Learn on Saturdays

Saturday Lecture Series
January-March 2019
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

(No preregistration)

6 Week Punch Card: Members $30, Nonmembers $60

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Season Pass for all 12 weeks: Members $50, Nonmembers $100

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Learn on Saturdays Schedule


Jan. 5

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

Jan. 12

Kelsey Fisher, Iowa State University— Radio Tracking Monarch Butterflies to Help Inform Restoration Decisions

Ellen Bell, Bell Farm— The Buzz: Honey Bee 101

Jan. 19

Wes Hunsberger, Botanical Garden Volunteer— Amaryllis and Winter Bulbs

Leslie Hunter, Botanical Garden— What’s Below the Surface: Bulbs for Spring, Summer and Fall

Jan. 26

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


Feb. 2        

Jenny Quiner, Dogpatch Urban Garden— Succession Planting for Vegetable Gardens

Ed Lyon, Reiman Gardens— When Is a Weed Not a Weed?

Feb. 9   

John Pearson, Iowa Department of Natural Resources— Taking a Liking to Lichens!

James Colbert, Iowa State University— Iowa Bryophytes: Frequently underfoot, but MOSStly unnoticed

Feb. 16    

Lynn Kuhn, Outdoor Transformations— The Conversation Garden Workshop

Eric Miller, Master Naturalist— Native Ephemerals for the Home Garden

Feb. 23

Derek Carwood, Botanical Garden— Southeast Asia Plant Expeditions

Aaron Steil, Reiman Gardens— Gardening Under Lights


Mar. 2     

Steffen Mirsky, Seed Savers Exchange— The Seed Exchange: 40 years of Sharing America’s Garden Heritage

Jake Damon-Gilchrist and Hannah Loy, Botanical Garden—Inside the Amazon Spheres

Mar. 9    

Diana Ronk, Master Gardener— Composting Essentials

Dr. John Hill, Central Iowa Mineral Society— A Journey to the Fern Forests of the Pennsylvanian Era

Mar. 16

Aaron Harpold, Botanical Garden— A Horticultural History of Bananas

Moira O’Keefe, Prairie State Mushroom Club— Mushrooms of the Prairie States: A Photographic Journey through the Seasons

Mar. 23

Andrea Metzler, Art Terrarium— Houseplants: Designing an Indoor Jungle

Barry Laws, Quilted Gardens—Unusual Trees and Shrubs for Iowa Landscapes

Mar. 30  

Jeff Iles, Iowa State University­—Too Large to be a Shrub…Too Small to be a Tree…But Perfect for the Iowa Landscape

Kimberly James, Botanical Garden—Spring Garden Festival Perennial Preview


Contact the education department at education@dmbotanicalgarden.com