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ConservationNatural prairie runs through tree and shrub collections. Cream Wild Indigo elegantly accompanies many brilliant hues in the arboretum prairie.
EducationStudents enjoy learning about plants and life science. Teachers enjoy field trips that meet Iowa CORE and STEM objectives.
Quiet EnjoymentFriends relax beneath the shade of this Corktree and enjoy a summer vista.
ResearchThis larch was evaluated for suitability in central Iowa as part of our conifer trial. See more under-used conifers in our conifer collection.
The mission of the Brenton Arboretum is to bring joy to all through the beauty and knowledge of the natural world of trees. The arboretum conveys the importance of woody plants as a place of quiet enjoyment, education, conservation, research and demonstration.
The Brenton Arboretum speaks to people like us; to school children, whose eyes shine with joy at the sight of open spaces and leafy canopies; young couples who come to discover the perfect tree for their yard; to walkers, researchers and gardeners who travel the gravel road to discover the treasure among the cornfields – the delightful escape from the city.