Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Head House Remodel

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Over the past fifteen years, the Head House (green garage north of the parking lot) has been the center of activity at the Arboretum.  This building has served many roles – everything from maintenance equipment storage, greenhouse for tender annuals during late May frosts, staff offices, to party venue for volunteer appreciation events!

Did you know?  The name “Head House” is often used in public gardens to refer to maintenance headquarters.

The Head House is now ready to take on a new role (now that we have our new storage barn!):  Arboretum Welcome Center.  Volunteers and staff feel strongly feel that retrofitting an existing space allows us to remain focused on enhancing the beauty and functionality of our current landscape, rather than building additional infrastructure.

An on-site, year-round Welcome Center would provide:

::     An inviting meeting space to allow Arboretum staff and volunteer greeters to welcome, inform and direct visitors and group tours.

::     An open meeting space for Arboretum volunteers/donors to congregate and provide staff the opportunity to better invest in these main stakeholders.

::     A functional workspace for staff and interns, education programs, Arboretum meetings and committee projects.

::     An enhanced rental space for family celebrations, company retreats and private events.

The completed Welcome Center will have an open floor plan attractive for meetings and events and will include information kiosks, a public restroom and a small kitchenette.   The east wall of the building (where a garage door currently exists) will showcase large windows overlooking a furnished patio and four-season garden to complement the existing landscape.

The renovated building will also include two small offices for the Arboretum’s full-time Director of Horticulture and part-time Program Coordinator.  Before this time, the Arboretum has rented office space in Waterloo and staff has traveled between the two locations for meetings and events.

Arboretum Volunteers and staff are currently seeking community grants to cover the costs of this remodel.  If you would like more information on how you can support this important project, please contact Mollie at director@cedarvalleyarboretum.org or call (319)226-4966.  Watch for updates as we continue to develop this project!

See you in the gardens,



Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

March 14, 2012 at 6:52 am

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