Iowa Arboretum Fall Education Series (Multiple Dates) - Madrid

Saturday, October 7, 2023 - 9:00am to Saturday, November 18, 2023 - 11:30am
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Join the Iowa Arboretum & Gardens from 9-11:30 a.m. this fall with their Fall Education Series (dates and talk descriptions below!)
Price for admission: $25 for non-members, $15 for members.
Package for all four dates: $75 for non-members, $50 for members
Coffee and breakfast pastries are provided!

October 7th:
Gabbi Edwards, City Forester for Ames
Garden Wolves
David McKinney, Curator of Collections & Grounds for the Iowa Arboretum & Gardens

Many gardeners view wasps as a dangerous, aggressive, and frightening antagonist to the beauty and function of their landscape. In this talk, David sheds insight into the vast ecologically important services wasps carry out in gardens; from pollination to pest control. He will also give tips and tricks for how to encourage wasps to be a friend in the garden while keeping them from areas they may pose a threat.

October 21st:
Natural Disaster
David McKinney, Curator of Collections & Grounds for the Iowa Arboretum & Gardens

More than ever, gardeners are choosing landscapes that are more naturalistic and even totally native. These landscapes require different care and strategies than the lawns and gardens of the past. Listen as David talks about his experiences and lessons learned from designing and managing naturalistic landscapes along with how they can be rewarding and lower maintenance over time.
Introduction to the Iowa Arboretum & Gardens Trial Program
Fatima Najar, Coordinator for the Iowa Arboretum & Gardens Trial Program

Join Fatima in discussing the new Iowa Arboretum & Gardens Trial Program. Learn about what the program hopes to achieve, the information the arboretum will be compiling, and how you can participate!

November 4th:
Tree Suggestions for Iowa
Sarah Steffen, Curator for the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Bringing Kids and Nature Together with Birds
Tyler Harms, Executive Director for Iowa Young Birders

Iowa Young Birders is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote engagement in our natural world and conservation issues by empowering young Iowans to study and enjoy birds and birding. Whether it is seeing a colorful Baltimore Oriole high in a tree, hearing a melodious Wood Thrush singing deep in the woods, or simply spending a morning in a favorite park, Iowa Young Birders develops the next generation of conservationists by connecting kids with and educating them about birds and nature. Tyler will tell us more about Iowa Young Birders’ programs and share how together we can work to connect kids with the great outdoors.

November 18th:
So we got hit by a derecho, now what?
Ellie Jones & Emma Hanigan, Community Disaster Recovery Coordinator & Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator

On August 10, 2020, Iowa and surrounding states were hit by a derecho, a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm that caused catastrophic damage across the state. It is estimated over $11 Billion of damage across the Midwest, the most costly thunderstorm in US history. This does not include the loss of benefits of the estimated 4,424,426 trees in urban areas that were damaged or lost. What is next? Find out more as we discuss ways to create more resilient urban forests in Iowa.
Diagnosing Tree Problems
Aaron Steil, Consumer Horticulture Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Trees are valuable additions to the home landscape. When problems arise with the health of a tree, it can be difficult to determine what is causing the issue. A correct diagnosis of the problem(s) is the important first step in trying to manage an unhealthy tree. Learn about the common issues that cause problems with trees and the steps you can take to diagnose the issue.