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.Add Iowa Arboretum and other attractions to your Madrid trip itinerary using our Madrid trip planner.
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.
Iowa Arboretum reviews
Very well kept and beautiful plants,trees and shrubs. I like how you can bring dogs to enjoy your walk among such beautiful scenery. So glad we went.
Very well kept and beautiful plants,trees and shrubs. I like how you can bring dogs to enjoy your walk among such beautiful scenery. So glad we went. more »
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...
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 »
From out of state visiting relatives. We've driven past Luther IA where the sign is located that directs to the arboretum. But today we decided we had time to go. In such a remote area, you find a very advanced and well-organized garden spot that provides a lot of things to see. Enjoyed the children's garden, butterfly garden and all the unique trees that are well marked as to what they are. Very much worth a visit!
Looks to be a work in progress when I went earlier Summer. There are some areas that look like there is construction planned or being started. Still, it was enjoyable walking the trails there during my lunch break. Some nice tree gardens and gazebos and a pretty large visitor center for the location as well.
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