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What is an arboretum?
An arboretum is an outdoor museum of trees. Each of our trees is labeled with its botanical name and a catalogue number.
When was the arboretum founded?
The Brenton Arboretum was founded by Buz Brenton in 1997 on ancestral land which has been owned by the Brenton family since 1853. The arboretum showcases the importance of trees in our world and preserves a beautiful and important natural area.
Is the arboretum open to the public?
Yes. You can visit daily from 9 am to sunset. Upon arrival, we ask that you sign our guestbook in the Information Kiosk locate at the main entrance.
How large is the arboretum?
The arboretum is 140 acres with over 2,200 trees representing 184 species.
Who designed the arboretum?
The arboretum's master plan was designed by Anthony Tyznik, former landscape architect at the Morton Arboretum near Chicago. The design features tree collections amidst sweeping vistas of native prairie. Most of the tree and shrub collections are grouped by species to allow visitors to make direct comparisons.
Are pets allowed at the arboretum?
Yes, however, we ask that you please keep your pet on a leash when near other visitors.
Is fishing allowed?
Please do not fish in our ponds and streams.
Is smoking allowed at the arboretum?
Smoking is not permitted at the arboretum.
If I rent the pavilion, can I use the fireplace?
Fires are permitted at arboretum sponsored events only.
Can I volunteer at the arboretum?
Yes! There are many opportunities to share your time and talent. Please visit our Volunteer Page to see a complete list, or call our office at 515.992.4211 for more information. Thank you.
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