Black History Month at the Botanical Garden

  • Overview

    Partnering with Iowa PBS, Oakridge Neighborhood Services and the African American Museum of Iowa, we have created a month-long celebration of virtual and on-site opportunities to learn more about Black History in horticulture, gardening and the environment.

    NOTE: The Garden is CLOSED on Mondays and closes at 12 p.m. on Sundays, but we will continue the celebration with various virtual events on our Facebook page:

    Month-Long Activities (included with admission):

    Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt: Learn about plants connected to historical and contemporary black figures and some interesting plants from Africa, South America and the Caribbean in this kid-friendly scavenger hunt.

    Iowa Roots, Global Impact: The Life and Legacy of George Washington Carver
    Gain insight into the life of acclaimed scientist George Washington Carver with this self-guided exhibit. Follow along from his days as a student at Simpson College and Iowa State University to his groundbreaking work with soybeans, sweet potatoes, peanuts, and other crops at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. (Blurb courtesy of the African American Museum of Iowa website).

    Natural Dyes and George Washington Carver Display
    George Washington Carver is recognized as an innovator in the realm of botanical dyes. Learn how Carver turned natural materials into colorful pigments and explore the artwork that he created using these pigments.