Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Annual Symposium

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 in Events, news

Saturday, October 19, 2019. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The annual symposium is the Botanical Garden’s signature educational opportunity for advancing gardening in Iowa. Each fall, four internationally acclaimed lecturers visit Des Moines to speak about current topics that impact home horticulture, plant sciences and/or ecology.

This year’s symposium theme is The Resilient Garden. Discover multi-layered, colorful and resilient gardens, from a rural presidential estate to the Brooklyn Bridge, that will inspire you to balance biodiversity with beauty in your own garden.


To register online, please click here. Prefer to pay via cash or check? Please print and fill out this form and return it to the Garden with your registration.

Speakers and Topics:

Thomas Rainer, Keynote: Rebuilding Abundance: Planting Strategies for more Colorful, Biodiverse, and Lower Input Gardens

Rebecca McMackinBrooklyn Bridge Park: Lessons (so far) in Built-Ecology

Peter HatchThomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden

Patrick Cullina: The Dynamic Landscape Explored: Examining Strategies for Creating Transformative Spaces with Plants