Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens were established in 1980 and it consists of 56 acres. Admission is free and the grounds are open year-round from 7 a.m. to dusk, welcoming around 55,000 visitors from all over the world each year. The Arboretum was created and is maintained entirely by volunteers and 4 staff members. We have around 300 volunteers who help in our gift shop, office, gardens, maintenance, planning, and operations. The Arboretum is a popular spot in the community for outdoor weddings, concerts, and special events. The Arboretum includes the following gardens: Herbs, Hostas, Roses, Annuals and Perennials, Cacti, Prairie, Wildflowers, Hydrangeas, Children's Gardens, Garden of Eat'n, Japanese Garden and Koi Pond, Formal English Garden, Union Park Garden, Ornamental Tree, and Shrub Collections, and Conifer Collections. There are also wooded hiking trails. The Dubuque Arboretum's beauty is something we all can cherish - thanks to the valuable hours from our volunteers and generous grants and donations that have been provided. The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens' mission is to enrich lives through nature by providing education, enjoyment, and inspiration.