Saturday, October 19, 2019. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The annual symposium is the Botanical Garden’s signature educational opportunity for advancing gardening in Iowa. Each fall, four internationally acclaimed lecturers visit Des Moines to speak about current topics that impact home horticulture, plant sciences and/or ecology.
The Resilient Garden
This year’s symposium theme is The Resilient Garden. Discover multi-layered, colorful and resilient gardens, from a rural presidential estate to the Brooklyn Bridge, that will inspire you to balance biodiversity with beauty in your own garden.
Speakers and Topics
Thomas Rainer, Keynote: Rebuilding Abundance: Planting Strategies for more Colorful, Biodiverse, and Lower Input Gardens
Rebecca McMackin: Brooklyn Bridge Park: Lessons (so far) in Built-Ecology
Peter Hatch: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden
Patrick Cullina: The Dynamic Landscape Explored: Examining Strategies for Creating Transformative Spaces with Plants