Flowers for Mom? Bring her the whole garden.

All moms get free admission to the Des Moines Botanical Garden on Mother’s Day, May 14. Photo: Annie Spratt.

None of us would be here without her, so celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend by taking Mom to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens. Bonus: She’ll get in free on Sunday.

Otherwise, you can stop earlier for the Spring Garden Festival to pick up flowers, bulbs, plants, seeds and even botanical art for moms with a green thumb. Choose from a full list of plants or opt for the Rain Garden kit or Pollinator Garden kit, depending on your garden goals. For early access, on Thursday, purchase a preview night ticket and get a complimentary cocktail to enjoy with charcuterie and live music while you browse. Or go Friday or Saturday, when admission is free.

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