Adult Education

Whether you want to grow, design or create, adult education at the Botanical Garden has something for everyone including our seasonal program offerings, private classes and signature educational events.

Seasonal Programs

Get growing at the Botanical Garden with our dynamic classes and workshops. Develop your gardening skills, explore your creative side or fuel your body with one of our many workshops on horticulture and gardening, art and design, food and drink and wellness.

To see a complete listing of this season’s classes and events and to register, please view our Calendar of Events.

Click here to review our registration guidelines and cancellation and refund policies.

Annual Symposium

The annual symposium is the Botanical Garden’s signature educational opportunity for advancing gardening in Iowa. Each fall, four nationally acclaimed lecturers are invited to Des Moines to speak around a current topic that impacts home horticulture, plant sciences or ecology. Register now for this year’s symposium, Gardeners on Gardening, offered virtually on Thursdays throughout October. More details here.

Learn On Saturdays

Don’t let the cold get you down. Join us on Saturday mornings January through April for weekly educational lectures on a range of topics from garden pests to maple syrup. This year, Learn on Saturdays is completely virtual and each week includes one hour-long session. Purchase tickets and view schedule.

Potting Bench Private Group Classes

Designed for groups looking for a fun and exclusive outing at the Botanical Garden, Potting Bench classes are the perfect way to tap into your inner green thumb. Choose from three hands-on workshops to design a unique piece to take home and enjoy. All supplies are included in the cost of registration. Classes require a minimum of eight people, maximum of 20 and must be booked two weeks in advance.

All Potting Bench classes are $40/adult. To request a workshop please fill out and submit our reservation form.

Choose from the following:

  • Terrariums: Garden in miniature orbs and create your own small-scale ecosystem.
  • Succulent Dish Garden: Explore succulents and plant your own desktop desert.
  • Fairy Gardens: Celebrate gardening on a small scale and draw inspiration from fairies, gnomes and sprites to create your own miniature garden.
For questions about any programs please contact the Adult Education Coordinator at or at 515.402.4277.

Upcoming Events for Adults

Sat 24

VIRTUAL: Learn on Saturdays

April 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 01

Tai Chi

May 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
May 08


May 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
May 14

Twilight Garden Photography Tour

May 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
May 15


May 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am