November 24, 2015 – Des Moines, IA
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For release: November 24, 2015
Contact: Eldree Baer, Director of Marketing and Guest Experience
Holiday Exhibition is open at the Botanical Garden
DES MOINES, Iowa (November 23, 2015) –
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden kicked off the holiday season in horticultural style this weekend with the opening of its third annual holiday exhibition, which runs through January 17. Over 200 supporters and guests gathered on Friday evening for Champagne and Chocolate, a social event featuring candies from Chocolaterie Stam and small plates by Trellis Catering.
The exhibition features nearly 1,000 amaryllis in rotation over the course of the next 8 weeks in the conservatory and three train gardens in the Gardeners Show House. The Botanical Garden's horticulture staff curated a collection of 34 varieties of amaryllis imported from suppliers in the Netherlands and South Africa for the popular display. "We always aim for nontraditional," says director of horticulture Kelly Norris. "We try to expose people to new plants and new possibilities, and I think we've accomplished that in a florally forward way in this exhibit."
The Holiday Exhibition is part of the Botanical Garden's regular rotation of seasonal, artfully inspired show gardens that appear in the conservatory throughout the year. New exhibit gardens rotate through every 6-8 weeks.
On January 1, 2013 the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden launched a new beginning. After years of planning, a bold vision, generous community support and a new staff, the Botanical Garden assumed operatorship of a 34-year old conservatory and 14 acres of land bordering the Des Moines River. Armed with a mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants, we are a garden now. The Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) privately governed, not-for-profit institution with ten years of operating support at $645,000 per year from the City of Des Moines, Des Moines Water Works and Bravo Greater Des Moines. In addition, the Phase II Endowment goal will grow the total endowment to $3.6 million.