Social Irrigation Presented by EMC Insurance Companies

Thursday, June 22 2017 thru Thursday, September 28 2017

Social Irrigation Presented by EMC Insurance Companies is the new brand for our summer-long, Thursday evening series. The Botanical Garden will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays beginning mid-June. Bring your friends and join us weekly for an evening full of live music, food and botanical atmosphere. Trellis Café will be open with small plates and your favorite beverage. From classical, jazz and blues music as well as craft beers and lawn games, we're confident this new Botanical Garden programming will have something for everyone!

2017 Summer Music & Botanical Programming Line Up

June 22: Sponsored by American Enterprise Group, Inc.: Max Wellman 7, Boutonniere Bar Activity
June 29: Quartet 515, Artists in the Garden & North Gallery Artist's Reception - Original Skin, Elizabeth Wallace
July 6 Christopher the Conquered, Kokedama Demonstration
July 13 The Drama Kings, Herb Wand Activity
July 20 John Morgan Sextet, Taste & Talk: All Spice 
July 27: Sponsored by Jill & Dan Stevenson: Malcolm Wells and the Two-Timers
August 3 Soul Searchers, Herb Sachets & Scented Geraniums Activity
August 10 Rob Lumbard Trio with Kathleen Hurley Dancers, Succulent & Cactus Demonstration
August 17 Parranderos Latin Combo and Salsa Dancing Demo, Taste & Talk: Hy-Vee - Salsa Making
August 24 MAIDS, Language of Flowers Activity and Taste & Talk: Iowa Honey Company 
August 31 Java Jews, Taste & Talk: Iowa Brewers Union
September 7 The Maytags, bonsai demonstration - Iowa Bonsai Association
September 14 Abbie and the Sawyers, Taste & Talk: The Cheese Shop and samples by Millstream Brewery 
Sept. 21 Tony Valdez - The Rockets, Taste & Talk: Herbal Teas and Lemonades
Sept. 28 
Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra, Taste & Talk: AgriCultured

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Series Sponsors:
EMC Insurance Companies
Silver: MidAmerican Energy
Bronze: Josephs Jewelers, AAA Travel & Insurance, The Westergaard Group/First Realty

Social Irrigation FAQs

Is there an admission fee?
Botanical Garden members get in FREE! Seasonal cost of admission applies to all others ($8 for adults; $7 for senior citizens 65+; $7 for military personnel; $6 for students ages 4-17 and children 3 and under are free). 

Is there a way to save on tickets?
Yes! Purchase your tickets online in advance and enter the code GETSOCIAL to save $1.

What time does the music start?
The band goes on at 5:45, but you're invited to arrive early, grab your food and drink and find a seat.

What is there to eat and drink?
Trellis Cafe will be open until 8 p.m. serving both small plates and entrees, along with beer, wine and a weekly featured cocktail. Enjoy your food in the cafe, or order it to-go so you can take it outside and listen to the music! Click here for the menu.

Where can I buy food and drinks?
Trellis Cafe (inside the building) will be serving both food and drinks you can enjoy either indoors or out; there is also a bar on the Ruan Allee for beverages only.

I just want to go to Trellis. Do I have to pay?
No -- there is no charge to access Trellis only.

Can I bring my own food and alcohol?
No, outside food and alcohol are not permitted. You may bring baby food, bottles, etc.

Is this a kid-friendly event?
Yes! Social Irrigation is perfect for a family outing. 

Do you take credit cards?

Do you have seating? 
We have plenty of chairs set up near the musicians available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Do you move indoors if it's going to rain?
Yes, we'll move into the DuPont room off of the Dorothy and Max Rutledge Conifer Garden.

Where are the bathrooms?
Bathrooms are located to the right as you enter the building, and also inside the doors near the Bankers Trust Terrace and Dorothy and Max Rutledge Conifer Garden. Be sure to grab a map as you arrive for easy wayfinding.

Are you bike-friendly?
Yes! We are located right off the bike trail and have bike parking (along with plenty of cold drinks...)

Event Category: Food and Entertainment Signature Event

Event Schedule

  • June 22, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • June 29, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • July 6, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • July 13, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • July 20, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • July 27, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • August 3, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • August 10, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • August 17, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • August 24, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • August 31, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • September 7, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • September 14, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • September 21, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM
  • September 28, 2017 05:00 PM–08:00 PM