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November Wreath Making Classes at the Arboretum!

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To get into the holiday spirit, the Arboretum hosted several wreath making classes in November.  A variety of fresh greens were harvested from the grounds and each participant took home her/his own creation.  A perfect addition to a front door or gift for a friend!

This is always one of my favorite classes of the year.  Make sure to sign up for this fun class next fall – it’s the perfect way to start the holiday season!

Private classes are also available each year for your club or group of friends (For those of you who schedule all events at the beginning of the year!).  To schedule, email me at director@cedarvalleyarboretum.org.

Also, a BIG THANK YOU to all who ordered a wreath from the Arboretum this month.  Proceeds from our wreath sale with fund garden projects for the 2012 season.

See you in the gardens.

 

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November 30, 2011 at 6:00 am

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Book Review: Bringing a Garden to Life

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Looking for a holiday gift for the gardener in your life?  This just might be it!  In our November View, Pat McGivern reviewed Bringing a Garden to Life, by Carol Williams.  The book sounds so intriguing that I wanted to share the review with you!

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A book review by Pat McGivern

 

Bringing a Garden to Life, by Carol Williams

Illustrations by Newton Stubbing

(Bantam Books 1998)

Carol Williams is a gardener who writes from her knowledge and experience to create a simple and encouraging guide to making a garden and sustaining it as it grows and changes.  Publishers Weekly, in choosing this as a Book of the Year, described her as “having the soul of a poet” who “conveys her enthusiasm to readers in apparently effortless, graceful prose.”  Michael Pollen (author of Second Nature) described this book as “consisting in equal parts of instruction and delight….that rarest of modern gardening books:  one that manages to combine the philosophical and practical sides of gardening with grace and wisdom.”

The author eloquently sets forth the basic processes of gardening, from Making a Place (chapter 1) and Preparing the Ground (chapter 2), to further chapters on Composting, Beginning from Seed, Transplanting and Propagating, Weeding, Pruning, Flowers, Vegetables, Herbs, Trees, and Tools and Time.  Each chapter begins with quotations or poetry, and is laced with practical wisdom and lovely drawings or sketches from nature. The author’s focus is not to only find joy in a finished garden, but to enjoy the work at hand and your presence in nature.  She quotes Shakespeare in support:  “Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.”  For instance, in writing about weeding, the author states, ” I have found there is another kind of beauty, and some mystery, in the garden that gets away, goes a little wild, allows entry to the unexpected.”  Later giving her practical suggestions, she will stress, “Whatever one’s goal of weededness, the real secret of weeding is to enjoy it.”

I would recommend this book to both experienced gardeners and novices for positive and upbeat winter reading that contains plenty of gardening advice, plus the author’s philosophy that we garden not to escape from reality but to observe it closely, and to renew ourselves in experiencing the connectedness of creation.

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See you in the gardens.

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November 30, 2011 at 1:05 am

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Showing Soon at the CEEE

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Hey All – thought I might pass along some information about two documentaries showing at the CEEE (Center for Energy and Environmental Education at University of Northern Iowa) later this month.  Both sound very interesting!  Free and open to the public!

  

Living Downstream will be shown Monday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. in UNI’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education auditorium. The Washington Post writes, “Handsomely photographed and powerfully argued . . . Steingraber’s scientific cool and unflagging sense of mission make for an arresting portrait of a self-styled modern day Rachel Carson.”

 

Vanishing of the Bees will be shown Wednesday, November 30, at 7:00 p.m. in UNI’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education auditorium.  Immediately after the showing, an outstanding panel of experts, including Andrew Joseph (the state apiarist), Carl Thurman (UNI Biology Department), Manley Bigalk (Golden Ridge Honey), and Robert Fassbinder (Fassbinder Apiary), will discuss the film and the ramifications right here in Iowa.

 

For more information on CEEE, please click here: http://www.ceee.uni.edu.

 

 

 

See you in the gardens.

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November 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm

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2012 Season Projects

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Earlier this week, I mentioned we have several projects in the hopper for 2012.  My favorite part of working at the Arboretum is seeing our gardens change and grow each season – next year will be no exception!  I am excited for a few months indoors to really tackle the details that will make these projects come to life.

Since we are still in a bit of “getting the gardens to bed” mode, many of these projects still need to be fleshed out.  A few, however, have already started to come together on site.  Our two main projects of the 2012 season will be remodeling the Head House into a year-round welcome center and dismantling the community gardens for additional event space.  Two transformations that will significantly improve how the Arboretum interacts with our community!

Head House Remodel

  

(Left: The Head House in 2009 packed to the gills.  Right: New barn on the southwest corner of the parking lot.)

When I started at the Arboretum in 2008, the Head House stored all our equipment, tools, etc. as well as housed a small summer office for me – that was a lot to pack into one small building!  Now that we have our new fancy barn for storage and work space, the Head House is open to be used for other uses.  A BIG NEED we have is a better way to greet and orientate new visitors.  With the Head House located just north of our main parking lot, this building is situated perfectly to welcome visitors to the gardens.  Remodeling this building would also provide the opportunity to have staff offices on site year-round.

Community Garden Dismantle

 

 

(Left: Community Gardens midsummer.  Right: Community gardens this fall with plant material and brick edging removed.)

I know, I know…. we must be crazy to discontinue our community garden program.  Many of the months of our open season, these 10×10’ plots look beautiful!  BUT just wait until you see this space re-imagined!  The community gardens were a space that was used well but could be used even better – this area is prime real estate for Arboretum events and private rentals.

Other projects on the list for 2012?  Annual plant material for the Rose Garden, expanded Enabling Garden plantings, interactive stations in the Children’s Garden… just  to name a few.  As we start our planning sessions this winter, I’ll have more fun updates to share.  Stay tuned!

 

Have a great weekend.  See you in the gardens.

 

 

 

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November 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm

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Holiday Wreaths On Sale Now!

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New this year, the Arboretum will be selling handmade holiday wreaths!  The wreaths will be made on a 22-inch wire frame with a variety of fresh greens found on site at the Arboretum.  If hung outdoors, these lush, green wreaths will remain fresh throughout the holiday season and into the new year.

Order yours today!  Wreaths are $25.00 each and proceeds from the sale will fund 2012 garden improvements. 

Order deadline is Monday, November 7th.  Complete the form on the following page and mail to: Cedar Valley Arboretum, PO Box 1833, Waterloo, IA 50704. 

Please contact Mollie at director@cedarvalleyarboretum.org or (319)504-8182 with any questions.

$25.00 each with all proceeds funding 2012 garden improvement projectsNeed larger or smaller wreath?  Contact Mollie for details!

Deadline for ordering is Monday, November 7th.  Wreaths can be picked up Thursday, November 17th and Friday, November 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 19th from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Other arrangements can be made under special circumstances.

 

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Please fill out the following information and mail to: Cedar Valley Arboretum, PO Box 1833, Waterloo, IA 50704.

 

Name:

Phone:

Street Address:

City: 

Zip: 

Email:

 

Total Number of Wreaths:

Total Enclosed:

Gift Tag(s) Needed? 

 

Are you able to pick up your wreath(s) between Thursday, November 17th and Friday, November 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or Saturday, November 19th from 8:00 a.m. to noon?

Payment must be included with order.  Complete credit card information or enclose check made payable to: Cedar Valley Arboretum. A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.

Credit Card #:

Please check one of the following:  VISA __ MC __ Discover __

Exp:

Sec Code:

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Orders can also be made over the phone or via email by contacting Mollie at director@cedarvalleyarboretum.org or (319)504-8182.

 

 

 

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November 2, 2011 at 6:31 am

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Wreath Making 101: Saturday, November 12th

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(Participants from 2010 wreath making class.)

 

I often greet November with a bit of dread in my stomach.  With another great season behind us, it’s time to put the gardens to bed and prepare for a long winter inside.  But not the case this year – the winter is going to fly by with all the exciting projects we have going on at the Arboretum!  I will tell you more about what’s in the hopper later this week – today I want to tell you about our wreath making class scheduled for Saturday, November 12th.

This class is hands down my favorite class of the year.  Each participant will create his/her own fresh greens wreath on a 22” frame (the actual wreath will be several inches wider when done) to take home.  We will also have step-by-step bow tying lessons with many great ideas for decorating wreaths with both traditional and contemporary examples.  Because we use fresh greens, these beautiful wreaths will last through the New Year if placed outdoors.  It is the perfect welcome to your front door or better yet, a great gift for family and friends!

Here are the details:

What:  Wreath Making Class (all levels of skill invited!)

When:  Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

Where:  the Arboretum’s Head House (green garage directly north of the parking lot)

Cost:  $30.00 per participant (ages 16 and up) OR $25.00 for members.  Pre-registration required.

To register, print out this page and fill out the information below.  You can also register online from our home page at http://www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org/registration.asp#Adult (scroll to bottom of page).

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Please fill out the following information and mail to: Cedar Valley Arboretum, PO Box 1833, Waterloo, IA 50704.

Name:

Phone:

Street Address:

City: 

Zip: 

Email:

 

Would you like to receive The View, The Arboretums e-newsletter? _____Yes   _____No

Are you currently a member?  _____Yes   _____No

 

Participant Name(s):                                                                     

Total Program Registration Fees

Total Enclosed: 

 

Please complete credit card information or enclose check made payable to: Cedar Valley Arboretum.

Credit Card #:

Please check one of the following:  VISA __ MC __ Discover __

Exp:

Sec Code:

Refund Policy If a program is canceled, you will be notified and receive a full refund. If you choose to cancel your registration, you must call (319) 226-4966 a minimum of 24 hours in advance to receive a refund. A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.

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Classes fill quickly so register early!  Registration is due by Monday, November 7th and payment is due at the time of registration.  For questions regarding registration, please call (319)226-4966 or email office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org.  No day-of registrations will be accepted.  All registrants will be notified by 8:00 a.m. the day of class if cancelled due to weather or safety concerns.

See you in the gardens,

Mollie

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November 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm

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