Learn on Saturdays

Saturday, January 6 2018 thru Saturday, March 24 2018

Don’t let the cold get you down. Join us on Saturday mornings January through March for weekly education on a range of topics from designing your garden to foraging in the wild. Each week includes two hour-long sessions; the cost of admission covers both.

Price per Saturday (drop-in only): Members $6, Nonmembers $12

6-Week Punch Card: Members $30, Nonmembers $60 Purchase your punch card here. 

Season pass for all 12 weeks: Members $50, Nonmembers $100 Purchase your season pass here. 


Jan. 6            

10:30 a.m. Kelly NorrisBotanical Garden—Planting on the Wild Side: Inspirations, Ideas and Recipes

11:30 a.m. Ed Lyon, Reiman Gardens—Bold Strokes 

Jan. 13 

10:30 a.m. Beth Andersen, trip attendee—Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden: 2017 Gardens of Victoria Trip

11:30 a.m. Derek Carwood, Botanical Garden—Amorphomania

Jan. 20            

10:30 a.m. Josh Schultes, Botanical Garden—Water Gardening

11:30 a.m. Nan Ripley, Walkabout Gardens—The Astonishing New Daylilies

Jan. 27            

10:30 a.m. Jennie Smith, Butcher Crick Farms—Picking the Right Heirloom Tomatoes for your Garden

11:30 a.m. Sondra Krueger Feldstein, SalAmander Farms—Why Save Seeds

February 3      

10:30 a.m. Mark Rouw, Science Center of Iowa—Iowa’s Largest and Tallest Trees

11:30 a.m. Ruth Burke, Deer Creek Seed Co.—Upcycling in the Garden: Antique Chic and Recycling SavvyTips for Alternative Container Gardening

February 10    

10:30 a.m. Jessie Lowry, Blank Park Zoo—Give your Garden Wings with Plant.Grow.Fly.

11:30 a.m. Toni Morris and Linda Svec, Des Moines Herb Study Group—Herbal Culinary Gems

February 17    

10:30 a.m. Megan Will, Iowa Master Gardener—Seed Starting for the Home Garden

11:30 a.m. Dr.Patrick O’Malley, Iowa State University—Fruit Trees for the Home Garden: The Good, the Bad and the Unusual

February 24    

10:30 a.m. Jenny Quiner, Dogpatch Urban Gardens—Grow Food, Not Lawns

11:30 a.m. Jennifer and Adam O’Neal, Pepperharrow Farm—Crafting a Cut Flower Garden in Iowa

March 3          

10:30 a.m. Aaron Harpold, Botanical Garden—Palms of the Conservatory: From Madagascar to Mexico

11:30 a.m. Carolyn Weber, Plant Nutrition Expert—Dirt to Salad in a Week: Microgreens for Sustainable Nutrition

March 10        

10:30 a.m. Inger Lamb, Prairie Landscapes LLC. - Want to Help Native Pollinators?  Plant Native Plants!

11:30 a.m. Jordan Scheibel, Middle Way Farm-- Principles of Organic Gardening 

March 17        

10:30 a.m. Dr. Thomas Rosburg, Drake University—A Primer on Grasses and Their Use in Landscaping

11:30 a.m. Rita Perea, Rita Perea Hort Communications—Vertical Gardening for Form and Function

March 24        

10:30 a.m.Leslie Hunter, Botanical Garden—Gardening WITH Roses

11:30 a.m. Kelly Norris, Botanical Garden—Spring Garden Festival Perennial Preview

Event Category: Adult Education

Event Schedule

  • January 6, 2018 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
  • January 13, 2018 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
  • January 20, 2018 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
  • January 27, 2018 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
  • February 3, 2018 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
  • February 10, 2018 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
  • February 17, 2018 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
  • February 24, 2018 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
  • March 3, 2018 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
  • March 10, 2018 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
  • March 17, 2018 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
  • March 24, 2018 10:30 AM–12:30 PM