For the best experience during your visit, please review the Arboretum Rules.

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Fall Festival & Scarecrow Walk

OCTOBER 14, 2023

Featuring a Scarecrow walk, contest, and silent auction.

For a sweet treat, dress in your Halloween best, then stroll through the gardens to experience our SCARECROW WALK! Scarecrows created by organizations throughout the community will be on display to scare us into the fall season. Vote for your favorite creation, then participate in a silent auction to purchase a scarecrow to take home!

All proceeds from the Scarecrow Walk benefit the Newton Arboretum,
a 501(c)(3), nonprofit. If you’d like to participate, please contact us at:

• Call 641-791-3021 OR
• Email

Visit the vendor fair inside the Krumm Center for all your seasonal needs.

The parking lot will be filled with pumpkins, fresh flowers & mums, food trucks, & more. Joy, the pig will perform at 11AM.

Compete in a Seasonal Chalk Art Contest to win a prize.

There will be fun for all ages!
Check back regularly for all the details.

Painted Rock Snake Community Activity

Hello Everyone

My name is Jasper, and I am a county rock snake. I was “born” this June 2023 in Jasper County, Iowa.

I came upon this beautiful Newton Arboretum & Botanical Gardens during my search high and low for a wonderful place for me to live and grow.

While slithering around the plants, flowers, and trees, I realized I had found just the right spot for me, where I could remain outdoors and free.

While I reside here I hope to bring some smiles to visitors and those passing by, so I am asking for your help to make sure I catch their eye.

The more I grow, the more I’ll show. So will you please paint a rock and add it at my end? Then won’t you please also tell a friend?

I thank you for your kindly visit, and all your help if you can lend it.

I would so like if you would stop back by from time to time to visit me as well as see all the flowers, plants, and trees.

Sssssincerely, Jasper.


The Newton Arboretum & Botanical Gardens relies on the kindness and generosity of individuals, businesses, and organizations. YOU support our growth!
To cultivate the future of the Arboretum, make your tax-deductible donations by using this PDF donation form and sending to:

 Project AWAKE
 PO Box 321
 Newton, Iowa 50208

OR you can make an online donation click here.


It takes many hands to keep the garden growing. Hundreds of volunteer hours are contributed every year. If you have an interest in gardening, would like to serve on the Board of Directors, or want to assist with upcoming events—let us know! Volunteers are always welcome!

Join us! Send in your volunteer application to


Newton Arboretum & Botanical Gardens offers ‘Something Unique.’

Personalized, engraved bricks and granite pavers can be purchased to place in the memorial patios around the Arboretum. These Unique mementos can honor someone or commemorate a special occasion. Please consider offering Something Unique as a special gift to the recipient and the Arboretum. A gift that grows it forward! Ideas include:

Wedding Day / Wedding Anniversary
Birth / Death
Graduation / Pet Tribute

To order your Unique gift, fill out the ORDER FORM along with a check payable to Project AWAKE.

Single 4″x8″  brick at $75
Single 8″x8″ paver at $250

Please mail to:
Project AWAKE
PO Box 321
Newton, IA 50208

Connect With Us:

Office Hours:
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

(641) 791 – 3021

Project AWAKE
Newton Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
PO Box 321
Newton, IA 50208