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RAGBRAI is coming to town!

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The gardens are looking FANTASTIC …. just in time to show them off to all the RAGBRAI participants going through Waterloo tomorrow night!  RAGBRAI riders will be riding east on Orange Road and then turning north on Hess Road up to the water park.  It should be quite a sight!  In partnership with Hawkeye Community College, the Arboretum will also be open for a select amount of pre-registered campers to camp in the grassy areas surrounding our parking lot. 

Since Hawkeye Community College is the main campsite and the main organizer for our area, the Arboretum is letting them manage the camping and other hosting responsibilities (food, shower facilities, security, etc).  To not interfere with their plans, there will be no organized events at the Arboretum.  But we are still anticipating many RAGBRAI participants will want to visit the Arboretum and walk through our gardens!

If you are free on Thursday afternoon and early evening, I encourage you to come out to the Arboretum and greet some of our RAGBRAI visitors.  I know they would enjoy meeting you and learning more about the Arboretum from you!

For those of you who volunteer in the gardens on Thursdays, we will not be working in the gardens.  In order to keep our equipment and tools secure, I will be locking the Head House.  The Education Center will also be locked, but restrooms will remain open.

See you in the gardens.

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July 28, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Lurie Garden

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Can you indulge me with one more blog post about Chicago?  The Windy City is filled with too many beautiful parks and gardens to count, but my favorite will always be the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park.  Every time I visit, I am in awe of the garden design and plant combinations.  To learn more about the Lurie Garden, visit http://luriegarden.org/.

         

And every time I tour the gardens, I see a new plant that I fall in love with.  This visit I found three! 

From left to right they are:

Digitalis ferruginea   —  Rusty Foxglove

This foxglove has a more subtle flower than others, but still worth planting in your garden!  (Floxglove is a biennial, so there is only foliage the first year followed by a flower the second.  Like many other biennials, foxglove is self-seeding.)

Inula magnifica ‘Sonnestrahl’   —  Fleabane

Fleabane is very tall!  The full-size plant comes in at about seven feet tall, so you need some space for this beauty!

Scutellaria incana   —  Skullcap

Skullcap has a more subtle, dainty flower than the other two, but still so pretty!

All three have great mid-summer interest with height and thrive in our region. 

See you in the gardens.

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July 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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Strong Storms

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Oh, the power of Mother Nature!  The strong rain storms we have been experiencing can take a real toll on the Arboretum grounds.  This is a picture of the walking path from the labyrinth looking west to Hawkeye Community College.  Our paths are crushed limestone … and clearly no match to such heavy rains. 

THANK YOU to the volunteers who help clean up after each storm!

See you in the gardens.

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July 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm

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Three Cheers for the Community Gardeners!

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If you have not visited the Arboretum lately, I encourage you to do so … SOON!  The community gardens are looking spectacular … filled with color, wonderful texture and interesting plant combinations.  Plus (what makes me the happiest) there are barely any weeds to be found. 

A huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers who work so hard in these gardens!

 

         

See you in the gardens.

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July 22, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Windy City

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I was fortunate enough to get away to Chicago for a few days early last week.  Downtown Chicago is always one of my favorite spots for garden touring and this summer’s display was no exception! 

One of my favorite streets to see top-notch annual displays is Michigan Avenue between the Drake Hotel and Millennium Park.  The street medians and flowerbeds outside the shops are always filled with color, textures and interesting plant combinations.  And what I love the most is that the plants used are often the same annuals we can find in our local garden centers!  Here are a few of my favorites:

While there were a few tropical plants used in this bed, the main stars are red coleus, pink dahlias, purple Brazilian verbena and a yellow African daisy.  Common annuals, but look so lush and inviting when planted in mass!

     

To add some interest to these coleus and impatiens, a succulent was incorporated – how fun!

      

Look at the different color, texture and size of these coleus varieties!  They are beautiful in the dappled sun (and I even like when some are allowed to bloom)!

See you in the gardens.

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July 21, 2010 at 6:00 am

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Wedding Bells

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It has been a busy month here and I have missed visiting with you regularly on our Arboretum blog.  But I hope you’ll forgive me … along with Arboretum events, programs and general upkeep, John and I were married on July 10th!  It was a beautiful day and we were blessed to share it with our family and close friends.  Thanks to many of you for the well wishes!

All my contact information will remain the same, but I do have a new last name … Aronowitz.  Yep, it is kind of a long one!  I’ll be happy to pronounce it for you next time we meet.

Speaking of wedding bells, did you know we have several weddings and family celebrations each year at the Arboretum?  To learn more about renting the Arboretum for your next event, I encourage you to visit http://www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org/rentals.asp.

See you in the gardens.

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July 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm

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Sign up today for the Arboretum newsletter!

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Do you subscribe to the Arboretum’s e-newsletter, The View?  If you do not, I encourage you to do so!  Each month’s newsletter is packed full of great information and the latest edition is no exception.  To read for yourself, please click here: The View Volume 3 Issue 7.

You can subscribe online by clicking here:  http://www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org/newsletter.asp.

Stay cool!  See you in the gardens.

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July 15, 2010 at 6:00 am

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