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Due to recent developments and recommendations surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Botanical Garden is canceling or postponing all classes and programs through March 31. Pre-registered participants have been contacted via email with information on next steps. Any additional cancelations will be shared via our website and Facebook page. Thank you for your continued support during this uncertain time.

Don’t let the cold get you down. Join us on Saturday mornings January through March for weekly educational lectures on a range of topics from seeds to soil to sustainability.

Preview Price per Saturday (no preregistration):
Members $6, Nonmembers $12
6-Week Punch Card: Members $30, Nonmembers $60
Season pass for all Saturdays: Members $50, Nonmembers $100

Each week includes two hour-long sessions:
• Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m. Kelly Norris, Botanical Garden—A Few of My (New) Favorite Things: 20 Plants to Watch For in 2020
11:30 a.m. Kelly Norris, Botanical Garden—Gardens of the Northwest

• Jan. 11, 10:30 a.m. Leslie Hunter, Botanical Garden — Evolution of the Rose Garden
11:30 a.m. Ed Lyon, Reiman Gardens—Going Native: A Balanced Perspective

• Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m. Michael Augugliaro, Botanical Garden volunteer— Love It or Leave It
11:30 a.m. Tara Dudley, Plant Life Designs—Tidy Plants

• Jan. 25, 10:30 a.m. Jana Erickson, Wit’s End Gardens — Give Your Garden Wings
11:30 a.m. Jacklyn Gautsch, Iowa Department of Natural Resources—Iowa’s Aquatic Natives

• Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m. Dr. Ahmadu Baba-Singhri & Clair Rudison Jr., Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans—Feeding the World: the African Origin of Agriculture
11:30 a.m. Dr. Andrew Manu, Iowa State University—The Impact of George Washington Carver on Global Plant Science Education

• Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. Andy Benson, Midwest Wild Edibles & Foragers Society— Greenwood Gourmand: A Beginner’s Guide to Cooking with Wild Edibles
11:30 a.m. Sondra Feldstein, SalAmander Farms—Preserving the Past in the Future: Saving Seeds and Stories

• Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m. Matthew Bailey, The Plant Sync — Gardening and Climate Change in Iowa
11:30 a.m. Cindy Haynes, Iowa State University—Shady Characters: Shade Plants Beyond Hostas

• Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m. Peter Englund, Legacy Trails—Trail Anatomy
11:30 a.m. Luke Gran & Jeanette LaGrange, Prudenterra—Protecting an Urban Woodland from Erosion with Ecology and Engineering

• Feb. 29, 10:30 a.m. Jeff Iles, Iowa State University—Prune Those Young Trees…Or Else!
11:30 a.m. Suzan Erem, Sustainable Iowa Land Trust— Growing Gardens that Feed the Future

• March 7, 10:30 a.m. Michael Augugliaro, Botanical Garden volunteer—America’s Lost Grand Gardens 11:30 a.m. Wes Hunsberger, Botanical Garden volunteer— Forcing Bulbs for Winter Blooms

• March 14, 10:30 a.m. Randall Vos, Des Moines Area Community College — Viticulture in Iowa
11:30 a.m. Julie Hempel, Des Moines Parks and Recreation—Lilacs for Your Garden

• March 21, 10:30 a.m. Cynde and Richard Schreiber, Botanical Garden volunteers — Creating a Home Greenhouse
11:30 a.m.  Ryan Drake, Botanical Garden—Alpine and Rock Gardening in the Midwest

• March 28, 10:30 a.m. Aaron Steil, Reiman Gardens—Iowa Garden FAQs Answered
11:30 a.m. Aaron Harpold and Kimberly James, Botanical Garden—Spring Garden Festival Perennial

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