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    WELCOME . . .
    . . . to this beautiful place!

    As we grow a more beautiful world,
    we invite you to visit us to explore and experience all that we call the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens!

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    Garden Weddings

    More brides and grooms are electing an organic venue for their ceremony. The Dubuque Arboretum has several idyllic settings to choose from: our Japanese, English, and Rose Gardens . . . to name just a few.

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    English Garden

    Created as a memorial and tribute to Georgette and Frank Hardie by their children, its grounds are meticulously and lovingly maintained by son Steve Hardie.
    [ Designed by English couple C.F. and Donna Dumbell. ]

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    Japanese Garden

    From its charming bridge to burbling water features to a pond with koi swimming about, it's another unique setting in the heart of the Midwest. ADA-accessible.
    [ Created under the expert guidance of Hoichi Kurisu, a master designer of Japanese gardens. ]

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    Hosta Garden

    An area dedicated to showcasing the versatile hosta plant, the Garden includes a stunning shade structure for guests to sit, relax, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

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    Garden Pathways

    Pathways and seating can be found throughout the Arboretum grounds meandering through all of our garden areas. Visitors enjoy the delightful sights, delicate sounds, and delectable smells that emanate everywhere.

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:: Growing A More Beautiful World

The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens have been a part of the Dubuque community since 1980.
Quietly nestled on the city's northwest side and featuring more than 60 different types of gardens (including Rose, Hosta, English, Japanese, Herb, and more), the grounds continue to grow and expand every year. All volunteer-created and volunteer-maintained, we encourage and greatly appreciate all financial donations so that we can continue growing a more beautiful world!

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The Gazebo :: A Wedding Place

Our premier wedding sites. -- the Lagen-Buelow Gazebo is just one of them -- offer all of the sought-after amenities you expect in an outdoor setting: color, fragrance, nature. Everything to honor and celebrate a beautiful new beginning! Naturally.

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An Invitation :: Please Join Us

The Dubuque Arboretum, since it began in 1980, has been a remarkable all-volunteer effort. Relying on the creative genius, physical efforts, and financial generosity of its supporters, we invite you to join us as we grow our world. Beautifully!

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An Invitation :: To Volunteer

Volunteers. They're the inspired creators of these beautiful grounds! Garden beds are now being adopted for Season 2014. Please join us: Be a friend to the Arboretum and make some new friends in the process! Spring Clean-Up Days:
Sat | Apr 12 & 19 | 9a-1p | Free Lunch

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 We love showing off our beautiful place! Please visit us throughout the year ... to relax, to refresh, to restore, to rejuvenate. There's a truly peaceful quality to the property as well as an overwhelming beauty that is the Dubuque Aboretum itself. Don't be surprised when you find yourself coming back again and again! And with no admission fee, it's an easy choice to make. See you soon!

Sandi Helgerson | Executive Director Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

You're invited to join us! Become a member of the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.