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Upcoming Events for Iowa

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Through Nov. 21, Davenport
Fall Colors and Mum Show
Vander Veer Park Conservatory

By September 14 the Conservatory will have switched to fall colors. Plants include coleus, cannas, caladium, copper plants, ornamental peppers, bush mums, and ornamental grass. October 12 the spectacular Mum Show will be added, featuring over 40 varieties of 3-6-foot tall standard mums, trained one flower per plant to create giant flowers. For more information, visit, call 563-326-7818, or email

Through Nov. 16, Omaha, Nebraska
Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Lauritzen Gardens


November 17 & 18, Ames
Opening Weekend of the RG Express Holiday Railroad
Reiman Gardens

Join us 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for the opening weekend of the RG Express holiday railroad.

November 17 & 18, Bettendorf
Christmas Open House
Wallace’s Garden Center

Refreshments, family photo-ops, train rides through our greenhouse, and 14,000 poinsettias on display and for sale. Open both days 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Located at 2605 Devils Glen Road in Bettendorf. For more information, visit

November 20, Ames
Floral Design: Cascading Cornucopias
Reiman Gardens

Fill a willow cornucopia for a fanciful centerpiece flowing with fall florals. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

November 21, Ames
Behind the Scenes: Butterfly Lab
Reiman Gardens

See the entomology laboratory, view frozen specimens and our collection of wings, along with other nuggets most people (including staff) never see. This program is perfect for volunteers! Join different staff members each month for an interactive, behind the scenes look. 11 a.m.-noon.

November 23, Ames
Black Friday Family Tour
Reiman Gardens

Looking for something fun and educational for your family to do the day after Thanksgiving? Follow trained guides as they show you caterpillars, chrysalides and cocoons, and hundreds of native and tropical butterflies. Do all of this while learning about plant and insect interactions and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Reiman Railroad in the tropical conservatory. If it’s nice, we may even go outside! 10-11 a.m.

Nov. 29 & Dec. 6, 13, & 20, Ames
Visit Free During Extended Holiday Hours
Reiman Gardens

This holiday season Reiman Gardens will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas for visitors to shop at the gift shop and see the indoor holiday train display. Free admission begins at 4:30 p.m. This is also your chance to see the outdoor lights and decorations illuminated against the night sky.

November 29, Ames
Revise, Rewrite & Rework
Reiman Gardens

Move through a piece of your own writing with a group of other writers in an intensive short course taught by award-winning poet and author Dennis Maulsby from 6-8 p.m. Bring a work in progress to the first session to clarify the structure, plot, and details. Revise with input from the class and enrich the writing with tension, specifics, action, sensory description, and more editing.



December 8, Ames
Breakfast with Santa
Reiman Gardens

Kids, bring your parents to Reiman Gardens to enjoy a hearty and delicious breakfast buffet. Two seatings – 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Visit Santa, create your own holiday-themed crafts, write a letter to Santa, and see the train exhibit in the Hughes Conservatory. Then head to the Reiman Gardens’ gift shop for stocking stuffers and unique gift ideas.


December 15, Decorah
Winter on the Farm
Seed Savers Exchange, Heritage Farm

Hot chocolate, cookies, horse-drawn sleigh rides through the valley – come join us for winter on the farm, no matter the weather, and check out our visitor center’s special holiday sales. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In the event there is no snow, we will have horse-drawn wagon rides. Cost: Free. Visit for more details.
December 18, Ames
Floral Design: Table Runners with Holiday Greens
Reiman Gardens

Create a long and low running arrangement for your holiday table with fresh winter greens and berries. 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Contacts for facilities with multiple events

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.