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Better Homes and Gardens

ia Magazine

The Iowan from September/October 2013


Gardening Today WHO News Radio 1040 with Aaron Steil July 2014

Gardening Today WHO News Radio 1040 with Aaron Steil March 2014

Gardening Today WHO News Radio 1040 with Aaron Steil May 2014

Gardening Today WHO News Radio 1040 with Eileen Robb May 2013


KCCI News Channel 8,

WHOtv, Channel 13 News with Megan Reuther: Public Gardens: Inspiration to Plant this Weekend

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Press Releases

Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat
Spring 2014


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.

Links and Resources

Other Arboreta and Public Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden
Iowa Arboretum
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University
The Morton Arboretum
Bickelhaupt Arboretum

Other Resources

Iowa Arborist Association
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Iowa Master Gardener Program
Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association
Iowa State University Extension Hortline
The Iowa Gardener