The Brenton Arboretum

The Brenton Arboretum Quiet Enjoyment, Education, Conservation, Demonstration
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The 140-acre Arboretum is set into natural Iowa prairie. Collections are grouped by species such that trees within a genus or species may be compared. Prominant collections include Gymnocladus dioicus (Kentucky coffeetree), Ulmus spp. (Elms), and Maclura pomifera (Osage orange).

Mission: To provide joy to all through the beauty and knowledge of the natural world of trees.

The Brenton Arboretum is THRILLED to be a cohost for the first ever MASTER CONSERVATIONIST Program in Dallas County! It'...
05/14/2019

The Brenton Arboretum is THRILLED to be a cohost for the first ever MASTER CONSERVATIONIST Program in Dallas County!

It's like the traditional "Master Gardener" program, but specifically for those who'd like to learn about conservation and hands-on practices for Iowa ecosystems.

Learn more about the 6-week program in this flier and sign up via this link: https://form.jotform.com/ISUExtR13/master-conservationist-registration

Our monthly Nature Club program is coming up, and May's theme is about soil and earth! What is dirt made of? Where does ...
05/06/2019

Our monthly Nature Club program is coming up, and May's theme is about soil and earth!
What is dirt made of? Where does it come from? What lives in dirt? What does dirt do?
We'll investigate all the answers to these questions and more as we get our hands dirty learning all about the earth beneath us!
Join us Friday at 10:30!
Members are free, non-members are $5 per child.

Check out our May newsletter! We have outdoor fun on the calendar for young and old alike! Sign up for a program or just...
05/02/2019
🌷 May Arboretum News

Check out our May newsletter! We have outdoor fun on the calendar for young and old alike! Sign up for a program or just come for a visit and take in the beauty of spring at the Arboretum.

Put on your old clothes and bring your imagination to this messy bake-off. We'll finish with a delicious edible 'muddy' treat. Ideal for ages 2-10+ with adult.Members $2; Non-members $5Preregister with the link below by Thursday, June 6.

03/22/2019

Hooray hooray! Our road is OPEN today!

Oh dear! To the lady who called about how many kids to register for FILTHY FRIDAY, my call isn't going through to get ba...
03/14/2019
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Oh dear! To the lady who called about how many kids to register for FILTHY FRIDAY, my call isn't going through to get back to you (must be the weather?). The answer is: only children who will be participating in the activity need to register; parents and younger siblings do not need to.

For everyone else who's asking "What the heck is FILTHY FRIDAY?" It is the last day of our Spring Break Play Week that runs from March 18 to 22. Want to get in on the action? Check out our calendar: http://www.thebrentonarboretum.org/Calendar.asp?YE=true

The Brenton Arboretum 141 acres is an arboretum, an outdoor museum of trees established in 1997, located at 25141 260th Street, Dallas Center, Iowa, USA.

01/18/2019

ARBORETUM INTERIOR ROAD STILL CLOSED DUE TO MUD
Please note, the road through the Arboretum will be closed due to muddy conditions. Vehicles SHOULD NOT drive around barricades as you are likely to get stuck. The Arboretum will be open to visitors on foot. If you get stuck, we recommend Dan's Towing & Services (515-993-2054).

❄️ Happy solstice to all, and to all a good night! ❄️If you missed out, or if you just can't get enough of that ...
12/22/2018

❄️ Happy solstice to all, and to all a good night! ❄️

If you missed out, or if you just can't get enough of that delicious hot chocolate, here's the recipe we used 😋

Join us TONIGHT to Light the Night! 5:30 - 8:30 PM, FREE for members and just $2 per person for non-members. Celebrate W...
12/21/2018

Join us TONIGHT to Light the Night! 5:30 - 8:30 PM, FREE for members and just $2 per person for non-members.

Celebrate Winter's official arrival and the longest night of the year! Make a nature-themed ornament, enjoy a fire under the stars, set your intentions for the new year, and share cocoa and company in the bright and cheery Vista Room!

A great event for families! No registration necessary, just drop in any time between 5:30 and 8:00 and stay for as long as you'd like.

12/06/2018

Calling all garden book hoarders! The Brenton Arboretum is clearing out some donated books that aren’t quite right for our library. And we’re selling them as a fundraiser!

Come by the Wells Fargo in Adel during the “Sip and Sample” tomorrow between 5 and 8pm to peruse our selection and buy the ones you can’t live without. All of the proceeds will benefit the Arboretum.

This Giving Tuesday, please make a donation to The Brenton Arboretum.This post was inspired by The Giving Tree by Shel S...
11/27/2018

This Giving Tuesday, please make a donation to The Brenton Arboretum.

This post was inspired by The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Hear the story read aloud here: https://goo.gl/1fSv4W

This Giving Tuesday, please make a donation to The Brenton Arboretum.This post was inspired by The Giving Tree by Shel S...
11/27/2018

This Giving Tuesday, please make a donation to The Brenton Arboretum.

This post was inspired by The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Hear the story read aloud here: https://goo.gl/1fSv4W

This Giving Tuesday, please make a donation to The Brenton Arboretum. This post was inspired by The Giving Tree by Shel ...
11/23/2018

This Giving Tuesday, please make a donation to The Brenton Arboretum.

This post was inspired by The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Hear the story read aloud here: https://goo.gl/1fSv4W

If your woodpile doesn’t look like this, it’s time to up your game.
11/15/2018

If your woodpile doesn’t look like this, it’s time to up your game.

People Who Turned Log Piling Into An Art Form

Do you use Amazon Smile? You SHOULD! It's a great way to generate donations to your favorite charity (and we all know th...
11/09/2018

Do you use Amazon Smile? You SHOULD! It's a great way to generate donations to your favorite charity (and we all know that's The Brenton Arboretum, right?) just by shopping.

HERE'S HOW: Go to www.Smile.Amazon.com and use your regular Amazon login. Select The Brenton Arboretum as your charity of choice and get that Christmas gift list taken care of! Yes, PRIME still works through Smile. Bookmark the website on your web browser for faster access.

THAT'S IT! Amazon sends the Arboretum 0.5% of the total amount of your order. It may not sound like a lot, but considering Americans spent $178,000,000,000 on Amazon in 2017... it kinda adds up. That's right... I said "billion"!

GET CRAFTY and have fun at our Rust Dyeing class! Maggie Howe will teach you how to make a beautiful one-of-a-kind scarf...
11/06/2018
Rust Dyeing, Brenton Arboretum, Thursday Nov. 15, 6-8 PM

GET CRAFTY and have fun at our Rust Dyeing class! Maggie Howe will teach you how to make a beautiful one-of-a-kind scarf that's sure to harvest compliments all season long. Space is limited, follow the link below and register by 10pm SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 to ensure you have a spot!

https://girlwithasword.com/listing/538893431/rust-dyeing-brenton-arboretum-thursday

Rust Dyeing, Brenton Arboretum, Thursday Nov. 15 6-8 PMLearn to dye silk and cotton fabrics with rust. Make BEAUTIFUL patterns, textures, and impressions with this simple but fascinating technique. All materials provided, but if you have a rusty jar of nails or similar items that you'd like to

Looking for a lovely place to host your holiday party? Check out The Brenton Arboretum's cozy and beautiful Vista Room. ...
11/05/2018

Looking for a lovely place to host your holiday party? Check out The Brenton Arboretum's cozy and beautiful Vista Room. Call Laura at 515-992-4211 ext 4 to book your date today!

The first concrete truck has arrived for the Overlook Pond Pathway!
10/30/2018

The first concrete truck has arrived for the Overlook Pond Pathway!

WOW, progress is really rolling on the Overlook Pond Path! It’s a bit shocking to see the bull dozers at work, but all...
10/24/2018

WOW, progress is really rolling on the Overlook Pond Path! It’s a bit shocking to see the bull dozers at work, but all that disturbance is for a great project. At this rate we’ll be pouring concrete by next week!

UPDATE Nov 9: Heavy equipment is out of the Arboretum until late next week. So dogs can be off leash for now.Hi all - we...
10/24/2018

UPDATE Nov 9: Heavy equipment is out of the Arboretum until late next week. So dogs can be off leash for now.

Hi all - we have heavy equipment working in the Arboretum as we pave the Overlook Pathway. Please KEEP YOUR DOGS ON A LEASH when you visit for the next couple of weeks. We don't want any squashed puppers out there! We'll let you know when we return to our regular leash policy. Thank you

COMING SOON! You'll see some disturbance at the Arboretum near Overlook Pond starting tomorrow (October 24). We're pavin...
10/23/2018

COMING SOON! You'll see some disturbance at the Arboretum near Overlook Pond starting tomorrow (October 24). We're paving the trail! In just a few weeks there will be a smooth concrete path with slopes gentle enough for everyone to enjoy!

Want to help fund this project? Visit www.thebrentonarboretum.org/SpecialProjects.asp to learn how.

Coming up this Friday and Saturday! Timber, Tails, & Twilight is an age-appropriately spooky evening for all to enjoy! L...
10/10/2018

Coming up this Friday and Saturday!
Timber, Tails, & Twilight is an age-appropriately spooky evening for all to enjoy! Learn about "creepy" creatures, take a "haunted" walk through the trees, and make a tasty caramel apple snack! Costumes are strongly encouraged for all, all ages welcome!
Walks will start at the North end of the parking lot on the hour at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00.
Critter explorations will start in the Vista Room on the half hour at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30.
Snack Station will be open all evening, self-serve.

No registration necessary!

Members $1 per person. | Non-members $2 per person.

DONATE to help us build our FIRST PAVED accessible trail around Overlook Pond! Help us raise $40,000!LEARN MORE and MAKE...
09/21/2018

DONATE to help us build our FIRST PAVED accessible trail around Overlook Pond! Help us raise $40,000!

LEARN MORE and MAKE A DONATION: https://goo.gl/17q16Y

Visitors love our beautiful grassy trails through hills and valleys. But they're not easy for people with limited mobility. So we're paving a quarter-mile path around Overlook Pond. BUT WE NEED TO RAISE $40,000 to match a generous pledge from an anonymous donor.

Congratulations to Andy Schmitz, our Director of Horticulture, and his research partner Jeff Carstens! They recently wro...
09/19/2018
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Congratulations to Andy Schmitz, our Director of Horticulture, and his research partner Jeff Carstens! They recently wrote an article on Kentucky coffeetree conservation efforts that was published in the prestigious publication Arnoldia!

Follow this link to learn more and read the article: http://www.thebrentonarboretum.org/Blog.asp

The Arnoldia is produced by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Visit arnoldia.arboretum.harvard.edu to explore more or subscribe.

The Brenton Arboretum 141 acres is an arboretum, an outdoor museum of trees established in 1997, located at 25141 260th Street, Dallas Center, Iowa, USA.

It's that special time of year again... AMAZON PRIME DAY! This year, remember to shop AMAZON SMILE and choose your favor...
07/16/2018

It's that special time of year again... AMAZON PRIME DAY! This year, remember to shop AMAZON SMILE and choose your favorite non-profit (which, of course, is THE BRENTON ARBORETUM) and Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to our institution!

https://smile.amazon.com

It's going to take a lot of work to recuperate from the flooding damage at the Arboretum from last evening's storms. HEL...
07/01/2018

It's going to take a lot of work to recuperate from the flooding damage at the Arboretum from last evening's storms. HELP US RECOVER with a DONATION to pay for road gravel and other repair costs at this link: https://goo.gl/NSZ1rx or with the buttons below.

Make a donation to help pay for repairs and recovery here: https://goo.gl/NSZ1rx

Rip rap works okay, until it get's washed out!
07/01/2018

Rip rap works okay, until it get's washed out!

UPDATE: the Arboretum is open again to visitors. Keep in mind the dock is inaccessible. Also, please obey any road close...
07/01/2018
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UPDATE: the Arboretum is open again to visitors. Keep in mind the dock is inaccessible. Also, please obey any road closed signs.

If you'd like to help with storm damage recovery, please consider making a donation. We're going to need to buy a LOT of gravel!

The mission of The Brenton Arboretum is to bring joy to all through the beauty and knowledge of the natural world of trees. We are a 501c3 not-for-profit institution that is funded entirely by memberships and private contributions. Scroll down to purchase dog passes, memberships, and event passes.

Looks like the yoga class was a hit this morning! Namaste....
06/23/2018

Looks like the yoga class was a hit this morning! Namaste....

Good Morning!!! Birthday hike and yoga at Brenton Arboretum. {If you guys are in Central Iowa...this place is such a gem!}

What adventures is everyone else up to this Saturday morning?!?!

#happyweekend #yoga #sisters #sunshine #nature #everydaybeauty #thisnewoldhouse

The weather forecast for next Friday's June Moon is looking perfect for a party... do you have your tickets yet? Go to w...
06/22/2018

The weather forecast for next Friday's June Moon is looking perfect for a party... do you have your tickets yet?
Go to www.thebrentonarboretum.org/JuneMoon.asp to get them. See you under the FULL MOON of JUNE!

Huge thanks to AmeriCorps NCCC Oak 5 team for their awesome help planting trees in our Upland Woodland Project this morn...
06/09/2018

Huge thanks to AmeriCorps NCCC Oak 5 team for their awesome help planting trees in our Upland Woodland Project this morning! Bana, Bryan, Colin, Lauren, &Sara you ROCK!

WANTED: an Eagle Scout or other handy volunteer(s) to rebuild our log pathway. Time and Mother Nature have taken their t...
06/01/2018

WANTED: an Eagle Scout or other handy volunteer(s) to rebuild our log pathway. Time and Mother Nature have taken their toll on this much-loved feature of the Arboretum and it’s time to give it a redo. Look in the comments for more details or to let me know that you (or a friend, child, or grandchild (they love it when you volunteer them for stuff!)) is interested...

Our pretty views inspired some pretty art! Thank you Pinot's Palette and Kuder, Inc. for hosting this lovely event at Th...
05/24/2018

Our pretty views inspired some pretty art! Thank you Pinot's Palette and Kuder, Inc. for hosting this lovely event at The Brenton Arboretum!

This fun loving group is enjoying chilled Chardonnay, gorgeous views, and some creative expression with Pinot's Palette ...
05/23/2018

This fun loving group is enjoying chilled Chardonnay, gorgeous views, and some creative expression with Pinot's Palette in the Vista Room at the Arboretum.

Leave a comment or tag a friend if you’d be interested in joining a painting party at the Arboretum. If there’s enough interest we’ll make it happen!

Or consider hosting your OWN painting party at The Brenton Arboretum! Message the Arboretum or @PinotsPaletteDesMoines to inquire.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! But time is running out to register for this member event. Join the hosts of WHO's Gardening Today Ra...
05/09/2018

DEADLINE EXTENDED! But time is running out to register for this member event. Join the hosts of WHO's Gardening Today Radio Show to get all your gardening questions answered. Follow the links below to sign up!

Join us for this fun, casual Q & A with a panel of experts from WHO Radio's Gardening Today. Bring your questions about gardening, design tips, best plants for Iowa, etc. Refreshments provided.
RSVPs appreciated by Tuesday, May 8th!
Arboretum members only. http://thebrentonarboretum.org/Calendar.asp?YE=true

Join us for this fun, casual Q & A with a panel of experts from WHO Radio's Gardening Today. Bring your questions about ...
05/03/2018

Join us for this fun, casual Q & A with a panel of experts from WHO Radio's Gardening Today. Bring your questions about gardening, design tips, best plants for Iowa, etc. Refreshments provided.
RSVPs appreciated by Tuesday, May 8th!
Arboretum members only. http://thebrentonarboretum.org/Calendar.asp?YE=true

HAVE FUN, GET DIRTY, AND PLANT A TREE that will shade generations to come! We're planting forest in the Eddy Woods part ...
05/03/2018
Plant a Forest!

HAVE FUN, GET DIRTY, AND PLANT A TREE that will shade generations to come! We're planting forest in the Eddy Woods part of The Brenton Arboretum and need all the helping hands we can get. Bring the kids, bring your friends, bring your gloves and a shovel if you have one!

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2Ky1kqg

Volunteer dates & times are:
Saturday, May 5; 8:30-11am
Monday, May 7; 9-11:30am
Friday, May 11; 1-3:30pm
Saturday; May 12; 9-11:30am
Tuesday, May 15; 9-11:30am

We will be planting hundreds of bare root trees in Eddy Woods in May and need your help! Eddy Woods is located in the southwest corner of the Arboretum. We will meet at the Administration Bldg for instructions before heading to the planting site. Please sign up for as many planting sessions as you w...

Spotted on the ninebark outside the office! Who else knows what this is?
05/01/2018

Spotted on the ninebark outside the office! Who else knows what this is?

We're so happy to host the Des Moines Botanical Garden's Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp here at The Brenton Arboretum. Si...
04/25/2018

We're so happy to host the Des Moines Botanical Garden's Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp here at The Brenton Arboretum. Sign up now, spaces are filling fast.

The Brenton Arboretum makes an awesome backdrop for a summer camp! Help your kid explore the outdoors by signing them up for our co-hosted camp: dmbotanicalgarden.com/summercamp

Taking a walk with Buz Brenton, our founder, is a rare treat. Read about a lovely trek that Brenton Arboretum member Whi...
04/18/2018
Finding Stories in Woodland Cemetery: A Walk with Buz Brenton

Taking a walk with Buz Brenton, our founder, is a rare treat. Read about a lovely trek that Brenton Arboretum member Whitney Warne, of Ivory House Photography, took with Buz through DSM's historic Woodland Cemetery.

http://www.ivoryhousephotography.com/blog/2018/4/11/finding-stories-in-woodland-cemetery

Today I took a tour of one of the most historic places in Des Moines: Woodland Cemetery. I was joined by my mentor and friend, Junius (Buz) Brenton. Currently 83 years old and thriving, Buz is responsible for initiating some pretty amazing projects around our city, such as the revitalization of the

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Dallas Center, IA
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The Brenton Arboretum was established by Sue and J.C. (Buz) Brenton and their children because of their love of trees, the importance of trees to our world, and their desire to preserve a beautiful and important natural area. The Brenton Arboretum is a non-profit organization and is open to the public. The Arboretum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to sunset.

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