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To nurture connections between plants and people, past and present,                
in an inspiring natural setting that invites discovery.
Fall 2018                      
Winter Hours for the Mabel & Judy Jasper Educational Center
Saturday & Sunday 10 am-4:30 pm
October to April
Giving Tree is Successful!
This spring, a Giving Tree was added to the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum in the lobby of the Mabel and Judy Jasper Educational Center. Initially, the tree had 94 leaves 5 acorns. Since the Giving Tree has been up, 42 more leaves have been added. The giving levels are as follows:
Bronze Leaf: $200-$499.99
Silver Leaf: $500-$999.99
Gold Leaf: $1000-$4999.99
Acorn: $5000-$9999.99
Find the Giving Tree here.
Other Ways to Help
  • Name the Arboretum as a beneficiary in your will or life insurance policy
  • Use Amazon Smile to donate a percentage of Amazon purchases to the Arboretum
  • Mandatory payouts from IRAs gifted to the Arboretum
  • is listing us for donations
Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum Updates
A search for a new Executive Director began in January after Lori Kiesow decided to work full-time at Howalt-McDowell Insurance, Marsh & McLennan at the end of February. Diane Gildemaster was hired as the new Executive Director. She retired from Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation after 29.5 years. She began on April 6th. 

New Classes are being offered through the Community Education System:
  • December 1-Nature's Winter Floral
Super Saturdays at the Arb! Ages 5-9 from 9 am to 11 am. Crafts, reading in your own tent, games, and outdoor fun.
  • November 17
  • December 15
What Is That Pink Rock? Why is it Important?: October 21
Macrame Plant Hanger: October 23
Wicked Weeds: October 30

Lots more Family Time/Adult Learning classes here.
Springtime in the Country: On May 4th, the Arboretum hosted the annual Springtime in the Country event. Visitors enjoyed a food truck and picnic, and played with a menagerie of baby animals. The Colton Hustlers 4-H Club brough goats, chickens, lambs, rabbits, dairy calves, and ducks. Visitors also got a chance to plant their own seed pots of flowers and vegetable to take home.
Arbor Day 2018: The Arboretum celebrated Arbor Day on April 27th with a gathering inside the Formal Gardens near the Wedding Garden. Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether kicked off the festivities, which included tree plantings and a reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation. Councilmember Theresa Stehly and Parks and Recreation Director Don Kearney also spoke on the value of trees and nature. Celebrate Arbor Day with us next year: mark your calendars for the last Friday in April!
What Plants Do You Think the Arboretum Is Missing?
The City of Sioux Falls is considering revising the Master Plan for the Arboretum. There will be public input taken, so please consider what you think we should have. All ideas will be taken into consideration as the Board of Directions for the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum and the Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Board begin this process of looking at what enhances the history, the natural setting, and the places for people to connect and unplug. If you have an idea, please stop in to the Arboretum's Jasper Educational Center and let us know. This park is not only a park, but a special place at the river's bend. It has much potential to enhance the lives of future generations.
A small store with wildflower seeds, Mary Ellen Connelly's Garden Book, Marianne Larsen's photography notecards, and few garden ideas has been opened in the lobby.
Volunteer at the Arboretum!
The value of volunteering is as beneficial to the organization you are helping as to you. The Arboretum is a place where volunteers can connect with young people, teachers, visitors, and nature. Please consider giving some time to helping us out--maybe you have a great idea for a class we can offer, or just want to help children with the use of a magnifying glass.
Call 605-367-4414 to find out more.
Submit Your Photos
We are amazed at the pictures our visitors post on our Facebook page! If you think you have the best picture of our Arboretum, please share or sentd to us at:
We may use it in future publications, or frame it on the walls!
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Ash Trees in Peril: What Can We Do?
Emerald Ash Borer, an exotic insect responsible for the loss of more than 100 million Ash trees in the United States over the past two decades, has now been discovered in Sioux Falls. This is the first confirmed infestation in South Dakota.
Emerald Ash Borers (EAB) were found in northern Sioux Falls. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture received confirmation on May 9 that the insect is indeed EAB. The confirmation was made by the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a division of the United States Department of Agriculture. The infestation so far appears to be confined to a relatively small area. The south Dakota Department of Agriculture is conducting surveys to verify the extent of the infestation.

Will we lose our Ash trees?

The answer is yes, unless a tree is periodically treated with an insecticide indefinitely. Typically, a community loses all their untreated Ash trees within a ten-year period following detection. Tree owners who live in Sioux Falls should consider treating their individual trees for this insect. It is not practical for large plantings.

There is no need to call the City, Cooperative Extension, or the SD Department of Agriculture to inspect your Ash tree if you live within the city. If you want to protect your Ash tree, it should be treated.

Check out the website for the SD Dept. of Agriculture here.
Thank You!
Report of Donors 
January to October 2018
Rich & Sue Aguilar
Denny Allen
Rick and Mary Althoff
Kathy Amundson
Mavis Amundson
Scott Anderson
Karie Arce
Dr. Ken & Marianne Augspurger
Automatic Security
Linda Baker
Martha Baker 
Ruth Barlow
Miles K. & Lisa Beacom
Ross Brown
Kim and James Burma Jr.
Bill & Lynne Byrne
Kameron and Nancy Ann Carlson
Ruth Christopherson
City Blossom in Honor of Thomas & Kathrine Schnabel
Patricia Coddinton
Paul & Mary Ellen Connelly
Paul & Mary Ellen Connelly in Memory of LaVerle Lorenzen
Mary Ellen Connelly & Pam Jansa for Bookshelves
Mike Crane & Candy Hanson
Debi Ulrey-Crosby & Wayne Crosby
Nicole Dahm in honor of Pam Jansa's Birthday
Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP
Phil & Judy Davis
Richard & Janice Dickey
Don Dougherty
Jack Dyvig
Steve & Kris Egger
Kathy Elgethun
Dr. Fred and Ann Entwistle in Memory of Curt Kuehn
Joel Farmer
Dr. Jerry & Mary Freeman
Bill & Jean Fuller
Larry & Suzanne Fuller
Darlene George
Diane & Kurt Gildemaster
Ken Goodwin
Mark & Pat Graham
Thomas & Linda Mickelson Graham
Russ and Carol Greenfield
Marge Gunn
Curtis Hage
Doug & Anne Hajek
Jack & Judy Hamilton
Dave Hauck
Jennifer Hegg
Cindy and Keith Heiberger
Glen & Dixie Hieb
Don Hindbjorgen
Rudolph & Shelia Hoffman
Boyd & Dody Hopkins
Rob Howe
Mike & Bunny Howes
Mary & John Hoyt
John & Anne Hughes
Marilyn & Leland Hult
Pam and Steve Jansa in Memory of Curt Kuehn
Pam Taylor & Steve Jansa
Judy Jasper
Judy Jasper for donation of fur cabinet for School
Merle & Sharon & Mary Lynne Johnson
Shelly Johnson
K Restaurant
Phil Kappen
Don Kearney
Laura Davis Keppen
Kirk & Lori Kiesow
Joe & Jennifer Kirby
Kevin & Peggy Kirby

Steve & Suzie Kirby
Lance & Dennie Klutman
Ann & Bill Kolbrek, Jessica Perkins, Steve & Kathy Sanford in honor of Keith and Ione Perkins
Anne & Bill Kolbrek, Steve & Kathy Sanford in Memory of Charles and Hazel Sanford
Scott & Marilyn Korsten
Chad & Tina Kucker
Andrea Kuehn
Venessa & James Lambert
Landscape Garden Center
Eugene W. & Betty Larsen
Mary Beth Larsen
Rachael Lebo
Dave & Jan Lewis
Richard and Valerie Lietz
Colin Lunde
Dan and Mary Main
John & Abigail McFarland
Pat & Kathy McGreevy
Brigit & Ricardo McGuire
Mary McQuillen
Minnehaha Master Gardeners
Peter & Rhonda Morse
Marilyn Moser
New York Life Insurance on behalf of John Kittelson
Northwest Area Education Agency employees in Honor of Shirley A. Weeks-Frevik (Oas)
Grant Nustad
Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping Inc.
Dana & Nancy Oas
Dana & Nancy Oas and Alice Kruse in celebration of Phil Hamman's Birthday
Kate Parkinson
Darla Pasch
Gay & Linda Pashby
Keith Perkins III
Paulette Poirier
Tom & Lee Raines
Marlene Rance
Rammy & Carol Rasmussen
Raven Industries
Leonard & Carla Jean Rhoades
Jeff and Linda Rodman
Lin Rostrom
Colleen Sanford
Steve & Kathy Sanford
Thomas & Katherine Schnabel
David Schonhoralt
Jeff & Kellie Shultz
Sandy Smith
Jon and Pam Soderholm
The Honorable Theresa Stehly
Stensland Farms
Mark & Sarah Stowers
Don & Maureen Straka
Tim & Julie Stupka
Kris Swanson
Dick and Kathleen Sweetman
Jerry and Mary Pat Sweetman
Heather Taylor in Honor of Pam Jansa's Birthday
Jerry Teslow
Chris & Kristi Thorkelson
Mary & Dave Tidwell
Dr. Harold & Mary Tilstra
Mary Jane Tschetter
Kim and Ferlin Vander Poel
Tom & Kathy Walsh
Shannon Ward
Madeleine J. Wegner and Harri Rinta
Jessica & Todd Wells
Anne and Chris Weyer
Dr. Ann Wilson
Goi Yol
Jay & Lian Zea
Keith & Anne Zerschling
Tom and Lynne Zimmer
Mary Ann Zinnel
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