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Upcoming Events for Iowa

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Beginning February 2 Ames
Photo Gear and Photography Q&A 
Reiman Gardens
Join us for a deeper dive into the how and why your photography gear does what it does. What do all those buttons do and what’s all that stuff on the menu? We will discuss reasons to invest in different camera bodies, lenses, flashes, accessories, and more. This four-week program will be held on Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning February 5 Ames
Macro Photography 401 – Advanced Techniques 
Reiman Gardens
Take your close-up photography to the next level to learn the techniques to expand your depth of field, get sharper images, and gain a better understanding of the impact of light. This four-week program will be held on Tuesdays from 6-8:30 p.m.  

Beginning February 6 Ames
Quilted Game Board Workshop
Reiman Gardens
Learn from fabric artist how to create your own fabric game board for checkers and backgammon. Select from a variety of nature patterned scrap fabric, repurpose river stones as game pieces, and quilt it up into a reversible bag you can tie closed for gaming on the go. This two-week program will be held on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. 

February 6, 13, 20 Des Moines
HortEcology Design Series
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
A three-part design series will help you make your garden beautiful and functional. This immersive course offers participants an opportunity to learn about wild plant communities and plant ecology while adapting these insights for your home garden. 6-8 p.m. Members $150; non-members $175. 

February 7 Ames
Crafty Cocktail Night: Rock Cactuses 
Reiman Gardens
Join us at the gardens after hours for a creative project while you sip on adult beverages in a beautiful setting! Paint some rocks and put them in a pot to make a rock cactus. 6-8 p.m.

February 9-10 Ames 
Orchid Fest
Reiman Gardens
Exotic orchids in a variety of species and colors will be on display and available for purchase both days. The Central Iowa Orchid Society will also staff a question and answer booth, providing both novices and experienced growers valuable insight orchid care. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

February 12 Indianola
Starting Plants from Seeds
Indianola Activity Center, Arts & Crafts Room
If you would like to start your own tomato plants or a flat of bedding plants for your flowerbed, this class is for you. You will learn how to start the seeds, care for the seedlings and harden off the plants before setting them out in your garden. The class will be taught by master gardeners Royce and Sue Thompson, who have been gardening together for over 40 years. $5 resident, $6.25 nonresident. 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, call Indianola Parks and Recreation at 515-961-9420.

February 14 Ames
Nature at Noon – Reiman Gardens’ Annual Theme Year: Toys & Games
Reiman Gardens
Assistant director Aaron Steil will discuss the wonderful ways Reiman Gardens will connect this year’s theme, Toys & Games, into garden displays, education programs, events, exhibits, and more. Noon-1 p.m.

February 19 Ames 
Floral Design: Tea Party Tabletop Arrangements
Reiman Gardens
Bring your own thrift store tea set and tray to arrange with flowers for a lovely party display. 6:30-7:30 p.m.  

February 20 Ames 
Behind the Scenes: Inside the Butterfly Wing 
Reiman Gardens
Don’t miss your chance for a personal tour of the hottest place in Ames by curator and entomologist Nathan Brockman. 11 a.m.-noon.  

February 21 Ames 
Crafty Cocktail Night: Natureweights 
Reiman Gardens
Join us at the gardens after hours for some creative crafting while you sip on adult beverages in a beautiful setting! Select from natural materials collected at the gardens to create your very own hand-made paperweights. 6-8 p.m.

February 22 Madrid
Soup Supper
Iowa Arboretum
Join us for a delicious bowl of soup, dipping bread, and yummy dessert. Paul Sams from the Mid-Iowa Antique Power Association will join us to speak about antique tractors and other farming equipment in Iowa. 4-7 p.m. Fee: $8. For more information, visit or call 515-795-3216.

February 23 Indianola
Think Spring Garden Seminar
Kent Campus Center, 701 N C Street
Join us for this seminar that includes inspiring speakers, door prizes, time to shop the garden marketplace and a delicious catered lunch. Master gardeners will earn 4 CEU credits at this event. Speakers include Ted Lyon, director at Reiman Gardens – Go Native: What Does that Mean?; Gary Wittenbaugh – Gardening with Conifers; Dr. Donald Lewis, professor and extension entomologist at Iowa State University – Common Garden Insect Pests: the Old and the New; Melissa Peterson, garden center manager at Ted Lare Design Build & Garden Center in Cumming – Inspired Garden & Home Projects. $45 activity fee. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call Indianola Parks and Recreation at 515-961-9420.


Contacts for facilities with multiple events:

Reiman Gardens

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.