Special Events

You’re Invited!

Be moved by our music series, awed by the beauty of our evening cocktail parties, or inspired by an educational event. However you choose to engage with the Garden, we thank you for contributing to the events and programs that help make us a cultural and educational destination.

Dome after dark event

Dome After Dark

Experience the Botanical Garden in a new light! Stroll through the conservatory and Gardeners Show House illuminated with unique lighting.

A band playing outdoors at the garden

Botanical Blues

Take a break from the winter cold and warm up in the Botanical Garden’s conservatory while enjoying some of the best blues music in the Midwest.

Palm trees under the garden dome

Earth Day

Join us for a day celebrating plants and the Earth with FREE admission!

A monarch butterfly on orange flowers

Spring Garden Festival

Shop plants hand selected by Botanical Garden staff including unique and tried-and-true varieties at our annual spring retail event.

Singer, saxaphone, and guitarist playing at the garden

Music in the Garden

Don’t miss our summer music series. It provides the community with the best parts of the Garden–music, family, food, and warm summer weather.


Garden Party

Celebrate summer, plants, and horticulture at our summer fundraiser where we highlight a different topic in horticulture and ecology.

Red and green asian architecture by a river

The Ray Way

Join us for this event celebrating Asian heritage and culture and the efforts of Governor Robert D. Ray to welcome Asian refugees to the state of Iowa.

Fall Bulb Market

Shop the Botanical Garden’s annual fall retail event which features unique bulb varieties selected by Botanical Garden horticulturists and volunteers, including many plants to be featured in future displays at the Garden.

Wildflower patch

Annual Symposium

Join the Botanical Garden for our signature educational event celebrating gardening and plants. Each year, the Botanical Garden hosts acclaimed lecturers to discuss home horticulture, plant sciences, or ecology.

Sheet ghost in the garden

Trick or Trees

Visit the Greater Des Moines BOOtanical Garden for this festive event people of all ages will enjoy!

Champagne & Chocolate

Kick off the holiday season with champagne, chocolate, and hors d’oeurves against the backdrop of the Botanical Garden’s annual holiday exhibition and fundraiser.

Thank you to our key partners and season sponsors!

Des Moines Water Works
Des Moines Parks and rec
Corteva agrisience
EMC insurance
country landscapes INC
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