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    WELCOME . . .
    . . . to this beautiful place!

    As we grow a more beautiful world,
    we invite you to visit us to explore and experience all that we call the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens!

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    Garden Weddings

    More brides and grooms are electing an organic venue for their ceremony. The Dubuque Arboretum has several idyllic settings to choose from: our Japanese, English, and Rose Gardens . . . to name just a few.

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    English Garden

    Created as a memorial and tribute to Georgette and Frank Hardie by their children, its grounds are meticulously and lovingly maintained by son Steve Hardie.
    [ Designed by English couple C.F. and Donna Dumbell. ]

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    Japanese Garden

    From its charming bridge to burbling water features to a pond with koi swimming about, it's another unique setting in the heart of the Midwest. ADA-accessible.

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    Hosta Garden

    An area dedicated to showcasing the versatile hosta plant, the Garden includes a stunning shade structure for guests to sit, relax, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

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    Garden Pathways

    Pathways and seating can be found throughout the Arboretum grounds meandering through all of our garden areas. Visitors enjoy the delightful sights, delicate sounds, and delectable smells that emanate everywhere.

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Growing A More Beautiful World

The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens have been a part of the Dubuque community since 1980.
Quietly nestled on the city's northwest side and featuring more than 60 different types of gardens (including Rose, Hosta, English, Japanese, Herb, and more), the grounds continue to grow and expand every year. All volunteer-created and volunteer-maintained, we encourage and greatly appreciate all financial donations so that we can continue growing a more beautiful world!

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The Gazebo ... a wedding place

Our premier wedding sites — the Lagen-Buelow Gazebo is just one of them — offer all of the sought-after amenities you expect in an outdoor setting: color, fragrance, nature. Everything to honor and celebrate a beautiful new beginning! Naturally.

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The Arboretum Gift Shop

With our new look, new merch, and a new premium beverage station (featuring coffee, hot chocolate, and slushies) all are sure to make your visits even more enjoyable during Season 2017. Thanks for your business. See you soon!

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What's happening at the Arb?

Many of this season's annuals sound sweet enough to eat: cherry-caramel phlox, strawberry vinca, and more! And if you think you smell chocolate, it’s not your imagination — it’s the cocoa-shell mulch edging some of the annual beds.

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    Latest News & Info

  • Volunteer. Join the Team.

    [May 29, 2015] The glory of growing season has unfolded. And 2015 promises to be the best season ever at […]

  • Garden of Eat’n

    A Garden of Eat’n: COMING SOON!
    [February 13, 2015] By the Spring of 2016, you’ll be able to see an edible garden […]

  • The Arboretum is going green

    Going Green
    [September 29, 2014] Yes, we’re going green … even greener than we have been, in fact.
    As many of you […]


 We love showing off our beautiful place! Please visit us throughout the year ... to relax, to refresh, to restore, to rejuvenate. There's a truly peaceful quality to the property as well as an overwhelming beauty that is the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens itself. Don't be surprised when you find yourself coming back again and again! And with no admission fee, it's an easy choice to make. See you soon!

Sandi Helgerson | Executive Director Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

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