We invite you to join the Botanical Garden for one of our signature events! Be moved by our music series, awed by the beauty of our evening cocktail parties or inspired by an educational event. However you choose to engage with the Garden, we thank you for contributing to the events and programs that help make us a cultural and educational destination.
This 15-week summer music series provides the community the best parts of the Garden — music, family, activities, food, art and warm summer weather. Typical programming includes, live music, craft beer, croquet on the lawn, small plates from Trellis Café and much more.
The annual symposium is the Botanical Garden’s signature educational opportunity for advancing gardening in Iowa. Each year, the Botanical Garden hosts four nationally acclaimed lecturers to engage attendees in an in-depth discussion of home horticulture, plant sciences or ecology.
Take a break from the winter cold and warm up in the Botanical Garden’s tropical conservatory while enjoying some of the best blues music in the Midwest. Concerts run from 2-4 p.m. every Sunday, January through March.
Spring Garden Festival
It’s a beautiful weekend to welcome the arrival of spring! Our four-day pop-up retail event is the Botanical Garden’s signature opportunity to celebrate gardening in Iowa. The Festival features educational activities, an opening night gala and a limited-edition plant sale featuring more than 500 varieties.