Botanical Blues

Sunday Winter Concert Series
Jan. 24-March 28, 2021

Take a break from the cold winter weather and join us for Botanical Blues! Botanical Blues is our annual concert series that runs Sundays January through March in the Conservatory. The series features some of the best blues in the Midwest, as well as food and drinks from Trellis Café. It’s a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon fit for the whole family.

Botanical Blues is currently sold out. However, if anyone cancels their tickets, we are able to release those tickets for sale on a first-come, first-served basis. We will keep our website updated with tickets as they become available. The best way to get your hands on one is to check back often!

NOTE: Sundays during this concert series, we will only be open to the public from 10 a.m. to noon to maintain capacity limits for Botanical Blues.

Series Schedule*

*NOTE: All performers are subject to change, due to COVID-19 and the safety of our guests.

Jan. 24: Brian “Taz” Grant

Jan. 31: Royce Johns

Feb. 7: Ducharme-Jones

Feb. 14: The Drama Kings

Feb. 21: Major Blues and the Mugshots

Feb. 28: Brian “Taz” Grant

March 7: Jodi Bodley and Dewey Cantrell

March 14: Bryce Janey

March 21: Matt Woods

March 28: Dennis Kain

Ticket Information

Botanical Blues general admission will be exclusively by advanced online reservation/timed ticketing ONLY, through the Garden’s website or over the phone by calling 515.323.6290.

Members: FREE, but advance registration is required; Nonmembers (all ages): $10 with advanced registration

Free Passes and Pineapple Program tokens will not be honored for Botanical Blues events.

Safety Protocols

We have implemented several new guidelines and procedures to help ensure the continued health of our guests, staff and volunteers. Guests must adhere to all safety protocols.

  • The number of guests allowed in during each block will be capped to ensure appropriate social distancing guidelines.
  • Guests will be assigned seating through the conservatory. Groups should not exceed four (4) people.
  • Face coverings are required at all times, excluding children under age 2. Guests will not be allowed entry without an adequate face covering.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and others not in your group.
  • Do not visit the Garden if you are ill, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days; if anyone in your household is ill, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or if you have been in contact with anyone who is ill, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Trellis Café will be open for Botanical Blues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • High touch surfaces throughout the Garden, including the restrooms, will be regularly cleaned and sanitized throughout the day to enhance hygiene and safety.
  • We look forward to safely welcoming you to your Garden for Botanical Blues and thank you in advance for adhering to these procedures to help keep everyone safe and healthy.

Food and Beverage

Food and beverage will be available and ordered through Trellis staff. NOTE you will be served at your assigned seat and can only consume food and beverage while seated. You must wear a face covering when not drinking or eating even if you are seated.


Corteva Agriscience


City of Des Moines

Des Moines Water Works

Central Iowa Blues Society


Neumann Brothers

Email or call 515.323.6289 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.