Special Events

Here at Ted Lare Garden Center we love spending time with our community! Join us and enjoy one of our many special events held throughout the gardening season. From Farmer’s Markets to art shows and seasonal events, we’ve got something that will please the whole family. See the special events below and mark your calendars!

Holiday Open House

Saturday November 13, 2021 – 9am to 4pm

Come get geared up for the holidays with us at our Holiday Open House!
You’ll find plenty of festive inspiration and all the supplies you need to bring the holidays home, like fresh evergreen boughs and holiday decor!
Join us anytime between 9 and 4 to take part in our Holiday Porch Pot Workshop! Use a provided container (or bring one of your own!) and create a beautiful planter filled with evergreen boughs and holiday accents! No reservation required, just drop in! Instruction is free, you only pay for the materials you select & use! Typically cost between $40-$60 and takes 30-60 minutes to create.
Find the perfect gift with beautiful, handmade creations brought to you by talented, local artisans and satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious treats from JessDesserts DSM!

Ladies Night at the Ted Lare Garden Centre

Holiday Ladies Night Out

Thursday November 18th 5pm to 730pm

Grab your girlfriends and come out for a night out of friends, freebies and flowers! This night is all about a night of fun with your friends. We will have wine tasting, refreshments, classes and free goodie bags for the first 25 ladies.

Get more details and RSVP by calling 515-981-1075.

Pop-Up Open Winter Hours 2022

We will be open Saturdays in 2022 during the winter! We will be open Friday, Saturday and Sundays January 8th through February 13th.  We will feature new shipments of houseplants, pottery, books and seeds! 

Easter Fun Ted Lare Des Moines

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday April 16th at 9am

Each year on the Saturday before Easter we host a FREE Easter Egg hunt for children ages 10 and under. The Easter Bunny hides over 8000 eggs and stays for the hunt and pictures afterwards. This event typically starts promptly at 9am, don’t be late if you want to make sure your child finds eggs!

Ted Lare Garden Centre Greenhouse

Spring Open House

April 23rd, 2022 @ 9:00am – 5:00pm

Our spring open house officially kicks off our spring season and is one of our favorite events! We offer a ton of great buys for this one special day on everything from plants to pottery, plus free plant giveaways and free refreshments.

Art in the Garden

May 14th, 2022 @ 9:00am – 3:00pm

Art in the Garden takes place in May each year and is one of our customers favorite events. At Art in the Garden we host talented local artists outside with many different items including photography, pottery, garden art, jewelry, wood, fiber and more! Stop out and purchase some beautiful handmade art, grab a bite from a local eatery and listen to music from a local band. This is one event you wont want to miss.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor?
Tomato samples from the Garden

Tomato Festival

Date to be Determined in 2022

Calling all tomato lovers! Come taste more than 20 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes and vote on the best one! Sample tasty tomato dishes, get samples of locally made wine even buy a bottle and stick around to listen to a local band. Enter one of our many contests: Mild Salsa, Hot Salsa, Largest Tomato, Smallest Tomato and a coloring contest for the kids. You can even pre-order your favorite tasting tomato plants for next year!

Fall Harvest Art Show

Saturday October 8th, 2022 9am to 3pm

Celebrate the turning of the seasons by joining us for one of our most anticipated events of the year! Bring a friend (or a few!) and peruse creations brought to you by dozens of artisans from all around Iowa.
Find pieces such as jewelry, photography, paintings, woodwork, pottery and more!
Enjoy live performances by local musicians, grab a cup o’ joe from The Traveling Bean, Co. and fill up with local eats from Roadside Tacos. Beautify your home or surprise someone special with fresh cut flowers from Bochner’s Mobile Bloom Bar!

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Ted Lare Garden Center

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Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
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