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6 Places to Visit for the Plant or Flower Lover

Green thumb not required.

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Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Located on the Dubuque’s northwest side, the Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Garden is a site to see in the spring and summer months. Walk the grounds (open daily from 7am to dusk) and see 60 different types of gardens including Rose, Hosta, English, Japanese, Herb, and more. Run by volunteers there is no cost for entry, but donations are welcome.



One of Dubuque’s newest shops happens to be one that is made for the plant lovers. Located just off of historic Main, this quaint shop has goods for the plant newbie or expert. From rare specimens to low maintenance lovers, you’ll find something to add to your collection. Have too many plants but still want to check it out? Support the local artists who have art, pottery, stickers, and more available for sale at Planted. (Pssst…check out their website for upcoming classes.)

Dubuque Farmers Market Food

Dubuque Farmers' Market

The Dubuque Farmers’ Market has been around since 1845! That’s 178 years of locally grown goodness. Today, you can find farm raised meats, organic produce, tasty treats, handmade goods, and of course, gorgeous local flowers. Market kicks off May 4th. Check the website weekly for what vendors you can find at Iowa’s longest running market.


Ada Hayden Mural

Love to look at flowers? How about blossoms that span the width of your outstretched arms? Visit the iconic ‘Ada Hayden’ mural painted by Gaia, located at 233 Main Street. This work of art is 114’ long and 32’ tall and interprets the work of Iowa botanist, Ada Hayden. Named Iowa’s ‘Very Best Street Art’ by Parade Magazine, this mural has become a must see in downtown Dubuque.

Convivium Urban Farmstead PHOTO: @risa_flynn

Convivium Urban Farmstead

This restaurant & coffee shop has a whole lot more to it than what you might think. A non-profit, urban garden, education center, and more, the folks behind this multi-faceted business sought to make connections around food. After buying the 1920’s era greenhouse, they established what is now Convivium Urban Farmstead in the north end of Dubuque.

Wagner Nursery PHOTO: Wagner Nursery

Local Nurseries

For those who want to grow their outdoor collection of plants, check out Dubuque’s local nurseries. From perennials to annual plants Steve’s Ace Hardware, Cornerstone Nursery, and Wagner Nursery are just a few of the local shops for people who consider themselves to have a green thumb.

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