The Fall Harvest Festival will be held at the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. If you have never been there, you should try to visit. If you haven’t been there in awhile, you should go back. There is always something to look at.
Each year the community gardens take on a new look. Each plot is looked after by a different individual or group and each has it’s own look to it.
The Weed & Unwind group meets each Thursday after work. They take care of five different beds of plants while meeting with friends and enjoying snacks and drinks that they bring themselves.
There are also therapy gardens with raised beds so those in wheelchairs, or those who have a difficult time bending over can garden.
If you have kids, they can learn a lot and wear themselves out in the Children’s Garden. This includes some “dinosaur bones”, a large sand play area, a lily pond, a prairie and an area where they can learn about the different types of soil.
The Rose Garden has a lot of roses. I wouldn’t mind having about a quarter of their roses.
If shade is more your thing, there is a Hosta Garden a little bit down the hill.
with daylilies nearby….
There are all sorts of things to look at during a visit to the Gardens. You can check it out today or head for the Fall Harvest Festival. If is free, but they are encouraging donations to help keep the gardens in top shape. It is on Sunday, September 20th with an open air market including 36 vendors and food vendors. There will be a corn maze and the ever popular Scarecrow Contest. I was fortunate enough to help judge this event last year and the scarecrows are incredible. If you want to catch a sneak peak of the scarecrows, you can attend the Wine and Scarecrows event on Saturday, September 19th. Wine and Scarecrows is a ticketed event, but is open to the public. Tickets are $40 to help raise funds for the Gardens.
The Arboretum’s Director of Horticulture is Mollie Benning Luze. A wonderful lady and loves working outside. She also has a blog! Check our her words of wisdom here.
Even if you can’t make it to the Fall Harvest Festival, try to make it to the Gardens. They are wonderful.