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Upcoming Events for Iowa

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June 6, 13, 20, & 27 – Ames
Kids’ Story Time
Reiman Gardens
Join us for this summertime favorite! Every week, from 10 to 11 to hear books read aloud and join in an activity or craft. Best for children up to eight accompanied by an adult.

June 6 & June 27 – Ames
Youth Summer Camp #1 & #2
Reiman Gardens
Join us for a full afternoon fun and educational activities from 1 to 5. June 6 will focus on the science of plants, investigating seed dispersal to specialized parts to phenomena like phototropism. June 27 will be celebrating International Mud Day (June 29)! Explore the properties of mud and the living things found in it, spend time the Greenhouse, Conservatory, and outdoor gardens, and enjoy a few mud-based activities, crafts, games, and more.

June 8 – Ames
Flower Pounding
Reiman Gardens
Join expert Maggie Howe from 9:30 to 11:30 to snip botanicals and pound them onto fabric to make a customized canvas tote and scarf or handkerchief. All materials included. Perfect for all ages with adult supervision.

June 8 – Ames
Rose Fest
Reiman Gardens
Stop and smell the roses during Reiman Gardens’ annual Rose Fest from 9 to 4. Along with scheduled activities, visitors will enjoy a stroll through the extensive rose collections. The Iowa Rose Society Annual Rose Show will be located in the Garden Room. This is a juried show featuring the best roses in the state. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a huge variety of award-winning cut roses differing in form, color and scent. It will open to the public immediately following judging (approximately 1:00 p.m.) and will remain open until 4:00 p.m.

June 9 – Madrid
Classic Car Day
Iowa Arboretum
Car Registration (free): 11 a.m. to 12 noon. 12 noon to 2 p.m. – Bring your car or your camera and enjoy an afternoon admiring some of Iowa’s best-loved cars. Classic tunes will help set the mood and lunch will be available for purchase. Free to the public. 

June 10 & 24 - Ames
Junior Master Gardener Program with 4-H
Reiman Gardens
New this year, join 4-H staff at Reiman Gardens from 10 to noon for hands-on lessons created through this international youth gardening program. Activities will connect to the JMG mission to “provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind.” Perfect for youth K-3rd grades.

June 12 - Waterloo
Storytime with the Waterloo Fire Department
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
Join us for Storytime with the Waterloo Fire Department from 10:30 to 11 as they read stories in the children's garden. Free trolley rides will be offered after the story is read with time for questions as well. This event is free with regular admission 

June 13 - Urbandale
History Happy Hour
Living History Farms
Explore historic sites in our 1875 era Town, meet a farm animal or two, and challenge your friends to some classic 19th century lawn games - all with a drink in your hand from 5:30 to 8:30. Enjoy live music, local food trucks and a cash bar, in additional to samplings from some of Iowa’s favorite breweries and wineries. Dogs are welcome too!

June 14 - Ames
Reiman Gardens After Hours
Reiman Gardens
Enjoy a catered buffet dinner, live music from the Bill Martin Group, good company, and a special opportunity to see Reiman Gardens at dusk from 5 to 8. The buffet dinner is catered by Tasteful Dinners. Lemonade and iced tea will be provided. If you would like wine, beer or a favorite nonalcoholic drink, please bring your own. 

June 15 – Urbandale
History Through the Lens & Pioneer Wedding
Living History Farms
Bring your camera to capture 500 acres worth of beautiful scenery and see history through your lens at Living History Farms! Take one or two workshops with local photography experts and have ample time to practice your skills as you tour our historic farms, Victorian town, and wooded nature trails. Visit with our museum guides dressed in period clothing, who will give you a glimpse into life in the past. After the event, enter your photos from the day into a contest to win prizes. Visit the 1850 Pioneer Farm for a recreated pioneer wedding! Travel out to the farm to meet Living History Farms’ June bride as you join the 1850 Farm staff for a wedding celebration, including a wedding ceremony and cake for the guests! Weddings brought the pioneer community together for traditional foods and fun. Discover the most popular gifts for a pioneer bride, help in the “shivaree,” and play a good-natured, very noisy prank on the wedding couple. Visitors will become part of the day’s fun, with ceremonies at 11:00am and 1:30pm.

June 16 - Ames
Father’s Day
Reiman Gardens
In honor of Father’s Day, all dads are admitted free of charge from 9 to 6.

June 16 - Waterloo
Father’s Day – Free Admission Day
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
On Father’s Day, all fathers will receive free admission to the Arboretum. Free Admission Days are offered to community members so that they can enjoy access to the Arboretum throughout the season. Additional dates may be offered with sponsorship.  

June 17 - Waterloo
Guided Garden Tours
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
Join us for a large group, walking tour of the Arboretum from 5 to 7 p.m. This tour will be led by knowledgeable staff and volunteers of the Arboretum and take you on a trip through time and nature as you learn about the beginnings of the Arboretum and the work that was put into making us the location we are today. This event is free with regular admission.

June 19 - Waterloo
Storytime with Mayor Brown, Cedar Falls
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
Join us for Storytime with Mayor Brown of Cedar Falls as he reads stories in the children's garden from 10:30 to 11. Free trolley rides will be offered after the story is read with time for questions as well. This event is free with regular admission: $5 for adults (ages 18+), $2 for children (ages 5-17), Ages 4 and under and members are free.

June 21 - Urbandale
Teacher Appreciation Day
Living History Farms
Living History Farms says thank you to all teachers from 9 to 4. Education staff will be on hand to lead short informational sessions on incorporating an educational visit or program into your classroom. Teachers admitted free; family members pay regular admission fee. Teachers must present school ID to receive free admission.

June 22 – Ames
Pollinator Fest
Reiman Gardens
Visit Reiman Gardens and celebrate National Pollinator Week from 10 till 2. There will be many collaborators and fun activities to make sure this day is educational and plenty of fun!

June 24 - Waterloo
Cultivate Wellness Series-Colorful Coleus
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
Flowering plants beware! Coleus provides a stunning array of vibrant colors to brighten the garden. From 2-3 instructor, Tracy Grandy, will share information about this popular plant, and guide participants in planting a spot of color for their own outdoor or windowsill garden. This event is free with regular admission. Pre-registration is suggested so there will be enough materials for everyone.

June 26 – Waterloo
Storytime with Mayor Hart
Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
Join us for Storytime with Mayor Hart of Waterloo as he reads stories in the children's garden from 10:30 to 11. Free trolley rides will be offered after the story is read with time for questions as well. 

June 29 - Ames
Iowa Regional Lily Society’s (IRLS) Annual Lily Show
Reiman Gardens
Come see the  exotic colors, shapes and fragrance of Lillium you can grow too. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit




Contacts for facilities with multiple events

Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
Phone: 319-226-4966

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Phone: 515.323.6299

Iowa Arboretum
Phone: 515-795-3216

Living History Farms
Phone: 515-645-9817

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.