Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

A Partnership Reshaped

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Did you see The Arboretum’s article in the August edition of Cedar Valley Business Monthly?  Check it out below!

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Terms like “eco-friendly” and “sustainability” are all the buzz in today’s media. In these extraordinary times of decreasing resources and increasing needs, we have realized our connectedness to Mother Nature and the vital importance of turning from users to stewards.

The Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s 2009 theme is “Green Space, Your Place,” as we encourage the Cedar Valley to join in the green movement to partner with nature and improve our built environment.

We are lucky in the Cedar Valley to be surrounded by wonderful outdoor and recreational amenities, all opportunities to solidify our people-to-plant partnership. Public green space connects people to people by encouraging face-to-face interaction and civic participation. It provides space to admire art and nature as well as a collective space to honor and celebrate. It seems to bring out the best in us to cultivate happiness.

Perhaps most importantly, public green space provides a calm environment to nourish a sense of wonder in youths and adults. No sensory overload — just fresh air and natural beauty. One of our greatest responsibilities at the arboretum is to serve as an outdoor classroom. It is our goal to provide a space to teach the power of observation and higher level thought process.

Learners from preschool through higher education need informal settings to connect the dots between the classroom and real experience. To ensure that we support and encourage our future generations of plant scientists in all their many forms, we must make the connection between students, the formal classroom and our natural world.

Land and agriculture is our continuity, and what will connect one generation to the next. Knowing tomorrow’s success and development will result from steps we take today, we must teach youths to be Earth advocates and innovators. Because today we cannot imagine what future studies will find, how plants will fuel tomorrow’s technology.

The face of agriculture is changing. Future farming will require additional technology and overall employment likely will continue to decline and productivity increase. Horticulture and organic farming will continue to expand, as will the importance of buying locally.

We depend on plants for existence. Green is the color of plants and our future. Plants not only refresh our spirits and add beauty to our landscape, they nourish our bodies and provide solutions to the challenges of our world. Please join the Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens in moving outside our garden gates by involving the Cedar Valley in a meaningful way, teaching our youths to observe and instill a plant connection that will fuel all of our futures.

The Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit independent organization and is located directly east of Hawkeye Community College on Orange Road in Waterloo. The arboretum serves a diverse population including the elderly and very young of varied income and skill levels, and encourages the participation by persons with disabilities. The grounds are open April through October, dawn to dusk, and admission is free to the public.

Make sure to attend the arboretum’s annual Fall Harvest Festival from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.   on Sunday, Sept. 20. The festival is the arboretum’s signature event, a family weekend for the Cedar Valley community and Northeast Iowa.

The main attraction each year is the scarecrow contest, with unique scarecrows made in every shape and size by community businesses and individuals. Other events include an open-air market, games and crafts for children of all ages, picnic food and local talent performances.


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

September 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm

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