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The View, May 2019
What's Growing on at the Arboretum?
Flowers have started to show up around the Arboretum grounds! Last week we had beautiful Magnolia buds in the Hillside Welcome Garden and then the first bit of rain came through. Now we can see the start of peonies, growth on the roses, and many other flowers coming to life. You could come out every day and find something new!
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Save the date: Annual Plant Sale
Once again, we're partnering with Green Scene for our annual plant sale. Stop by the National Cattle Congress Grounds at the Agricultural building on Saturday, May 11th from 9:00-12:00 and bring the whole family to help get your gardens ready for spring. 

There will be a variety of annuals, perennials, and other assorted plants to purchase. Each item you take home helps to continue the amazing work done by our organizations. We highly recommend bringing baskets or other transportation methods from the NCC grounds. Come early because the line will form fast!

Did you know that members receive a discount coupon to be used at the plant sale? Depending on your membership level, you could get $2, $3, or even $5 off your total purchase! Not sure if you're a member? Call the office at 319-226-4966 and we can check for you. All current members should receive a coupon by Friday, May 10th.
Visit Arboretums & Botanic Gardens around the US!
Did you know that there are 6 other botanic gardens in Iowa that are a part of the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions program? 

These gardens are a great place to visit on a day trip or a quick road trip for a weekend off. Learn more about the over 320+ gardens you can visit with a reciprocal admission from the Cedar Valley Arboretum here. 
The Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens are excited to partner with Green Scene once again for our annual plant sale. Please join us on Saturday, May 11th from 9-12 at the Agricultural building on the Cattle Congress grounds in Waterloo. Between the two non-profits, there will be a wide selection of annuals and perennials as well as succulents, house plants and much more! Cash or check only, no cards will be accepted. Arboretum members will receive a discount coupon by mail to be used at the plant sale by May 10th.
May 12th, 2019
Mother’s Day- Free Admission Day
Free Admission Days are offered to community members so that they can enjoy access to the Arboretum throughout the season. Additional dates may be offered with sponsorship.  On Mother’s Day, all mothers will receive free admission to the Arboretum.
May 13th – 19th 2019
National Public Gardens Week
Stop by the Arboretum during National Public Gardens Week and share why public gardens such as ours are important to you! Follow us on social media and use the hashtags #MyGarden, #CVABGnationalpublicgardensweek, and #Nationalpublicgardensweek to show us the fun activities you do at the Arboretum.
 
May 21st, 2019
Class: Hops in the House- 7:00-8:00 PM
For ornamental use or for brewing beer, hops are one of the most intriguing edible plants you can grow in your garden today. Learn how to grow your own plants, growing techniques, harvesting and unique crafts. $15 for non-members, $13.50 for members
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May 24th, 2019
Class: Land protection tools W/ the INHF-5:00-6:30
To many Iowans, the land they own isn’t just “property.” It’s where they grew up, where they explore and where they’ve invested their heart and soul. Since 1979, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) has helped hundreds of landowners protect the land they love.  In this session, INHF’s Carole Teator will discuss some of the choices and tax benefits available to Iowa landowners who want to safeguard the future of their land. $10 non-members, $8.50 members
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June 5th, 2019
Storytime with Penny Popp and Karen Barnes – 10:30-11:00
Join us for Storytime with the Penny Popp and Karen Barnes as they read stories in the children's garden. Free trolley rides will be offered after the story is read with time for questions as well. This event is free with regular admission: $5 for adults (ages 18+), $2 for children (ages 5-17), Ages 4 and under and members are free.
June 8th, 2019
Succulent Tea Cups - 2:00-3:00
Join us for this special make and take course at the Arboretum. Instructor Keri Byrum will lead an educational session on taking care of succulents and then participants will be provided with succulents and teacups to fill and take home. Enjoy treats and fresh tea as you create beautiful succulent displays. Each participant will receive a takeaway bag and be entered to win door prizes. $35 Non-members / $30 Members.
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June 10th, 2019
Kindness Rocks! – 10:30-11:30
Kindness rocks are a fun way to be creative, spread joy, and promote kindness in your community! Join Alex Williams, and avid kindness rocks maker and founder of KindnessRocksCF in making kindness rocks to be placed all over the Cedar Valley. This event is free with regular admission, however, preregistration to make sure we have enough materials is required. Regular Admission: $5 for adults (ages 18+), $2 for children (ages 5-17), Ages 4 and under and members are free.
June 10th, 2019
Kindness Rocks! – 10:30-11:30
Kindness rocks are a fun way to be creative, spread joy, and promote kindness in your community! Join Alex Williams, and avid kindness rocks maker and founder of KindnessRocksCF in making kindness rocks to be placed all over the Cedar Valley. This event is free with regular admission, however preregistration to make sure we have enough materials is required. Regular Admission: $5 for adults (ages 18+), $2 for children (ages 5-17), Ages 4 and under and members are free.
June 12th, 2019
Storytime with the Waterloo Fire Department 10:30-11:00
Join us for Storytime with the Waterloo Fire Department as they read stories in the children's garden. Free trolley rides will be offered after the story is read with time for questions as well. This event is free with regular admission: $5 for adults (ages 18+), $2 for children (ages 5-17), Ages 4 and under and members are free.
June 15th, 2019
Moonlight & Roses – 6:00-9:00
Join us for an elegant, magical evening in the gardens for a fundraiser featuring beautiful stringed lights, live jazz music, a wine tasting, catered food and of course many roses. Tickets are $65 for non-members and $55 for members.
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June 16th, 2019
Father’s Day – Free Admission For Fathers
Free Admission Days are offered to community members so that they can enjoy access to the Arboretum throughout the season. Additional dates may be offered with sponsorship.  On Father’s Day, all fathers will receive free admission to the Arboretum.
June 17th 2019- 5:00-7:00
Guided Garden Tours
Join us for a large group, walking tour of the Arboretum. This tour will be led by knowledgeable staff and volunteers of the Arboretum and take you on a trip through time and nature as you learn about the beginnings of the Arboretum and the work that was put into making us the location we are today. This event is free with regular admission: $5 for adults (ages 18+), $2 for children (ages 5-17), Ages 4 and under and members are free.
June 19th, 2019
Storytime with Mayor Brown, Cedar Falls- 10:30-11:00
Join us for Storytime with Mayor Brown of Cedar Falls as he reads stories in the children's garden. Free trolley rides will be offered after the story is read with time for questions as well. This event is free with regular admission: $5 for adults (ages 18+), $2 for children (ages 5-17), Ages 4 and under and members are free.
June 23rd, 2019
Class: Amazing world of Succulents 11:30-12:30
Succulents and cacti are a great way to add low maintenance plants to your garden and home. Join us as we discuss the plants, designs, care and propagation that will make succulents some of your new favorite plants $15 for non-members, $13.50 for members
June 24th, 2019
Cultivate Wellness Series-Colorful Coleus – 2:00-3:00
Flowering plants beware!  Coleus provides a stunning array of vibrant colors to brighten the garden.  Instructor, Tracy Grandy, will share information about this popular plant, and guide participants in planting a spot of color for their own outdoor or windowsill garden. This event is free with regular admission: $5 for adults (ages 18+), $2 for children (ages 5-17), Ages 4 and under and members are free. Pre-registration is suggested so we can have enough materials for everyone. Please email office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org to pre-register. 
June 26th, 2019
Storytime with Mayor Hart, Waterloo – 10:30-11:00
Join us for Storytime with Mayor Hart of Waterloo as he reads stories in the children's garden. Free trolley rides will be offered after the story is read with time for questions as well. This event is free with regular admission: $5 for adults (ages 18+), $2 for children (ages 5-17), Ages 4 and under and members are free.
July 26th, 2019
Sweet Corn Shindig-5:30-7:30
Join us for a special fundraising event that celebrates all things sweet corn. Sweet corn is an Iowa staple, a great addition to your garden, and a tasty summer treat. Enjoy local foods, learn about the different varieties of sweet corn that can be grown in your garden, play sweetcorn themed games, shop our country store, and listen to live music. Please bring your own seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance and includes dinner and drinks. Members: Adults $20, Kids $8 (age 5-17). Non Members: Adults $25, Kids $10 (age 5-17)
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Join us on yet another blast to the past as Paul takes us on a brief visit to the Arboretum 2010.

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