Labryinth

This garden was not from the Master Plan but was suggested by a couple of volunteers, Stan McCadams and Manley Orum. They designed the space and planted it. They also maintained it for many years before they “retired” from CVABG in 2014.

Manley Orum & Stan McCadums

They had submitted their proposal for this new space late last year.

2007-5

Following is the garden description from our site files

“A labyrinth is a walking path designed so that you are circling a central point.  The path eventually leads to the center.  There are no dead ends or false passageways like a maze has.  If we stay on the course, despite the many turns, we will arrive at our goal: the center.  For some, this journey to the center may symbolize darkness to light, ignorance to knowledge and conflict to forgiveness.  For others, it is simply an opportunity for a quiet meditative walk.

The labyrinth is Kentucky bluegrass with two clumps of Calamgrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ at both the entrance and center.” This is what it looked like.

2007-6

Eventually, the circles that were made from grass were allowed to grow to a certain height as walls with the walking paths inside kept mowed.

  • Display Gardens

One of the Master Plan gardens is called the Demonstration Garden and was described as follows: and since this is in the Display Garden portion of our site files, I think it was used as a model. The major difference was that our volunteers planted and maintained the space.

“Various local and regional landscape architectural and contracting firms, together with local garden designers will be invited to design and build eleven gardens demonstrating a wide variety of garden styles, ornamentation, and techniques.  Visitors will become acquainted with the important principles of garden composition including correct proportion, color balance, focal points and slight lines which they use in creating their own private gardens no matter what size.”

Here is the site file description of the Display Gardens:

“Designed to demonstrate a wide variety of garden styles, ornamentation and techniques. Visitors will become acquainted with the important principles of garden composition including correct proportion, color balance, focal points and sight lines which they can use in creating their own private gardens no matter what size.”

Craig Ritland designed the gardens and Dolan Construction installed the limestone walking paths.  Vogel Irrigation installed the irrigation.

As mentioned in these histories, these gardens started with a few raised beds and then became individual projects for various volunteers. This year they become officially named the Display Gardens.

Following is a quote from our site files:

” The Display Gardens were designed to demonstrate a wide variety of garden styles, ornamentation and techniques. Visitors will become acquainted with the important principles of garden composition including correct proportion, color balance, focal points, and sight lines which they can use in creating their own private gardens no matter what size.”

“Before this time, this area East of the Enabling Garden was made up of small gardens maintained and designed by a variety of volunteers.”

2007-7

  • Children’s Garden Entrance (East side)

Another item for this year, see the document below:

2007-8

These are one of the ornamental boulders (no photo of the other one) and the pillars for the entrance and the archway.

  • Drop Off Circle

This is another item from the renovation project started in 2005. This was to allow access to tower hill directly from the entrance road. The photo below is from a different year but I wanted to be able to show this project, the red line highlights the drop-off.

2007-11

  • Conifer Garden

Another new garden; it was not in the Master Plan but is part of the renovation project committee items. Here is the description from the site files.

“Conifer Garden developed in part with the Display Garden renovation project.  Funds for the original conifers were donated by Green Scene.  Conifers were purchased from Hermsens Nursery.”

This garden is located just outside the East entrance to the Children’s Garden on a small hill. Over the years new trees have been added and some have had to be removed.

Following is the original plant list.

2007-12

  • Repurpose Shed

As we have traveled through time, we have witnessed the beginning of some structures and as the years go by, things change. We don’t think we need tool sheds on tower hill anymore, so we re-purpose this one into a small shade structure.

2007-13

  • Activity Lawns and White Garden

From our site files:

“Situated at the entrance to the Children’s Garden – and home to Sparky the dinosaur! – the White Garden showcases a variety of perennials with white flowers and/or foliage.  The Activity Lawns are a popular spot for summer education programs with plenty of space for games and play.”

There were ten different varieties of flowers planted here as well as 3 small Gray Dogwood trees. The Activity Lawns were three oval lawns surrounded by gravel pathways.

Remember from past years the Children’s Garden entrance was through the North gate. That means that the section of fence that headed that way had contained a variety of plantings. Now that North gate opens onto the extended service road so a new main entrance has been established and this White Garden replaced the old fence side plantings.

 

GARDENS

  • Rose Garden

The following is a quote from the site files for 2007:

“Re-designed and re-planted Rose Garden and phased out the Buck rose collection.  Planted 94 ‘Techny’ Arborvitae around the perimeter of the Rose Garden and installed a temporary irrigation system to be used until the trees were well established.  An oval brick walkway was installed in the center of the garden with the center sodded.  Craig Ritland assisted with the design.”

2007-14

We have discovered that this space is becoming popular as a wedding venue and that we can generate some revenue with rentals. Remember also that the original Master Plan called for a Wedding Garden and two other Rose Gardens. It seems that, perhaps, the present Rose Garden is moving more toward being the Wedding Garden.

 

  • Head House Garden

It is always fun to have photos that show how gardens are progressing.

2007-15

I am speculating that by now the bathroom has been installed in the Head House, no porta-potty by the garage door.

  • Children’s Garden
  • Display Gardens
  • Shade Garden

2007-20

  • Espalier

Let’s not forget the Apple Wall.

2007-21

TREES

Other than the trees in the new Conifer Garden and the Arborvitae planted around the Rose Garden, I don’t have records for other plantings this year.

VOLUNTEERS

I can never over-emphasize the importance of all of you. I only wish there had been more photos taken over the years. Here is what I have for 2007.

Becky Stansbery & Jan Guthrie

We won’t forget our Community Gardens planters

Becky and Brooke Berg                                 Dave and Kay Bern

Howard and Roberta Craven                       Linda and Phil Fisher

Mary Fratzke                                                   Nancy Friedman

Lisa Glass                                                         Diane and Jack Golden

Norma Hoelscher                                           Sandy Hunter

Janet Ludolph                                                 Liz Miller

Nancy Puetz                                                    Tim Spengler

Becky Stanbery                                               Stephanie and Curtis Witte

Dorothy Wright

Thank You to all and on we go!

A History Rewritten – 2006

2006

This looks to be a shortstop

PLANNING

I am pretty sure there was a planning session because I found a list of things to do.

From Director’s Notes:

Hired two full-time summer gardeners, Joe Ambrose and Jess Ferlong

Purchased Toro Riding Lawn Mower

 

EVENTS

What’s with these people, not taking any pictures of events 🙂 I am sure there must have been some if past years are any indication.

PROJECTS

  • Train Garden Enhancements

I found a copy of a newspaper article about this

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  • Two Iowa State students: Justin Voss and Joe Goering built the stone wall and expanded the track system. We also bought G-scale electric trains and planted miniature plants around the track

2006-2

  • New Pond

While not part of the train project there was a small pond installed in the train garden

2006-3

  • One Mile Walking Trail

We made the news again, with the addition of a walking trail around the Arboretum

2006-4

Below is a copy of the official hand-out for the route of the new trail.

2006-9

There were 1/10 of a mile- marker, white posts situated through-out the trail, here is an example of one on the path leading toward Hawkeye. They are all gone now.

2006-5

GARDENS

  • Forget Me Not Pond

Some changes and enhancements were made to the garden around this pond. The pond was created in 1999.

2006-6

TREES

I found a note that said, 25 Red Cedar Trees were planted this year.

By this time the service road extends from the new and improved parking lot around the Head House and then goes North and turns East behind the Children’s Garden. These trees were planted along the North side of the service road.

 

VOLUNTEERS

Only two photos again this year, I am only using those pictures of volunteer that are marked with the year we are in so I know we are in the right time-line. However, this place never achieves the many great things each year without a small army of dedicated people. Once again, a shout out to those planting a Community Garden

 

Carol Ackerman                                  Becky and Brooke Berg

Howard and Roberta Craven              Norma Hoelscher

Sandy Hunter                                      Janet Ludolph

Liz Miller                                            Kevin and Susan Shreiber

Tim Spengler                                       Dorothy Wright

Deb Young

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The continuous effort to upgrade and enhance all aspects of the facility is ongoing. CVABG truly is a remarkable place and it reflects the outstanding efforts of so many people. Let’s keep on our journey, there is more to see.

A History Rewritten-2005

2005

We have landed smack in the middle of the first decade of the 21st century and things are happening PLANNING

  • Three Year Strategic Plan

I found a 3-ring binder that documented the work of a sub-committee chaired by Nancy Friedman, that was brainstorming major projects. Space would not allow me to reproduce all of the material here, so I will give you a list of what this group was thinking about.

  1. Construct a centrally visible structure to recognize tributes and donors
  2. Construct a drop-off at the top of tower hill
  3. Enhance the Children’s Garden main entrance and sign (on the East side)
  4. Put colorful plantings along paths and meadow flowers in the Southeast corner of Hess and Orange Road
  5. Create a 3- mile walking path around the site
  6. Install movable vehicle barriers as well as vehicle directional signs
  7. Upgrade irrigation system
  8. Re-locate tool sheds
  9. Re-locate or sell the green house
  10. Design walking path to Shade Garden
  11. Design special events center
  12. Design hard surface paths through the grounds
  13. Design construction of a natural pond in the Sesquicentennial Forest

From Director’s Notes:

  • Hired two full-time summer gardeners
  • Installed 12 of the green metal signs throughout the Arboretum

EVENTS

  • Wine and Scare Crows

This is an event that was put on for many years, this is the first evidence that I found that looks like it. I am not sure it started this year.

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  • Fall Harvest Festival

Only had records of these two events, but the king event is very much in evidence

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PROJECTS

  • Upgrade to the parking lot

Remember that we saw the evolution of parking as it moved from up around the tower to down the hill in front of the Head House. Now might be a good time to look at parking according to the Master Plan. In that plan, there was to be a temporary parking lot by the temporary visitor’s center. This temporary visitor’s center is about where the Head House is, so the parking lot we are talking about here is about where the temporary parking lot would have been.

Anyway, this project was designed to make this spot more attractive. Following is a quote from the site files.

“Catalpa trees and boxwood shrubs were planted as a ‘green’ parking lot.  Larry Kurtz with AHTS, Waterloo was the Landscape Architect.  Waterloo City Forrester, Todd Derifield, planted the 14 catalpa trees.” (it would seem from the computer disk, that these were planted last year.) Driving into the parking lot, you will notice that it has been renovated and expanded.  The parking area in the center of the parking lot will have 100 hardy boxwood shrubs to serve as bumper guards for cars.”

The following photo shows the ultimate result of this project, it was taken three years after the project was completed.

2005-26

  • Walkway to the college

This was to create a pathway for easy access from the college to CVABG on foot. A quote from the site files. “Constructed a 220 feet long walkway to Hawkeye Community College from the parking lot and Head House.  Also installed brick walkway in the parking lot.”

This pathway exited onto Campus View Drive, across the street from the college parking lot.

2005-27

  • Arrival Garden

Quote from the site files:

“As a long-time supporter of the Arboretum, Craig Ritland, Ritland Landscape Architecture, donated his professional services to design the Arrival Gardens.  A variety of shrubs, evergreens and deciduous trees create a sense of mystery as visitors walk along the entrance path to the gardens and Arboretum.  Craig envisions a layered effect to showcase multiple colors, shapes, sizes and textures which will be combined for aesthetic appeal.  Varied in texture and form, the Arrival Gardens stand as a welcome to visitors. The planting showcases trees and shrubs suitable for visitors’ home landscape.”

This description better fits the Shrub Garden from the Master Plan. In the Master Plan there is an Arrival Garden and there is a Shrub Garden. The red dot on the following image says Annual and the green dots is the shrub garden

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In the garden descriptions from the Master Plan, the red dot is called the Annual/Arrival Garden and you can see where it was to be located. Quoting from the plan. “The arrival garden should be simple, colorful, and change from year to year.”

The shrub garden in the Master Plan is the green dot and here is the shrub garden description. “The shrub garden will be an extensive collection displaying both native and exotic shrubs.  The native species could be located with the Sesquicentennial Forest and its native trees as its backdrop.  Visitors will be able to see labeled plants grouped by species and new cultivars of the species selected for improved characteristics such as fall color, good fruit display, and disease resistance.  Viburnums, dogwoods, hazelnuts, chokeberries, and elderberries, to name a few, will be planted along the south side of the perennial garden creating a beautiful backdrop for the floor display.  On the north side of the perennial garden will be the exotic shrub display showing the best varieties of the lilacs, cotoneaster, forsythia, hydrangea, and spirea, old and new.”

None the less, our present-day garden was named the Arrival Garden in 2005 and remains that to the present day. This garden was planted by volunteers as a showcase for the types of shrubbery that do well in our area. It is located just to the East of the Head House about where the Nursery has been.

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This walkway leads from the Head House to a gravel path to the kiosk installed last year and then turns to go through the Arrival Garden and up to tower hill. This has become the point of entry to the gardens from the newly renovated parking lot. I didn’t have any photos taken when the garden and walkway were created in 2005, the one below was taken five years later.

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GARDENS

  • Tim’s Garden

If you recall from our earlier journey back in time, the first garden planted was the Wattle Garden, it was on tower hill adjacent to the tower and just East of the entrance. It was used as one of the garden spots to display annuals. Looking at the site files I find this entry for this garden spot in the space in the file for history:

“Circle drive installed in 2005”

I believe this is when the Wattle Garden became a different garden, entrusted to the care of longtime volunteer Tim Spengler. I assume that it was in this time frame because in those same site files is this entry for Tim’s Garden:

“The existing access drive to the radio tower from Orange Road is positioned at the safest location for visibility of approaching traffic on Orange Road.  This driveway will need to be upgraded to provide the two-way access to the garden site for both visitors and to begin garden construction.  In the future, this will remain as a service access road.  A temporary identity for the gardens will need to be developed at this location with planting and signage.”

Notice especially the bold type in that quote. It would seem that the Wattle Garden was one of those gardens that took on a “temporary” identity. That identity has changed again this year and is now known as Tim’s Garden

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This is obviously a photo taken in the fall but this gives you an orientation, remember back and you discover that this the same spot as the Wattle Garden. You can even see those original fence posts on the left side by a tree where the Clematis were planted nine years ago.

  • Fern Gully

This garden is taking on a new identity this year as well. From Director’s Notes: Converted Fern Gully to the Alpine and Rock Garden

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As noted last year, this garden extends all the way to in front of the Education Center

  • Arrival Garden

I am including the space along the East edge of the parking lot in this garden.

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  • Children’s Garden

It looks like to me that the entrance to this garden is still from the North Gate and so, there has been an effort to beautify the grounds along the fence on the outside of the garden

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  • Community Gardens

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  • Individual Gardens

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  • Head House Garden

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  • Herb Garden

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  • Pond Garden

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  • Rose Garden

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We are still doing a trial garden

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TREES

From Director’s Notes: Planted 80 trees for windbreak, shade, and improve general collection though I’m not sure what trees these were.

VOLUNTEERS

Our people are always hard at work, there are hundreds of hours being put in by many wonderful folks.

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The Community Gardens have been a feature since the beginning and starting in 2005 we have some records of the people that planted one or more.

  • Carol Ackerman                      Howard and Roberta Craven
  • Jan Eardahl                             Rita Garertson
  • Diane and Jack Golden           Ann Herzog
  • Janet Ludolph                         Liz Rath
  • David Roberts                         Kevin and Susan Shreiber
  • Mary Severts                           Tim Spengler
  • Dorothy Wright

As our time machine ascends, we take a backward glance and on to next year.

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You can clearly see the site taking on a more definite outline with delineated path-ways and service road that now runs behind the children’s garden.

A History Rewritten- 2004

As we step out into 2004, let’s take time to gain some perspective on what we are seeing. A great deal has changed in the last several years as the pasture disappears and our beautiful green space emerges.

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Here is the new parking lot and the trees we have planted trees in the boulevard.

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We have made this the entrance and taken out all the nursery that used to be between the Head House and Tower Hill, notice the new Kiosk and the back of the Rose Garden (no fence yet). So here we go, another exciting year.

PLANNING

From Director’s Notes: Hired Keri Leymaster as full-time summer gardener

Tiled areas for better drainage and upgraded irrigation system

EVENTS

  • Waking Up the Gardens

There are several photos of lots of folks working on the gardens in what looks like early spring, so I am going to say this is one of our annual events where we start the growing season by grooming the plant beds. As you can see some are stirring already.

 

 

 

 

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Let’s not forget that we seem to always have fun even when we are working

 

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  • Petals and Blooms

This looks like it was a one- time event, found a couple of photos that had petals and blooms written on the back

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  • Bug Camp

Apparently, we held a bug camp bug this is the only evidence I have

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  • Something is going on

This looks like an event to me, but no idea what

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  • Another mystery event

 

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  • Fall Harvest Festival

Of course, the biggest and best. Sometimes we forget all the work it takes to set up for this event.

There is always lots of things for kids to see and do

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Petting zoo

 

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Corn maze

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The firefighters are always popular

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And Scarecrows

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Looks like everyone had a good time!

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PROJECTS

  • Shade Garden

Initial plans are being made for the creation of a shade garden. The expectation is that this project will carry over into 2005. Following is the Master Plan description for the shade garden

“The north wall of the walled garden will provide the initial shade for the first phase planting in the shade garden, which can be expanded after some shade-giving trees are planted and assume some size.  Many homeowners are faced with the dilemma of which plants will thrive in a shady environment.  This garden will help answer this question by addressing the conditions of wet shade and dry shade using native and non-native plants.  This native spring ephemerals will, of course, be featured, as well as some of the native wildflowers that tolerate dry conditions.”

In order for this description to make sense for us today, we need to look, again, at the Master Plan garden index. On the image below the red dot is the location for the Shade Garden. As we have mentioned before, many of the gardens from this index were located in other places, mostly farther West, many of them on tower hill. The planned location for the proposed garden in this project was to be in the small grove of Honey Locust trees that were original to the site. They are Northeast of the Herb Garden, which puts them almost directly North of the Sesquicentennial Forrest.

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The following notes are from the Shade Garden site file.

“Sharon Jordan and other volunteers started Shade Garden with just small collection around Locust trees.  There used to be a Hosta Club (Rhonda and Mike Deeds) very prominent in the area.”

Sharon Weiss from Country Bloomers donated many Hosta’s. The records show that there 68 different cultivars in the original hosta collection that were planted in this garden.

  • Train Garden

There is a project this year to relocate the little pink mouse house in the Children’s Garden and to put in that space a model railroad. Principal Financial Group donated $328 to buy tracks.

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This looks like the first train

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  • From Director’s Notes: Clean-out, re-formed and re-shaped Forget-Me-Not Pond

This is all I have on this project, no photos

GARDENS

  • Rose Garden

This space is coming along nicely

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  • Children’s Garden 

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  • Community Gardens

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  • Enabling Gardens

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  • Fern Gully

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I am going to extend the Fern Gully to in front of the Education Center where some flowers were planted. (eventually, this garden changed to include this space)

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  • Head House Garden

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  • Herb Garden

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  • Individual Gardens

We have talked about these before, these are interesting to me. I am guessing that they were almost an extension of the community gardens except, whereas the community gardens were annuals, these gardens contain many perennials. I think they were planted and cared for volunteers who created them and cared for them. This space has been home to many varied gardens from the beginning.

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  • Pond Garden

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  • Wattle Garden

Remember this one from the early days? We haven’t seen it lately, but this is it and it has changed dramatically. No one is calling it the wattle garden anymore; the stick fence is gone and it looks like the annual displays are not here anymore. It has taken on a new look, but notice in the second photo, the three fence posts are still there.

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TREES

No records, my computer disk only had records up to 2003

From Directors Notes: inventoried tree collection. Transplanted all nursery bed perennials and shrubs to the gardens, planted Green Scene funded trees (there must have been some)

VOLUNTEERS

Let’s have a rousing cheer for the folks that make it happen!

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By now the space is looking familiar for those of us that came along later but there are more time-travel adventures to come so let’s be on our way.

5 reasons to visit the Fall Harvest Festival

For many families in the Cedar Valley Area, the Arboretum is a hidden treasure full of fun activities and memories to be made. With magical hiding holes, mysterious gnomes, and a variety of gardens to explore visitors are sure to find something that brings a smile to their face. The Fall Harvest Festival is our annual celebration in honor of the end of the season as our last large event. If you weren’t one of the over 3,000 people who attended the festival last year, we hope that you’ll think about joining us this year on September 22nd & 23rd and see what the hype is all about!

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Reason #1: There are so many activities!

Each year our committee meets and discusses what ideas we want to bring to the festival for that year. This year the introduction of a new sponsor level helped us bring in fun entertainment such as the petting zoo on Saturday. The popular Hobbit activities are making a comeback this year with the chance to use the slingshot and participate in the middle earth quest as well as some new additions such as haybale horses. There are crafts, photo opportunities, and educational opportunities.

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Reason 2: The festival is free to Arboretum Members!

Free admission to the festival is a perk for each membership level and a great value for families who want to attend both days. Families are able to come and go as they please throughout the day without worrying about re-entry fees which is great if you have a soccer game or other event on the weekend but also don’t want to miss out on the fun.

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Reason 3: See the scarecrow committee’s hard work on display!

Our scarecrow committee starts to meet in late spring and build the scarecrows that are available for auction. Many of our scarecrow committee members have been building scarecrows for the auction for 3 or more years! We couldn’t do it without the help of Jerry who generously lets the committee take over his property for a few months.

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Reason 4: You get to enjoy nature!

Even though there is the hustle and bustle of the festival going on you can still find quiet places to sit and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine or listen to the birds sing or watch butterflies flutter by. With 40 acres to explore you’re able to enjoy time away from screens and technology and disconnect with the rest of the world. For those who aren’t fans of walking, the trolley ride takes you out to the furthest part of the Arboretum grounds and lets you see areas of the Arboretum you may have never seen before.

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Reason 5: You help support the Arboretum!

The Fall Harvest Festival is one of our largest events which helps bring in thousands of new visitors and shares our mission to enhance the quality of life for all individuals through horticulture. When visitors attend the festival, they enrich their lives by helping us nourish and share the beauty of the natural world, the joy of gardening, knowledge of plants, and the diversity of our world. In our increasingly technologically based world, we are a vital part of providing a space where people can disconnect and spend time outside. Every visitor who comes through the gardens, every photo taken and hashtag shared, every scarecrow bid on, and every recommendation to attend the festival (and the gardens) in the future helps us to continue our mission.

While everyone has their own reason for attending the festival, we hope that this list intrigues you enough to come and see our little celebration for yourself. Bring the family, bring the dog (on a leash of course) and bring your love for Iowa and the outdoors. We’ll see you on the 22nd & 23rd!

A History Rewritten-2003

By Paul Kammerdiner

2003-1What! Wait a minute, who set the time machine controls for February? Well no matter, we can bump the time up a bit and land in more favorable conditions.

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Ah, this looks more promising, but we should not forget that every year we always begin our same cycle and that starts with

PLANNING

I didn’t find any photos of the annual retreat again this year. I am sure, however, that while the gardens are sleeping many people are anxiously awaiting another growing season. From the director’s notes: Hired Josh Blough as full -time summer gardener. Target donated books for the Children’s Garden Library

EVENTS

  • Children’s Garden Dedication

I just made up the name, all I have are a few pictures of what looks like some type of mini-event. I do know that Helen and Max Guernsey were long-time patrons of the Arboretum and major donors for the Children’s Garden

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Speculating again, it looks like what is now the back gate of the Children’s Garden may have been the main entrance at the beginning

  • Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

All I know about this one is that there were several pictures with this caption on them

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  • Country Garden Brunch

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  • Ice Cream Social

This is what the caption on the pictures say, but it looks like what was going on was a demonstration of powered parachute flying

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  • Classes

 

Fairy Gardens

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Mud n’ Muck

Who wouldn’t want to do this one?

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Trash to Treasures

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  • Volunteer Breakfast

 

  • Hope

I don’t know what this was, but the shirts all say hope on them, whatever it was, it appears that everyone is having a good time.

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  • Fall Harvest Festival

It looks like we had activities for the kids

 

PROJECTS

  • Parking Lot

In the original master plan was a provision for what was called a temporary parking lot. This was designated that way as the welcome center was temporary as well in anticipation of eventually building an event center.

Up to now, we have been parking up on tower hill, but this year we are ready for a real parking lot which will be down in front of the head house.

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What was a single pathway up to the Head House now becomes an oval around a center boulevard. The Ethnic Garden is now gone.

The gravel becomes the finishing touch

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We graded the old parking spot on the hill and added some greenery

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  • Kiosk

Now that we have a parking lot down the hill, the entrance will be from there so we install a new Kiosk that welcomes you to the gardens

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  • Entrance Gate

 

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Now that the parking lot is finished along with grading and adding gravel to the entrance road, this is what the entrance looks like, but not for long. Following is an image of an issue from our newsletter dated November 2003. The image is a little faded but it says:

The Arboretum main entrance; now located off Orange Road; is remodeled with $30,000 raised by a committee chaired by Jan Guthrie. A new gate is put in place with funds donated by Bill and Harriet Rickert. This gate is designed by Harriet’s son Brian Barnes a landscape architect in Chicago.

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The following is an excerpt taken from an article written by Craig Gibleon:

“Leonard Truax donated much of his time to create the fieldstone pillars, using his exceptional masonry skills taught to him by his father, Harold.  The road is newly-graded with a fresh limestone surface.”

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This is what our entrance gate looks like at the beginning of 2003

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This is what was built for us

This photo shows what the gate looked like with the pillars and after it achieved its patina.

GARDENS

  • Fern Gully

This year we created a new garden called the Fern Gully. There was a garden in the Master Plan, Phase 1-B, called the Fern Grotto. The description for it is as follows:

“The fern grottos along the Mississippi palisades in northeastern Iowa provide the inspiration for this garden. During the Victorian Era fern grottos were popular as a cooling retreat from the summer heat. At this location on the hillside, seep springs occur, and these can be enhanced by bringing drain tiles from the upper gardens to daylight at this location. An irrigation and misting fog creating device can also be employed to enhance the environment for an extensive fern display of as many types as are hardy for this site. Ferns come in such great variety and popular interest can be generated.”

The red dot on the image below shows the location of this garden from the Master Plan.

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I am not sure if we were using this as a model, but, according to our site files, a new garden was created this year that we called the fern gully.

Here is a quote from that file:

“Fern Gully” was constructed with ferns, pieces of wood and small dogwood trees. Initial funding for the project came from a memorial gift in honor of Maurine Crisp’s mother.  Arches with shade cloth were installed to shade the garden.”

This space would change and evolve over the next several years. At one time it was common during and after heavy rains for this gully to have flowing water in it.

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  • Rose Garden

It’s still early days for the Rose Garden. Notice, there is no fence to the left of the photo and none to that side or in the back

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  • Community Gardens

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  • Individual Gardens (Display)

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You can see a raised bed from the Enabling Gardens in this one as well as some of the Individual Gardens

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  • Enabling Gardens

 

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  • Trial Garden

This is for the Food Bank, we have done this before

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  • Espalier

Is this a garden or trees? If you have been with us, you may remember this was created in 2000. The picture captions call it the Apple Wall and it is coming along.

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TREES

Here is the list for this year from the computer disk.

Tree Species Number Planted
Red Maple 5
Snake Bark Maple 1
Northern Catalpa 14
Pagoda Dogwood 3
Sunburst Locust 1
Northern Red Oak 3
Bur Oak 1
Scarlet Oak 1
English Oak 1
Ginkgo 1
Green-spire Linden 1

 

VOLUNTEERS

The engine that makes us go!

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Back into the time machine and away we go to next year.