Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, Waterloo

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens was founded in 1996 and is located directly East of Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. The mission of the Arboretum is to enhance the quality of life for all individuals through horticulture. The vision of the Arboretum is to serve as a compelling public resource for the study of plants, a leader in environmental stewardship, a cultural center for the community, and a showcase of Iowa's rich heritage with the land. The Arboretum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, independent organization and supported by its volunteer base and community support.
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  • This was just a wonderful surprise and I highly recommend everyone to visit! Rob was a fantastic tour guide and his enthusiasm was just infectious. The gardens were gorgeous and the golf cart tour...  more »
  • We loved walking the mile-long winding gravel path through beautiful garden areas, with prairie and farming vistas always in view just outside the garden property. The children’s garden was fun for.....  more »
  • I had not been to the arboretum for several years, and made a recent visit. Vast improvements have been made in that period of time. The gardens have been expanded, and of course plants, bushes and trees have matured. The arboretum has a small operating budget, and three paid employees, most of whom not work full time. The vast physical work of weeding, cleaning and help to develop planting areas, is done by volunteers. Understandably, the gardens may not always be in pristine order when helpers cannot devote full time work. The area is peaceful and includes a koi pond, and a children's garden. The arboretum, in conjunction with a 4-H program, hosts student groups and other club activities. The location would be an excellent site small, intimate wedding. The one shortcoming that I saw at the arboretum was that few trees and plants are identified. There is a lovely variety of flowers and unique shrubs, but they are not identified, so it is frustrating to have no way to know what is there.
  • I am so grateful that I found this place! Tranquil, peaceful and extremely wonderful. I only wish I had time to stay for Shakespeare in the Garden. So going here again and again and again. Bless those who preserve what God created.

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