Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

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.


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

April 29, 2010 at 8:00 am

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