Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Dubuque

4.7
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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens 52 acres (210,000 m2) are an arboretum and botanical gardens established in 1980 and located at 3800 Arboretum Drive, Dubuque, Iowa. It is open, without charge, daily (from dawn to dusk) throughout the year. The arboretum is the largest in the United States staffed entirely by volunteers. (About 300 community volunteers help maintain the gardens.) The Arboretum is a popular spot in the community for outdoor weddings and is also a venue for musical entertainment during the summer months (Music in the Gardens, 6:30p Sunday evenings).

The Gardens include what is claimed to be the largest public hosta garden in the United States (13,000 plants representing over 700 varieties), as well as Annual and Perennial Gardens, several Children's gardens, an English Knot garden and Formal English Garden, Herb Garden, Cactus garden, Iowa State and All American Test Gardens, Japanese garden designed by Hoichi Kurisu, and Rose Gardens. Also notable are the collections of unusual conifers and dwarf conifers.
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  • We were so impressed with the gardens and site. There is a lovely gift shop with a huge deck to relax on and enjoy the view. There was a Koi pond where kids could feed the fish and the fish would all....  more »
  • Even though some of the flowers--especially the wildflowers--were past their prime, this is still worth a visit. Plants are well-labeled. There is a hosta garden, annuals garden, Japanese garden...  more »
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  • A beautifully landscaped garden. Several pathways with trails that lead to fish ponds. Trees and bushes and labeled to identify them. A large covered picnic area is also used for outdoor concerts. Large open area are used for classic car shows. Recommend visit.
  • Great place to go for free. Nice but simple visitor center where you can get maps, use the restroom, buy a beverage, etc. A couple signs along the paths would have been nice since the map was not very detailed as far as which path goes where. Very well maintained garden with beautiful flowers and landscaping.

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