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Green Scene Plant Sale

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Are you familiar with the concolor fir (Abies concolor – can also be called white fir)?  They are one of my favorite evergreens!   With an upright pyramidal habit, this fir can grow 50-70 feet tall and 20-30 feet wide while still keeping a dense, formal shape.  The needles are 2-3” long and have a blue cast that adds a nice “wow” factor to your landscape.

Every winter, we apply for beautification grant dollars from Green Scene for new Arboretum trees.  For 2010, we received enough grant dollars to purchase 5 concolor firs and 3 arborvitae for the outside the Children’s Garden entrance.  What an improvement these trees will make! 

A little bit about Green Scene (taken from their website, www.greensceneinc.org):

Green Scene is a nonprofit, volunteer organization whose primary mission is providing trees for planting in public areas within Black Hawk County, Iowa.  Through our educational programs, symposia, and our involvement with schools, we educate the public about trees and horticulture.  We began in 1976 in response to an outbreak of Dutch Elm disease in our area.  Today, as a result of income raised through our annual May plant sale, we sponsor tree plantings throughout the county.  Our major projects include Arbor Day celebrations, county beautification projects, and street tree planting programs.  Over the last 30 years, we’ve raised well over half a million dollars for these efforts.

Green Scene has helped us and now it is time for us to return the favor!  Green Scene’s annual plant sale is great fun and I encourage you to attend!  A great opportunity to buy quality plants at a low price!

Green Scene 34th Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 8, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to noon ::  National Cattle Congress, Waterloo, Iowa

Our plant sale is our biggest fund-raiser, the proceeds of which are dedicated to the purchasing and planting of trees in Black Hawk County.  Some of the items we offer include trees and shrubs, houseplants, native plants and grasses, perennials, wildflowers, herbs, hosta and companion plants, plants for butterfly gardens, dwarf conifers and alpines, ground covers, roots and tubers, vines, and a Collector’s Corner of unusual plants.

 

See you in the gardens.

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April 29, 2010 at 8:00 am

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Cheery Yellow

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What a perfect pair!  These yellow iris (left photo) are blooming outside the Head House and look right at home tucked in between the lamium (Lamium maculatum – common name could also be spotted dead nettle).  And once the iris is done blooming, its stiff leaves will help support the groundcover as it blooms throughout the summer.

Also in the Head House flowerbeds is this sweet little flower (right photo) – a buttercup from the Ranunculaceae family.

See you in the gardens.

 

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April 27, 2010 at 8:19 pm

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How does your garden grow?

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What will they think of next?  A friend (thanks, Kay!) passed this article along and I’ve been meaning to share with you.  Pretty cool!  Now only if I was tech savy enough to use. 🙂

http://mashable.com/2010/04/12/iphone-apps-gardening/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

 

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April 27, 2010 at 1:40 am

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Thanks, Volunteers!

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Did you know it is national Volunteer Appreciation Month?  Like many non-profit organizations in the Cedar Valley, The Arboretum cannot grow without the generous support of our volunteers.  On Tuesday, two of our volunteers were recognized at the 32nd annual Mayors’ Volunteer Awards Luncheon.  Congratulations, Cindy Wells and John Miller!

To read more about the event, check out http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/article_2a83d7cc-4d5c-11df-bb1c-001cc4c002e0.html.

And if you would like to read more about volunteering at The Arboretum, I encourage you to read our latest e-newsletter, The View.  Check out http://www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org/pdfs/The%20View%20Volume%203%20Issue%204.pdf.

And if you do not receive our e-newsletter, I encourage you to subscribe today!  Subscribe by emailing Linda at office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org.

ALSO, please check out the updated information posted under the ‘volunteer’ tab on the right!

See you in the gardens.

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April 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm

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Oh, what a deal!

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Each spring, we encourage you to join us as an Arboretum Friend to help support the gardens, programs and events that make this green space truly your place.  And if you join today, you get an extra bonus – a one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens! 

When you think of The Arboretum, what comes to mind? Trees? Flowers? How about outstanding children’s programming to help the next generation learn more about our planet and how to care for it? How about volunteer opportunities that allow people of all ages a chance to give back to their community? How about a wonderful environment to showcase the natural beauty of Northeast Iowa?

The Arboretum is all of these things, and more. Thanks to the hard work and support of many friends in our community, The Arboretum has been able to grow and improve since its inception in 1995. However, there is more to be done. If you believe The Arboretum is important to the Cedar Valley, we would like you to help us by becoming an Arboretum Friend.

With a variety of benefits and discounts, membership offers both the casual visitor and expert gardener the tools to cultivate one’s passion for nature. Just as important, as a Friend, you play a role in the future of The Arboretum.

To learn more about Friend opportunities, please visit our website at www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org/friends.asp.

See you in the gardens.

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April 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm

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Rascally Rabbits

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Our rose garden fared well over the harsh winter, but we were not as lucky in other areas of The Arboretum.  Even with tree trunks wrapped and chicken wire fence installed, our espalier fruit trees took a hit. 

What can be done now?  Unfortunately, not much.  When the bark is chewed all the around the trunk, the tree is no longer able to transport carbohydrates (plant food) from the leaves to the root system. 

 To learn more about rabbit damage to trees and shrubs, read this article from ISU Extension http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2010/3-17/rabbitrepair.html.  The article also has great links at the bottom for related articles (Resistance of Trees and Shrubs to Deer Damage, Susceptibility of Plants to Rabbit Damage, etc.).

See you in the gardens.

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April 8, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Household Toxins Drop-off

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Our friends at Waste Trac passed along the below info — something to consider while you’re doing your spring cleaning! 

For more information, contact Waste Trac at (319) 266-TRAC (8722) :: Education Team for the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Mgmt. Commission

Household Toxins Drop-off

The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission will be partnering with the City of Waterloo to sponsor a FREE household hazardous materials drop-off event this spring. ALL Black Hawk County residents are welcome to bring approved materials. The event will be held on Saturday, April 10th from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Waterloo Waste Water Treatment Plant located at 3505 Easton Avenue in Waterloo. On the day of the event, follow signs from the intersection of Highway 218 and Mitchell Avenue to the drop-off site.

The Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission will be accepting toxic materials from county residential homes and garages at the free drop-off site.

WHAT YOU CAN BRING TO THE DROP-OFF EVENT:

  • Home items such as: aerosol cans, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent light bulbs (compact and tube), ballasts, furniture and metal polish, wallpaper remover, spot remover, floor care products and oven, drain, and other types of cleaners.
  • Lawn & Garden products such as: insect spray, rat/mouse/gopher poison, and fungicides.
  • Garage & Workshop items such as: pool chemicals, concrete cleaner, acids and bases, auto cleaners, varnish, car wax, brake fluid, driveway sealer, epoxy, glues, gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid, petroleum-based adhesives, roofing tar, shellac, and propane tanks.

WHAT YOU CANNOT BRING TO THE DROP-OFF EVENT:

  • Paint
  • Motor Oil & Antifreeze
  • Ammunition
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke detectors
  • Alkaline Batteries (AAA, AA, 9 volt, etc. Batteries)
  • Asbestos
  • Radioactive materials
  • Non-hazardous waste (please use your weekly garbage service)
  • Business waste of any type (call for a list of vendors that work with local businesses)

A complete listing of accepted items can be found on the county solid waste mgmt. commission’s website (www.WasteTrac.org). Please call if you have an item not listed and staff can let you know if it will be accepted at the drop-off event. The drop-off will take place as scheduled – rain or shine! For more information, please visit http://www.WasteTrac.org or call the Waste Trac Education Team at 266-TRAC (8722).

For those residents unable to attend the April 10th drop-off event, the Black Hawk County Solid Waste Management Commission will be sponsoring another free drop-off event for Black Hawk County residents this fall on Saturday, September 25th from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Cedar Falls Utilities. Check the Waste Trac website for updates as the September event approaches.

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April 7, 2010 at 6:00 am

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