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A letter to the Dubuque Arboretum

But only God can make a tree

[August 21, 2017]


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 made plans — and with a lot of hard work, bent backs and busy fingers … plus God … The Arboretum was born. Each year, through trial and error and many hours of work, it grows and gets better. It has brought enjoyment to thousands!

My brother, Mel Gottschalk and Ambrose Hoeger started the Rose Garden. The most enjoyable part of my brother’s whole life was working at the Arboretum. He swapped talents and stories with fellow gardeners and guests.

My daughter-in-law’s sister, Joann Reinold, grew up in the Dubuque area and also loved to visit The Arboretum.

May our Lord comfort all of you volunteers at The Arboretum and give you His peace.

An Arboretum Enjoyer from way back,

Edna Mozena









[Edna Mozena passed away shortly after writing this note to the Dubuque Arboretum. She was 95. She will be missed. Her letter was first published in the Spring 2017 edition of the Dubuque Arboretum’s quarterly publication, Ground Cover.]

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