May 9, 2013 – Des Moines, IA
DES MOINES, Iowa (May 9, 2013) –
This week the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Spring Luncheon and Silent Auction broke previous fundraising records and raised over $30,000 in support of programs and activities. On Tuesday, May 7, the Botanical Garden hosted Seattle-based floral design expert Debra Prinzing for the much-anticipated fundraising gala.
Prinzing was on hand to sign copies of her booksThe 50 Mile BouquetandSlow Flowers, both recently published by St. Lynn’s Press (Pittsburgh, PA) and present a lecture and demonstration entitled “Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm.”
The luncheon featured a slow foods menu catered by Des Moines Embassy Club. A local greens salad with rosettes of La Quercia prosciutto and smoked salmon, fresh spring peas and asparagus and Iowa organic barley pilaf was accompanied by South Union focaccia and an Iowa aronia berry crème brulee. Elvin McDonald and Stephanie Jutila emceed the event.
The luncheon and silent auction was co-chaired by Khanh and Neil Hamilton, assisted by a committee including Polly Clark, Teresa and Johnny Danos, Robyn Hofland, Molly Veenstra, Terri Wallace, and Li Zhao Mandelbaum.
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.