November 21, 2014 – Des Moines, IA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For release: November 21, 2014
Contact: Kelly Norris, Horticulture Manager
Holiday horticulture kicks off this weekend at the Botanical Garden
DES MOINES, Iowa (November 21, 2014) –
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden kicks off the holiday season in horticultural style this weekend with the opening of its second annual holiday exhibition. The exhibition reveal takes place at the Botanical Garden’s sold-out Champagne and Chocolate gala on November 21, 6-8 p.m. and runs through January 4.
The Holiday Exhibition is one of two seasonal exhibitions throughout the year, in addition to regularly changing exhibits in the conservatory and the North Gallery. “We have 1000 amaryllis scheduled for display over the next six weeks along with hundreds of other plants,” says horticulture manager Kelly Norris. “We’ve curated over 50 varieties for this exhibition, including some of the newest varieties coming out of the Netherlands.”
Beyond the conservatory, indoor horticulture teems throughout the building. Last year’s popular railroad garden has returned in an expanded format to The Gardeners Show House, built in collaboration with the Polk County Master Gardeners and the Central Iowa Garden Railroad Society. Amaryllis and plants featured in the exhibition are on-sale in the Garden Shop, the Botanical Garden’s in-house boutique for garden-inspired gifts, gardening books, work by Iowa artists and designer jewelry.
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.