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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



Now through March, Urbandale
Historic Dinners
Living History Farms

Historic dinners at both the Tangen Home and 1900 Farm. Contact Living History Farms for details.

March 2 through April 20, Ames
Youth Program – Caterpillar Club
Reiman Gardens

Feature a different theme each Thursday as two books are read aloud; wrap up with related activities, 10 to 11 a.m.

March 4, Decorah
Start with a Seed Seed Savers Exchange
Heritage Farm

Basics of seed selection and seed starting, explore transplants, tips for small-space gardening. 11 a.m. to noon, with a behind-the-scenes tour at 12:15 p.m. For details:

March 4 - 25, Des Moines
Learn on Saturdays
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Saturdays, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. through March 25, lifelong learning for gardeners; two speakers/topics each week.

March 5 - 26, Des Moines
Botanical Blues
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Cool blues concert 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays in the toasty conservatory.

March 6, 13, 20, & 27, Ames
Beginner Photography
Reiman Gardens

Four-week class, 6 to 8:30 p.m., covers the basics of photography, including equipment and how to use it, depth of field, aperture, light, composition, finding your subject, tips
and tricks.

March 7, 14, 21, & 28, Ames
HDR Photography
Reiman Gardens

Four-week class, 6 to 8:30 p.m. about High Dynamic Range photography, a world of new options for landscape, architecture, still life and art photographers.

March 8 and April 12, Ames
Free Admission Day
Reiman Gardens

On the second Wednesday of every month, visit Reiman Gardens free, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 8, 15, 22, & 29, Ames
Photo Recipes 2
Reiman Gardens

Four-week class covers how to shoot eclipses, architecture, images reflected in water and glass, working in infrared, and more topics as selected by the class participants.

March 9 and April 13, Ames
Brown Bag Lecture
Reiman Gardens

Bring your lunch, noon to 1:00 p.m. and enjoy an education program.

March 11, Madrid
Pancake Breakfast
Iowa Arboretum

Iowa Arboretum’s Kevin Lantz and family members will make scrumptious pancakes 9 a.m. to noon.

March 13 - 17, Des Moines
Spring Break Activities for the family
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Drop-in activities, pre-registered workshops and Story Sprouts.

March 15 & April 19, Ames
Behind the Scenes
Reiman Gardens

Join staff 11 a.m. to noon each month for an interactive, behind the scenes look at Reiman Gardens.

March 17, Ames
Reiman Gardens After Hours
Reiman Gardens

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 4:30 to 7 p.m., sit back and enjoy melodies, with an extensive Celtic music repertoire.

March 21 & April 18, Ames
Floral Design Series Workshop
Reiman Gardens

Learn the basics of floral design from State Fair Master Flower Show judge and floral designer Sandy Gossman, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and create a take-home arrangement.

March 24, 25 & April 7, 8, Decorah
Apple Grafting/Apple School Seed Savers Exchange
Heritage Farm

Learn how to graft and care for apple trees in this half-day workshop offered six times. Discuss apple history, practice apple propagation, and take home three grafted trees to begin your orchard.

March 24, Madrid
Italian Night
Iowa Arboretum

It’s Italian night! Enjoy spaghetti, sauce and all the fixings, 4 to 7 p.m.

March 25, Ames
Day of Insects
Reiman Gardens

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



April 1, Madrid
Spring Symposium
Iowa Arboretum

Nate Bremer will speak about tree peonies and daylilies, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Registration includes a free tree peony and lunch.

April 3, 10, 17 & 24, Ames
Narrative Photography
Reiman Gardens

Four-week class, 6 to 8:30 p.m., will help you learn how to capture images and the steps involved in creating a photo book.

April 4, 11, 18, 25, Ames
Sports Photography
Reiman Gardens

Four-week class, 6 to 8:30 p.m., covers the basic principles that apply whether photographing your kids on the weekends or a professional sporting event.

April 5, 12, 19 & 26, Ames
Photography: The Art of Seeing
Reiman Gardens

Four-week class, 6 to 8:30 p.m., explores your photographic potential. Learn to pay attention to the details and capture the moments that tell stories.

April 8, Madrid
Maple Syrup Celebration
Iowa Arboretum

Learn about the art and science of maple syrup production 8 to 11:30 a.m. Event includes timber sport demonstrations.

April 15, Ames
Spring Egg Hunt
Reiman Gardens

Egg hunt for children 6th grade and younger, 9 to 11 a.m.

April 22, Des Moines
Downtown Earth Day Tour
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Activities, learning and earth friendly entertainment for the whole family, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free Earth Day admission sponsorship by Principal Financial Group.

April 29, Madrid
Run for the Trees
Iowa Arboretum

Join the Iowa Arboretum and the Boone County Historical Society for a beautiful scenic 5K or 1 mile Family Walk/Run on well-maintained trails, 8 a.m.

April 29, Madrid
Arbor Day
Iowa Arboretum

Celebrate trees, 10 a.m. to noon, free. Tree climbing for children will be the highlight of the morning. Demonstrations and other activities planned.

April 29 & 30, Ames
Opening Weekend of Summer Exhibit
Reiman Gardens

Washed Ashore is major annual exhibit in 2017, coinciding with the Gardens’ theme of water. Feature 10, giant sea life sculptures made from trash collected from beaches to illustrate the tragedy of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways.

May 13, Johnston
Annual Plant Sale
The Gardeners of America Headquarters

Sponsored by the Central Iowa Gardeners of America at Gardeners of America Headquarters, 5560 Merle Hay Road. Information: or 515-278-0295.



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.