Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens
Last summer at a family reunion we had in Waterloo, Iowa we visited the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. The gardens showcase beautiful flowers along with a variety of plants and trees. Just after entering the gardens we were greeted by this frog.
These living works of art are called mosaiculture. The Arboretum does change them from time to time so future visits might find different ones.
The Display Gardens have a variety of annual and perennial plants. They also have spring-flowering bulbs for those visiting that time of year.
View of the same garden from a different angle.
The Forget-Me-Not Pond provides a restful place while sitting near its waters. There are also fish to watch.
The Stout Daylily Collection provides a number of different varieties to observe.
The Enabling Gardens are raised so that people with disabilities are able to garden.
There is a nice fountain for a centerpiece.
These flowers have a contrasting plants in the center.
Throughout the gardens are places to sit and enjoy the gardens.
There is even a Hobbit house which fans of the Lord of the Rings series, or anyone for that matter, can enjoy.
This shows that even if one does not have very much space a nice garden can be created.
A profusely blooming white flowering plant.
I thought this had an interesting blooming sequence.
This is the entrance to the Rose Garden. There were not a lot roses in bloom when we were there but when there are this is a popular location to hold weddings and other events.
There is more in the gardens that I did not visit but there just wasn’t enough time on this trip.