Gardening Apps, Canning, Floral Arrangements: Des Moines Botanical Garden Summer Classes

The Des Moines Botanical Garden is making gardening cool again. From gardening apps to edible flowers – the new line up of summer classes at the Des Moines Botanical Garden will interest all gardeners. Heck, they might even give you a good excuse to hang out with your mom, brother or even grandma!

I acquired my green thumb from my mother, who is a master gardener, and I’ve been digging in the dirt, growing veggie gardens and trying to perfect the planters on my deck for years now. So, when I came across these classes I was excited to share them with you and connect with the Botanical Garden’s education and outreach manager Whitney Bouma.

“We are excited to kick off a summer full of adult education programming that is rooted in our mission,” said Bouma. “Our roster includes lectures, hands-on workshops and demonstrations, many on topics you’ve asked for.”

Terrarium Workshop Photo

Below is a list of the upcoming summer classes offered by the Des Moines Botanical Garden. I might even see you at a few!

GrowIt! Launch Party – July 29, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free
GrowIt! is an exciting new iPhone application for gardeners. Not only does the application help you find plants that work best in your area, but it also lets you show off your gardening prowess. Join the Botanical Garden and app developers from Ball Horticultural for a fun kickoff event to celebrate this new technology.

Seed Saving Workshop with Seed Savers Exchange – August 5, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Members $15, Nonmembers $20
In the days before seed catalogs, harvesting seeds for the next year’s garden was essential. Today, saving and sharing seedsplays a critical role in preserving rare, heirloom varieties and the garden heritage they represent. Join Seed Savers Exchange to discuss the process of saving seeds from garden fruits and vegetables and learn how to participate in backyard preservation.

Canning and Preserving Workshop with Annie Peterson – August 23, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Members $15, Nonmembers $20
Local freelance food stylist and writer Annie Peterson presents this workshop demonstrating creative ways of preserving the
season’s harvest. A talented gardener and canner in her own home, she brings an artist’s eye to this age-old practice. Peterson will share her own recipes, tips and advice garnered from years of experience working for Meredith Corporation Special Interest Publications.

Trough Gardening with Gary Whittenbaugh – September 6, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Members $10, Nonmembers $15
What is hypertufa? How is it made and used to construct a trough? Learn the answers to these questions and explore a
miniature world of plants as you see renowned conifer expert Gary Whittenbaugh demonstrate building a trough garden.

Fall Garden Maintenance 101 with Kelly Norris Botanical Garden Horticulture Manager – September 16, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Members $10, Nonmembers $15
Join Kelly Norris, Botanical Garden Horticulture Manager to learn why fall is a great season for planting and essential garden maintenance. Norris will share his secrets to a successful, sustainable garden that grows and blooms until frost.

Lunch & Learn Series

Join edible flower and garden guru Cathy Wilkinson Barash for lunchtime lectures throughout the summer. Enjoy inspired cuisine crafted by Trellis chef Lisa Lavalle, while learning how to add edibles to your landscape and your plate. Price includes lunch.

Members $25, Nonmembers $30

  • The Bountiful Harvest – August 27, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Botanical Design Series

Tap into your inner artist and hone your design skills as part of the new Botanical Design series. This
monthly offering features hands-on studio time to create designs inspired by the garden. From floral design to nature weaving, this series celebrates plants as the medium for making great art. Prices include the cost of supplies.
Members $45, Nonmembers $55

  • Edible Floral Arrangements with Tyler Johnson – July 29, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Summer Floral Arrangements with Elvin McDonald – August 26, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

For more information, check out the Botanical Garden website or give them a like on Facebook!

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