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The View, July 2019
What's Growing on at the Arboretum?
Butterflies have made their way to the Arboretum! So far we've spotted them in the Rock Garden, the Children's Garden and by the bison Mosaiculture. Stop out and see if you can find more on your next visit! There are also butterflies on display in the Welcome Center where caterpillars can be found in different life cycle stages through out the month.
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Join us for a very special make and take course presented with the help of the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District and the City of Waterloo. Attendees will be lead through the process of creating their own rain barrel to be used in their own backyards and learn how to use their rain barrel in water conservation efforts. Conversion kits for the rain barrels have been partially funded with the help of the City of Waterloo and the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District.

There is a $15 materials fee to help cover the remaining cost of conversion kits as well as a class fee. $25 for Non-Members ($10 class fee, $15 materials fee), $23.50 for Members ($8 class fee, $15 materials fee). Reserve your spot by visiting http://www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org/education/education-classes/
We want to hear from you!
We are looking for input regarding the gift shop at the Arboretum. Those who complete this short survey can enter themselves into a drawing for two free admission passes to the Arboretum. The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes (unless you have a lot to share!).

Take the survey here: https://forms.gle/JkZnL53AnxRftcux9
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. 
Sweet Corn Shindig tickets are available!
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)

Purchase tickets at: http://www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org/events/ticketed-events-fundraisers/sweet-corn-shindig/
Check out the latest addition to the Arboretum grounds!
Did you get a chance to stop by our sculpture unveiling? If not, watch this video to learn more about this amazing piece of artwork and how it found its forever home at the Arboretum.
July 3rd, 2019
Storytime with Bob the Gnome- 10:30-11:00
Join us for Storytime with Bob the Gnome 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 8th, 2019
Cultivating Wellness Series - The Nose Knows – 2:00
Join instructor, Tracy Grandy, for this show and “smell” session featuring a variety of fragrant herbs and flowers.  See how many of these scents you can identify, and create a dried herb/flower sachet to take home. 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.
July 10th, 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 10th, 2019
Rain Barrel Class: 5:30-6:30
Join us for a very special make and take course presented with the help of the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District and the City of Waterloo. Attendees will be lead through the process of creating their own rain barrel to be used in their own backyards and learn how to use their rain barrel in water conservation efforts. Conversion kits for the rain barrels have been partially funded with the help of the City of Waterloo and the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District. There is a $15 materials fee to help cover the remaining cost of conversion kits as well as a class fee. $25 for Non-Members ($10 class fee, $15 materials fee), $23.50 for Members ($8 class fee, $15 materials fee)
Reserve your Spot
July 11th, 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. 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 16th, 2019
Gnome Night Out-6:00-7:00
Grab your favorite gnome from home and make it a date at the Arboretum. Join us for an interesting evening of gnome fun and activities! Learn about the history of gnomes, view priceless works of lost gnome art, and hear a story or two from Bob the Gnome. Have fun making and playing with fun gnome activities. Photo opportunities with your favorite gnome will be available to remember the evening. Visitors will receive a take home a gnome bag filled with all sorts of goodies. Everyone who attends will be entered in the Gnome drawing for fabulous gnome prizes and Gnome hats are provided. 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 19th, 2019
Tabor Home Wine Tasting-5:30-6:30
Have you seen the wine in the gift shop but weren't sure if you were ready to buy a bottle? This may be the event for you! Join us for a special tasting of Iowa Native Wines offered at the Arboretum from Tabor Home Winery in Baldwin, Iowa. Live music and samples will be offered in the Hillside Welcome Garden. Free with regular admission for adults and open to those ages 21+. Please bring a valid ID to this event.
July 24th, 2019
Storytime with Jill & Miss Sophie- 10:30-11:00
Join us for Storytime with Jill and her therapy dog, Miss Sophie 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.
 
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)
Purchase Tickets
July 27th, 2019
Class: Land protection tools W/ the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation -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
Reserve your Spot
July 29th, 2019
Cultivate Wellness Series - Mint Madness – 2:00
Mint attracts butterflies and bees to the garden and has culinary and medicinal uses as well.  Join instructor, Tracy Grandy, in an exploration of different varieties of mint, and create your own mint tea ball or sachet. 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.
July 31st, 2019
Storytime with Thomas Nelson & the Waterloo Courier- 10:30-11:00
Join us for Storytime with Thomas Nelson of the Waterloo Courier 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.
August 3rd, 2019
Class: Botanical Extracts and Essential Oils- 10:00-11:00
Plant based aromatherapy is a powerful tool to support our body, mood, emotions and behaviors. Come learn about the various plants and how they are being utilized in essential oils to promote healthy living. Learn how you can use different essential oils and application methods in your daily needs.
$15 for non-members, $13.50 for members
Reserve your Spot
August 3rd, 2019
Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Arboretum- 6:30-7:30
Stop by the Arboretum for a special late-night Storytime in the gardens. Join staff and volunteers as they read books before bedtime and lead children and their animal friends in a simple activity before the end of the night. Children can bring their stuffed animal friends and leave them overnight for a special sleepover in the children's garden and pick them up the next morning starting at 11:00 AM. Stuffed animals will play games, take a tour of the Arboretum, and get a chance to make new friends. Please only bring one stuffed animal per child. This event is free with admission to the gardens. $5 for adults, $2 per child ages 5-17, children 4 & under and members are free.
August 7th, 2019
Storytime with Diane the Pioneer- 10:30-11:00
Join us for Storytime with Diane the Pioneer Woman as she 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.
August 8th, 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
Reserve your Spot
August 12th, 2019
Cultivate Wellness Series - Say it With Flowers: Victorian Tussie-Mussies – 2:00-3:00
When you don’t have words to express how you feel, say it with flowers!  Instructor, Tracy Grandy, will share the symbolic meaning of popular flowers and herbs, and participants will create an old-fashioned mini bouquet or “Tussie-Mussie” to enjoy or share with someone special. 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.
 
August 14th, 2019
Storytime with the Cedar Falls Public Library- 10:30-11:30
Join us for Storytime with the Cedar Falls Public Library 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.
August 21st, 2019
Storytime with the Cedar Falls Police Department -10:30-11:00
Join us for Storytime with the Cedar Falls police 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.
August 30th, 2019
Stories under the stars with the Grout Museum – 8:30-10:00
Join us on Friday, August 30th from 8:30-10:00 PM for a special star party in the garden. The Grout Museum District will be telling stories using the constellations in the stars and creating a fun craft for attendees to bring home. Attendees are encouraged to bring sleeping bags, blankets, and wear warm clothing. This event will be held after hours in the Gardens and is free with regular admission. $5 for adults (ages 18+), $2 for children (ages 5-17), Ages 4 and under and members are free.
September 13th- October 31st
Scarecrow Vignettes
Scarecrows have made their way to the Arboretum! Walk through the gardens and see scarecrows in a variety of fun scenes and get inspiration for a scarecrow of your own. 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.
September 22nd & 23rd
Fall Harvest Festival
Join the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens for our largest event of the year. We're so excited to celebrate our 21st Annual Fall Harvest Festival Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd from 11:00 pm to 4:00 pm both days. There will be a variety of children's activities, live entertainment, craft and market vendors, and most importantly scarecrows!
 
Join us on yet another blast to the past as Paul takes us on a brief visit to the Arboretum 2012.

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