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Iowa Arboretum

1875 Peach Street

Mission Statement :
The Iowa Arboretum's mission is to grow, display, identify and study plants and demonstrate their values and uses for education; scientific research; conservation; esthetic purposes; and for personal enjoyment and recreation.

The Iowa Arboretum, Located on 378 acres in the heart of Boone county contains hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowers in a quiet scenic setting. This living museum offers something for visitors of all ages and interests.

Its main goal is to help people appreciate and better understand plant life. Here you can learn which plants are best adapted to the soils and climate of Iowa and how to use these plants properly for landscaping, gardening conservation and other purposes. The Arboretum also serves as an outdoor laboratory for testing the hardiness and adaptability of newly introduced plants.


Mark Mehl

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Nice nature-oriented place to explore with many trees and a pond containing frogs. They also have a large meeting room with kitchen and several outside gazebos for hosting a wedding. There's a garden-oriented gift shop.

Terri Argotsinger

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
One of our favorite quiet getaway spots. Love the gazebos and the pond by the willow tree. Little out of the way to get there but that makes it even more quiet.

Christi L

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Workshops, tours, trees and some sculpture, too, on a flat piece of land, without much shade but many flying little bugs on a hot day in May. $5 entrance fee waived for lecture attendees, and a very nice gift shop. Grateful for the Aboretum.

Elisabeth Naylor

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Under utilized trails of awesome! Spring plant sale is always worthwhile. Signing up for membership online is super simple.


Monday, May 21, 2018
Beautiful landscaping and an excellent atmosphere, this is a great place to spend a spring day with the kids.

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