Note: We have updated this blog post with current information for the first part of 2017!
The Des Moines Botanical Garden is the place to visit at any time of the year. Cold outside? Too hot? Rainy? Enjoy the outdoors, indoors at the Des Moines Botanical Garden.
The Botanical Garden is open daily 10 am – 5 pm
Enjoy lunch at the Trellis Cafe Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 2 pm
Adults $8; Seniors $7; Student (4-17) $6; Children 3 and under FREE!
Check out some of fun classes and activities they are offering to keep you busy and active!
Pop Up Education Stations and Studios
January 7th – March 25th
Free with regular admission and registration is not required.
Join us on the first and fourth Saturday of each month for these brand new educational opportunities! Stop by on the first Saturday of the month and visit the Pop-Up Education Station where Botanical Garden staff and volunteers will give demonstrations and answer questions on unique botanical topics. For a hands on experience, we invite you to join us on the fourth Saturday of the month to create a botanically inspired craft. Both of these programs are held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
January 7 – Leaf It to Me: Plant Identification Techniques
January 16 (MLK Day) – Spiny Splendor: Iowa Native Catci
February 4 – Fronds and Fiddleheads: A Fern Exploration
March 4 – Fly into Spring: Recognizing Birds in your Garden
January 28 – Winter Aromatics
February 25 – Art with Leaves
March 25 – Origami Flowers
February 3rd – April 28th
June 2nd – August 25th
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Children 1-17 are $3; regular admission rates apply for adults and seniors. Members free.
Join us on Fridays during three seasonal sessions for this fun, interactive story time that explores themes of nature and plants. During each program participants will enjoy stories and an activity based on the week’s theme. Story Sprouts is offered 10:30-11:00 a.m. and is geared towards children ages 2-5. See the detailed schedule of books and activities here.
Spring Break 2017
Tuesday, March 14th – March 17th
There will be all sorts of fun, hands-on activities going on at The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden this Spring Break!
Drop-In Activities – March 14 – 17 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
This year’s theme is Flower Power! Celebrate the beauty and diversity of flowers through a range of creative crafts, games and demonstrations.
Free with admission.
Family Workshops (Designed for youth ages 5-17 to come with an adult.)
Garden Green Thumbs March 14, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Pollinator Houses March 15, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Garden Pizza Party March 16, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Air Plant Wreaths March 17, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Members – Youth/Adult Pair – $10.50, Additional Youth- $7.50
Nonmembers – Youth/Adult Pair – $18, Additional Youth – $10
Summer Camp 2017
Looking for a great day camp for your kiddo? This Summer The Des Moines Botanical Garden is offering 6 different week long camps with themes including Green Thumbs, Garden Artists, Budding Chefs and much more! Learn the details here!