Colors Alive: “Planting a Rainbow”
March-April · 9:00 am-5:00 pm
April showers bring colorful flowers to the Botanical Center. Tiptoe through tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and a variety of other blooming plants in a rainbow of color. Learn about rain gardens and water conservation as you stroll through the Dome. Designed by horticulturist, Angie Buchanan. Regular admission.
Spring Break Activities: “Planting a Rainbow”
March 15-17 · 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Fun for the kids during spring break! Join your friends at the Des Moines Botanical Center for “Planting a Rainbow.” Crafts, games, prizes and activities galore! Admission: $1.00 Children (ages 1-3), $3.00 Children (ages 4 -17), $5.00 Adults, $4.00 Seniors, Friends of the Des Moines Botanical Center are Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
March 29, April 26 & May 31 · 10:00 am
Enjoy a story with a garden theme, music and movement. No pre-registration required. Children 1-3 are $1.00, regular admission rates apply for other children and adults.
Easter Bunny Visit & Other Spring Activities
April 16 · 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Hop into the Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center to visit the Easter Bunny – bring your own camera. The Iowa Egg Council will also be having an egg-ceptional cookout throughout the day, with lots of great samples for everyone. Regular admission.
Free Admission on Earth Day
April 22 · 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Everyone can enjoy free admission to the Des Moines Botanical & Environmental Center on Earth Day – Friday, April 22!
Iowa Bonsai Association Spring Show
April 30-May 1 · 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Iowa Bonsai Association Spring Show in the Gardener’s Show House of the Botanical Center. Regular admission.
Earth Kind Rose Sale
Saturday, May 7, 8:00 am-4:30 pm and Sunday, May 8, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm in the potting shed by the greenhouses at the south end of the Botanical Center. All the roses for sale are considered Earth Kind, owing to the fact that they need little or no spraying or other maintenance yet produce an abundance of flowers over a long season. $20.00 each, all sales final.
Polk County Master Gardeners Annual Sale
Annuals, Perennials, Coleus, Tomatoes, Peppers and Herbs! Saturday, May 7, 8:30 am-4:30 pm and Sunday, May 8, 10:00 am-4:30 pm. Cash or check only. Proceeds support the Master Gardeners’ Demonstration, Discovery & Enabling Gardens in the Des Moines area.
Annual Mother’s Day Brunch
May 8 · 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Instead of buying your mom roses on Mother’s Day, bring her to the Botanical Center where she can enjoy an entire dome full of beautiful flowers. Free admission to the Botanical Center for all mothers!
June 19 · 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Free admission to the Botanical Center for all fathers!