October 21, 2010 The View Volume 3, Issue 10 - the Cedar Valley ...

October 21, 2010 The View Volume 3, Issue 10 - the Cedar Valley ...

October 21, 2010 The View Volume 3, Issue 10 - the Cedar Valley ...


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October 21, 2010 The View Volume 3, Issue 10

1. Calling All Volunteers – A Thank You Lunch, October 30th

2. Wreath Making 101 – November 13th

3. Daffodils – It’s Time to Plant Now, Pam Hays

4. Wine & Scarecrows and Fall Harvest Festival Highlights

5. Thank you from Festival Weekend Chair, Cindy Wells

6. Happy Autumn!

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

P.O. Box 1833, Waterloo, IA 50704-1833

Located east of Hawkeye Community College, 1927 East Orange Road, Waterloo, Iowa

Office Address: 3336 Kimball Avenue | (319) 226-4966 | Email: office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org

Website: www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org | Blog: www.cedarvalleyarboretum.wordpress.com

Mollie Luze, Director of Horticulture | Pam Hays, President of the Board of Directors

Pat McGivern & Linda Wolner, Co-Editors of The View. Email office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org to unsubscribe

Calling All Volunteers!!

You are invited to the Arboretum for an end of the growing year luncheon, to thank you for all you have

done in 2010!

As another growing season comes to an end and we are reminded of the cycle of seasons, please join us

to note and honor this time. We invite you to come to the Arboretum on Saturday, October 30 th at 11:00

a.m.. If you feel like some exercise, we will be doing some final garden clean up to put the gardens to

bed. Mollie does report that the Arboretum is in pretty good shape for winter, so feel free to just eat and

socialize! A light lunch of warm soup and desserts will be served.

Whether you work in the gardens or hold a seat on one of our essential committees, we want to celebrate

all our volunteers who do so many things to create and steward our beautiful gardens, so all are


Please come and enjoy a friendly visit with other volunteers on Saturday, October 30 th at 11:00 a.m.

decking the halls:

wreath making 101

What better way to celebrate the upcoming holidays than coming home to a beautiful, handmade wreath

on your front door? Or better yet, what a perfect gift for family and friends! Participants will create their

own 22” wreath made from freshly cut greens to take home. The class will also provide step-by-step bow

tying lessons and new ideas for decorating wreaths, with both traditional and contemporary examples.

What Wreath Making Class

When Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Where the Arboretum’s Head House (green garage directly north of the parking lot)

Cost $30.00 per participant (ages 16 and up) with pre-registration required.

$25.00 for members.

Classes fill quickly so register early! Requires registration by November 6th and payment is due at the time

of registration. For questions regarding registration, please call (319)226-4966 or email

office@cedarvalleyarboretum.org. No day-of registrations will be accepted. All registrants will be notified

by 8:00 a.m. the day of class if cancelled due to weather or safety concerns.

Please complete the form on the following page and mail to: Cedar Valley Arboretum, PO Box 1833,

Waterloo, IA 50704. You may also register online from our home page at www.cedarvalleyarboretum.org.

Name _______________________________________________Phone ___________________________

Street Address ____________________________________City __________________ Zip __________


Credit Card #__________________________VISA __ MC __ Discover __ Exp: ______Sec Code _______

Are you currently a member? _____Yes _____No

Wreath Making Class

Saturday, November 13, 2010 ::: 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Would you like to receive The View, The Arboretums e-newsletter?

_____Yes (Please include email above.) _____No

participant name fee

______________________________________________________ $___________________

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Total Program Registration Fees $___________________

Total Enclosed $___________________

Complete credit card information or enclose check made payable to: Cedar Valley Arboretum.

Refund Policy If a program is canceled, you will be notified and receive a full refund. If you choose to cancel

your registration, you must call (319) 226-4966 a minimum of 24 hours in advance to receive a refund. A $25

fee will be charged for all returned checks.

Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens :: 1927 East Orange Road :: Waterloo, IA 50701 :: (319)226-4966



DAFFODILS –––– It’’’’s It It It s s s time time time time to to to to plant plant plant plant now now now now

“A rose is a rose is a rose,” but is that perky spring flower a daffodil, a narcissus, or a jonquil? – or

even a “johnny-quil,” a “Daffy-down dilly,” or a “buttercup?” America’s favorite spring bulb goes by many


Narcissus is the formal Latin or botanical term for the whole genus of these plants. “Daffodil” is

the common, or English, name for all members of the genus Narcissus. Many of us call the sweet smelling

plant bearing several small white and yellow flowers on a single stalk “narcissus,” and think that it is a totally

different flower from the “daffodil.” Officially it is part of the Narcissus genus, and is a member of the

Daffodil division, “Tazetta Daffodils.” Some people call really big daffodils “Jonquils,” but actually the

daffodil with the botanical name of Narcissus.jonquilla, or N.jonquilla, is usually a small flower with a

relatively small “trumpet.” So take the easy way out, and just call all of them Narcissus, or all of them


One of the joys of spring is noticing daffodils of varying sizes, shapes, and colors. Actually, there

are 15 “divisions” of daffodils. Besides the obvious variety in color and color combinations (yellow, orange

white, pink, green, etc.) some of the other differences in daffodils include –

a. Number of flowers to a stem (one to twenty)

b. Length of the “trumpet,” or “corona,” relative to

the rest of the flower

c. Angle of the flower – does it tilt up, or hang down?

d. Shape of petals

e. Height (from 4” to 20”)

f. Blooming period

This fall maybe instead of planting your usual (and beloved)

King Alfred daffodils, you can explore planting some of the many other types

and next spring enjoy the variety of flowers that will appear!

Guess where most Narcissus bulbs originate – the Netherlands, right? Wrong! Great Britain has

always led the world in the creation of hybrid daffodils and in the overall production of Narcissus bulbs.

Most of these are grown in England – Cornwall, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, and the Scilly Islands. No wonder one

of William Wordsworth’s most famous poems celebrates daffodils – here’s an excerpt:

I wander’d lonely as a cloud – that floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze. . .

Now oft, when on my couch I lie in vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils.

In the United States (which is third in daffodil bulb production, behind second place Netherlands)

the majority of daffodil bulbs are grown in Washington, Oregon, and northern California. So the next time

you visit the northwest in the spring, (we should all be so lucky) look for a “host of daffodils,” and maybe,

like Wordsworth, during the next cold Iowa winter, the memory will fill your heart with pleasure, and you

will dance with the daffodils.

On Saturday evening,

September 18, the skies

stopped raining just in time for

our Wine and Scarecrows

fundraiser. Both the wine tent

and watching Deb Ewoldt smith

her iron creations were popular

stopping spots for the 130 who

attended. The food was tasty,

and could be enjoyed while

bidding on the silent auction


All who attended

appeared to have a delightful

time--despite the clouds!

Chilly weather and light rain failed to

dampen the spirits and fun of our Fall

Harvest Festival.

On Sunday morning, September 19, the

weather report stated that it was not

raining, but the sky never stopped misting

throughout the big festival day. Alice in

Wonderland was in the Rose Garden to

greet the over 1500 hardy souls who came

to visit.

A record number of scarecrows were

entered this year--132! Children's

activities and the "Owl Lady" were in the

Children's Garden, petting zoo and

pioneer village were to the east, and

scarecrows throughout!

The quilt raffle sold a record number of chances. Many thanks to our

quilters who shared their talent and donated their quilts to benefit the


1930’s Thimbleberries antique print by Karen Action.

“Opening Night” floral print by Mary Fratzke and Julie Messerly (Quilting Bug).

Alice in Wonderland classic print by Karen Acton, Terry Dixon and Carol Garrett.

Many families commented that they

look forward to this festival each

fall, and wouldn't miss it!


The Arboretum’s 12 th Annual Fall Harvest Festival was a great success!

Although the weather was not as spectacular as our activities were. Many came

and enjoyed the Wine & Scarecrows fundraiser and families came out in rain gear

and enjoyed the day on Sunday. They bid on wonderful scarecrows sponsored by

area businesses and individuals; purchased quilt raffle tickets; wandered through

our Prairie Village reenactment area and open-air market; nibbled on food from our

vendors; made crafts in the Sprouts Space; interacted with the owls and snakes;

greeted the corn goddess as they wandered through the corn maze; chased

animals in the petting zoo; and enjoyed entertainment all while surrounded by the

most beautiful flowers in the County.

Many thanks go to our:

•Event Sponsors: Cedar Valley Medical Specialists, Crossroads, John &

Cheryl Waters, Mix 93.5, NE Iowa Family Practice Center, Service Roofing

Company, & Waterloo Hotel Motel Tax Fund

•Scarecrow Sponsors: Aspro, Inc., B & B Builders, Black Hawk Hotel, BMC

Aggregates L.C., Kelly & Tony Conrad, Koch Construction, Leymaster

Tile, Liberty Bank, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 125, Ravenwood Nursing

and Rehab, Restoration Services, Service Roofing Co., Watco Construction,

Inc., Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Carl & Wanda Wehner

•125+ volunteers

•great Steering Committee: Barbara Brown, Carol Folkers, Billie Hemmer,

Linda Holmes, Sara Jansen, Cassie Luze, Kathy Payne, Linda Schulte,

Melissa Wells, and staff Molly Aronowitz & Linda Wolner

I truly thank everyone for helping us present a family-friendly community event and

we look forward to many more.

Cindy J. Wells, Fall Harvest Festival Chair

Happy Autumn!

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