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After a very successful inaugural program in 2017, we are very excited to bring back Social Irrigation! Social Irrigation is a 15-week long program of Thursday night concerts in the Garden, featuring a new band, food, craft beer and lawn games each week. Trellis Café (Trellis Café links to dine page) will be open with small plates and your favorite beverage. The variety of musical genre in the series will provide something for every musical taste. Botanically inspired activities include a DIY boutonniere bar, terrarium demos and cooking and mixing drinks with fresh herbs.

July 12: Max Wellman and the Annie Booth TrioPiano-centric, classic-yet-modern jazz combo with album release

Max Wellman, with a sound evoking the likes of Sinatra and Connick, works to ensure that the great American songbook is alive and well for generations to come. In addition to multiple albums and performances at some of the Midwest’s top venues, Max founded Noce, a state-of-the-art jazz club in the Western Gateway neighborhood of downtown Des Moines. Fresh off performances at Lincoln Center in New York & Dazzle in Denver, Max is joined by The Annie Booth Trio, led by jazz pianist & composer Annie Booth. Based out of Den, the trio is rounded out by Patrick McDevitt (bass) & Alejandro Castano (drums). The Annie Booth Trio is releasing a new full length album with Max Wellman at this special show at the Garden.

The Garden and Trellis are open from 5-9 p.m.; music runs from 6-8:30 p.m.

Activity: Sample and learn about oils, vinegars and spices with staff from Allspice

(Regular cost of admission applies)
Members – free
Adults – $10
Senior – $9
Military – $9
Youth – $7
Children 3 and under – free

Social Irrigation Music Schedule

June 14: Tony Valdez and the Rockets
June 21: The Center State
June 28: Parrenderos Latin Combo
July 12: Max Wellman and the Annie Booth Trio
July 19: Nola Jazz Band
July 26: The Cerny Brothers
Aug. 2: Christopher the Conquered
Aug. 9: Abbie and the Sawyers
Aug. 16: The Maytags
Aug. 23: The Diplomats of Sound
Aug. 30: Parrenderos Latin Combo
Sept. 6: Damon Dotson
Sept. 13: Kevin Burt
Sept. 20: Gina Gedler sings Barbra Streisand
Sept. 27: Fred Gazzo Band

*Artists subject to change


Food and drinks from Trellis Café.

Lawn games, garden activities and more.

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