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What’s In Bloom

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Looking for some perennials to add early season interest to your garden?  Consider adding these beauties to your garden for a pop of color for your Memorial Day (or graduation open house) party.


Lady’s Mantle






See you in the gardens.



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May 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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A Special Invitation — Garden Gallery & Gift Shop

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Hey All – Just wanted to pass along a fun invitation that came my way.  Jolene is a longtime Arboretum volunteer and supporter as well as artist and peony enthusiast.  She is having weekend open houses at her home in June and passed along this information.  It is worth the drive to Grundy Center just to see her gardens and art!

See you in the gardens.

Garden Gallery & Gift Shop

801 10th Street

Grundy Center, Iowa

June 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, & 25-26

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily – rain or shine


The Outside Garden:

Stroll through my garden.  Outside garden art includes an old push lawn mower and a cultivator, pots, planters, trellises, birdhouses, and lots of other items.

Featured items include ‘garden flowers’ and ‘garden towers’.  Each piece is created from old glass. Over 100 pieces are designed for display outside in the garden or hung on outdoor buildings or inside as glass art.

Garden and yard art is displayed in a flower garden filled with over 70 peony bushes.  Varieties include  ‘First Arrival’, ‘Double Pink’,  ‘Mary Brand’, ‘Brand’s Magnificent’, ‘Felix Crousse’, ‘Festiva Maxima’, ‘Lady Kate’, ‘Pride of Shenandoah’ (from Earle May gardens), ‘Rachel’, ‘Do Tell’, ‘Snow Swan’, ‘Raspberry Clown’, ‘Lillian Wild’, ‘Late White’, ‘Kansas’, ‘Celebration’, ‘Jenny’s Rose’, ‘Charles Burgess’ and fern leaf peonies.

The Inside Gift Shop:  All kinds of fun items for the home, kitchen and garden!

CARDS –   ‘Pressed Flower’ cards, ‘Greetings From Iowa’ cards, ‘Paper Dolls’ cards, ‘Reborn’ cards and  . . . . Wills’s Cigarette Cards and bookmarks

Also included inside are decorated mirrors, art pottery, and antique items as well as collectables. Vintage hand-crocheted pillowcases, baskets, nostalgic napkin and tablecloth sets, and gardening books round out the items available.




“I am making a conscious effort to Renew, Reuse and Recycle.   Virtually nothing in my garden or shop is new.   There are just too many pretty and interesting things in this world being thrown away.  I buy them, enjoy them for a while and then sell them to others who appreciate.”  Jolene Rosauer

* Featured in ‘Iowa Gardening’ magazine, February/Early Spring2011

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May 20, 2011 at 6:00 am

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Last Chance – May 24th Super Sprouts Class Registration!

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We have a few spots open in our first Super Sprouts class for next Tuesday!  Our first Super Sprouts of the 2011 season will be Tuesday, May 24th at 10:00 a.m. in the Children’s Garden.  Registration was due on the 17th, but thought I would offer up the opportunity for a discounted $3.00 registration fee to our Facebook and blog readers.  But register soon — only a few slots are still open!

To register, please call me at (319)504-8182 or email me at director@cedarvalleyarboretum.org before Friday, May 20th at 5:00 p.m.  No late online registrations  will be accepted.  Late registrations will be paid at the time of the class. 

Super Sprouts is a fun new program we are doing for youth 18 to 36 months.   The parent or caregiver stays with the child during the 40-minute class while we explore the theme — next week it is “Teddy Bear Picnic” — and gardens.  It is just a fun opportunity to get your little one out exploring in a safe, engaging environment.

Can’t attend our May 24th class but would like to attend another Super Sprouts?  Check out these dates:

June 21                 Creepy Crawlies

July 26                   All Aboard!

August 30            Rainbow Gardens

All classes are 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. in the Children’s Garden.

To register for any (or all!) of the remaining classes, please visit our education page on our website at www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org to register online or print out a registration form.

See you in the gardens.

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May 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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Is this Heaven? No, it’s the Mennonite Greenhouses.

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With help from the Arboretum’s Planning & Operations Committee, I go about filling our Enabling Garden, Children’s Garden and containers with colorful annuals each year.  And every winter members of P&O tell me that I just have to get over to the Mennonite Greenhouses near Charles City.  These greenhouses have been bragged about for so long that I was starting to believe it was all just talk – until I saw for myself last week.


Oh.  My.  Gosh.  In all four greenhouses we visited, I just walked around with my mouth open.


The quality of plant blew me over.  AND the prices couldn’t be beat – much of what I saw was cheaper than what I could purchase wholesale!  The photos here are just a peak at what I saw.


Want to visit for yourself?  Here are the greenhouses we visited:

Deerfield Greenhouse


From Hwy 18, take Cheyenne Avenue 5 miles North

Underwood Greenhouse


1120 Underwood Avenue; 10 miles north of Charles City and 6 miles south of New Haven

Hoover’s Greenhouse

1680 Cheyenne Avenue; 3 miles north of Hwy 18 in Ionia


Oak Grove Greenhouse (My favorite!)


1040 Exeter Avenue; from Alta Vista 2 miles west, ½ north

I’m hoping to get my annuals planted early next week – stay tuned for photos!

See you in the gardens.

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May 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

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Green Thumb Roadtrip

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Hey All – just wanted to pass along this fun opportunity!

See you in the gardens.

Get some green for your yard, while being green and car-pooling to Seed Savers Exchange!

Join Hartman Reserve Nature Center for a roadtrip to Decorah on Saturday, May 21st.  The group will visit the Decorah downtown district, eat lunch at the barn patio at Seed Saver’s Exchange, and then have the opportunity to both tour and shop at Seed Saver’s.  The Green Thumb Roadtrip is part of Hartman Reserve Nature Center’s FANS (Fun Adult Nature Series)

Participants will need to bring a sack lunch, comfortable walking shoes and spending money.  The group will load up in the conservation vans and Hartman Reserve naturalists will chauffeur you to Decorah. The roadtrip is limited to the first 10 participants who send in their payment. The cost is $15.00 per person.  The group will leave the Hartman Reserve Nature Center parking lot at 8:30 AM and return between 5:30 and 6:00 PM.

To register for the Green Thumb Roadtrip, please send payment by May 19 to Hartman Reserve Nature Center at 657 Reserve Dr., Cedar Falls, IA 50613 or sign up in person.  The limited spots in the van can also be secured by paying on-line at http://www.BlackHawkCountyParks.com.  As the date gets closer to the registration deadline, please call ahead to the nature center office to check for availability, (319) 277-2187.

For more Information:

Contact Tammy Turner at Hartman Reserve Nature Center, (319) 277-2187.

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May 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

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Come Join the Fun! Volunteer Opportunities for Week of May 9th

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We are ready to get going in the gardens!  Below is a list of garden volunteer opportunities for the week – no gardening experience required to participate!

* Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  —  Plan to weed and prune in the Children’s Garden.

* Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  —  Plan to weed and prune in the Shade Garden.

* Thursday – Attend first Weed and Unwind of the season – a fun time in the gardens!

(The Arboretum’s weekly Weed & Unwind event is the easiest – and funnest! – way to volunteer in the gardens.  Plan on attending a Weed & Unwind event, held each Thursday starting at 4:00 p.m.  Volunteers are welcome to come and go as their schedule allows.  After working in the gardens, volunteers are welcome to stick around and socialize.  This is an opportunity to volunteer in the gardens while meeting with friends and enjoying whatever drinks or snacks you may choose to bring!)

* Friday, at 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – Plan to weed and prune in the Display Gardens (and catch up in other areas not hit during the week).

At the times listed above, we will gather at the Head House (garage north of the parking lot).  No problem if you cannot come at the listed time but would like to show up later – just come find us in the gardens.  Please let me know if you are interested in attending one of the listed times so I can plan our time appropriately.

And feel free to pass along this information to friends!  The more the merrier (there are enough weeds for us all)!  🙂

Please email me at director@cedarvalleyarboretum.org if you have questions.

See you in the gardens.

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May 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

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Bird Spotting: Killdeer

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The Arboretum is a wonderful place to bird watch.  Often I am too distracted to look up and appreciate the different varieties that call our gardens home, but I’ve been trying to do better this spring.  Thankfully John, our resident bird expert and very good volunteer, knows many of the different varieties and last week we spotted a Kildeer’s nest.

Want to know more about Kildeers?  Check out this website:  http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/killdeer/id.

Enjoy the weekend.  See you in the gardens.

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May 7, 2011 at 6:00 am

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