Learn on Saturdays

Saturday Lecture Series
January-March 2020
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 seeds to soil to sustainability. Each week includes two hour-long sessions.

Due to recent developments in the spread of COVID-19, we are taking an abundance of caution. Therefore, the final two weeks of Learn on Saturdays (March 21 and 28) have been CANCELLED.


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 13 weeks: Members $50, Nonmembers $100

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Learn on Saturdays Schedule


Jan. 4

  • 10:30 a.m. Kelly Norris, Botanical Garden—A Few of My (New) Favorite Things: 20 Plants to Watch For in 2020
  • 11:30 a.m. Kelly Norris, Botanical Garden—Gardens of the Northwest

Jan. 11

  • 10:30 a.m. Leslie Hunter, Botanical Garden—Evolution of the Rose Garden
  • 11:30 a.m. Ed Lyon, Reiman Gardens—Going Native: A Balanced Perspective

Jan. 18

  • 10:30 a.m. Michael Augugliaro, Botanical Garden volunteer—Love It or Leave It
  • 11:30 a.m. Tara Dudley, Plant Life Designs—Tidy Plants

Jan. 25

  • 10:30 a.m. Jana Erickson, Wit’s End Gardens—Give Your Garden Wings
  • 11:30 a.m. Jacklyn Gautsch, Iowa Department of Natural Resources—Iowa’s Aquatic Natives


Feb. 1

  • 10:30 a.m. Dr. Ahmadu Baba-Singhri & Clair Rudison Jr., Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans—Feeding the World: the African Origin of Agriculture
  • 11:30 a.m. Dr. Andrew Manu, Iowa State University—The Impact of George Washington Carver on Global Plant Science Education

Feb. 8

  • 10:30 a.m. Andy Benson, Midwest Wild Edibles & Foragers Society— Greenwood Gourmand: A Beginner’s Guide to Cooking with Wild Edibles
  • 11:30 a.m. Sondra Feldstein, SalAmander Farms—Preserving the Past in the Future: Saving Seeds and Stories

Feb. 15

  • 10:30 a.m. Matthew Bailey, The Plant Sync — Gardening and Climate Change in Iowa
  • 11:30 a.m. Cindy Haynes, Iowa State University—Shady Characters: Shade Plants Beyond Hostas

Feb. 22

  • 10:30 a.m. Peter Englund, Legacy Trails—Trail Anatomy
  • 11:30 a.m. Luke Gran & Jeanette LaGrange, Prudenterra —Protecting an Urban Woodland from Erosion with Ecology and Engineering

Feb. 29

  • 10:30 a.m. Jeff Iles, Iowa State University—Prune Those Young Trees…Or Else!
  • 11:30 a.m. Suzan Erem, Sustainable Iowa Land Trust— Growing Gardens that Feed the Future


March 7

  • 10:30 a.m. Michael Augugliaro, Botanical Garden volunteer—America’s Lost Grand Gardens
  • 11:30 a.m. Wes Hunsberger, Botanical Garden volunteer—Forcing Bulbs for Winter Blooms

March 14

  • 10:30 a.m. Randall Vos, Des Moines Area Community College—Viticulture in Iowa
  • 11:30 a.m. Julie Hempel, Des Moines Parks and Recreation—Lilacs for Your Garden


  • 10:30 a.m. Cynde and Richard Schreiber, Botanical Garden volunteers—Creating a Home Greenhouse
  • 11:30 a.m. Ryan Drake, Botanical Garden—Alpine and Rock Gardening in the Midwest


  • 10:30 a.m. Aaron Steil, Reiman Gardens—Iowa Garden FAQs Answered
  • 11:30 a.m. Aaron Harpold and Kimberly James, Botanical Garden—Spring Garden Festival Perennial Preview


Contact the education department at education@dmbotanicalgarden.com