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Upcoming Events for Iowa

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to



Through March 24, Des Moines
Learn on Saturday
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Two lectures each Saturday morning on a wide variety of topics related to horticulture, gardening, and plants. For more information:,, 515-402-4274.

Through April 28, Bettendorf
Saturday Gardening Seminar
Wallace’s Garden Center

Seminar 10:30 a.m., Saturdays. Various weekly topics. Check for details.




March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Ames
Caterpillar Club
Reiman Gardens

Popular early child development program, 10 to 11 a.m., features stories, nature-based activities, and crafts.

Saturdays through March 24, Des Moines
Learn on Saturdays
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

A variety of different topics each hour, each week,10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Sundays through March 25, Des Moines
Botanical Blues
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Enjoy some of the best blues in the Midwest, 2 to 4 p.m., in a warm tropical conservatory.

March 6, Ames
Portable and Accessible Gardening
Reiman Gardens

See trends in low-impact gardening, from creating portable (movable) gardens, to raised beds for accessibility, and limited space gardening, 6 to 8 p.m.

March 6, Des Moines
Container Cactus Gardens Workshop
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Learn how to safely plant cacti, helpful growing tips. Design and plant your own container cactus garden, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

March 8 & April 12, Johnston
Monthly Meeting
Big Foot Garden Club

Meet at 6 p.m., The Gardeners of America, 5560 Merle Hay Road

March 8 & April 12, Ames
Brown Bag: Nature at Noon
Reiman Gardens

Bring your lunch to the Gardens each month, noon to 1 p.m., as professionals present a wide range of topics.

March 10, Ames
Intro to Plant Propagation
Reiman Gardens

Learn propagation techniques, 9 a.m. to noon. Take home plants to get your garden going.

March 12 & April 9, Johnston
Monthly Meeting
Central Iowa Gardeners of America

Crown Point Community Center, 6300 Pioneer Parkway, 6 p.m.

March 13, Ames
Sustainable Garden Resources
Reiman Gardens

Director Ed Lyon will discuss responsible methods of gardening to reduce our impact on the earth, 6 to 8 p.m.

March 16, Ames
Reiman Gardens After Hours
Reiman Gardens

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, 5 to 8 p.m., by sitting back and enjoying an eclectic array of Celtic melodies.  

March 20 & April 17, Ames
Floral Design
Reiman Gardens

Learn from professionals and create your own floral designs, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a different theme each month.

March 21 & April 18, Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

Different staff members conduct a monthly interactive, behind the scenes look at Reiman Gardens. Perfect for volunteers, 11 a.m. to noon.

March 23 & 24 and April 6 & 7, Decorah
Apple Grafting/Apple School
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Learn how to graft and care for apple trees in this half-day workshop. Discuss apple histories, practice apple propagation, and take home three grafted trees to begin your very own orchard. Registration required.

March 24, Ames
Day of Insects
Reiman Gardens

Annual Day of Insects brings together professionals, academics, advocates, and enthusiasts of all levels from across the country to explore and celebrate the study of insects.

March 31, Ames
Egg Hunt
Reiman Gardens

The egg hunt will run continuously 9 to 11 a.m. Children 6th grade and younger search for colorful eggs to trade in for a goody bag. In case of inclement weather, activities will be moved indoors.



April 2, 9, 16, 23, Ames
HDR Photography
Reiman Gardens

In this four-week class 6 to 8:30 p.m., instructor Mark Stoltenberg will show how to make natural-looking HDR images, from selecting the best subjects to capturing them in the camera to post production in Adobe Lightroom.

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, Ames
Introspective Writing
Reiman Gardens

A six-week program, 6 to7:30 p.m., with the Gardens as inspiration, engage in writing about what resides within through quiet introspection and reflection.

April 3, 10, 17, 24, Ames
Beginner Photography
Reiman Gardens

Join professional photographer and instructor Mark Stoltenberg for a four-part class, 6 to 8:30 p.m., covering the basics of photography, including equipment, depth of field, aperture, light, composition, finding your subject and more.


April 6, Sioux City
Siouxland Garden Show
Hilton Garden Inn

For details:

April 7, Ames
Bouquets and Boutonnieres
Reiman Gardens

Learn how to create stylish floral accents for weddings, dances, and other formal events, 1 to 3 p.m. Supplies will be provided.

April 10, Ames
Vegetable Gardening Best Practices
Reiman Gardens

Celebrate Earth Month by getting a head start on your own summer vegetable garden, with a discussion on best practices from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

April 18, Ames
Reiman Gardens

Meet up to a dozen local scientists who will share their research and knowledge through fun, hands-on activities and conversation, 2 to 4:30 p.m.

April 21, Ames
Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Training
Reiman Gardens

Take an active role in conservation as a citizen scientist through the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network, with this training from entomology staff, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

April 21, Ames
Iowa Butterfly Survey Network Refresher Training
Reiman Gardens

Already an active participant? Bring a sack lunch and join entomology staff, 1 to 3 p.m., for annual refresher to keep up to speed with the latest information.

April 21, Ames
Magic Block Fidgety-Gidget Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Inspired by Chinese “magic block” toys, you’ll learn the process behind these awe-inspiring moveable cubes, and use beautiful papers to make your very own fidgety-gidget from 9:30 – 12:30. Suitable for ages 7+.

April 28 and 29, Ames
Opening Weekend of Sculpture Exhibit: Wind, Waves & Light
Reiman Gardens

The Wind, Waves & Light exhibit, through November 3, and features 11 sculptures designed to explore space, time, and the dynamic relationship of objects in motion. The choreography of each piece is governed by a set of basic movements, facilitated by an arrangement of aerodynamic surfaces connected by rotational points.


Contacts for facilities with multiple events

The Brenton Arboretum
Phone: 515-992-4211 

Living History Farms
Phone: 515-278-5286  

Reiman Gardens
Phone: 515-294-2710 


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.