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Happy Holidays from the Brenton Arboretum!
Saturday, January 4, 2014

It’s hard to believe the holidays are upon us! As we reflect on this past year, a few things come to mind…

Thank you for helping us connect kids to nature! In 2013, 944 children experienced the arboretum through school field trips, nature clubs, leaf labs and nature play activities. If your children or grandchildren are not growing in their understanding of the natural world or spending enough time outdoors, ask their school to contact us for a spring field trip.

We added 141 new trees and shrubs to the collection this year. We now have over 2,100!

Need gift ideas? An arboretum membership is the perfect way to express thanks, love or friendship to somebody special. Then they can experience this beautiful, serene place for themselves. If interested, call Beth at 515.992.4211.

On your next visit, stop by the Vista Room. For a $20 donation, you receive a set of note-cards featuring trees and vistas of the arboretum. The Vista Room is the perfect space for a gathering any time of year for family, friends and co-workers. Call to reserve a date!

Looking ahead to 2014…

  • Drake musicians in the Vista Room
  • Annual Chamber Music Concert in the Pavilion
  • The String Thing:  Lively storytelling like you’ve never seen
  • Vanishing Acts traveling exhibit
  • Native plant art
  • And much more!

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

The Brenton Arboretum Staff

Brenton Arboretum is a lovely, serene haven when blanketed under frosty snow during winter months. Start a new tradition of strolling through the conifers with your family this holiday season. What a great way to create cherished moments with your loved ones!

Blog History

9/13/2018 - Andy Schmitz, Director of Horticulture, Published in Prestigious Journal
3/24/2016 - Dallas County Foundation funds new Gator for Brenton Arboretum
2/15/2016 - The Best Tree You've Never Heard Of
7/1/2015 - Stormwater Walk
5/22/2015 - Historic Homes & Gardens of the Scottich Highlands Tour
12/15/2014 - Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Five Southern Iowa Counties
10/24/2014 - 2014 Urban Tree Conference
8/25/2014 - Emerald Ash Borer
7/17/2014 - Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat Exhibit
5/7/2014 - INTOXICATING!
3/4/2014 - Plant Conservation at the Brenton Arboretum
2/18/2014 - Drought 2012 by Becky Strom
2/4/2014 - Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Bremer and Wapello Counties
1/28/2014 - Drake University Contest
1/13/2014 - The Des Moines Register ‘s Editorial: Iowa needs to focus on ash tree disaster
1/13/2014 - Des Moines Register, Iowa View: 32,000 football fields of trees gone
1/4/2014 - Happy Holidays from the Brenton Arboretum!
1/3/2014 - Osage Orange
10/23/2013 - The Chiara Quartet
1/1/2010 - Kids Nature Club
1/1/2010 - Register for a FREE program!