Learn on Saturdays

Saturday VIRTUAL Lecture Series
January-April 2021
11 a.m.-noon

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. Each week includes one hour-long session from 11 a.m. to noon. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join via Zoom. 


Price per Saturday: Members $5, Nonmembers $10

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8 Week Punch Card: Members $25, Nonmembers $50

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Season Pass for all 16 weeks: Members $45, Nonmembers $90

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Learn on Saturdays Schedule


Jan. 2 – No speaker 

Jan. 9 

  • 11:00 a.m. Kathy Dice and Tom WahlRed Fern Farm – Money Really Does Grow on Trees: The Tale of a Unique Fruit and Nut Farm 

Jan. 16 

  • 11:00 a.m. Jim LocklearLauritzen Gardens – Jewels of the Plains Revived 

Jan. 23 

  • 11:00 a.m. Hannah LoyUNI Botanical Center – Virtual Tour of the University of Northern Iowa Botanical Center 

Jan. 30 

  • 11:00 a.m. Dale Martens, The Gesneriad Society – Joy of Growing Gesneriads


Feb. 6 

  • 11:00 a.m. Chérie Haury-ArtzThe Office of the State Archaeologist – Crops of Ancient Iowa: Iowa’s First Farmers 

Feb. 13 

  • 11:00 a.m. Ben HokschFront Yard Sugar Maple Syrup Co. – Front Yard Sugar: Community Supported Maple Syrup 

Feb. 20  

  • 11:00 a.m. Ajay NairIowa State University – Best Management Practices for Backyard Tomato and Cucurbit Plants 

Feb. 27 

  • 11:00 a.m. Daniel BowserLutheran Services in Iowa – Global Greens: Reconnecting Former Refugees to the Land in Des Moines


March 6 

  • 11:00 a.m. Emma Oschrin, Chicago Botanic Garden – Watching Plants with BudBurst

March 13  

  • 11:00 a.m. Aaron SteilReiman Gardens – Iowa Gardening FAQs Answered!

March 20 

  • 11:00 a.m. Jeff EppingOlbrich Botanical Gardens – Olbrich Through the Seasons

March 27 

  • 11:00 a.m. Tyler JohnsonIowa Arboretum – Death, Destruction, Derecho: Life After the Storm


April 3 

  • 11:00 a.m. Beth CodyAuthor – Iowa Gardens of the Past

April 10 

  • 11:00 a.m. Daria McKelveyMissouri Botanical Garden – Help for the Home Gardener: Spring Pest and Disease Issues

April 17 

  • 11:00 a.m. Ryan DrakeGreater Des Moines Botanical Garden – Alpine and Rock Gardening in the Midwest

April 24 

  • 11:00 a.m. Kimberly JamesGreater Des Moines Botanical Garden – Spring Garden Festival Preview


Contact the education department at education@dmbotanicalgarden.com