Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens



The Arboretum is the backdrop for many special celebrations and events April through October.  Our signature event of the year is the Fall Harvest Festival, a weekend-long celebration that includes the Wine & Scarecrows fundraising event, a scarecrow contest, and much more!

The R. J. McElroy Education Center and gardens are also available for private events. Please see www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org/rentals.asp or call (319)226-4966 for more information.

2011 Events

Free Family Picnic at the Arboretum for all ages  — Tuesdays June 7th & July 12th ::  5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Summertime is the perfect time for dining outdoors!  Bring your meal and enjoy an evening in the gardens.  Plan to stay for sack races, face-painting and other old-fashioned field games!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Will not be held if raining.  No registration required.

Midsummer Celebration for all agesThursday, July 28th ::  6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

In appreciation of all loyal Arboretum supporters!  No registration required.

Wine & ScarecrowsSaturday, September 17th ::  4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Held the night before the Fall Harvest Festival, Wine & Scarecrows is a night of good food, wine and music in the gardens.  This ticketed event is a fundraiser for the Arboretum and an elegant kickoff for our annual Fall Harvest Festival the next day.  For ticket information, please visit http://www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org or call (319)226-4966.

Fall Harvest Festival for all agesSunday, September 18th ::  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The annual Fall Harvest Festival not only marks the end of a growing season, but is a joyful celebration of autumn and the summer’s success.  The main attraction of the Sunday festival is the Scarecrow Contest, with unique scarecrows made in every shape and size by community businesses and individuals.  Admission is $5.00 per car.


The Arboretum serves a diverse population to include the elderly and very young of varied income and skill levels, and encourages participation by persons with disabilities.  The gardens are open April through October, dawn to dusk, and admission is free to the public.


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

March 31, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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