Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Are you an aspiring orchid grower? This beginner’s workshop will familiarize you with the orchid family and teach you how to maintain and propagate healthy plants. You will receive your own orchid to start your collection.


Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The annual symposium is the Botanical Garden’s signature educational opportunity for advancing gardening in Iowa. Each fall, four internationally acclaimed lecturers visit Des Moines to speak about current topics that impact home horticulture, plant sciences and/or ecology.

This year’s symposium theme is The Resilient Garden. Discover multi-layered, colorful and resilient gardens, from a rural presidential estate to the Brooklyn Bridge, that will inspire you to balance biodiversity with beauty in your own garden.


Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 4:00pm

The EASTERN IOWA ORCHID SHOW for 2019  will be  held at the ELKS LODGE Hall: 801 33rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa  on  October 26-27, 2019. http://easterniowaorchidsociety.org/index_files/Show.htm

The show will feature orchid displays and orchid related crafts by exhibitors from around the Midwest plus blooming orchids for sale by several regional vendors. Put this on your calendar. We will again have a Halloween theme, Orchids Are a Scream ‘2’! The show is FREE and open to the public. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

he Des Moines County Master Gardeners are proud to sponsor the Fall Gardening Seminar on Saturday, October 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. at SCC's Little Theater in West Burlington. Gary Wittenbaugh will speak about Gardening with Conifers, and Rock Gardens and Their Plants.
Registration is at 8:30 am and admission is free.


Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

This year our program will feature presentations delivering cutting-edge information for greenhouse growers. Specifically, our program will feature talks on: nutritional monitoring; managing and controlling root rots; sensitive sites impacted by pesticides, REI, and pre-harvest interval; consumer research; new greenhouse trends; fungicide rotations; pricing products; containerized floriculture and hydroponic food crop nutrition research updates. The cost for the Short Course (including lunch) is $60. Additionally, we will be offering Pesticide Continuing Instruction Course (C-CIC) credit for greenhouse pesticide applicators for an additional fee of $35.00.

PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO REGISTER:   http://www.aep.iastate.edu/greenhouse

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 1:00pm

Spiders can be found almost anywhere - indoor closets to outside dwellings - and in the soil too.  These 8-legged beneficials often get a bad rap.  Vicky Bertagnolli, Clemson Extension, will talk to us about identification, ecology, and management of our commonly found spiders. https://learn.extension.org/events/3602

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 9:00am to 2:30pm

Come to a symposium filled with garden experts in Waterloo. $30 registration fee


Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Spend a fall morning on the prairie at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt learning about prairie plants and harvesting seeds along the way. This hike is suitable for all ages but will include walking off-trail on uneven ground. Participants should wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Transportation is not provided. Seeds collected on this hike will be used for a follow-up class, Prairie Seed Stratification, on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Participants need not attend both events.


Monday, November 4, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Join the Master Gardeners for a full day of creativity. Making a pine cone wreath, a teacup fairy garden, and a yule log for your table will all be part of this day of creativity. http://bit.ly/MG_Hands

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Learn about the processes scientists and gardeners use to help harvested seeds germinate in the spring. Learn how to stratify native Iowa prairie seeds through hands-on demonstrations and take home seeds to plant next spring. This class will utilize seeds collected during our Seed Collecting Hike at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt on Saturday, Nov. 2. Participants need not attend both events.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Come to the Ladd Library for this community talk presented by Master Gardeners


Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Identify your landscape goals, determine the “why” behind your vision and learn how to bring your dream to life while making your yard more functional, manageable and sustainable. Through lecture, discussion and case studies, Landscape Architect Lynn Kuhn will help you identify what type of yard you want and how to best achieve it. Class fee includes both sessions.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:30pm

Farmers and those who advise them on conservation practices should consider attending a field day Nov. 19, from 3-6:30 p.m. at the Iowa State University Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm, near Crawfordsville.


Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 3:00pm to Monday, November 25, 2019 - 4:00pm

The 19th annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 24-25, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 1:00pm

The red-cockaded woodpecker has been the focus of conservation efforts for many years. Management of their nesting sites is extremely important for reproduction and longevity.  In this webinar, we will learn about the behavior, history, and management strategies to bring endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers back to the urban forest. https://learn.extension.org/events/3603

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Saintpaulia, otherwise known as the African violet, is one of the most popular houseplants for good reason. Learn about the history and care requirements of these beautiful blooms and take home an African violet of your own.


Friday, April 3, 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 6:00pm