What is brand new hot off the horticultural presses? Come to this class to learn all about the latest and greatest annual flower plants for 2017!
Are you tired of planting the same things in your pots every year? We’ll share plenty of inspirational pictures. You will leave inspired and ready to plant!
Looking for the latest and greatest plants? Join our nursery manager for this informative talk on new and exciting plant introductions for 2017.
Come learn about some of our very favorite perennials for our area, including many unique varieties for sun and shade areas.
Learn about the Iowa wine industry and how to grow grapes for fresh eating and wines in Iowa by local grape growing expert, Mike White.
Do you want to learn how to grow fruit trees? We’ll discuss the types of fruit trees that can be grown in Iowa including pears, peaches, apples, plums and cherries.
Come learn how to grow your own small fruit garden in a yard, porch, balcony or farm. We’ll discuss blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.
Come discover the tips and tricks to growing beautiful and bountiful tomatoes.
Whether you like sweet or spicy hot peppers, you will learn how to grow your own very productive pepper plants in this class.
Join Becky with the Knotty Nail to create your own flowers string art using wood, nails and colorful string in this arty class.
Let your inner artist out and leave your cares at the door to create the beautiful painting pictured here, taught by a local artist no experience necessary.
Our resident expert, Kelly Jensen, raises 165 different varieties of irises will discuss planting, propagating, splitting, hybridizing and fertilizing.
Peonies are an old fashioned favorite known for their fragrance and beautiful blooms. Learn everything you need to know to grow these beauties successfully.
Join rose expert Leslie Hunter from the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden to learn all about roses.
Learn how to create a lush green lawn with the different types of turf, cultural habits, soil, fertilization and mowing heights and frequencies.
Join Derek Carwood, Curatorial Horticulturist at the Greater Des Moines Botanical garden for an introduction into commonly grown species and their general care requirements.
Learn how to assess shady areas to determine the right plant for the right space. We’ll discuss lesser known varieties of shade plants and share inspirational photos.
Do you love to wow others with your personal collection of exotic and unusual plants? We will discuss unique trees, shrubs and perennials for our area in this class.
Come to this class to learn the proper placement for plants and how the right placement of plants can really influence an entire landscape.
In this class it's all about the leaves! We'll go over all the different plants that have fantastic foliage that can add dynamic elements and color to your garden!
Come to this class to get ideas and make a few recipes of gifts you can create from your very own garden– blooming bouquets, herbal salts, scrubs, infused oils, teas, jams, and more!
Do you love growing and cooking tasty food? Take this class to learn how to grow delicious fresh herbs and how to use them in your cooking.
Come to this class to learn all about growing and using fresh herbs, then plant your choice of fresh herbs in a container to take home.
Create your own fairy garden in a tire—meant to be hung from a rope or hung on a wall. You will use miniature plants and decorate using miniature garden items.
Grasses once covered 85% of what is now of Iowa and now they are making a comeback! You will learn how to use grasses in the gardens and their many uses and advantages.
Come to this class and learn about native plants, cultivars of native plants, and why you should be planting them. Placement, light requirements, water requirements and care will be discussed.
Learn about the many different types of succulents and the characteristics that make them each unique. Proper care, propagation and pest and disease management will be discussed.
Create your own beautiful custom succulent planter that can be outdoors in the summer months and inside in the winter.
Come to this class to create one of these awesome succulent frames that can hang on a wall outdoors during the summer months and inside in the winter months.
Color is one of the most visible ways of expressing your personality in the garden. Learn all about color and how to create your very own fearless color garden.
Do you have noxious weeds that keep coming back again and again? We’ll identify the most common weeds and how to eradicate them.
Invasive plants are threatening our woodlands and shading out prairies leading to loss of plant life and habitat! Learn about the most invasive species and alternatives to plant.
Come to this class to lean all about using organic methods in your garden. We’ll discuss organic and homemade products, beneficial insects and plants, and planting practices.
We’ll cover many of the typical problems that occur with tomatoes such as blossom end rot, blight and other pest issues and how to solve them.
Create your own fairy garden using miniature plants and accessories to create your own miniature garden to take home.
Do you have wet areas? Lots of clay type soils? Are your neighbors nosy and you need privacy? We will address common issues in the landscape and how to turn them into areas of beauty.
Come to this class and learn about common garden myths! Topics include planting in the summer, homemade insecticidal soap, fertilizer, pruning times, blossom end rot, & more!
At one time prairies covered 85% of Iowa’s beautiful land but they have been greatly reduced over time. Take this class to learn how to recreating your very own native Iowa prairie in the backyard.
If you’re new to canning, you may be surprised to discover how easy and safe modern canning truly is.