Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Dubuque

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OVERVIEW

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.

Located in Marshall Park, the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is a living museum developed by volunteers. All volunteer-created and volunteer-maintained, their work is a labor of love for all who visit The Gardens as well as a symbol of devotion for the growing things of the earth.

ENTRANCE FEE: $0

There is no entrance fee to enjoy the Dubuque Arboretum grounds. (The Arboretum is a non-profit organization supported by memberships, gifts, memorials, and endorsements.) We encourage and greatly appreciate all financial donations so that we can continue growing a more beautiful world!

HOURS

PHYSICAL GROUNDS

Dawn to Dusk :: 365 days a year

GIFT SHOP & LIBRARY

April – September :: 9a to 8p | 7 days a week

October :: 9a to 5p | 7 days a week

November – March :: Closed

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES

April – October :: 9a to 5p | Monday – Friday

November – March :: 10a to 3p | Monday – Friday

Holiday Closings :: Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Day through New Year’s Day.

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS

The 56-acre grounds of the Dubuque Arboretum showcase a number of Special Attractions, including:

*Rose Garden | All-American Rose Selections, award-winning public display Rose Gardens + old garden roses, hybric, miniature and shrub roses

*English Garden | formal English Garden and Knot Garden.

*Japanese Garden

*Herb Garden

*Hosta Garden | extensive hosta displays and gardens. 13,000 plants | 900 varieties

*Annual Gardens

*Prairie Wildflowers and Grasses

*Ornamental Tree and Shrub Collections

*Music in the Gardens | a celebration of a different art form — music — with the Arboretum as a beautiful backdrop

*Conifer Collections | nationally-recognized Bill Walter Dwarf Conifer and Hermsen Dward Conifer Collections

*Displays | Iris, Peony, Lily, Day Lily, Dahlia, Perennial, Cactus

*Water and Shade Gardens

*Woodland Wildflowers, Viburnum, Azalea and Lilacs

*The Lagen-Buelow Gazebo | a popular wedding venue

*Packard Memorial Amphitheatre

*Heinemann Visitors Center, Gift Shop and Botanical Library Arrange your visit to Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens and discover more family-friendly attractions in Dubuque using our Dubuque attractions planning tool .
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  • Well maintained, good variety and lots of space. Ever changing. The summer concerts are a highlight.  more »
  • We were there on October, so there were not to many flowers but the change colors season is beautiful there.  more »
  • We really enjoy the visit, it was a pity we went on October, I imagine all the roses and others flowers on spring and I think I would have to visit during this season next year.  more »
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  • A beautifully landscaped garden. Several pathways with trails that lead to fish ponds. Trees and bushes and labeled to identify them. A large covered picnic area is also used for outdoor concerts. Large open area are used for classic car shows. Recommend visit.
  • Great place to go for free. Nice but simple visitor center where you can get maps, use the restroom, buy a beverage, etc. A couple signs along the paths would have been nice since the map was not very detailed as far as which path goes where. Very well maintained garden with beautiful flowers and landscaping.
  • I went to Music in the Park and as always, has a GREAT time! This week was a John Denver tribute & the duo was AMAZING!! No joke! Ted Vigil (John Denver doppelganger in sight & sound) & Amy Days (singing & played violin) and they were AWESOME!! I would pay $ to go to their concerts in the future. But the gardens are AMAZING as well!! Breathtaking. **I apologize ahead of time, a lot of my photos are blurry, my phone was having issues much to my dismay!!
  • September 12th after a rainy foggy morning we went to the gardens. They were amazing. It was a great walking day. We took many amazing pictures. A wonderful day!!
  • This is one of Debuques many wonderful outdoor parks. They have thousands of beautiful plants they have colorful fish and you can feed them from a bridge and their trails are also beautiful. They have a fun playground for kids and a gift shop that also sells ice cream. We will definitely be going back soon. Maybe next year.
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