Signature Events

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.

Reach out to Sara Lemke, assistant director of philanthropy, to learn more about event sponsorship opportunities at or 515.402.4280.

Music in the Garden

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.

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Fall Bulb Market

Shop this two-day retail event featuring over 70 unique bulb varieties selected by Botanical Garden horticulturists and volunteers, including plants featured at the Garden.

Member early access October 15 | 8 to 10 a.m.
Public shops October 15 & 16 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Annual Symposium

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.

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Champagne and Chocolate

Kick off the holiday season with champagne, chocolate and hors d’oeurves against the backdrop of the Botanical Garden’s annual holiday exhibition. Jump-start your holiday shopping in the Garden Shop with ready-to-give amaryllis bulbs and gifts for everyone on your list.

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Spring Garden Festival

Shop a variety of more than 6,000 plants during the 2021 Spring Garden Festival online plant sale! Plants grown and used at the Botanical Garden will be available, plus other rare and hard-to-find varieties.

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Botanical Blues

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 Sundays, January through March.

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Thank You to Our Season Sponsors!

American Enterprise   

Baker Group

Central Iowa Blues Society

Cynde & Richard Schreiber

Deb Wiley & John Schmidt

GreenState Credit Union

Homesteaders Life Company

Jackie & Rich Pullen

Jean & Craig Clabaugh

Joyce & Richard Chapman

Kemin Industries

Neumann Brothers

Martha Henrichs

Mary Oothout

Meredith Corporation

Melinda & Charles Ruperto

MidAmerican Energy Company

Nancy Bone

Polly Moore

Techne Salon

Vicki & Bill Wallace

West Bank