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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.

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 from 2-4 p.m. every Sunday, January through March.

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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.

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Spring Luncheon

Spring Luncheon is a cherished tradition at the Botanical Garden. The Luncheon is an opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal while listening to a world-renowned gardening expert.

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Social Irrigation

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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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 a narrative 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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Upcoming Signature Events

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Aug 02