Botanical Garden launches 3rd season of Social Irrigation with food, drinks, live music
Dogpatch Urban Gardens sits in the middle of Des Moines and has turned an acre of land to a garden and farm stand selling other local producers goods. Farmer Jenny Quiner says she hopes others will start growing their own food as well. Brian Powers/The Register
Set Thursdays aside on your social calendar for the summer, Des Moines.
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden located at 909 Robert D. Ray Drive in Des Moines is launching its third season of Social Irrigation, a Thursday evening summer concert series.
The 15-week event begins on Thursday and features a wide variety of genres from artists across the region.
Each Thursday, the vibrant, 14-acre public garden in the heart of downtown Des Moines will remain open until 9:30 p.m., with music from 6:30-8:45 p.m.
Trellis Café will be open from 5-8 p.m. with entrees, small plates, craft beers and signature cocktails.
Attendees can explore the garden, play lawn games, participate in kids’ activities, see gardening demonstrations and talk with gardening experts during various weeks throughout the series.
“EMC is excited to announce our continued support for the Social Irrigation concert series,” said Mick Lovell, executive vice president of operations for EMC Insurance Companies. “Social Irrigation helps better our community with educational pop-up booths, family-friendly activities and musical genres to satisfy any fan.”
Summer concert lineup
The Social Irrigation summer concert lineup includes:
- June 13 — Tony Valdez and the Rockets
- June 20 — Diplomats of Solid Sound
- June 27 — Parranderos Latin Combo
- July 11 — NOLA Jazz Band
- July 18 — Chad Elliot and the Redemptions
- July 25 — Gina Gedler Quartet
- Aug. 1 — The Center State
- Aug. 8 — Java Jews
- Aug. 15 — The Maytags
- Aug. 22 — Moors and McCumber
- Aug. 29 — Parranderos Latin Combo
- Sept. 5 — Dustin Smith Band
- Sept. 12 — Kevin Burt
- Sept. 19 — Victor and Penny
- Sept. 26 — Max Wellman
“Plan on spending your Thursday evenings this summer at the Botanical Garden for Social Irrigation," said Stephanie Jutila, Botanical Garden president and CEO. "Our 15-week lineup of live music is a perfect way to embrace summer in the city, while making memories with your friends, colleagues and family.”
Social Irrigation is included with the regular cost of admission (members free; adults $10; seniors and military $9; students ages 4-17, $7; children 3 and under free). Tickets and a detailed schedule are available at dmbotanicalgarden.com/social.