Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum, Madrid: Hours, Address, Iowa Arboretum Reviews: 4.5/5

Iowa Arboretum
4.5
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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A visit to the Iowa Arboretum's 378-acre facility in scenic Boone County is an experience you won't want to miss. This site offers 40 acres developed as a 'Library of Living Plants' showcasing hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowers in a tranquil scenic setting. The Iowa Arboretum displays a large and diverse display of plants that can be successfully grown in Iowa. Grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset year round.
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Joann G
Milford, IA91 contributions
May 2021
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 many trees were taken down in the derecho of last August. What a sad thought! We also walked across the road and walked the 4 trails in the woods and that was fun. We thought the trails were challenging and the sights were beautiful this time of year. But again, all the trees that were down from the storm that lasted 40 minutes. When the flowers and trees are out in full bloom this place must be stunning-it's just a place to stop to enjoy nature.
Written 15 May 2021
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Lori M
Madrid, Iowa14 contributions
Jul 2019
Love going for walks on the pathways. The nature sights are endless! The gift shop has unique and not so unique items.
Written 10 December 2019
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TLG056
Kansas City, MO371 contributions
Oct 2019
We were staying nearby at Ledges State Park, and saw the signs for the Arboretum so decided to stop by. Small entrance fee for non-members, but worth it for supporting this beauty. Well manicured grounds with some unique art and gathering areas.
Written 12 October 2019
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tauna64
Laclede, MO222 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
The grounds were stunning which made excellent photos. Banquet room with kitchen features a wall of windows overlooking the grounds. Nice gift shop. Need to go back and enjoy more.
Written 17 June 2019
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suedo66
Pewaukee, WI393 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
This is a very beautiful and peaceful place to visit.We didn't come away with---" oh my god you've got to go there" in our head--------------but we did come with a wow--really well laid out by dedicated staff and volunteers---displaying things in groups--and very peaceful.
Written 20 August 2018
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mavis465
Ames, IA4 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
I needed a quiet time to think and remember better times so I drove over to the Arboretum. Walking around the beautiful grounds and just sitting in the shade did wonders and I returned home feeling refreshed and ready to face the world again.
Written 13 July 2017
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EarlEbert
14 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
Some places that you go, help to clear your mind and make you feel good. This is one of those places. We had a nice level walk through through this beautiful garden. I felt like a great deal of care was taken in putting all of the trees in just the right place. My daughter lives nearby. My wife and I took my daughter, Our two year old grandson and 3 month old grand daughter. He loves birds and this place is loaded with birds. Admission is $5 per vehicle. Worth 5x that much.
Written 24 April 2017
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david_hance_iowa
Ankeny, IA1,022 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
I love to go out and hike among the trees. I have attended some learning events there. There is a nice building where events can be hosted inside. There is a Brenton Arboretum and the Iowa Arboretum which are close to each other in a rural area near Madrid. The two arboretums are not connected to each other. If you love plants, then you would enjoy going to the arboretum. There is an e-mail list from the arboretum that notifies members of events like inside lectures and walking tours. My favorite thing to do is go on a guided tour where a professional presents a learning program so that I get new information and can see examples of the real trees in person. It is very relaxing. The walking tour is slow and the path is generally flat with a few gentle slopes. The annual membership fee is very affordable. There is free parking in a big parking lot.
Written 19 April 2017
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Keith032
Des Moines, IA87 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
The Arboretum has a nice building that could be used for a variety of events - wedding reception, business retreat, etc. The outdoor space is best viewed in late spring or early summer. Across the road to the east are several hiking trails through the timber. These are nice trails that are relatively easy to traverse. Pick up a trail map at the Visitors Center.
Written 29 December 2016
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ljsmith1990
6 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
My family and I love the arboretum! It's so peaceful and serene. Gorgeous area. Can't wait to have our wedding there next fall. :)
Written 13 August 2016
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Iowa Arboretum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM