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A letter to the Dubuque Arboretum

But only God can make a tree [August 21, 2017] Arboretum, When I was young, I learned a poem by Joyce Kilmer. I remember one line: …but only God can make a tree.” And so it is with The Arboretum. One man had a dream: Gene Heinemann. He and (a group of) master gardeners carefully […]

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Plant and Preserve: our English Formal Garden

The English Formal Garden and Woodlands Preserve [August 18, 2017] The English Formal Garden and Woodlands Preserve lies tucked into a quiet, peaceful grove of deciduous trees, bushes, and shrubbery upon the easternmost perimeter of the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. A tribute to Georgette and Frank Hardie Commissioned by the children of the late […]

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Major renovation planned for the Dubuque Arboretum’s Visitor/Education Center

About this planned renovation [July 28, 2017] The Visitor/Education Center is about to experience a major renovation. It’s truly the hub of the Arboretum. It’s where community residents gather for artistic painting, for family reunions, birthday parties, weddings, and off-site activities for care facilities. Many educational workshops and volunteer trainings are conducted here. Children from area […]

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Volunteer. Join the Team.

[May 29, 2015] The glory of growing season has unfolded. And 2015 promises to be the best season ever at the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens! Want to be a part of it all? Do you … want to BE GREEN? Then take on the position of PEONY BED TENDER. wish to BE a QUEEN? […]

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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 (some call it a Food Forest) at the Arboretum. The mission of this new garden — aptly named The Garden of Eat’n — is … … an educational display of a sustainable garden, demonstrating foods we can grow […]

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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 have personally experienced, energy costs have done nothing but rise over the years. This is especially true when it comes to propane costs which the Dubuque Arboretum currently uses to heat the Visitor […]

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New look at the turnoff entrance

[September 10, 2014] For a number of years, we have been considering replacing the entrance sign that directs people to the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens from 32nd Street. The sign had become weathered and the posts had begun to rot. We feel this is the “first impression” visitors have when arriving at our museum […]

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We’re smiling about AmazonSmile

Introducing a new way to donate to the Arboretum [August 21, 2014] As a not-for-profit organization, the Dubuque Arboretum is always looking for creative ways to raise funds to support and ensure the future of our beautiful place. Our Festivals — Rose, Hosta, Herb, to name a few — are one way we raise funds … they’re also a […]

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Children’s Vegetable Garden

A great cooperative community venture! [May 12, 2014] It’s a children’s vegetable garden! This year, the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens are working together with Hy-Vee on Dodge Street as well as the Dubuque Boys and Girls Club to teach children how to plant and grow their own vegetables.  Special thanks to Hy-Vee for providing […]

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Film: The Living Green

[April 4, 2014] Among the 2014 Film Selections at the Julien Dubuque Film Festival (April 23-27) is THE LIVING GREEN about Jens Jensen, pioneering conservationist. A true conservation hero who used his art as activism, his philosophy and tactics on behalf of saving the land could not be more prescient. For a preview, watch the trailer […]

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