From the Beginning to the Present


According to an interview with Jan Guthrie and Maurine Crisp; in the late 1980’s local gardening enthusiast Dick Meyerhoff suggested starting various clubs throughout the Cedar Valley devoted to growing things. They would include organizations like the Men’s Garden Club, the African Violet Club, and the Herb Club. He was later joined by Fred Button and Tom Lawler and the three modified this idea to eventually funneling these activities into a green space and Arboretum.


By the early 1990’s, various individuals and organizations began to discuss the
possibility of developing an arboretum in Black Hawk County. This included;
Waterloo and Cedar Falls Parks Departments, Cedar Valley Men’s Garden Club, UNI Preserve Alliance League, the Herb Club, Hawkeye Community College, Iowa State Extension, Harmony House Horticulture Program, and Green Scene.


According to an article in the Waterloo Courier published on October 13, 1996, as well as photo and other records contained in the Arboretum archive, the following is a progressive picture of how the facility evolved over the years.


To view a more detailed history of how the Arboretum has grown from year to year, please explore our historical archives, researched and recorded by Paul Kammerdiner and separated into easy-to-digest year groups.  You won't regret learning more about the Cedar Valley Arboretum's rich and community-oriented past.  Take a walk through history and see the progression of how a dream was turned into a reality.  

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