Saturday Lecture Series
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Don’t let the cold get you down. Join us on Saturday mornings January through March for weekly educational lectures on a range of topics from lichens to bees to bananas. Each week includes two hour-long sessions.
Price per Saturday: Members $6, Nonmembers $12
6 Week Punch Card: Members $30, Nonmembers $60
Season Pass for all 12 weeks: Members $50, Nonmembers $100
Learn on Saturdays Schedule
Kelly Norris, Botanical Garden— My Desert Island List: 25 (Or More) Plants I Couldn’t Garden Without
Beth Andersen, trip attendee— 2018 Gardens of Ireland Trip
Kelsey Fisher, Iowa State University— Radio Tracking Monarch Butterflies to Help Inform Restoration Decisions
Ellen Bell, Bell Farm— The Buzz: Honey Bee 101
Wes Hunsberger, Botanical Garden Volunteer— Amaryllis and Winter Bulbs
Leslie Hunter, Botanical Garden— What’s Below the Surface: Bulbs for Spring, Summer and Fall
Julie Perreault, Polk Soil and Water Conservation District— Rainscaping: Improving Local Water Quality in your Own Backyard
Dr. John C. Tyndall, Iowa State University— Prairie STRIPS Project
Jenny Quiner, Dogpatch Urban Garden— Succession Planting for Vegetable Gardens
Ed Lyon, Reiman Gardens— When Is a Weed Not a Weed?
John Pearson, Iowa Department of Natural Resources— Taking a Liking to Lichens!
James Colbert, Iowa State University— Iowa Bryophytes: Frequently underfoot, but MOSStly unnoticed
Lynn Kuhn, Outdoor Transformations— The Conversation Garden Workshop
Eric Miller, Master Naturalist— Native Ephemerals for the Home Garden
Aaron Harpold, Botanical Garden— A Horticultural History of Bananas
Aaron Steil, Reiman Gardens— Growing Under Lights
Steffen Mirsky, Seed Savers Exchange— The Seed Exchange: 40 years of Sharing America’s Garden Heritage
Jake Damon-Gilhirst and Hannah Loy, Botanical Garden—Inside the Amazon Spheres
Diana Ronk, Master Gardener— Composting Essentials
Dr. John Hill, Central Iowa Mineral Society— A Journey to the Fern Forests of the Pennsylvanian Era
Derek Carwood, Botanical Garden— Southeast Asia Plant Expeditions
Moira O’Keefe, Prairie State Mushroom Club— Mushrooms of the Prairie States: A Photographic Journey through the Seasons
Andrea Metzler, Art Terrarium— Houseplants: Designing an Indoor Jungle
Barry Laws, Quilted Gardens—Unusual Trees and Shrubs for Iowa Landscapes
Jeff Iles, Iowa State University—Too Large to be a Shrub…Too Small to be a Tree…But Perfect for the Iowa Landscape
Botanical Garden Horticulture Staff, Botanical Garden—Spring Garden Festival Perennial Preview