The sixth annual Spring Garden Festival presented by Country Landscapes will be held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden May 9-12.


This four-day pop-up retail festival includes nearly 500 limited-edition plant varieties, a garden art and merchandise fair, educational workshops, family-friendly garden activities, drop-in demonstrations and more.


The plant sale features a curated collection of new, unusual or hard-to-find perennials, with an emphasis on natives and perennials that support pollinators and other wildlife. Selections also include small-space plants for gardening indoors and in containers; herbs and vegetables; ornamentals geared toward front yards; an extensive selection of succulents, miniature ferns and houseplants, and other terrarium-friendly plants, as well as plants for pre-designed gardens that cover 32 square feet.


Friday through Sunday, access to the plant sale, garden art and merchandise fair and family activities are included with the regular cost of admission (members free; adults $10; military and seniors $9; students 4-17 $7; children 3 and under free). Mothers receive free admission on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12) through support from Principal. Ticketed events and workshops require preregistration and an additional fee.


The festival begins with an opening night ticketed event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. Attendees will enjoy early access to the plant sale, horsd’oeurves and cocktails and participate in a butterfly release. Tickets are available at dmbotanicalgarden.com/sgf.


Events continue Friday through Sunday as follows:


Friday, May 10


• Members-Only Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m.: Members receive exclusive access to the plant sale, plus a complimentary breakfast to enjoy while shopping.


• Plant Sale and Garden Art & Merchandise Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Included with the cost of admission


Saturday, May 11


• Plant Sale and Garden Art & Merchandise Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Included with the cost of admission


• Family Activities, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


• Story Sprouts, 10:30 to 11 a.m.


• Adult Gardening Workshop: Container Vegetable Gardening, 10:30 a.m. to noon: Learn tips for planting and designinga container vegetable garden, the best varieties for pot culture and fun ideas for unique and whimsical containers. Each participant will receive seeds and plant starts to begin their collection. Registration required at dmbotanicalgarden.com/sgf.


• Family Gardening Workshop: Plant a Pizza Garden, 2 to 3:15 p.m.: Plan and create your own garden box designed toprovide fresh ingredients for delicious homemade pizza. Spinach, basil, oregano, tomatoes and many more are easy to grow and taste great on pizza. Kids will love knowing they’re eating food they helped grow. (One adult for every three children is required.) Registration required at dmbotanicalgarden.com/sgf.


Sunday, May 12: Mother’s Day


• Free admission for mothers all day through support from Principal


• Plant Sale and Garden Art & Merchandise Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Included with the cost of admission


• Family Activities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


• Mother’s Day Brunch in Trellis Café, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations recommended: 515.323.6288


• Family Workshop: Flower Crowns and Scepters, 1-2:15 p.m.: Celebrate Mother’s Day by learning about a variety of flowers and then creating handmade flower crowns and wands with your little prince or princess. Members $20 Youth/Adult Pair, $15 Additional Youth; Nonmembers $25 Youth/Adult Pair, $20 Additional Youth. Registration required at dmbotanicalgarden.com/sgf.


“The Spring Garden Festival provides an enticing kick off to spring for all ages,” said Stephanie Jutila, president and CEO of the Botanical Garden. “Whether you want to buy plants to enhance your garden, take a family gardening workshop or enjoy a botanical cocktail, you can at this year’s festival.”