Iowa Arboretum

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United States of America - Iowa - Madrid

Institution Code: IOWAA

BGCI Member: No

ArbNet Accredited: Level III

About the Iowa Arboretum

The Iowa Arboretum's mission is to grow, display, identify and study plants and demonstrate their values and uses for education; scientific research; conservation; esthetic purposes; and for personal enjoyment and recreation.

The Iowa Arboretum, Located on 378 acres in the heart of Boone county contains hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowers in a quiet scenic setting. This living museum offers something for visitors of all ages and interests.
Its main goal is to help people appreciate and better understand plant life. Here you can learn which plants are best adapted to the soils and climate of Iowa and how to use these plants properly for landscaping, gardening conservation and other purposes. The Arboretum also serves as an outdoor laboratory for testing the hardiness and adaptability of newly introduced plants.

Come and walk the "Library Trail" to experience 19 different plant collections, plants with similar uses grouped together. Explore the 348 acre preserve, offering self-guided woodland trails that pass by scenic overlooks, deep ravines, and streams. A beautiful natural Iowa Landscape.

Main Address:
Iowa Arboretum
1875 Peach Avenue
Iowa 50156 United States of America

Telephone: (515) 795-3216
Fax: (515) 795-2619
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mark Kane, Executive Director
    Curator's Name: Heather Bass, Arboretum Horticulturist
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Date founded: 1969
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 41.9381710
    Longitude: -93.8600320
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Herbs, Hostas.

Conservation Programmes

Research Programmes

Education Programmes