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Public Gardens are Gems in Plain Sight

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Dubuque Arboretum

It's National Public Gardens Day, a wonderful opportunity to visit and celebrate the many public gardens in Iowa. Public parks like the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Reiman Gardens in Ames, and the Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton are just some of many across the state. Assistant Director of Reiman Gardens Aaron Steil describes what sets these public gems apart.

“Public gardens are kind of an umbrella term for all the arboreta, botanical gardens, just really any space that is both open to the public but also has some kind of programming behind it," Steil says. “These are places that not only have beautiful spaces but also have some kind of mission.”

On this Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe and Steil also talk with Richard Jauron, Iowa State University Extension Horticulture Specialist, and answer questions from callers.