Special Events

Here at Ted Lare Garden Center we love spending time with our community! Join us and enjoy one of our many special events held throughout the gardening season. From Farmer’s Markets to art shows and seasonal events, we’ve got something that will please the whole family. See the special events below and mark your calendars!

Holiday Open House

Saturday November 16th 9am to 4pm

Come out to our annual holiday open house to get in the mood for the holidays!  Enjoy light holiday refreshments while shopping for holiday decor, fresh evergreen boughs and other supplies to get your house decorated for the holiday season!  Participate in one of our make and take holiday classes to take home a little bit of the holidays with you!  Enjoy specials and promotions on items throughout the store.
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Holiday Ladies Night Out

Thursday November 21st 5pm to 7pm

Grab your girlfriends and come out for a night out — friends, freebies and fun!  This night is all about a night of fun with your best girlfriends. We will have wine tastings, light refreshments, holiday classes and a free goodies bag for the first 25 ladies. Participate in one of our make and take holiday classes to take home a little bit of the holidays with you!  Enjoy specials and promotions on items throughout the store.
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Pop-Up Open Winter Hours

January 24th to 26th

February 7th to 9th 

February 21st to 23rd

Normally we are closed all winter but this year we will be open a few weekends!  Each weekend will have a theme such as houseplants, veggie gardening or flowers!  Information will be posted soon the details, classes and items offered at each themed weekend events during the winter.
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Easter Fun Ted Lare Des Moines

Easter Egg Hunt

April 11th, 2020 @ 9:00am

Each year on the Saturday before Easter we host a FREE Easter Egg hunt for children ages 10 and under. The Easter Bunny hides over 8000 eggs and stays for the hunt and pictures afterwards. This event typically starts promptly at 9am, don’t be late if you want to make sure your child finds eggs!
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Ladies Night at the Ted Lare Garden Centre

Ladies Night Out

April 16th, 2020 @ 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Grab your girlfriends and come out for a night out of friends, freebies and flowers! This night is all about a night of fun with your friends. We will have wine tasting, refreshments, classes and a ton of free giveaways.

Get more details and RSVP by calling 515-981-1075.

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Ted Lare Garden Centre Greenhouse

Spring Open House

April 25th, 2020 @ 9:00am – 5:00pm

Our spring open house officially kicks off our spring season and is one of our favorite events! We offer a ton of great buys for this one special day on everything from plants to pottery, plus free plant giveaways and free refreshments.
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Ted Lare Garden Workshop

Art in the Garden

May 16th, 2020 @ 9:00am – 3:00pm

Art in the Garden takes place in May each year and is one of our customers favorite events. At Art in the Garden we host talented local artists with many different items including photography, pottery, garden art, jewelry, wood, fiber and more! Stop out and purchase some beautiful handmade art, grab a bite from a local eatery and listen to music from a local band. This is one event you wont want to miss.
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Tomato samples from the Garden

Tomato Festival

2020 Date to Be Determined

Calling all tomato lovers! Come taste more than 20 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes and vote on the best one! Sample tasty tomato dishes, get samples of locally made wine even buy a bottle and stick around to listen to a local band. Enter one of our many contests: Mild Salsa, Hot Salsa, Largest Tomato, Smallest Tomato and a coloring contest for the kids. You can even pre-order your favorite tasting tomato plants for next year!
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Vegetables Farmer's Market

Farmer’s Market

First Saturday of each month from 2pm to 5pm.

May 4th, June 1st, July 6th, Aug 3rd, Sept 7th and Oct. 5th.

Come out to our new monthly farmers market the first Saturday of each month May through October.  Shop from local farms, growers, bakeries and artists. Buy a bottle of wine from Annalise Winery and enjoy a few sips while listening to some great live local music each month from 2pm to 5pm. Take one of our many gardening classes and enjoy specials on plants and garden goods. There will be something for everyone to enjoy!
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Art in the Garden - Ted Lare - Des Moines

Fall Harvest Art Show

Saturday October 10th, 2020 9am to 3pm

Come out to annual fall harvest art show where you can purchase art from dozens of local artisans.  Artist categories include jewelry, photography, paintings, woodworking, pottery and more!  Enjoy wine tasting, treats from local eateries, gardening classes and specials on plants and garden decor.  One of our most anticipated events of the season!
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