Upcoming Local Events

There are a lot of great events planned for this summer through various organizations in Iowa and Nebraska. I thought I would gather some gardening and art-focused events that look interesting to me and share with all of you.

They are grouped by venue and not by date so be sure to check the date as some are coming up soon!

Hitchcock Nature Center - Honey Creek, Iowa
Hitchcock Nature Center – Honey Creek, Iowa

Hitchcock Nature Center – Honey Creek, Iowa

Healthy Soil, Healthy Planet with Jean Eells
Join us for the third installment of the 2019 Speaker Series on Saturday, July 13 at 4:00 p.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center. Presenter Jean Eells will be discussing the importance of soil health & its impact on every day life. From cover crops & no-till to how adopting those practices widely as production tools will improve water quality & infiltration she will cover a range of topics that are important to anyone who calls the Midwest home. Learn more here.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac: Prairie vs. Woodland
Join us Saturday, July 13 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Hitchcock Nature Center for the fifth session of the 2019 programming series. This session will delve into the biodiversity of prairie & woodland ecosystems with “Prairie vs. Woodland: a quatratic study in biodiversity. This session will also take a look at the use of a dichotomus key – A tool that allows the user to determine the identity of items in the natural world. Learn more here.

A Pottawattamie County Almanac: A Chorus of Insects
Join us on Saturday, August 10 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Hitchcock Nature Center for the sixth session of the 2019 programming series. This session will focus on the many insect species of western Iowa with special attention paid to the approaching monarch migration as well as a discussion of “The Green Pasture” by Aldo Leopold. Learn more here.

There are many additional events planned at Hitchcock, view the master list on their Facebook page or the Pottawattamie County Conservation website.

Living Loess Tour – Southwest Iowa

Connect with the culture of the Loess Hills during the monthly Living Loess Tour on Saturday, July 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In July, the featured partner is the Loess Hills Lavender Farm located north of Missouri Valley, Iowa. Join in the fun during their annual Lavenderstock festival as they celebrate all things lavender. Food, games, music, and more will be going on all day and guests will also be able to shop their gift shop featuring lavender products and other handcrafted items from local artisans. Each of our partner businesses will be open and offer a unique perspective for visitors of all ages. Learn more about the entire Living Loess Tour here.

Southwest Iowa Art Tour – Southwest Iowa

The Southwest Iowa Art Tour takes place September 21 & 22 with a goal of Connecting Communities through Art. With twelve stops between Harlan and Sidney, you’re sure to find something that interests you. Learn more here.

Flower bed in front of Lauritzen Gardens.
Flower bed in front of Lauritzen Gardens.

Lauritzen Gardens – Omaha, Nebraska

Hosta Collection Guided Tours
Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m to noon. Take a break in the shade and let the Omaha Shady Choice Hosta Society take you on a peaceful and tranquil tour of our extensive hosta collection in the newly redesigned Garden in the Glen. Tours are included with paid garden admission or membership. Guests may walk or buy a tram ticket to get to the garden site. Pre-registration is requested and may be completed online. Length of tour and end time may vary based on questions from participants. Learn more here.

Butterfly Walk with Dr. Ted Burk
Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon. With a wealth of garden plantings, landscape features, and natural areas, Lauritzen Gardens provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, including more than 50 species of butterflies. Join Dr. Ted Burk to learn which butterflies visit throughout the season, how to attract them to your garden areas, and how to keep them coming back year after year as you sight butterflies and find butterfly “hot spots” in the garden on a guided butterfly walk. Registration and payment is required, learn more here.

Botanical Drawing for Beginners: Flowers
Four sessions: September 4, 11, 25, and October 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Walk through a garden and you are likely to see many different flower forms. Differences in shape, size, and color are just a few of the reasons we love them! Learn how to create an accurate flower illustration in graphite using line techniques and measurements. Students can go on to create a page of different flower forms to beautifully showcase the variety found in nature. No prior drawing experience is necessary. Registration and payment is required, learn more here.

There are so many other great events planned at Lauritzen Gardens this summer, view the full list of events here.

Canoyer Garden Center – Papillion, Nebraska

Juice, Cider and Syrup
Thursday, June 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Learn a variety of surprising techniques for making juice, cider, and special syrups. It’s more than you think! Learn more on their Facebook page here.

Mulhalls – Omaha, Nebraska

14th Annual Cactus + Succulent Show
Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bizarre cacti, amazing succulents, specialty growers, and fellow plant collectors. Join Mulhalls for a day devoted to all things cacti – and their succulent cousins too. Learn more on their Facebook page here.

Touring The Swallow's Nest.
Touring The Swallow’s Nest.

The Swallow’s Nest – Council Bluffs, Iowa

Rural Ramble – Pottawattamie Small Farm Tour
The Swallow’s Nest is excited to once again be part of the Pottawattamie County Small Farm Tour – The Rural Ramble on Saturday, August 10, 8 am-1:30 pm. They are just one of several farms and businesses participating this year. Prairie Crossing Vineyard & Winery, Ditmars Orchard, and several other businesses and farms are on this self guided tour. Learn more on their Facebook page here.

If you know of another great event and would like to share, comment with the information below. Hope you have a great fun-filled summer of learning and gardening!

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