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Iowa Arboretum, Madrid

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Garden · Nature / Park
The Iowa Arboretum is a nonprofit arboretum located in Madrid, Iowa that encompasses 160 acres (65 ha). The grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

The arboretum was organized in 1966 by the Iowa State Horticultural Society on the society's 100th anniversary. Its mission is to grow, display, identify and study plants for education, research, conservation, aesthetics, and for personal enjoyment and recreation.

The arboretum contains hundreds of species of trees, shrubs, and flowers arranged in collections spanning 40 acres (16 ha) as follows: Butterfly Garden, Children's Garden, Columnar Trees, Conifers, Dwarf Garden, Flowering Trees, Founders Grove, Herbs, Hostas, Large Deciduous Trees, Medium Deciduous Trees, Nut Trees, Perennials, Shade Garden, Shrubs, Trees for Poorly Drained Soils, Windbreak, Viburnnums, and Irises. In addition, the arboretum contains more than 120 acres (49 ha) of native timber with woodland trails, ravines, stream, and prairies.

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  • We were glad we stopped here! The main grounds have a nice path to walk and it's a beautiful area. We saw so many piles of mulch and realized that mulch had to come from something and that meant...  more »
  • Love going for walks on the pathways. The nature sights are endless! The gift shop has unique and not so unique items.  more »
  • This was an absolutely lovely venue for our daughter's wedding reception! It was a beautiful place inside & outside for pictures. If it wasn't for the flying insects outside (which they can't control), it would have been a totally perfect day!!
  • Relaxing place to spend a quiet day. We were here for a beautiful outdoor wedding and reception in the hall. Fabulous all a round.

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