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

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) privately managed, public garden dedicated to using horticulture as a catalyst for community connection. As a nonprofit, the Arboretum receives NO financial support from the City of Newton. However, we proudly bear the Newton name to represent our amazing community! Volunteers and private donors make our existence possible. THANK YOU!! The Arboretum is managed by a volunteer board of directors and employs 2 staff members. Currently the gardens occupy 6 acres with multiple attractions.

IT’S OFFICIAL!! On March 18, 2024 the NABG acquired the additional ~13.5 acres of cropland to the north! The first phase of our expansion will begin this spring as we seed prairie. This is just the beginning! We have plans to develop and continue adding amazing beauty, inspiration, discovery, and recreation to the community!


Annual Pond Clean Out 2024

Spring is in the air. . . and has been since February! It’s been a weird, warm winter which means the pond is super mucky! Every spring we host a landscape-pond cleaning/maintenance demonstration with the experts from Just Add Water.

JOIN US on April 20, 2024 at 9:30 AM as we go through the process of cleaning and prepping the pond water feature for its seasonal display. This is a hands on demonstration and attendees are encouraged to get dirty. Please plan on bringing waterproof gloves and rubber boots–you never know WHAT LIES BENEATH!

This is a FREE, fun, family-friendly event. Come out and learn with us!

THANK YOU, NEWTON! We’ve met our MATCH!!

Generous donations from the community helped us secure the needed funds. The $5000 match was met! The new Welcome Center-Business Entrance is complete and it is stunning!! Thank you so much for your support!

Primary funding for this project came from a generous grant by the Jasper Community Foundation.
However, we want to thank everyone who contributed. Your gifts were vital to our success!
Platinum level donations included:

• In memory of Doug & Adeline Fruetel
• Karen Clark
• In memory of Dru Milligan
• First Interstate Bank

• Fred & Judy Chabot
• Fran & Richard Henderson
• Ina Heidemann
• Lana Wohlers

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:
Newton Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
3030 N 4th Ave E
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