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Don’t let the cold get you down. Join us on Saturday mornings January through April for weekly educational lectures on a range of topics from garden pests to maple syrup.

This year, Learn on Saturdays is completely VIRTUAL. Each week includes one hour-long session from 11 a.m. to noon. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join via Zoom.



Jan. 2 – No lecture


Jan. 9

11 a.m. Kathy Dice and Tom Wahl, Red Fern Farm – Money Really Does Grow on Trees: The Tale of a Unique Fruit and Nut Farm
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Jan. 16

11 a.m. Jim Locklear, Lauritzen Gardens – Jewels of the Plains Revived
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Jan. 23

11 a.m. Hannah Loy, UNI Botanical Center – Virtual Tour of the University of Northern Iowa Botanical Center
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Jan. 30

11 a.m. Dale Martens, The Gesneriad Society – Joy of Growing Gesneriads
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Feb. 6 

11:00 a.m. Chérie Haury-Artz, The Office of the State Archaeologist – Crops of Ancient Iowa: Iowa’s First Farmers
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Feb. 13 

11:00 a.m. Ben Hoksch, Front Yard Sugar Maple Syrup Co. – Front Yard Sugar: Community Supported Maple Syrup
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Feb. 20  

11:00 a.m. Ajay Nair, Iowa State University – Best Management Practices for Backyard Tomato and Cucurbit Plants
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Feb. 27 

11:00 a.m. Daniel Bowser, Lutheran Services in Iowa – Global Greens: Reconnecting Former Refugees to the Land in Des Moines
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March 6 

11:00 a.m. Project Budburst Team, Chicago Botanic Garden – Watching Plants with Project BudBurst
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March 13  

11:00 a.m. Aaron Steil, Reiman Gardens – Iowa Gardening FAQs
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March 20 

11:00 a.m. Jeff Epping, Olbrich Botanical Gardens – Olbrich Through the Seasons
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March 27 

11:00 a.m. Tyler Johnson, Iowa Arboretum – Death, Destruction, Derecho: Life After the Storm
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April 3 

11:00 a.m. Beth Cody, Author – Iowa Gardens of the Past
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April 10 

11:00 a.m. Daria McKelvey, Missouri Botanical Garden – Help for the Home Gardener: Spring Pest and Disease Issues
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April 17 

11:00 a.m. Ryan Drake, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden – Alpine and Rock Gardening in the Midwest
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April 24

11:00 a.m. Kimberly James, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden – Spring Garden Festival Preview
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