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Visit the Garden to celebrate Earth Day with FREE ADMISSION all day Saturday, April 17, 2021, courtesy of the Principal Foundation.

Secure timed-tickets between 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Secure timed-tickets between 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.


Events at the Garden Saturday, April 17:

Earth Day Propagation

Celebrate Earth Day with us! Learn about indoor plants that help create a healthy home. Practice plant propagation and take a cutting home with you!

Groups work at their own pace and socially distance. Masks are required for all visitors two years and older. Capacity will be limited to no more than 15 people at one time with sanitizing in between each person and/or group.

Pre-registration is not required. Activity available while supplies last!

Earth Day Shed Sale

The Earth Day Shed Sale offers an array of garden and botanical treasures for both new and experienced gardeners as well as those who don’t dig in the dirt at all! The Earth Day Shed Sale includes gently used and unused items.

Proceeds will support the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

For more information about the sale and how to donate your gently used, new or antique gardening items, visit the Earth Day Shed Sale information page.

Planet Protectors: In Celebration of Earth Day

Earth Day is a chance to reflect on our impact on our world and learn what we can do to make a positive impact instead of a negative one. For the first 22 days of April leading up to Earth day, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and other Planet Protectors in our community are sharing ways to give Earth some love.

The Garden has partnered with the following organizations to bring these resources to our community:

Blank Park Zoo, Corteva Agriscience, Friends of Des Moines Parks, Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge, The Brenton Arboretum, The Des Moines Bicycle Collective, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, The Climate Ribbon Project, Iowa Rivers Revival, Metro Waste Authority, MidAmerican Energy, Polk County Soil & Water Conservation District

Visit the Nate Page Sculpture

A bright yellow raincoat and red umbrella created by Nate Page can be found on the Belvedere until the end of April. These sculptures come to us from Polk Soil & Water Conservation District whose mission is Enabling People to Protect Water.

Like an umbrella, our constructed environment sheds water instead of allowing it to naturally soak into the ground leading to flooding and water quality problems. These sculptures have holes in them to represent ‘rainscaping’ practices that help our city be less like an umbrella and more like a sponge. Homeowners in Polk county can receive cost-sharing help to implement these practices in their own yard. #raincampaign

Other Family Friendly Activities

Hunt for ‘scattered showers’ – 86 raindrops are scattered throughout the Garden. How many can you find?

Spring Scavenger Hunt! This scavenger hunt encourages guests to explore how plants and water interact.

The fun keeps flowing with an educational exhibit from Des Moines Water Works in the garden commons explaining the many ways we can help keep our water clean.

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