National Parks / Natural World

Iowa Arboretum Madrid

Where is it at?

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Iowa Arboretum
1875 Peach Avenue
Madrid
IA
50156
Tel: (515) 795-3216

Directions

We are located in rural Boone County just south of Ledges State Park and next to the 4-H Camp. Coming from north or west, take Highway 30 to Highway 17 heading south and follow the signs. From the south or east, take I-35 to Highway 210 and follow that west into Madrid. Then take a right and travel north on Highway 17 following the signs.

Where are we going today?

A visit to the Iowa Arboretum's 378-acre facility located in scenic, rural 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 the largest and most diverse display of plants that can be successfully grown in Iowa. Be sure to check out the Children's Garden and Butterfly Garden, popular spots for some of our youngest visitors!
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When can we go?

Grounds: Sunrise to Sunset

Year Round

Teachers corner

Looking for a unique educational setting to bring a school group but low on funds? We can help! Contact us to find out more information about our exciting Green Bus Fund. These funds are set aside specifically to assist schools in covering the cost of transportation to the Iowa Arboretum. Please call 515-795-3216 or email us at link above.

Any Top Tips?

Be sure to come dressed for the weather. Proper walking or hiking shoes are a must and be sure to bring your bug repellent..

Can I get one of those?

We have all of your outdoor gardening needs and more in our Potting Shed gift shop. Peruse our wide selection of decorations, tools and gardening books. Pick up gardening tools for your kids. And for the adults, buy a bottle of Snus Hill wine, made at a local vineyard or take home some tasty tea. Be sure to check out the variety of artwork for sale from local artists including paintings, gourds and cards..

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    A great place

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    A wonderful way to spend the morning! My wife and I stopped by here on our honeymoon road trip. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that it was free to get in. We spent about an hour and a half milling around taking pictures and reading about different plants and stuff. ALL members of the staff were very helpful and friendly. The main caretaker, when we directed a question to her about the wine in their gift shop, called the winery it came from to check hours and gave us directions to the place so we could taste the wine ourselves.

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A wonderful way to spend the morning! My wife and I stopped by here on our honeymoon road trip. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that it was free to get in. We spent about an hour and a half milling around taking pictures and reading about different plants and stuff. ALL members of the staff were very helpful and friendly. The main caretaker, when we directed a question to her about the wine in their gift shop, called the winery it came from to check hours and gave us directions to the place so we could taste the wine ourselves.

However, the best thing about this arboretum is that it is still growing.

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