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Annual Symposium

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:30am to 4:15pm
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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 Just Keep Planting. All gardeners know that gardening is a labor of love, and that one’s garden is never truly finished. This year’s symposium will inspire attendees on how to keep their outdoor spaces purposeful and full of life season after season. Join us Saturday, Oct. 21 as our four speakers will share their unique gardening journeys and how they have shaped their distinct gardening styles.


Spring Garden Festival (Des Moines)

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 2:15pm

The Spring Garden Festival is the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden's signature opportunity to celebrate gardening in Iowa. This four-day, pop-up retail festival includes nearly 500 limited edition varieties of plants, garden art and merchandise plus educational sessions and family-friendly garden activities.