Sunday, September 18, 2011
Summer at the Iowa Arboretum
Every time the Iowa Arboretum has a plant sale, I can't seem to drive by without stopping. This time, I ended up buying a few daylily bulbs for my garden. I was looking for red and yellow daylilies to add a little more color to the garden, since all I have now are orange daylilies.
My hands were literally full of bulbs, but I tried to snap a couple pictures of the Arboretum's children's garden. It featured a mix of flowers and vegetables, planted in raised beds. I also discovered this garden tunnel for the kids to play in.
It was really sunny out when I took the photo below, so it's hard to see. But the garden displayed plants ranging from A to Z, as you could see from the stone markers. (If you look closely, you can see the "M" towards the front.) I loved this idea!
The Iowa Arboretum also has several miles of hiking trails, which I plan to check out this fall. The arboretum is located north of Madrid near the 4-H camp. From Highway 30 west of Ames, travel south on Highway 17, then turn west at the old brick school. Look for the signs pointing south to the Arboretum road.