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Botany Book Club

  • Overview

    What is better than books and botany? Each month January through June, read a book with us about or involving plants. Escape the Iowa weather and join other botanical book lovers for discussions, snacks, and refreshments while immersed in the beauty and warmth of the Garden.

    We’re partnering with Raccoon River Press, which is women-owned and operated by women in West Des Moines to bring you the plant-themed must reads of 2023. Check out the reading schedule below!

    Registration includes onsite book club meetings in the lush conservatory, snacks, and refreshments. Registration does not include books.

    Participants can purchase books from Raccoon River Press and receive 15% off, purchase from other book retailers, or utilize their local library to borrow the books.

    January 30: “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer
    February 27: “Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust and Lunacy” by Eric Hansen
    March 27: “Lessons from Plants” by Beronda L. Montgomery
    April 24: “Bringing Nature Home” by Doug Tallamy
    May 29: “The Botanist’s Daughter” by Kayte Nunn
    June 26: “Ten Tomatoes that Changed the World: A History” by William Alexander